We help international students get a job they deserve.
Having been in Canada for 6 years, worked for various global companies, Pat realized how difficult it is for international students to get a job and compete with local candidates. She knows it takes extra hard work to understand the job-seeking process, build confidence to compete with the locals, and create professional network in a new country. Her passion in building community, bringing out the best in people, and helping like-minded people inspired her to found EMPOWER International Students with a sole purpose to help international students get a job they deserve and reach their fullest potential in a new country. She believes that “you become the teacher you wish you had” and “pay it forward”.
Roadtrip enthusiast and adventure lover, Tanan has a passion for nature, culture, and history. He believes in connecting people from different cultures through shared missions and hobbies. You can find him hiking, biking, dancing salsa, or playing badminton or chess with friends when he is off his work in the field of business intelligence.
Social Media Marketing Lead
Born and raised in Chandigarh, India. Vaishnavi ‘navi’, came to Canada in 2018 as an international student at BCIT in the Computer Information Technology Program. Navi loves challenging herself and moving to Canada was just another challenge that she chose to take. Having gone through the initial stages of moving to a foreign country and not knowing the culture or the people, Navi is now familiar with the common experiences that a lot of international students face. She is currently the Social Media Marketing Lead for Empower International Students and in her role she helps document the experiences of students through social media to create awareness around the achievements, struggles and experiences of international students in BC.
Lead of Lets Get Things Done
A curious person driven to find value in shared communities & helping people become the best version of themselves. Sharing laughs, meals and conversations!
JB came to Canada to do his MBA in 2017. He realized, as a new immigrant, the importance to network & grow his standing in the professional community. He is actively involved with ProductBC (a community of Product Managers) and the tech sector in Vancouver. He firmly believes that change is the only constant and to grow you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. He envisions EMPOWER to make a meaningful impact in every students journey & his role is to facilitate this impact aka getting things done. And yes, he is very fond of snow!
Alan came to Vancouver in 2008 and started studying at highschool at Coquitlam city. He graduated with honor and proceeded to go to Simon Fraser University and major in Business Administration. He discovered his passion at technology later on and decided to become a developer after graduation. Now he merges his background in business and skill and interest in IT and become a business analyst. As a used-to-be international student, he sympathizes the difficulty international students have to go through to be established here after graduation. Because of that, he is dedicated to help other like-minded international students to go through the journey easier, by sharing his knowledge, his skills, and the tools he makes, one step at a time.
Technical Resume Writer
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Edmund came to Vancouver in 2015 when he was 18 for the Computer Systems Technology program at BCIT. Despite being in a technical program and industry, he realizes that not only technical parts of it are important, but also other behavioural and professional skills. He knows the difficulties that international students face when searching for a job for the first time outside of the country where all the cultures and practices are different and is always wanting to help people who are in the same situation as him.