Special Podcast for HR Managers – HRIA Lethbridge Presentation 2015

Season 1, Episode 4

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 4 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. In this episode I will share with you the presentation I just gave to the Lethbridge Chapter of the Human Resource Institute of Alberta.  


This podcast is dedicated to all you Human Resource Managers out there who are looking for a great Podcast to help pass the time on your long commute into work.

By listening carefully to this podcast, you just might learn a few things about the Canadian Immigration system and do so while being entertained a little more than you would typically expect from a dry immigration law presentation. We like to have fun and that definitely plays out in the presentation.

In this podcast, I am joined by my Immigration Technical Advisor, Billie Young who shared the podium with me for about an hour. In our presentation we covered the following areas:

  • Immigration in the News
  • Legislative Changes – thanks to the press
  • Foreign Worker Basics
  • Labour Market Impact Assessments
  • Express Entry
  • Employer Compliance and Enforcement
  • What’s on CIC’s Horizon

Click the link to download the power point slide deck for the presentation: HRIA Immigration Presentation September 23, 2015

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Welcome to the Canadian Immigration Podcast, Season 1, Episode 4.

Today is a special episode of the Canadian Immigration Podcast. You will notice on my website that I did not produce a blog filled with tons of practical information. I do not intend to apologize for that because instead I have decided to share with you what I have been working on this past week or so.

Of course, this is in addition to the blogs and other podcasts I have released……and I can’t forget the fact that I am still trying to run the immigration practice within my firm…..and keep all of those wonderful clients happy.

Well,  over the last few days, I have been spending much of my time, preparing for a presentation I gave this afternoon to members of the Lethbridge Chapter of the Human Resource Institute of Alberta.

The Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) is the professional association for human resources professionals in Alberta. With chapters in all major cities in Alberta, HRIA is the third largest HR association in Canada representing over 6,000 members.

For the last two years I have had the opportunity to speak at the annual HRIA conference held in Calgary and Edmonton on alternating years. This spring I traveled to Edmonton to speak on various immigration issues affected HR Managers in Alberta. I was fortunate to have my immigration technical advisor, Billie Young (who is an x-immigration officer with way more government experience than I), share the podium with me.

We had an absolutely fantastic time with a great group of HR professionals. It is really the highlight of my year when I get to spend time with these exceptional people. Being the Manager of Human Resources within a company can be a somewhat thankless job at times, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for what they do and their extremely professional HRIA organization.

Well, I was absolutely delighted when they asked me if I would be willing to address the Lethbridge Chapter of the HRIA and provide them with an update as to what was happening in the crazy world of immigration….well, they didn’t exactly put it that way. However, I sure did in my presentation… which was entitled “Comprehending the Incomprehensible”.

Because of the time I put into that live presentation, I was not able to produce more great content for my website. Therefore, I figured the next best thing I could do would be to share with you the presentation I gave this afternoon to the HRIA Chapter in Lethbridge. Please forgive the quality of the audio as both my videographer and sound technician were away and unable to help this audio challenged rookie.

Thanks to my Zoom H2n Handy Recorder, I was able to record the audio from the presentation and amazingly enough, it worked…….its not perfect as I was not able to capture all of the questions from the audience. And It also caught a little bit of feedback as I fumbled around the podium from time to time during the presentation.

But that’s okay, because the presentation was super fun and turned out awesome. The reason I know this is because I had the pleasure of Billie Young joining me again as she covered off the Work Permit and Labour Market Impact Assessment part of the presentation. Although she claims she gets super nervous, it didn’t show at all. As for me, I never met a mic I didn’t like.

If you are an HR or Global Mobility Manager anywhere in the world who sends people into Canada for business purposes – this podcast is for you. However, any individual or employer accessing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada will benefit from this information just as much.

As I sit here in my office tonight getting ready to queue up the presentation, before my 3 minute drive back to my home this evening, I want to dedicate this podcast to all of you HR Professionals out there, or anyone else that will be facing an excruciating hour long commute into work in the morning. I know you are out there because you work for entities just like my large corporate and institutional clients. Although immigration can be a pretty dry topic….especially  when a lawyer is doing the presenting, I think you just might be entertained and learn a few things all at the same time.

So without further adieu, I will pull up the audio from that conference so that you can have a listen. Oh, and I also wanted to remind you that you can download the slide deck of the presentation and follow along……however, not you guys that are driving….keep your eyes on the road.


Well, I hope you enjoyed that presentation as much as I did giving it. In all honesty, if I could spend my entire career presenting and teaching, I would be in heaven. Having completed my bachelor of education and taught high school prior to becoming a lawyer, teaching immigration satisfies both of my passions at the same time.

I was not able to address any questions from my listeners today, so I apologize for that. However, if you do have a question, please go to my website at www.canadianimmigrationpodcast.com  and leave a question for me. I recently realized that its not that easy to leave a question on my website. I am going to make sure that we put a widget on the front page to make this easier for you.

However, in the interim, you can click on the “Contact” button at the top right section of my landing page and all the instructions you will need are found there.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

If you liked this podcast and want to hear me speak in person, please go to the show notes and I will have a link to my next speaking engagement that will occur at the:

  • Canadian Institute’s Immigration and International Worker’s Forum, on Oct 27-28, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta. Click on the register button and you will be guided through the process. I’ll be running a ½ day hands on workshop on how to file a Labour Market Impact Assessments and accompanying Work Permit as well as a traditional presentation during the conference on the scary world of Employer Compliance within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
  • I’d love to see you there in person. So make sure you introduce yourself to me if you tuned in to this episode of the Canadian Immigration Podcast.

Question for Next Podcast

In our next Episode of the Canadian Immigration Podcast, you the listener will have the opportunity to tell me what you want to learn about Canada’s new Express Entry process for obtaining permanent resident status in Canada.

As I have indicated in previous podcasts, on November 1 of this year (less than two months away) I will be launching my Canadian Immigration DIY Guide to Express Entry. This guide will be a screen cast where I walk you through each step of the Express Entry process as if you were sitting with me in my office. It will be filled with every ounce of my and my team’s experience and knowledge navigating the frustrating Express Entry portal.

The product is still in Beta, so if you have anything you would like to see within the guide, please comment below or message me through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and all the others.

Although I have a pretty good idea where the tricky parts are when attempting to submit an Express Entry Profile and PR application, I would love to get even more input from you. So please, please send your suggestions my way.

And don’t forget to like the Canadian Immigration Podcast on Facebook. I have a goal to get to 1000 likes by the end of the month. I am currently sitting at 480, so if you find the information I am providing helpful or worthwhile, please share the love with all of your friends and anyone else who you feel may benefit from what I am trying to do.

If you don’t like what I am doing, then please let me know as well. I appreciate constructive feedback every bit as much as a pat on the back. After all, I want to provide this free resources in a way that people can actually use. Otherwise, there is no point in me  wasting my time.

However, from the awesome feedback I have already received in just two weeks of my Canadian Immigration Podcast launching, I am pretty darn excited about what the future will hold. So thanks for all of your feedback and please keep it coming.

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Well that should about do it for this Podcast. I look forward to my next Podcast where I will share more practical tips and information on Canadian Immigration law, policy, and practice, to help you along your way!,

This is Mark Holthe, signing off for now.


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