From meetings in coffee shops to radio interviews to speed-mentoring sessions, Emiliano Mendez spends a lot time advising newcomers on finding a vocation in Canada. An immigrant fromMexico, his counsel comes across as honest and useful. Moving to Toronto as a fresh MBA graduate from HEC Montreal, Emiliano knows firsthand the barriers newcomers face getting established in Canada.
One of the barriers Emiliano faced when he arrived in Toronto was a lack of a well-established professional network. After meeting other MBA graduates from Latin America facing similar challenges, Emiliano decided that strength lay in numbers. Together with his new contacts, he co-founded the Latin American MBA Alumni Network (LAMBA) in 2010, to connect Latin American MBAs with each other and with employers inCanada.