Renowned author Matt Adolphe to be keynote banquet speaker at national Forum on Economic Immigration in Brudenell

mattadolphelowresSUMMERSIDE, PEI – March 15, 2014 – Alberta’s Matt Adolphe, renowned author of the book “Canadian Workplace Culture: Mastering the Unspoken Rules”, will be the keynote banquet speaker at the Forum on Economic Immigration on the evening of Tuesday, May 27. The forum, a major component of RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s LIENS project (Linking Economic Immigration to Our Success), will be held at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort in Brudenell May 26-28.

« Mr. Adolphe’s talk, to be delivered in English, will certainly be a highlight of our bilingual forum since this master communicator will touch upon matters that are at the very core of successful immigration, » announced forum coordinator Francis Thériault Saturday night during the 2014 Entrepreneurs’ Gala in Summerside . « He’ll talk about the so-called hidden rules that sometimes impede the successful integration of newcomers into the Canadian workplace and how to work around them. »

Thériault added that those who have heard Adolphe speak have found his message to be powerful and his delivery style to be quite captivating. « We feel his message will fit in perfectly with the mission of our forum, which is to help with the integration of newcomers into the workplace. »

Adolphe is an instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). He holds a B.A. in Indigenous Studies and History from Laurentian University and an M.A. in Communication Management from the University of South Australia. He has been teaching English, history, culture and communication for over 15 years in Korea, Japan, Macao and Canada.

He is an experienced course designer who has developed communication courses for immigrants and job seekers eager for success. He teaches a variety of professional courses in the oil and gas industry and education sector, typically focused on building strong communication skills in the workplace.


Thériault also announced that several other special guests – including representatives of the federal and provincial government and of the French government – will give a few words of greetings at the banquet.

The French Chamber of Commerce of Canada, Atlantic Network, will also present its brand new import-export award to a deserving Atlantic Canadian business.

People in attendance will also be treated to a final competition of RDÉE PEI’s Dragons Contest. Several young aspiring entrepreneurs, aged 18-39, will give a presentation of their business idea to a panel of expert business people. The panel will then select a winner, who will win several prizes along with an opportunity to qualify for substantial start-up funding from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

The evening will wrap up with some lively multicultural musical entertainment.


A number of other events are also planned for the forum.

Monday, May 26, will feature a friendly golf tournament for early arrivers. Later on in the day, there will be a sampling of “local flavors” prepared by well-known Atlantic Canadian chefs.

Tuesday, May 27, a workshop will be offered to immigrant entrepreneurs from the Atlantic region. As well, a gathering of RDÉE Canada’s national committee on immigration will take place.

On Wednesday, May 28, forum participants will get to attend a breakfast conference, a first series of workshops, a luncheon conference and an afternoon series of workshops. A wrap-up session will close off the forum.

The registration fee for the forum itself is $125 plus HST. Those unable to attend the entire event may choose to attend either the banquet or the day-long forum for $75 plus HST. Rooms and cottages are also available at various prices. Those wishing to participate are asked to fill out an online registration forum at or in the documents section of the website.

The Forum on Economic Immigration is being made possible through support from various collaborators. The main financial partners, who are contributing through the LIENS project, are Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Prince Edward Island Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population. Private sponsorships are also being finalized.


For more information on the Forum:
Francis Thériault
Forum on Economic Immigration
(902) 370-7333, Ext. 403, or (902) 888-8807