Workshop on communication and interpersonal relationships to be offered to immigrant entrepreneurs

During Forum on Economic Immigration May 27

Isabelle ButlerBRUDENELL – May 9, 2014 – Immigrant, international and Island entrepreneurs participating in the Forum on Economic Immigration in Brudenell May 26-29 will get a chance to share their experiences and success stories between themselves as well as benefit from workshops aiming to increase their chances of succeeding and to help their integration into the Canadian entrepreneurial market.

One of the key private sessions they’ll attend Tuesday, May 26, to be delivered by Isabelle Butler, senior counsellor with Insights Learning and Development (Atlantic) Ltd., will focus primarily on the role of communication and interpersonal relationships in successful integration.

« My workshop will offer participants new methods they can use to establish and solidify their ties with their host community, » explains Butler. « They’ll also get to know themselves better and to know their community better. »

She suggests that when welcoming immigrants, people and communities must be open to valuing cultural differences rather than comparing them. It is also important to try to understand and respect other people and their perspectives.


fredericdescloslowresAmong the immigrant entrepreneurs who will participate in the forum will be a delegation of members of the French Chamber of Commerce of Canada, Atlantic Network (CCFCRA). The group will be formed of about 20 people, including entrepreneurs and managers of small and medium-sized businesses originally from France but now living in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-and-Labrador.

These people represent a wide array of sectors, industries and fields. Among others, there are owners of a bakery, an equipment manufacturing plant, a communication and marketing agency, an accounting firm, an electronics recycling plant, a translation office and many others. All of them have been in Canada for at least two years. They’ll come and share their perspectives about their integration into their respective communities.

Robert Audoux, general manager of the CCFCRA, notes one of the participants – chocolatier Frédéric Desclos, who had established Adorable Chocolat in Shediac, N.B. – represents a great example of integration and collaboration. He formed a good partnership with his competitor, Ginette Ahier, chocolatier from Choco Cocagne, to establish La Boîte à Truffes/The Truffle Box. The new joint enterprise has quickly become a huge success.

The Forum on Economic Immigration is an important component of RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s LIENS project (Linking Economic Immigration to our Successes). This project is funded through contributions from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Prince Edward Island Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population. The official sponsor of the workshop on communication and interpersonal relationships is the French Chamber of Commerce of Canada, Atlantic Network.



CUTLINE 1: Isabelle Butler from Insights Learning and Development (Atlantic) Ltd. will deliver a workshop on communication and interpersonal relationships to the immigrant participants at the Forum on Economic Immigration.

CUTLINE 2: Chocolatier Frédéric Desclos, a partner in the successful La Boîte à Truffes/The Truffle Box business, will be among the entrepreneurs originally from France who will participate in the Forum on Economic Immigration in Brudenell.


For more information:
Francis Thériault
Forum on Economic Immigration
(902) 370-7333