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Acsenda students participate in Container Trail Tour

Acsenda students participate in Container Trail Tour

On October 22nd, BBA Acsenda students participate in a Container Trail Tour organized by the Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office. Delta is home to Canada’s largest container terminal, exporting fruit from Okanagan, specialty grains from the Prairies and more. How was the tour? The purpose of the tour was to learn about how local ports serve as a gateway to international trade routes. The tour included everything from a busy container depot to big logistics warehouses to Canada’s largest deep-sea container terminal. The tour took 2 hours and it started and finished at the Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office in Ladner. The first part of the tour highlighted container depots and logistics warehouses in Delta’s Tilbury Industrial Park and Deltaport Logistics Centre. It also included locations such as Deltaport Truck Staging Facility and the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility. The second part of the tour took students to the Roberts Bank, home of Canada’s busiest coal export facility and Canada’s largest container terminal. Students looked at container ships being loaded and unloaded at the Deltaport terminal. Thanks to our International Business Management Program Director, Fuat Ramazanov and Instructor Natella Isazada for facilitating this trip! What does the Port of Vancouver do? The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the lands and waters that make up the Port of Vancouver. The Port of Vancouver connects Canadian businesses and consumers with diverse products that people use from all around the world. Located on the southwest coast of British Columbia, the Port of Vancouver extends from Roberts Bank and the Fraser River up to and including Burrard Inlet. Also, the Port of Vancouver includes more than 16,000 hectares of water, more than 1,500 hectares of land and hundreds of kilometres of shoreline. The Port is the same size as the next five largest Canadian ports combined and it manages most of Canada’s trade goods and a big range of North America’s cargo. If you want to participate in upcoming tours or other events at the Port of Vancouver, please go to their website.

Acsenda Students Celebrate Halloween on Campus

Acsenda Students Celebrate Halloween on Campus

Halloween Festivities Kick Off at Acsenda   Undeterred by the rainy weather, Acsenda students donned their spookiest costumes and traversed campus on Monday, October 31st, to celebrate Halloween in person with their peers. Halloween parties have been a longstanding tradition at Acsenda, and it was an incredible opportunity to have this event on campus again. From pumpkin carving campus trick-or-treating to a costume contest, and face painting, to mention a few, there were plenty of “spooktacular” activities for students to participate in. Marycarmen Cruz, an Acsenda Student Ambassador, said she was excited to be assisting with organizing this event, which has been held annually for many years at Acsenda. Marycarmen and Tania Garcia, the President of the Lead Club, played a vital role in decorating campus and creating the spooky ambiance in the student lounge, which many of the students enjoyed during the party.   Traditions, New and Old   For many Acsenda students, this was their first experience of a Canadian Halloween. Many students dove “hand-first” into their first pumpkins, creating cats, spooky faces, and the like on their chosen pumpkins with great skill. Shy smiles and questions followed conversations of pumpkin carving or trick-or-treating, but students were excited to have the opportunity to participate in some traditional Canadian Halloween activities. “We have the tradition of trick-or-treating in Mexico,” said one student, “but not the pumpkins; those are not as common.” Some traditions carry over across borders, but it is always an excellent opportunity to learn and experience the practices of other places, and it was clear that the students were thrilled to share the pumpkin carving.   Witches, Ghosts, and Goblins, Oh My!   Another event highlight was the face painter, Jade, from Out of the Rain Events. Check out our Associate Director, Kevin Fraser, as Black Panther if you need more proof of Jade’s skills! Dressed as a snuggly bat, Jade painted everything from beautiful flowers and colorful butterflies to villains and action heroes onto our students. This event was a massive success, and we were thrilled to have over 50 students registered. In-person events are returning to the Acsenda campus, and we cannot wait to see more students at these events. If you are interested in seeing a particular event on campus, please get in touch with our Student Experience Coordinator, Maria Stevens, to discuss details.   Thank you to everyone who supported this event, and Happy Halloween!  

Canada’s Plan to Welcome 500000 Immigrants by 2025: Opportunities and Benefits

Canada's Plan to Welcome 500000 Immigrants by 2025: Opportunities and Benefits

IRCC in Canada has released detailed information about the plans that the Canadian government has for immigrants for the period 2023-2025. For 2022, IRCC is already well on track to welcome more than 430,000 immigrants to Canada. In 2023, this target will rise to 465,000 new permanent residents (PRs). In 2024, Canada will aim to welcome an additional 485,000 immigrants and in 2025 another 500,000. What is the main purpose of the new immigration levels plan 2023-2025? Immigration has a big role in Canadian society. Immigrants are filling job positions in all sectors, with 5 million Canadians set to retire by the end of this decade. Furthermore, the main purpose of the new immigration levels plan 2023-2025 is to support the Canadian economic resurgence and post-pandemic growth. According to IRCC, some of the main points of the plan include: Increase in overall admission amounting to 1.14% of the Canadian population by 2024 Help for vulnerable populations, like granting PR to refugees working in health care Support for global crises by providing humanitarian immigration to those facing persecution Talent retention by those that are already in Canada by granting PR status to temporary residents Why immigration is essential for Canada? Immigration is an important activity for the economic sustainability of a country. There are many reasons why immigration is essential for Canada including: Support the Canadian population and economic growth Assist diverse cultural backgrounds Build strong economic and social foundations Critical to supporting economic recovery The Immigration plans tabled by the government provide Canada with long-term benefits such as supporting short-term economic growth and unemployment. Additionally, if you want to know more about unemployment and job vacancies in Canada, please read this article. How were the immigration levels in Canada in recent years? Canada is one of the countries chosen by millions of immigrants as their home every year. As the Canadian population continues to age and the fertility level is decreasing, immigration is the main driver of the Canadian economy. Moreover, just over 1.3 million new immigrants settled permanently in Canada from 2016 to 2021, the highest number of immigrants recorded. The lowest number of immigrants admitted to the country was in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, in 2021, Canada welcome the highest number of immigrants in its history, with 405,999 permanent residents which represents an increase of 120% from 2020. In 2022, Canada is aiming to welcome 431,645 permanent residents and rise this number as mentioned in the immigration plan 2023-2025. Nearly one in four people in Canada are immigrants, the highest proportion of the population in more than 150 years according to the graphic below. To learn more about Canada’s Plan to Welcome 500000 Immigrants by 2025: Opportunities and Benefits, check the government website. Also, if you want to know how to apply for a work permit to immigrate to Canada, check out this article.

Acsenda Alumni Association hosts in-person networking event

Acsenda Alumni Association hosts in-person networking event

The Acsenda School of Management Alumni Association conducted its first in-person networking event of the year, an opportunity for students and graduates to meet with industry professionals in the community. How much money was raised and who were the supporters and donors? Alumni officers and Student Leaders included: Nanette Seneres, Mary Grace Mapa, Jamel Clariss Pinto, Jesica Cortes Escobar, Lizette Hernandez, Melissa Oviedo & Jim Tan, all of which who supported this successful event. As a result of the efforts and generosity of the alumni association, they managed to raise $260. The names of the donors are: Nanette Seneres Lizette Hernández Hilda Marcela Camarillo Quevedo Carine Joy Paculaba, Cinthia Carrillo Castillo Daniela Islas Piedra Nancy Guevarra Dorado Tania Castillo These funds directly support Acsenda’s bursary fund. President Dr. Neil Mort expressed his gratitude to all those who volunteered and donated to the event. He recognized that it takes a commitment of time and keen interest that makes such initiatives possible. If you are a graduate and you would like to get involved our the Acsenda School of Management alumni association, please join the group below: https://chat.whatsapp.com/LaxKq0AOeOxGa4VXT27wQt    

LEAD Club hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Day

LEAD Club hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Day

The LEAD Club hosted an on-campus Breast Cancer Awareness Day in an effort to educate students on the severity of cancer, encouraging students and staff to wear pink in support. Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The kind of breast cancer depends on which cells in the breast turn into cancer. One of the biggest reasons for raising awareness about breast cancer is the importance of early diagnosis. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women. Check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation website so you can be part of discussions about the topic. There are other activities that you can do virtually within the platform, and you can even learn more about Breast Cancer Health through a free E-Book. What is the Breast Cancer Awareness Day? Breast Cancer Awareness Day is an international health observance that takes place on October 1st every year. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about breast cancer, its causes, and the importance of early detection and treatment. During Breast Cancer Awareness Day, people all over the world come together to support those affected by the disease, encourage women to get screened for breast cancer and promote research for finding a cure. This day is marked by various activities such as fundraisers, awareness campaigns, educational seminars, and public events. It also serves as an opportunity for survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones to share their experiences, support each other, and promote breast cancer awareness. There are several organizations and resources available to learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Here are a few examples: The National Breast Cancer Foundation This organization provides comprehensive information about breast cancer, early detection, and treatment options. They also offer resources for those affected by breast cancer, including support services and financial assistance. American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society offers a wide range of resources on breast cancer, including information about risk factors, prevention, and treatment. They also offer support services and educational programs for those affected by breast cancer. Breastcancer.org This website is a leading resource for breast cancer information, providing the latest research news, treatment options, and support services. They also offer a community forum for people to connect and share their experiences with breast cancer. Susan G. Komen This organization is a well-known breast cancer advocacy group, that provides information on breast cancer risk factors, prevention, and treatment. They also organize events and fundraisers to support breast cancer research and provide support services. These are just a few examples of the many resources available to learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Day and breast cancer in general.

Acsenda hosts Job Fair 2022

Acsenda hosts Job Fair 2022

On September 16, our Bachelor of Hospitality Management (BHM) faculty and student services department hosted a job fair on the Acsenda Campus. It was a great way for students to meet with employer-partners of the institution. How was the job fair? The event featured 6 distinguished employers and over 85 students & graduates. The participating employers included: Enterprise Holdings Hotel Zed & Accent Inns Inc AngusOne Staffing La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop Halcyon Hot Springs Resort Dr. Thomas Gomes honoured all the employers at the closing ceremony and engaged in a fruitful discussion on ways to expand industry partnerships in the future. The employers involved provided commendable remarks about the students who attended the interviews on their preparation and professionalism. Moreover, 15 student leaders volunteered tirelessly to support this event and we appreciate their professionalism and contributions. Student Testimony After landing an interview in Richmond, Rhaveer Kaur said “Thank you to Acsenda for setting this up! The employer I met with today took my personal information and invited me to formally apply for their new position. I’m hoping for the best – this was a great start” What is a job fair? A job fair is an event where employers and job seekers come together to network. They exchange information and explore potential employment opportunities. Typically, a job fair is organized by a group of companies, a specific industry or sector, or a local community organization. During a job fair, companies set up booths or tables to provide information about their organization, the positions they have available, and the qualifications they are looking for in candidates. Job seekers have the opportunity to meet with recruiters, ask questions about the company and the available positions, and submit their resumes or job applications. Some job fairs may also offer workshops or seminars on topics such as resume writing, interview techniques, or career development. Also, if you want more information about ‘Acsenda hosts job fair in 2022’ or are interested in upcoming ones, please contact us. Acsenda hosts Job Fair 2022

Acsenda students volunteer and clean up Charleson Park

Acsenda students volunteer and clean up Charleson Park

On October 15th, a group of 30 student volunteers, ambassadors, staff, and faculty participated in our Neighbourhood Cleanup Party at Charleson Park, False Creek. The goal of the Shoreline Cleanup is to keep our community and shoreline clean and safe. The weather was amazingly sunny, warm, and great for being outdoors. The group stayed from 11 AM to 2 PM, helping clean as much as possible. The group of students collected over 10 bags of waste, including plastic products such as bottles buried in the sand, glass and metal waste, tons of metal cans, plastic utensils, and other non-biodegradable items. Thanks to all the students, staff, and faculty that volunteered for this event, as well as our amazing student ambassadors! If you are interested in community service events, please contact us to learn more about opportunities like this.  

International students can now work more than 20 hours per week in Canada

International students can now work over 20 hours in Canada

As of November 15, 2022, international students can now work over 20 hours per week in Canada. In an effort to address the labour shortage, the Canadian government lifted a long-time regulation that limited international students to only 20 hours of work per week off-campus. The IRCC has announced that from November 15, 2022, to December 31, 2023, international students that are in Canada can officially work more than 20 hours off-campus while class is in session. Why did the Canadian government approve this change for international students? Labour shortage and increase in job vacancies The total labour demand which refers to the filled and vacant positions reached a record of 17.7 million in June, 1.4% higher than in May. Canadian job vacancies rose to a new record of 3.2%, meaning more than 32,000 jobs are currently available. According to Statistics Canada, since May, job vacancies in Canada have achieved a new record surpassing 1 million in just three months. Unemployment increasing Canada’s labour market set a record low unemployment rate of 5.4% in August 2022, according to Statistics Canada. The unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in September as fewer people searched for work. Workers are retiring The more employees retiring, the more job vacancies there will be. People born between 1946 and 1964 are approaching retirement periods within the next decade. There are approximately 9 million of them in all of Canada. In September, there were just under one million (57.5%) people aged 55 to 64 who cited retirement as their main activity according to Statistics Canada.  Low birth rate of Canadians The low birth rate of Canadians means there will not be enough workers to fill these positions and Canada will have to rely on international students. In 2020, according to Statistics Canada also experienced the lowest number of births since 2007 and the greatest decrease in births (-3.6%) since 1997. Besides, in 2021 many individuals changed their fertility plans due to the pandemic. How many international students will benefit from the change in the work restriction? More than 500,000 international students already studying in Canada will benefit from this change according to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser. Canada is one of the most attractive destinations in the world for international students. According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), there was an estimated 530,540 international students in Canada in 2020, with 96% of foreign students recommending Canada as an international destination. Since 2015, the level of international students has been gradually increasing at all education levels according to Statista 2020. The lift of the 20-hours per week restriction allows international students to support themselves financially; especially at this point that the pandemic is over and some students might be trying to recover from the hit; also that the Canadian government needs help to improve certain aspects of the economy. Still, the government wants to make sure that students continue focusing primarily on their studies rather than on work. Students are under a study permit that states that the main reason for coming to Canada is to study. Study permit holders are still expected to balance their study and work commitments, as those who stop studying or reduce course loads to only study part-time are not eligible to work off-campus. In 2021, Canada hosted over 620,000 international students, a figure that has been increasing in the last two decades. Currently, Canada counts 621,565 international students at all levels of study. The number of international students per province can be seen in Figure 1 (CBIE 2022). If you want more information about the change of work-off campus for over 20 hours per week, please go to the Canadian government website. If you need more information about working in Canada while studying in Acsenda, please contact us.

Acsenda students visit largest multi-product bulk terminal in North America

Acsenda students visit largest multi-product bulk terminal in North America

Acsenda School of Management International Business Management (IBM) students visited the largest multi-product bulk terminal in North America. The terminal is a critical link in the supply chain that transports Canadian potash and steelmaking coal to markets worldwide. During the tour, students learned about the terminal operations, key international destinations for commodities that the terminal handles and some measures that the terminal undertakes to minimize the impact of its operation on the environment. What are Neptune Terminals? Neptune Terminals is a bulk shipping terminal located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet in the Port of Vancouver. It is owned by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and operated by Neptune Bulk Terminals. Currently, the terminal handles Potash and steelmaking coal from Saskatchewan, BC and Alberta respectively. Nonetheless, they have managed other products for both import and export such as phosphate rock, canola oil, and alfalfa pellets. In 1968, they constructed the Neptune terminals, and they have been operating them ever since. The terminal has grown significantly over the years from 3.2 million tons of handling capacity in 1968 to 23.5 million tons of handling capacity in 2021. They expect the capacity to grow to 30 million tons in the upcoming years. What is the expansion project that Neptune Terminals completed? The construction company completed the expansion project ‘The Allison Project’. It involved a new railcar dumper building and conveyor system, a new ship loader, and an extra ail alignment. The former president of Neptune Terminals, Claus Thornberg, told North Shore News: ”I wouldn’t say they’re building a completely new metallurgical coal system, but it’s not far from it. We’re upgrading most of the existing infrastructure with a major overhaul if you like so that we will be able to more than double the capacity for Teck at Neptune.” They finished the project in August 2021. After completing The Allison Project, the company realized the demand for water capacity. The terminals are proposing to install a 500-metre-long coal water force main and to upgrade the pump stations. If you are interested in learning about what other activities or tours Acsenda School of Management arranges for students, please contact us.  

Manning Park Resort practicum preps students for hotel management careers

  Acsenda School of Management works with industry partners to provide students with exceptional practicum and job placement programs. One of these opportunities, tailored to the needs of our Bachelor of Hospitality Management students, is working at Manning Park Resort. Through this practicum, students learn the ins and outs of hotel operations, working in a series of different roles, including administrative positions. We met up with a couple of our students who decided to partake in this practicum. They were delighted with their experience. If you are an Acsenda student interested in this offering, please contact: Rhia Spiers Human Resources Officer Manning Park Resort: 604-668-5922 ext. 1130 Working Days: Thurs-Mon