Success Stories: The Immigrant Experience

Successful Immigrants

Adrienne Clarkson, Donovan Bailey, Michaëlle Jean, Alexander Graham Bell. Do these names sound familiar? These are only just a handful of famous Canadian immigrants who took advantage of the opportunities and earned success in their adopted homeland.

Canada has been listed by various publications, including Business InsiderTelegraphThe Economist, as one of the top countries in the world with the best quality of life. Many people view Canada as not just a country, it signifies hope, success and opportunities to build a better life. Canada has become an attractive place for immigrants from around the world who are looking for a host country that will provide them with an abundance of opportunities to build and live the life they want. Immigration also strengthens Canada’s culture and diversity.

Canada averages 250,000 immigrants annually. Now more than ever, Canada is bringing in a lot of highly-skilled immigrants, workers and foreign students who study at world-renowned schools and stay to test their newly adopted skills in Canadian job markets.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada’s annual immigration flow is now proportionately one of the highest among OECD members. This shows that immigrants are quickly integrating into the labour force and using their skills to drive the Canadian economy and improve the nation’s overall prosperity.

Let’s have a look at some successful Canadian immigrants.



Alexander Graham Bell

We have to thank Alexander Graham Bell for our beloved smartphones that all of us are obsessed with. Bell was originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, but he and his family immigrated to Canada in 1870 and settled down in Nova Scotia. Bell and Thomas Watson, a young electrician whose services he enlisted, were trying to develop a device that would transmit speech electrically. On June 2, 1875, Bell discovered he could hear sound over a wire. March 10, 1876, marked the birth of the telephone.






Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson was born in Hong Kong, but her family immigrated to Canada as refugees in 1942. She received multiple university degrees and worked as producer and broadcaster for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and as a journalist for various magazines. She is most known for being the former Governor General of Canada, from 1999 until 2005.






Donovan Bailey

Donovan Bailey was born in Manchester, Jamaica in 1967 and immigrated to Canada at age 13. He is Canada’s most successful runner having won two gold medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, U.S.A. He once held the World Record for the 100 metres, recording a time of 9.84 seconds.





Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean was a refugee from Haiti who came to Canada in 1968. She lives in Thetford, Mines, Quebec. She worked as a journalist and broadcaster for Radio-Canada and CBC. She’s also active in the non-profit sector, mostly assisting victims of domestic violence. Her most notable achievement was being appointed by Queen Elizabeth II to the post of Governor General of Canada in 2005, which she held until 2010.





Canada is proud to be one of the most multi-cultural countries in the world with a mix of culture, opinions, values and talents that blend well together to create overall prosperity and a unique identity for the country.



V. Pang | The Edge Blog

Photo Credits: Andrew Rusk via Flickr  /  University of Saskatchewan via Flickr


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Leave a Reply

Trending Articles

Stay Connected

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe For A Free Magazine


The Edge: A Leader's Magazine

What's Being Read

Bridging the Management Age Gap

Millennials are known as the generation of smartphones, over-priced coffee, and a reputation for entitlement and leisureliness. Despite this, the success of millennials is becoming