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  • Multicultural Workplaces
  • Culturally Diverse Work Units
  • Building Effective Multi-Cultural Teams
  • Helping Foreigners Adapt to the Canadian Workplace

Location: Calgary

Reputation: International

Member - Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©

Lionel Laroche is an expert in Cross-Cultural Training. He is demand world-wide for his dynamic presentations. Lionel is fluently bilingual in English and French. He uses plenty of self-deprecating humour to illustrate his points. His English is impeccable.

Lionel has provided cross-cultural training, coaching and consulting services to over 50,000 people in 14 countries (Canada, the U.S., Bermuda, Mexico, Peru, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Hong Kong, Dubai, China, Korea and the Philippines) over the past 16 years. Lionel specializes in helping professionals and organizations reap the benefits of cultural differences in their workplace. He presents on variety of related topics:

  • Talking to HR professionals and management teams who experience issues related to cultural differences within their organizations
  • Training team leaders, department managers and supervisors to increase the effectiveness of their culturally diverse work units
  • Educating employees of culturally diverse organizations to increase their collective effectiveness
    Building effective multicultural teams
  • Addressing staff and faculty members of Canadian universities and colleges on how to adapt programs to meet the needs of foreign students
  • Speaking to executive and management teams of multinational companies on how to adapt to Canadian business practices
  • Training immigrant-servicing agency staff members on how to help their clients find jobs in their field
  • Instructing regulatory body staff members on how to communicate their licensing processes to immigrants effectively
  • Preparing expatriates for foreign assignments
  • Tutoring immigrant professionals who have superior technical skills but insufficient interpersonal skills by U.S. or Canadian standards, and
  • Addressing the topic of helping immigrant professionals find jobs that make use of their skills.

Lionel is a thought-provoking, informative and entertaining speaker / facilitator. He has presented at over 250 conferences and venues, organized by a wide range of business, government, academic, professional and non-profit organizations.

Recruiting Book
Lionel is also a tireless author. He has published learned but practical articles in over 100 publications.
Lionel's articles have appeared in over 30 trade magazines published in eight countries (Canada, U.S., U.K, Netherlands, France, Mexico, Peru and Australia). He has also written three authoritative books:
  • Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions
  • Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Diverse Employees
  • Danger and Opportunity: Turning Cultural Diversity into a Competitive Advantage

Throughout his training, coaching and consulting practice, Lionel makes use of his 25 years of international engineering, management, sales and human resources experience, working with people from over 60 countries. He has worked in eight different countries (Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands) and for several multinational companies, including Xerox, Procter & Gamble, British Petroleum, and Jeumont-Schneider.

Born in France, Lionel obtained his "Diplôme d'Ingénieur Polytechnicien" from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, France and his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA.

References Available upon Request

Previous Presentations

Agile Perspectives Members
Alberta Association of Immigrant Servicing Agencies Staff
Algonquin College Faculty, Staff and/or Students
American Bar Association, Business Law Section Members
Assiniboine Community College Faculty, Staff and/or Students
Association des Bresiliens de Montreal
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Members
Bilinguo Faculty, Staff and Students
British Columbia Internationally Trained Professionals
British Columbia Teachers of English as an Alternate Language
Canadian Employee Relocation Council
Canadian Financial Planners
Canadian Opticians
Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Specialists
Canadian Society of Training and Development
Career Management Professionals
Central Alberta Economic Partnership Stakeholders
Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society
Certified Professional Accountants of Alberta
Certified Professional Accountants of British Columbia
Certified Professional Accountants of Manitoba
Conseil de developpement economique de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
Dalhousie University Faculty, Staff and/or Students
Diagnostic Services of Manitoba
Durham Region
Financial Planning Standards Council
Four County Labour Market Planning Board Stakeholders
George Brown College Faculty, Staff and/or Students
Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion Stakeholders
Hong Kong Canadian Chamber of Commerce Members
Human Resources Institute of Alberta Members
Human Resources Professionals Association Members
Information and Communication Technology Association of Manitoba Members
Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria Stakeholders
Internationally Educated Professionals
Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Faculty, Staff and Students
Manitoba Teachers of English as an Additional Language
Memorial University Faculty, Staff and Coop Student Employers
Memorial University Faculty, Staff and/or Students
"Employing Foreign Workers" Conference Participants

Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty, Staff and Coop Student Employers
Multicultural Association Chaleur Region Stakeholders
National English as a Second Language On-line Conference Participants
NED Alumni Association of Alberta
Niagara Immigrant Employment Council Stakeholders
North Bay
North Shore Welcoming Action Committee Stakeholders
Ontario Public Service Employees
Ontario Regulatory Bodies Staff Members
PEI Chamber of Commerce Stakeholders
Planificateurs Financiers du Quebec
Professional Engineers of Ontario Staff and Volunteers
Reseau de developpement economique et d'employabilite
Rotman School of Business International MBA Students
Sault Sainte Marie Community Career Centre Stakeholders
Seven Oaks School District Staff
Simon Fraser University International Students
Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Diversity and Inclusion Professionals
Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals
Stikement Elliott Business Partners
Supply Chain Management Professionals
Thompson River University Stakeholders
Thunder Bay Multicultural Association Stakeholders
Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) Stakeholders
Universite de Moncton Faculty, Staff and/or Students
University of Alberta International Students
University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmacy Faculty, Staff, Students and/or Preceptors
University of Manitoba Faculty, Staff and/or Students
University of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering Faculty, Staff and/or Students
University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Faculty and Staff
University of Waterloo Faculty, Staff and/or Students
University of Western Ontario Faculty, Staff and/or Students

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