Spotlight on Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Celebrating Remarkable Immigrant Contributions

At Immigrant Services Calgary, we believe in honouring the remarkable contributions of immigrants and refugees to our vibrant and diverse community—which is why we launched the celebratory Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) gala in 1997. Over 20 years later, this annual awards ceremony continues to bring hundreds of community and business leaders together to celebrate Calgary’s change-makers.

In our series of blogs highlighting the past year's award recipients, we turn our focus to the Entrepreneurship & Innovation category. This award recognizes an immigrant or refugee who has achieved success in the creation or operation of a business or entrepreneurial endeavor, or has applied innovation resulting in business success in Calgary or surrounding areas.

Meet Hong Phuc Nguyen: A Visionary Entrepreneur Revolutionizing Job Search for Newcomers

The winner of the 2023 IDA in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation category is Hong Phuc Nguyen. Originally from Vietnam, Hong Phuc immigrated to Canada in 2020. With a dedication to advocacy and a visionary approach to entrepreneurship, she co-founded Kibbi Technologies Inc. in 2022, aiming to revolutionize the job search experience for newcomers and refugees.

Hong Phuc's innovative platform combines job listings with a visual interface and a multilingual job portal, making it easier for newcomers to navigate the job market. Her work extends beyond technology, as she collaborates with partners to create job opportunities for newcomers, embodying the transformative power of immigrants in building a thriving society.

Hong Phuc's journey and achievements highlight the impact of immigrant entrepreneurs on our community and economy.

Watch Hong Phuc Nguyen's Story

Do you know someone like Hong Phuc, making a significant impact through entrepreneurship and innovation? Nominate them for the Immigrants of Distinction Awards 2024 and help us recognize their extraordinary contributions. Nominations close on June 17, 2024, so make sure to nominate someone today!