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Introducing Get To Know CanCham Board Series 🍁
We are conducting small 5-question interviews with our board to get to know them a little more. The questions aim to learn about them on a much deeper level by asking personal questions that bring to surface their deeper ponderings.
We interviewed Rasha Abu Ramadan Phan to hear about what inspires her...
1️⃣ What do you miss most about Canada?
I certainly miss my family and friends all over Canada and miss taking walks at the Niagara Escarpment during the Fall season when all the trees turn into beautiful red and golden shades.
2️⃣ What are you most excited about being a part of the CanCham board?
Through CanCham, I have been able to work on projects that increase and improve Canadian education ties with Vietnam as well as the Study in Canada brand. Most recently, promoting the CanCham Rice for Life initiative which has helped so many Vietnamese affected by Covid and seeing the positive impact it has and continues to have on our Community makes me proud to be a part of CanCham.
3️⃣ What was your first job?
I worked as a salesperson at Le Chateau, a Canadian fashion company founded in Montreal in1959. I learned about sales, merchandising, marketing, managing teams, and the fashion industry
4️⃣ What are the key moments in your career?
During my early years in university I worked as an English News Anchor in the Middle East and had the opportunity to interview and meet very interesting and influential people who helped to shape my views. When I returned to Canada, I worked with with Passport Canada and was introduced to the world of International Education. Later, I worked for Niagara College Canada on student recruitment and marketing, government funded education projects and capacity building projects in Saudi Arabia. In 2016, I launched my company Canadian Education Pathways (CEP) and relocated me to Vietnam which was a pivotal move in my career. As Head of Operations for Vancouver Island University and through CEP, we have successfully sent over 600 students from South East Asia to study in Canada. Happiness is seeing these students thrive and build their goals in Canada.
5️⃣ What is your proudest achievement?
Opening successful Middle-Eastern restaurants in Vietnam - Kebabs and Wraps and Shawarma Shack. This has been one of my greatest challenges for which I am most proud, personally and professionally.