Sask Polytech Grad Turns Dream of Life in Canada into Reality

International student Natalie Stanford looks forward to a career in financial services.


“Adjusting to studying and living in a new country was a challenge but I had some truly unforgettable moments studying at Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” said Natalie Stanford, an international student who came to Canada from Jamaica. “I had the opportunity to learn about Canada’s rich and diverse culture, education, financial and banking system. The training and practical coaching I have received have added value to my life. I am now qualified to work in finance which is an accomplishment I do not take for granted.”

Through the Financial Services post-graduate certificate program, Stanford gained knowledge about the financial business world and credits her instructors for their support. “The instructors genuinely cared about the students,” she said.

“It was not easy for me to relocate to Canada with my family. The international advisors helped to ensure I had the necessary tools to succeed. The orientation sessions helped me to prepare for the weather, applying for jobs and ensuring I understood the conditions of my permits. I thank each and every individual and instructor who has helped me along the way and contributed to my success at Sask Polytech.”

Stanford graduated from Sask Polytech’s Moose Jaw campus. She is one of 500 graduates who registered for the convocation ceremony, a record number for Moose Jaw that is driven by the participation of international students.

“We have many international students studying in business programs,” said Kristen Craig, associate dean for the School of Business. “The varying backgrounds, including education and experience and cultures, allows for interesting and engaging discussions that tie in perspectives and experiences from around the world. It makes for a dynamic classroom experience.”

International students find the business programs of particular interest because they provide an opportunity for graduates to work in all industries in various business roles such as accounting, human resources, project management and supply chain management, to name a few. The work-integrated learning opportunities provided to students in the business programs allow them to work on projects with industry partners, which supports their learning and helps them build industry connections.

Stanford has settled into life in Canada with her family. She has accepted a position as an Income Assistance Worker with the Government of Saskatchewan and is in the process of getting her Canadian citizenship.

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June 2022



Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories and the homeland of the Métis.