Nick Noorani is a well-known authority on improving immigrant outcomes. Bestselling author of Arrival Survival Canada, founder Canadian Immigrant Magazine and Managing Partner Prepare for Canada Nick is also a motivational speaker, social entrepreneur, author and media personality. He has become a powerful voice for the successful integration of immigrants in Canada and bridging cultural gaps in the workplace and beyond. Nick has also been closely involved in creating content for Welcome to Canada - The Government of Canada official publication for immigrants. His latest book is Canada Countdown – How to immigrate to Canada.
Born in Mumbai, India, Nick came to Canada in 1998 with a world of international experience in advertising and marketing in three countries, but he faced many challenges in his new Canadian home, and he noticed that many other immigrants were also struggling.
In 2000, Nick co-authored the hugely successful book Arrival Survival Canada, subsequently published by Oxford University Press. This led to the launch in 2004 of Canadian Immigrant magazine; Canada’s first national magazine for all immigrants. In 2007, Nick sold the magazine to Star Media Group – a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., and continued his position as publisher.
Under Nick’s leadership, the magazine won accolades and awards in addition to becoming a must-read for immigrants to Canada, reaching a combined readership of 500,000 readers per month with two print and an online edition. Nick also developed the magazine’s Lilian To Scholarship, giving away $55,000 of education to newcomers annually, and was the architect of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, Canada’s first national recognition of immigrant contributions.
But for Nick, the magazine has always been just one part of a journey that earned him the sobriquet “social entrepreneur and immigrant advocate.” In 2005, he became the host of his own weekly radio show called “Ask Nick” on Radio Canada International.
In 2008, Nick launched an online networking site called ImmigrantNetworks.ca. And, in addition to countless hours spent volunteering with newcomers one-on-one, he has served on numerous community boards like the RCMP, Mayor’s Task force on immigration and Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Nick has also been the keynote speaker for several conferences on ethnic marketing, diversity and entrepreneurship.
In August 2010, Nick resigned from the Canadian Immigrant magazine to launch Destination Canada, a company dedicated to helping international students and immigrants before they arrive in Canada. And he continues to speak to thousands of immigrants through his seminars and keynote addresses, inspiring them to go after success.
After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, David has enjoyed a career with progressive responsibilities in sales and marketing roles with such companies as Nestle, Pepsi-Cola Canada, Canwest Global Communications Corp., and Torstar.
At Nestle, Canwest and Torstar he held positions that included overseeing new product development and launches of both traditional consumer packaged goods products as well as media properties. While Director of Business Development for the Star Media Group (a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd.) David was responsible for the acquisition of Canadian Immigrant magazine.
His subsequent additional role as associate publisher of Canadian Immigrant magazine entrenched him as a leader in marketing to prospective and new Canadians, and has given him a great depth of understanding and respect for the immigrant experience.
David was instrumental in the launch of the “Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards” – a people’s choice award that seeks to uncover and celebrate the untold stories and remarkable achievements of outstanding Canadian immigrants from all walks of life.
Since his departure from Torstar in September 2009, David has played an instrumental role in the creation and successful launch of “Champions of Change” – a national program celebrating Canadians’ domestic and international volunteerism – produced by CBC news in association with Outpost magazine and sponsored by Manulife Financial.
David is active in the community and has given considerable time to help organizations such as Frontier College, the Canadian Film Centre, the Toronto PWA Friends for Life Bike Rally and the Internationally Educated Professionals Conference held annually in Toronto.