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Entrepreneurial immigrants: Thriving, not just surviving

April 23, 2012

Ilyas Tekin, a Turkish engineer, arrived in Ottawa in 2010 and immediately started up a business. (Photo: Ora Morison)

By Ora Morison

Ilyas Tekin is an engineer. At least, that’s what you could call him in Turkey. In Canada, he’s an entrepreneur.

Since immigrating to Canada in 2010, Tekin has started his own company, working in almost the same field as he did in Turkey, but unable to do any actual engineering. Instead, in Canada Tekin is an exporter rather than a manufacturer of machine parts.

Ilyas Tekin, a Turkish engineer, arrived in Ottawa in 2010 and immediately started up a business.

“We are not selling engineering services,” Tekin says. “But I thought I could manage a good business here.”

Read the full story published on Ottawa Insight as part of my business reporting class.

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