Piyush Mehta
Country of origin: 
India
Year of arrival to Canada: 
2013
Languages(s) speaks: 
English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kiswahili
Education: 
Bachelor of Science
Occupation: 
Business

Community Involvement:

I actively volunteer with the Vancouver Food Bank and regularly participate in the annual TELUS Days of Giving. I am a proud member of  the Gujarati Society Of BC ( cultural, charitable, and educational non-profit organization based in British Columbia) and also the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society in Surrey.

Interest in the Advisory:

I am always passionate about giving back to the community. The IAR gives me a platform to share my experience in helping new immigrants with setting up a business and navigating those complexities. Given my multicultural background and exposure to doing business in Kenya and India, I am able to help address a lot of challenges faced by new immigrants.

Immigrant Challenges:

Settling in a new country is always a challenge and setting up a business is even harder. The biggest challenge for immigrants currently is finding the right resources and support centers at the right times. It took me quite a bit of time to find the services that would help me with various administrative process associated with business operations. Also, in my initial days I struggled to find information about cultural community gatherings, which are a great way to connect to locals at that level.

Vision for Surrey:

My vision for Surrey is to transform Surrey into a global, welcoming, and diverse city. I would like to see Surrey as a bright spot for immigrants by providing seamless integration to the society.