Commitment

To help you, your team and your organization to deepen your intercultural knowledge and capabilities and to fine-tune your ability to interact with people from different cultures so that you can make a more meaningful contribution in your professional life and enrich your life experiences.

To sharpen your communication skills, explore your own values and the values of your team members towards building relationships of trust and cultivating learning organizations that are vibrant and inclusive.

To design, implement and evaluate educational services that will develop culturally intelligent individuals that include mindful leaders, teams and communities both face to face and virtually.

Offerings

Workshops

  • Intercultural Effectiveness and Diversity
    • Pre-departure, In Country Orientation and Re-entry
  • Intercultural Competence Assessment Tools
  • Cross-Cultural Negotiations
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Presentation Skills
  • Cultivating Mindfulness
  • Train the Trainer
  • Focus Group Facilitation

Coaching

  • Intercultural Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Engaging Successfully in Difficult Conversations
  • Career and Personal Coaching

eLearning

  • Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of effective online learning courses using a variety of educational technologies
  • Designing blended courses (face to face and online) or fully online courses

Clients

Primary clients are the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), DFAIT’s Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL), Graybridge Malkam, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).

Participants have come from organizations as diverse as:

  • AKDN – Aga Khan Development Network, Badakshan, Tajikistan
  • AKES – Aga Khan Education Services, Hunza Valley
  • AKFC – Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • CAE Inc.
  • CCA - Canadian Co-operative Association
  • CCAF – FCVI
  • Canadian Forces, Afghanistan Pre-deployment Training Across Canada
  • Canadian Heritage - Expo2010 Shanghai
  • Carleton University, School of Journalism and Communication
  • OQA - Office of Quality Assurance, School of Public Policy and Administration
  • CBIE – Canadian Bureau for International Education
  • CIDA – Continuous Learning Section, HRCSB
  • Cirque du Soleil - Montréal
  • CTF – Canadian Teachers Federation
  • CUSO International
  • CWY – Canada World Youth
  • DFAIT’s CIL – Centre for Intercultural Learning
  • FCM – Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Health Canada
  • ICTC – Information and Communication Technology Council
  • Marine Institute - Newfoundland and Labrador
  • MDS Nordion Inc.
  • NJI – National Judicial Institute
  • OCISO - Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
  • RCMP – Haiti Program
  • SAIT – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, School of Business, Transportation, Manufacturing, Energy and others
  • Statistics Canada
  • Tourisme Montréal
  • Transport Canada
  • TRIEC - Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
  • Uniterra
  • University of Ottawa, Centre for eLearning
  • WUSC - World University Service of Canada

eLearning / Instructional Design

Intercultural Effectiveness and Diversity Workshops

Lively and engaging Workshops in Intercultural Effectiveness and Diversity are facilitated in a highly experiential context, and together with your organization, custom designed to meet your needs. The workshops will help you to strengthen your intercultural and diversity capabilities that are so vital in our workplace today so that you can contribute towards building a more inclusive culture. You will receive support in fine-tuning your communication and cross-cultural negotiation skills towards building relationships of trust in a variety of cultural contexts.

The workshops will help you to sharpen your knowledge and competencies, address attitudes and explore behaviors to become more effective in the workplace in Canada and globally. Very importantly, you will learn about pluralism as a fundamental human value and gain knowledge about pluralistic values and practices.

Approach

Results

Over 2000 Professionals from CIDA, DFAIT, Government and Non-government Departments, Not-for-profit, and Private sector gained intercultural effectiveness competencies in effective communication, team building, and conflict resolution, to support them in making a meaningful contribution to their organizations in Canada and globally.

Over 2000 Canadian Forces (CF) members including advisors, instructors and mentors, strengthened their intercultural competencies to support them in Canada’s Training Mission in Afghanistan. This also includes CF members deployed on international missions in Haiti, Sudan and other regions.

Over 100 Judicial education professionals supported in bringing reform in the judicial system or in their organizations through increased cultural awareness, effective communication and Train-the-Trainer knowledge and competencies.

Over 500 Embassy personnel including Canadian-Based staff (CBS) and Locally-Engaged staff (LES) sharpened their individual intercultural effectiveness competencies and intercultural team building in Canadian Missions abroad.

Integral Development Coaching

Our coaching services will support you and your team to gain key competencies in intercultural effectiveness or related workplace competencies such as effective communication. Our coaching work will leave you more competent and enable you to make a more meaningful contribution in your professional and personal lives.

Refined assessments and designs for the coaching program will meet your needs in an integrated way, shedding light on new possibilities and interpretations and with practices and insights that will move you to act in ways that support change in a sustained way.

Approach

Instructional Design eLearning

Project Management and Instructional Design, eLearning services will ensure the design and facilitation of online learning courses that clearly articulate the learning outcomes of your organization through the use of a variety of educational technologies.

The design and review of blended or hybrid learning or fully online courses will leave your team feeling motivated and equipped with key competencies that will help them strengthen their confidence and improve their performance in the workplace. This will result in increased convenience – ‘anytime, anywhere, anyplace’ – and reduce costs.

Approach

Bio Karima Kara, President

Karima is the President of iexpressions.ca an education consulting company that supports individuals and organizations to succeed by helping them to build communication and cultural competencies.

She has contributed to a number of exciting educational leadership programs across Canada, Asia and Africa through speaking engagements, workshops, and coaching services.

Karima has presented to individuals and organizations as diverse as Industry Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Sickkids Hospital, Canadian Mental Health Commission, Tourism Montreal and Cirque du Soleil. Karima also volunteers her time to mentor newcomers to Canada.

She is fluently bilingual and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from McGill University. She is an Integral Development Coach and a Certified Mediator from the Centre for Dispute Resolution in the UK.


Bio Laurie Blackstock, Associate

Laurie’s passion is helping people reach their potential. She has been designing and facilitating courses and educational materials for 14 years as well as needs assessments and evaluations in a number of countries, including Japan, Vietnam, Malawi, the USA and Canada. Laurie helps organizations maximize the incredible opportunities that a diverse workforce offers. By sharing different worldviews and aiming to understand the layers of other cultures, organizations can also learn much more about themselves.

Laurie facilitates intercultural effectiveness courses on behalf of DFAIT’s Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL), including embassy staff, NGO volunteers and military personnel. She offers debriefings to returning Canadians and an orientation to Canada for international visitors and students. Laurie co-facilitates a five-day course called, Skills For Working in Development for CUSO International. In addition, she coordinates volunteer engagement and training for the local unit of the Canadian Cancer Society. Other clients include World University Service of Canada, CECI, World Federation of Hemophilia, Advanced Consulting for Education, and GEOS Corporation.

Laurie has a Master of International and Intercultural Management from SIT Graduate Institute, the premier institute for international development learning in the USA. She also completed the Adult Education course from St. Francis Xavier University.

Laurie’s other interests include kayaking, hiking, and creative arts.

Blog

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Contact Us

At iExpressions we provide educational services that will support you, your team and your organization to be more effective in the workplace and to improve the quality of your life. Our work and our practices are grounded in current research, best practices and strong values. Our aspirations are high.

We would be happy to discuss how we can work with you collaboratively and invite you to contact us by sending us an email or by completing our online form.

In our efforts to stay informed about ourselves, our communities and our world we promote business practices that are equitable and responsible. We welcome your ideas for improvement.

Karima Kara
President
www.iexpressions.ca
info@iexpressions.ca
(613) 796-9696

Testimonials

During the time that Karima has facilitated intercultural effectiveness/effective communication workshops for OCISO employees and mentors, I have come to appreciate the depth of knowledge and enthusiasm she brings to her work. We consistently receive very positive feedback from workshop participants who experience her presentations as dynamic, informative and insightful. Karima can read an audience very well and has the depth to be able to adjust to individual needs while still delivering the content beautifully. It is a pleasure to work with and learn from Karima.

Leslie Emory
Manager, Community Economic Development
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)


Karima facilitated workshops for judicial education experts on cultural awareness, effective communication and teaching and learning interculturally in preparation for their missions overseas and domestically. The feedback from participants was excellent! Moreover, it was an absolute pleasure to work with Karima: her insight and competencies have a multiplying effect as she masterfully integrates her presentation into the overall training. The result is that learners are motivated and engaged and the workshop flows perfectly. Karima is a passionate facilitator and coach that I would highly recommend and that we look forward to working with again.

Diana Simkhovych
Project Manager
International Cooperation Group
National Judicial Institute


Karima has worked as an Instructional Designer for SAIT Polytechnic for curriculum design / redesign projects in different streams like Manufacturing, Energy, and Business. She is a dedicated professional with excellent Instructional Design and relationship building skills. She is sincere, committed and punctual. She has always been a wonderful choice for our projects and we were impressed by her performance as she effectively overcame the barriers of geographical distance. I have received excellent feedback about her work from our Project Managers (PMs), Clients and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and would highly recommend Karima.

Jas Khangura BEng, BSc, PMP
Formerly at Centre for Instructional Technology and Development, SAIT Polytechnic


I worked with Karima on the BBA Year 3 Project with the School of Business. She was excellent to work with, quality input to our SMEs, a good editing eye, and always timely and friendly to work with. Doug and I have both stated that we’d more than welcome her back to work on any of our Projects with Business.

Robert DeRocco
Business Program Manager, SAIT Polytechnic


Les séances de coaching de Karima m’ont permis de comprendre et surtout d’apprendre les principes de communication et de négociations interculturelles permettant de sortir des impasses des conversations et des relations interpersonnelles difficiles. Sa passion pour l’interculturel, les relations interpersonnelles et les communications harmonieuses font d’elle une personne très compétente, d’une grande délicatesse, d’une discrétion et d’une patience qui nous met à l’aise et qui nous incite à aussitôt mettre en pratique son apprentissage.

Sultana Natho-Jina
Gestionnaire, Division des Services commerciaux
Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (AFSC)