Pernille Fischer Boulter turned her immigrant status into a strength when she started her own business

Pernille Fischer Boulter was born in Denmark and now lives in Vancouver. She became a Canadian citizen on August 17, 2016 in Vancouver. Her love for multiculturalism is evident in her business, where she hires newcomers.

"It's like a mini-United Nations at my office."

This story is part of Becoming Canadian, a year-long project sharing stories of struggle and triumph from new Canadian citizens.

"It's like a mini-United Nations at my office. Coming from Scandinavia, you know surprisingly little about Canada. Canada made me an entrepreneur. Canada [allowed me] to build a company here, and employ people, mostly other immigrants. I have a company that helps micro companies exporting all over the world."

I don't really care about your university degree, and I certainly don't care about your grades.

"When somebody comes to have a conversation with me, I don't really care about your university degree, and I certainly don't care about your grades. I care about where you're from, where you would like to go, what languages do you speak, how do you get along with people? Because the rest we can all work out."

— Pernille Fischer Boulter, born in Denmark. Lives in Halifax, became a Canadian citizen on August 17, 2016 in Halifax.

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