Hi, I'm MC!
Just like you, when I was about to study, stay, and pursue my dream career in Canada, I did a lot of research on several online forums, websites, etc. I had many failed attempts, struggles, and lessons learned through my journey. It took me almost years to figure out and realized what I want in life. Right after a year of completing my business program at Nova Scotia Community College and traveling Canada coast to coast – we have finally found our home base and settled in the rainforest of Canada “Vancouver Island” in British Columbia. I took the leap and immediately started my mentorship business for international students and immigrants in December 2019. I started by creating educational videos on YouTube about studying abroad, career growth, immigration, and inspirational stories. I started sharing my journey along with my fellow international students, from being students to immigrants, as well as their professional and entrepreneurship journeys.
Who is SLE Planner?
SLE Planner is the first peer-to-peer mentorship platform designed specifically for international students. Through our platform, students can connect with mentors who can provide guidance and support on everything from choosing the right course of study to landing a great job after graduation. We are selected as one of the TOP 25 Tech Start-Ups in British Columbia by New Ventures BC.
SLE Planner began as a passion project creating educational videos for international students who wanted to study in Canada. As international students themselves, SLE Planner Team Emmalyn, Eudaliya, and Dex can deeply relate to the challenges faced by their students. Coming from abroad, they didn’t have a local network of contacts or expertise as Canadian business owners. But, like many successful entrepreneurs who started from scratch, SLE Team maximizes what they have, thrives from there, and the rest is now part of history..
They believe that mentorship can be a powerful tool to overcome these obstacles, and they hope to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the tech industry. SLE Planner is focused on innovation. The team is always looking for new ways to improve its brand and make it more unique, to ensure that they remain the top choice for international students seeking help in their next program.
What we do?
SLE Planner's mission is to disrupt the current international student recruitment model with a simple and accessible program matching tool allowing students to succeed in their chosen program professions. The platform provides the students with program matching, peer-to-peer mentorship, and task management tool. At SLE planner, we take a unique approach, using them not only to match programs with our students but also to help us match students with the resources and support that they need to make the most of their academic experience.
Whether it's finding a mentor or learning how to connect with like-minded peers, no stone is left unturned when it comes to helping each student succeed in their chosen field. Every international student deserves a life-changing career in Canada.
2012 It started from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Emmalyn "Mc" De Guzman is an Overseas Filipino Worker, worked in Dubai, a Nurse and Project Coordinator, and Entrepreneur in United Arab Emirates for 7 years. However, after a while I felt that being a temporary worker abroad is unstable and I need to find a new place where I stay without limitations.
2018 Then I found Canada.
Took me 1.5 years to research everything, no community, no youtube videos to access information about studying in Canada apart from CIC website. I started my personal blog "Pinay Dubaiyuki" to share my experience as I got approved for my student visa.
2019 We made it and graduated with Honours! ;)
The 2 year program feels like 1 year program for us, it was quick but challenging. I am so happy that I graduated and also met my Fiance Felix. We both took Business Accounting at Nova Scotia Community College. Felix who is also an international student from Germany pushed me to start my Youtube Channel - Study Live Explore Canada. He gave me his old Linux camera - thanks to him!
2020 SLE Planner was born.
After graduation, I still have the burning desire to revive my blog, but to something powerful and impactful. I know how difficult to move and plan your studies to a new country. So I started SLE Planner with 1 student mentor, 1 Canadian school. We initiated giving free calls to students - giving them free advices about Life in Canada. At first, SLE Planner only gets 500 visits per month.
2021 We became Permanent Resident of Canada.
We finally got our Permanent Resident in Canada. SLE Planner also grew from 1 soloprenuer to 4 SLE team members, 1 Canadian school to 15 schools, from 1 to 15 Student mentors, from 0 to 15,000 registered students, and SLE Planner have gotten 400,000 visits in 2021! It was a crazy year! :)
Meet the SLE team
Founder & Mentor
Nova Scotia Community College, NS
Mentor & Copywriter
Centennial College, ON
Head of Admission & Design
Graphic and Communication Design
New Brunswick Community College, NB
Finance & Strategic Partnership Officer
Nova Scotia Community College, NS
Mentor & Student Support
Business Administration Diploma
University of Victoria, BC
Web & App Developer
Marketing & Student Support