\u201cExperience is what you get when you didn\u2019t get what you want.\u201d This is the favourite saying of Rafael Lopez. Rafael was recently interviewed by Benefits by Design (BBD), where I work, when we spoke with our team members who are working in Canada from abroad. We wanted to get an international perspective on what it\u2019s like to work at a Canadian small business, as well as what avenues companies can pursue to grow their team with international talent. The benefits of working in Canada Rafael is originally from Mexico. He came to Canada to study at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario \u2014 a choice partially influenced by the fact that its Computer Programmer Analyst diploma program included a work placement. He wanted a chance to study and work in another language \u2014 and to get to know what work is like in a different country.