Our History

See where it all started.

With humble beginnings in 1988, the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) has grown from a small volunteer-led initiative with only Mr. Salim M. Sindhu as its steward, to a 200+ staff not-for-profit charitable organization with three locations in northeast and southeast Calgary. Devoted to assisting immigrants and low income Canadians through various levels of language and employment training and settlement programming, CIES has provided tens of millions of dollars worth of service to over 250,000 newcomers in its 30+-year history. Today, CIES assists over 1,400 students a day, 7 days a week, with programs in-house and online.