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“Canada’s enthusiastic immigrant”

When 40-year-old Rodger Harding was selecting a country to emigrate to from South Africa he chose Canada. When I asked him why Canada, he replied: “Dick, my father fought in the Second World War. He told me if you ever want someone to fight alongside of, find a Canadian, you can always count on them.”
Before taking his father’s advice, Rodger visited a number of countries, knowing that whichever country he selected he would be there forever.
In 1995 Canada was the hands down winner.
When I first got here it wasn’t easy,” he told me. “I couldn’t get a job.
It seemed his university degrees and awards received in South Africa, including the Star of Africa [equivalent to our Order of Canada], did not excite Canadian employers. So in 1997 he did what most enterprising achievers do. He started his own consulting company: Harding International & Associates Inc., focusing on what he knew and understood from his career as a lawyer, diplomat and motivational trainer.
It was the right move. His list of clients now includes many of Canada’s leading corporations. Many are the same companies that rejected him years earlier. Now they pay mightily for his advice.
His business bio reads like a James Bond novel: “Rodger’s proven ability to impact on people from all walks of life derives from a career evolution ranging from the sophisticated diplomatic lifestyle of Paris, to the survival of death threats from mercenaries and modern day pirates in the Indian Ocean, to the management of multi- million dollar development projects.”
Rodger is one of the most enthusiastic immigrants I have ever met. His feelings towards Canada and the unlimited opportunities in this country are refreshing to hear.
For me, Canada has the remarkable status of being a first-class player in world affairs ... blinking as a beacon for both evolving and oppressed countries. Our track record is important. So few Canadians recognize this inspiring legacy, or the influence we have on the world.”
I wish we could bottle his enthusiasm and distribute it free to every Canadian. He is another Canadian Achiever.
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