Nelson Graham

Office: SN 2005
Telephone: (250) 826-4879

Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman

Previous Education
BA Geography, University British Columbia 2016

Title of Project:
The experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs in St. John’s, NL: Opportunities & challenges

Research Project Description
There is considerable research examining the opportunities and challenges facing immigrant entrepreneurs in major Canadian gateway cities, but there is a lack of research on the dynamics of small business creation in smaller cities, including St. John’s. My research helps fill this gap in the literature. This research focuses on immigrants that own small businesses in St. John’s, NL, distinguishing the reoccurring barriers and opportunities that immigrant entrepreneurs face. Further, my research aims to consider these recurring barriers in hopes to determine if government policies are providing adequate resources to these entrepreneurs. Finally, this research will also help provide valuable findings to local immigration groups that seek to improve immigrant integration in St. John’s.

Teaching Assistantship

Fall 2018 Geog 3620 International Migration
2019 Research assistant for the Migration Research Collective
Winter 2018, Urban Geography, (GEOG 3701)

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2019 Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies
  • SSHRC, Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s
  • Memorial, The Dr. Alan G. Macpherson Graduate Research Award
  • University of British Columbia, Dean's List
  • University of British Columbia, Go Global
  • Pompeu Fabra University, Sobresaliente standing

Conference Presentations
‘The Barriers Along Kelowna’s Road to Immigration’ Small and Adaptive Cities Conference, Memorial University, St. John’s, Canada, November 2017
‘The implications of food deserts in North America’ The Inaugural Conference of Community, Culture, and Global Studies, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada, April 2016

ACE Space Lab

Research Interests:

  •  Immigrant entrepreneurs
  •  Immigrant integration
  • Immigration policies
  •  Neoliberalism


Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000