Immigrants of Waterloo Region: Tech founder went from being an international student to creating 600 jobs

August 7, 2021

In 2010, a 22-year-old Martin Basiri landed in an airport in Canada. Excited to experience snow and whatever else was in store for him in the country, he went on an adventure to explore life as an international student.

Fast forward to 2015: along with his brothers Meti and Massi, Basiri founded ApplyBoard, a platform that connects international students with academic institutions.

Today, ApplyBoard has become one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech companies and now employs more than 900 team members, with 600 of them located in Waterloo Region and across Canada.


I came in September 2010. And when I got here, I’ve never really experienced snow before. In my city in Iran, we don’t have it.

I was so excited to see snow. And when it snowed, I was like, ‘Wow, this is how snow feels like.’ And it never stopped, it just kept coming!

My memories of my early days here were all positive, all fun.


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