Quality Care Group of Companies co-founder Kris Salumbides said he is grateful to be given the chance to meet young Pinoys and share the story of the companies, he and his partners, Jesse Tallon and Jacob Christian were able to establish in Alberta Province.
Salumbides was invited as one of the resource speakers in the National Youth Leadership Conference, February 23-24, in Ottawa organized by the “Pinoys on Parliament Committee”.
“I hope we were able to inspire the youth to never give up on their dreams and that we can achieve our dreams when we study and work hard and smart in Canada,” said Salumbides.
Salumbides, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy in the Philippines in 2002, worked at a children’s hospital in Manila for two years then went abroad to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to gain more experience on his practice and while working at the hospital in 2005, he was awarded best employee and champion in patient care.
He came to Canada in 2008 as an OFW, worked different jobs, until he was able to get a spot as a respiratory assistant at the Lung Centre for the Seniors in 2009. Both working and studying, he eventually became a Registered Sleep Technologist in Canada in 2012. He worked at the UofA Hospital with co-worker Jesse Tallon, who eventually became his business partner.
Both started talking about opening their own business and so the company was founded in 2014 in Edmonton. Jacob, whose specialization is on finance, joined the two to help grow the business which has now more than 50 employees in Edmonton and Calgary.
Quality Care Group of Companies runs the first Filipino co-owned Medicus Family Health Clinic and Pharmacy in Edmonton, breaking the long years of the Filipino community’s search to find doctors who can speak their language at a clinic “na may malasakit”.
Salumbides also shared at the conference, Quality Care Group’s vision to expand their businesses across Canada and internationally in the next two years.
“We are currently working very hard to achieve those goals,” said Salumbides.