A warm welcome from Innovate Niagara and the amazing people of St. Catharines, removed all the tension and very soon this amazing country became the only place that I proudly call home. - Masoud Reza Aziminajjar
Written by Masoud Reza Aziminajjar
Since I was a kid, from what I had heard about Canada, it was always my dream to live here. For many years, and always for one reason or another, I never had an opportunity to move to Canada. Thanks to Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) for its Start-Up Visa Program, as well as my goals and dreams, my life’s direction changed towards an amazing path. In this journey, after living in Malaysia for nine years, Innovate Niagara, introduced to me by CIC, gave me a great support system and paved the way for my success in life and business, and helped me to prepare myself for a new chapter in my life.
On July 26th, 2016, I landed in Canada for the very first time, stressed and with tons of questions. A warm welcome from Innovate Niagara and the amazing people of St. Catharines, removed all the tension and very soon this amazing country became the only place that I proudly call home.
As a VFX and 3D (Visual Effects) Generalist, I had been working on videos for many years, and constant learning was always part of this process. However, the circumstances were not always in my favor and I was hoping that this move to Canada would give me a better perspective of possibilities towards my desired dream. And here I must admit that not only did it give me a clear vision, but also now I feel very lucky that I joined Innovate Niagara as one of its portfolio companies; nothing could make me happier than ending up where I am right now. I am surrounded by people who are working in similar fields giving me constant feedback when it's needed which boosts my energy to work even harder.
Now that I am working in an environment with many talented people who generously share their knowledge with each other and are always there for you to grow together, and living in a country, especially in a peaceful city that is full of great people who treat each other with nothing but respect, I can't wait to have my wife, my son and my newborn daughter here with me after almost a year of living here alone to share all these gifts with them.
Masoud Reza Aziminajjar is the founder of Black Wings Effects. He has 22 years Graphic Design and VFX experience. Masoud pushes himself to produce more challenging art both technically and creatively to brings what was once an idea to life.
This article originally appeared in The Business Link Niagara. Volume 15, Issue 8. July 2017.