I currently work for a somewhat large technology company in Canada. As part of the documents required before I started with them, I had to sign a very broad non-compete agreement. It basically says I will not work, within one year of leaving the company, for any competitor, including Amazon, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and about 20 other tech giants. It does not specify a geographical region, so I assume they mean the agreement applies to working for any "competitor" anywhere in the world. I do not possess any specific company knowledge which could harm the company if I were to work for the competition.
I am planning to go work for a particularly large tech company in the US, and will be leaving Canada to pursue a career that pays much better. It's to my understanding that in Canada, non-compete agreements are largely unenforceable. Does my leaving the country help reduce the enforceability (or lack thereof) of the NCA?
It seems extremely overreaching to basically bar me from working in my entire industry, which required a decade of schooling and training to work in, all throughout the entire world, for a solid year. That would mean I'd have to work some McJob just to pay rent for a whole year.
I've read through a number of StackExchange posts, and I think my approach would be that I don't tell my employer where I will be going to work during the exit interview, if there is one. I also wouldn't be updating my LinkedIn or Facebook profiles for at least a year, and biting my tongue if colleagues ask where I'm going.
Would this be a wise approach? Thank you.