Staff

Kelly Pollack, CEO

Kelly has led the Immigrant Employment Council of BC as its CEO since its inception in 2008. IEC-BC is the provincial employer-facing organization that achieves the integration of skilled immigrant talent into the province’s workforce. Kelly brings more than 20 years of experience in developing strategic initiatives to attract and integrate internationally trained talent into BC’s labour market. She is a sought after speaker, and a thought-leader and subject matter expert on immigrant employment matters. Kelly brings a keen and strategic understanding of the economic drivers associated with global talent shortages. Prior to IEC-BC, Kelly was the Director of Employment and Language Programs at MOSAIC, one of the largest immigrant serving organizations in Western Canada. Key accomplishments include:

• Establishing IEC-BC including providing direction and leadership, governance policies and procedures, resource development, government relations and achieving organizational stability and sustainability;

• Leading a comprehensive province-wide employer consultation on immigrant employment;  Overseeing the development and implementation of a $1.5 million initiative to support BC employers in developing innovative immigrant employment solutions;

• Solutions for Access, a partnership with BC regulatory bodies; and,

• The inception of the BC Internationally Trained Professionals Network.

Daisy Quon, Senior Manager, Programs and Stakeholder Relations

Daisy is the Senior Manager, Programs and Stakeholder Relations at IEC-BC where she is responsible for oversight, coordination and implementation of IEC-BC’s programs and services, as well as external relations with employers, service provider organizations, government and other key stakeholders. She holds a BA and MA - following completion of her university studies, Daisy worked internationally, primarily in Hong Kong and Madrid, Spain. Her professional background includes senior positions in the private, non -profit and public sectors in the areas of strategic partnership development and corporate leadership, community investment, immigrant labour market integration and policy development. Her commitment to the work of IEC-BC is fuelled by its blend of economics and social mission, thereby, resulting in the ability to "do good and do well".

Sangeeta Subramanian, Senior Manager, Workplace Development

Sangeeta is the Senior Manager, Workplace Development at IEC-BC and brings to her role 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector in Canada as well as Asia. This encompasses strategic planning, facilitation, cultural intelligence training, policy development, partnership development, program design and coordination, mentoring, leadership development and civic engagement. She has held Project Manager and Coordinator roles with the Maytree Foundation, South Asian Women’s Centre and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).  Sangeeta holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. Additionally, she has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She brings to her role a passion for working on issues of diversity, inclusion, access and equity and integration of immigrants into Canadian workplace and society.

Dimitry Morales, Manager, Finance and Operations

Dimitry is the Manager, Finance and Operations and is responsible for IEC-BC’s day-to-day financial management of funding contracts and ongoing organizational operations. He has extensive experience with accounting, information technology, operations and event management for non-profit organizations. As a Labourer-Teacher, he worked along migrant workers from Mexico and the Caribbean on farms in Southern Ontario and taught them ESL English and computer skills while helping them integrate into Canadian society. He has also taught secondary school accounting credit courses at a private school.

Dimitry is a strategic thinker who likes to take a holistic approach to his work.  He is passionate about being involved through community engagement.  Dimitry holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, has completed the Certified Management Accountant accelerated program and believes in life long learning.

Hanif Ladha, Manager, Employer Relations

Hanif is the Manager, Employer Relations, and brings extensive experience in business development and stakeholder engagement. He has worked on multiple projects within the private sector, including with Fortune 500 companies, and brings a wealth of business experience as an owner-operator, a sales professional manager and as a leadership program facilitator. In 2006 Hanif received the Established Business of the Year award from the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. A dedicated volunteer, Hanif engages members of the community to participate in social and educational programs, and he is a coach and mentor to immigrants in Canadian workplaces. Hanif is passionate about helping people reach their goals and create success stories.

Natalia Angheli-Zaicenco, Manager, Communications

Natalia is the Manager, Communications at IEC-BC. With a 20 + years of experience in journalism, communications and international development, she brings to this role her passion for telling organizations' stories. Her areas of expertise include communications strategy and planning, event and publication management, research and analysis, writing and editing, as well as media relations. She believes in giving back to the community, and is currently a volunteer with the Take a Hike  Youth at Risk Foundation. Natalia holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Meri Ghazaryan, Manager, Global Connections

Meri is the Global Connections Manager at IEC-BC. She has more than 10 years of experience in community development from positions with non-profit, international, and public organizations. She brings extensive work experience and knowledge of labour market integration of skilled immigrants to her primary role of providing support to service delivery partners, employer partners and professional associations for the MentorConnect and Connector programs. Meri holds a B.A. in Political Science and English Language and a diploma in Human Resources.

Hana Bilikova, Administration Coordinator

Hana is the Administration Coordinator at IEC-BC, providing support to the CEO, Senior Management and the Board. She enjoys helping others succeed, and she brings over 9 years of progressive experience in executive support and office administration. Prior to joining IEC-BC, Hana worked in the business education & management training field, helping employers in Western Canada improve their operations and employee management practices. Hana is used to wearing many hats. In addition to administration, her diverse skill set includes event planning, corporate training, marketing research, graphic design and website development.

Fionan Griffin, Project Coordinator

Fionan is the Project Coordinator for Facilitating Access to Skilled Trades in BC (FAST BC) project. He has a background co-ordinating within the construction, banking and hospitality sectors. His expertise and skills lend to the managing of day-to-day business functions, increasing the companies' online presence and administrating projects. He has a passion for the non-profit sector and volunteers with Vancouver’s homeless youth. He has a joint bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Technology Tallaght, Ireland and Arnhem School of Business, Netherlands.

Sanjit Purewal, Program Coordinator

As the Program Coordinator, Sanjit supports the co-ordination and implementation of IEC-BC programs and initiatives. He brings project management experience from his work with one of Canada’s largest legal advocacy organizations and a leading BC environmental NGO. Throughout his career, he has worked alongside representatives of the Judiciary, the Bar, stewardship groups, and all three levels of government. With a passion for the not-for-profit sector, Sanjit has been resourceful in planning and implementing multi-stakeholder projects, programs, and agreements, managing program and project budgets and deliverables, and implementing key internal organizational policies. Sanjit holds a BA from the University of British Columbia with a double major in political science and history.