New CEO Announcement

The Board of Directors of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC is pleased to announce that Patrick MacKenzie will be joining IEC-BC as the organization’s new CEO, starting April 3, 2017.

Patrick has made a career of public service from coast to coast, working in policy and program areas aimed at supporting many of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through economic and social development as well as international relations.

He has spent the past 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at national headquarters in Ottawa and its regional offices in Vancouver.

Looking to the future, Patrick’s history of working with partners on matters of immigrant economic integration, provincial nominee programs, credential recognition and labour mobility will help the organization seize new opportunities for growth, as it builds upon the successes of the past eight years.

A native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Patrick lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two young sons.

As she moves on from IEC-BC, the Board of Directors would like to thank Kelly Pollack for her inspiring vision and dedication as CEO.

As its founder and leader, Kelly has played a critical role in the development and success of IEC-BC – from all aspects of governance to program development to achieving organizational stability and sustainability.   To IEC-BC, Kelly has brought a keen and strategic understanding of the economic drivers associated with global talent shortages, and she has also established herself as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the immigrant employment space.

Under her leadership the organization has had many significant accomplishments, including launching a host of innovative projects under the Employer Innovation Fund, a series of BC employer consultations with resulting recommendations and actions, the implementation of regional immigrant attraction plans, the establishment of the BC Internationally Trained Professionals Network, along with annual summits and forums on immigrant employment.

Kelly will be greatly missed by IEC-BC’s Board of Directors, staff, and the organization’s many partners and friends. We are excited for Kelly as she embarks on a new chapter in her career and wish her all the best.