Staff

Patrick MacKenzie

CEO

Patrick MacKenzie is the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He 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. Previously, Patrick spent 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at its national headquarters in Ottawa and its regional offices in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Patrick has worked with partners on matters affecting aboriginal and immigrant populations, including immigrant economic integration, provincial nominee programs, credential recognition and labour mobility.

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”.

Dimitry Morales

Senior Manager, Centralized Services

Dimitry is the Senior Manager, Centralized Services 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 lifelong learning.

Chris Anderson

Manager, ASCEND

Chris is the Manager for the Immigrant Employment Council of BC’s ASCEND project. Upon graduating from SFU, he conducted primary research and developed work plans used to review and analyze documentation into the history of residential schools in Canada on behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and INAC. Chris then moved to Asia where he completed Mandarin-language studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and oversaw a portfolio of skills-development and income-generation projects for the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Upon returning to Canada, Chris completed studies in project management through the UBC Sauder School of Business, obtained Project Management Professional certification and, most recently, helped to deliver asset management planning strategies in BC’s non-profit housing sector.

Narissa MacLeod

Coordinator, ASCEND

Narissa is the Coordinator for the ASCEND project. She completed a BA degree double majoring in political studies and sociology, and double minoring in criminology and women’s studies at Bishop’s University. Additionally, she completed a MA degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Sunderland. She lived, worked and studied abroad for 10 years in South Korea and Australia and recently returned to Canada. She is an experienced project coordinator, instructional designer, instructor and training developer, skilled in curriculum development, e-learning, virtual reality, gamification, training and facilitation. She is an innovative professional who believes strongly in helping newcomers to Canada achieve their dreams.

Hana Bilikova (On leave)

Coordinator, Administration

Hana is the Coordinator, Administration at IEC-BC, providing support to the CEO, Board of Directors and Senior Management. She enjoys helping others succeed and brings over 12 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 has lived and worked in Europe and the United States before moving to Canada and her professional experience also includes event planning, corporate training, marketing research, graphic design and website development.

Jonathan Waiching Ho

Manager, Communications

Jonathan is the Communications Manager of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He is a multi-faceted storyteller with more than 10 years of integrated marketing communications experience across Canada, Middle East, and Asia. His areas of expertise include digital communications, brand strategy, and social media. Having worked with both government and private organizations, he brings fresh ideas to the IECBC team. He holds a Bachelor in Commerce with a specialization in Marketing Management. Jonathan also worked for the British Council in Asia, where he found his true passion to help create awareness on diversity, education, and inclusion within niche communities.

Jonathan is a strategist wearing many hats and will continue to work on the growth of IECBC’s digital presence. He is actively involved in various community projects in BC. Jonathan also holds certifications in Social Media Marketing from Hootsuite and Digital Marketing certification, SEM and SEO, from Brain Station, Vancouver. He is a strong believer in education being the key to one’s success in life.

Dennis Chang

Coordinator, Program Delivery

Dennis is the Program Delivery Coordinator for the MentorConnect Program and lead Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system administrator. He has more than 8 years of experience in coordination and administration of community based programs in the public and non-profit sectors. Dennis enjoys planning and implementing IT related projects along with utilizing project management philosophies in his work deliverables. His areas of specialization include technical support and facilitating program based trainings to organizational stakeholders. He strongly believes in helping individuals overcome challenges to successfully realize their goals and potentials. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University along with minors in Business Administration and Publishing. He is currently completing his Applied Data Analytics Certificate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Iona Santos-Fresnoza

Lead, FAST

Iona is the Lead responsible for the FAST (formerly FAST BC) project. With over a decade of work in government, tourism, IT, academia, and non-profits, she brings to her role not only extensive experience in project coordination, program development, and community outreach, but also advocacy for social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Before moving to Canada, she collaborated with digital agencies in Singapore and the US – believing that with the tools available to us today, a world without borders is possible. A Journalism Major from the University of the Philippines, Iona is currently completing an Award of Achievement in Community Management at the University of British Columbia.

Riley Bushell

Coordinator, Programs and Research

Riley is the Programs and Research Coordinator for IEC-BC. Her work is informed by an academic background in international relations, public policy and migration studies at the University of British Columbia and at Ryerson University. Several years of research and employment opportunities at public and non-profit organizations in Uganda, South Korea and Germany demonstrated to her the unique growth potential of diverse and inclusive work spaces. However, her experience coordinating community-based programming at home in Vancouver also illustrated the significant employment barriers that exist for newcomers settling in Canada. Riley brings to the role a keen interest in connecting the multiple stakeholders who foster mutual benefit between B.C employers and our vibrant newcomer communities.

Eduardo Bananal

Coordinator, Community Partnerships

Eduardo is the Community Partnerships Coordinator and works together with BC employers to achieve their workforce objectives through BC JobConnect. He has more than nine years of experience in sales and client management in the pharmaceutical industry. He also worked in the fast-moving consumer goods industry as a business development officer. Eduardo holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He has been involved as a volunteer for a disaster management organization (logistics team for Typhoon Haiyan victims) and an associate editor servant / volunteer for a non-profit, religious organization.

Flavio Assis

Coordinator, Employer Relations

Flavio is the Employer Relations Coordinator and works together with BC employers to achieve their workforce objectives through various programs and learning initiatives. He has more than 10 years of combined experience in business, marketing, social work, and entrepreneurship. He also worked as a facilitator for UNCTAD Empretec Program, a methodology implemented globally by the United Nations for over 30 years and now running in 40 countries worldwide. Flavio thrives on building lasting and mutually successful relationships with internal and external stakeholders. He holds a master’s degree in Administrative Science with specialization in Global Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver. He also has been involved in social projects in Brazil and the Philippines, working with the Focolare communities, a non-profit, religious organization, in which people respect and value diversity.

Belinda Jin

Coordinator, E-Learning

Belinda Jin is the E-Learning Coordinator at IEC-BC and supports the development of learning content for all programs across the organization with an initial focus on ASCEND and FAST. Belinda holds a Masters degree from SFU with a specialization in Educational Technology and Learning Design. She has worked at the SFU Teaching and Learning Centre and conducted high-quality work to blend MOOC courses and lesson plans for post-secondary teachers. In her past role at Brighton College, Belinda helped the organization transition all their courses to LMS, trained and supported instructors on using the LMS, and developed curriculum for new courses. She has extensive experience working in educational technology across multiple platforms, instructional design for online, blended, and in-person learning. In addition, she is also a certified F2F and online facilitator, and member of the Instructional Designer Association.

Farizan Razie

Coordinator

Farizan is the Coordinator at the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He brings 5+ years of extensive global experience to this position.  He’s previously been a consultant to social entrepreneurs in Ecuador, an ambassador for an environmental agency in Indonesia, and a caseworker for immigrants & refugees in Vancouver. He was vital to incubating “PowerHack”, a hackathon event that connects employers to skilled immigrant talents in the Information & Technology sector, into IEC-BC.

He is passionate about the intersection between capitalism and social justice, hence his passion to connect employers to skilled immigrant talent so that they fully contribute to our society and economy.

Souhalia Hussain

Coordinator, Administration

Souhaila is the administration coordinator at IEC-BC, focusing on supporting the CEO. She brings with her a background in communications, marketing and research skills from her education and work experience from Malaysia and Sudan. She enjoys working with people and is no stranger to diversity and multi-culturalism. In addition to her role at IEC-BC, Souhaila is also a volunteer grants writer and board secretary to the Vancouver Visual Arts Foundation. Before joining IEC-BC, she started a Doctoral degree in communications in Malaysia, where she completed her BA and MA, and accumulated over 8 years of experience in the fast-moving consumer goods and utilities industries.

Rania Younes

Project Manager, National Network

Rania is the National Network Project Manager. She brings solid experience in guiding and leading program design and development in the newcomer employment and career advancement space. Through her experience working closely with immigrant professionals and employers alike, she brings a systemic approach to the forefront, articulating and drawing upon user experiences to develop effective and engaging strategies. Rania has over 17 years of progressive marketing experience, which has taken her to positions in global and leading local marketing and advertising companies where she excelled in areas of expertise in strategic planning, brand positioning, market research and analysis, new market penetration and business analysis.

Rania strongly believes that when immigrants proposer we all prosper, and with that belief rooted in her community work, she co-founded WelcomeHomeTO, a grassroots initiative that works closely with local community groups to articulate and bring attention to settlement challenges and opportunities, envisioning a dynamic settlement network where all newcomers are welcomed with open hearts and minds, and supported to reach their highest potential for a stronger Canada.