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”.

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 lifelong learning.

Meri Ghazaryan

Manager, Global Connections

Meri is the Manager, Global Connections at IEC-BC. She has more than 15 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.

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.

Elizabeth Good

External Relations Strategist

Elizabeth is IEC-BC’s External Relations Strategist and focuses on thought leadership, policy development, and communications. Elizabeth specializes in the not-for-profit sector and has worked in Vancouver and internationally. She most recently returned from working in the development sector in Kosovo. Elizabeth has 5 years of research experience and holds an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Geography and International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She is committed to creating a more inclusive, diverse, and accessible society with IEC-BC.

Chris Anderson

Project Lead

Chris is Project Lead for the Immigrant Employment Council of BC’s Employment 101 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.

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 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.

Dennis Chang

Program Delivery Coordinator

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

Program Coordinator

Iona is the Program Coordinator 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.

Alvaro Rivera

Coordinator

Alvaro works as a Coordinator with both the BC JobConnect and FAST programs. He is an internationally trained business development professional with over five years of global experience in the financial industry, international commerce and market research. Primarily responsible for ensuring a global standard of quality for the organizations where he has worked, his diverse work experience includes analyzing data and creating reports for strategic planning along with studying industry trends. Alvaro holds a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, USA, and  a master’s degree from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where he majored in International Business. Before arriving in Canada, he oversaw the successful completion of projects that resulted in increased access to financial services for a diverse population in Honduras.

Eduardo Bananal

Employer Relations Officer

Eduardo is the Employer Relations Officer 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.