Patrick MacKenzie


Patrick  joined IEC-BC as the organization’s new CEO in April 2017. 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.  Patrick has spent the past 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at its national headquarters in Ottawa and the 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.

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.

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 + year career 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 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.

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.

Fionan Griffin

Project Coordinator

Fionan is the Project Coordinator for Facilitating Access to Skilled Trades in BC (FAST BC) project. He has a background coordinating 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.

Dennis Chang

Program Delivery Coordinator

Dennis is the Coordinator, Program Delivery at IEC-BC. He has more than 7 years of experience working in program administration and coordination in the public and non-profit sectors. His areas of expertise include administering online systems, providing technical support and facilitating training to service providers. Dennis enjoys planning and implementing IT related projects in the areas of SharePoint and CRM and strongly believes in helping individuals overcome challenges to successfully realize their goals and potentials. Dennis holds a B.A. from Simon Fraser University with a major in Communication and minors in Business Administration and Publishing along with a certificate in Project Management.

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.