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.

Chris Anderson

Project Lead

Chris is Project Lead 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.

Hana Bilikova

Administration Coordinator

Hana is the Administration Coordinator 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.

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.

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.

Pauric P. O’Rourke

Employer Learning Specialist

Pauric is a seasoned human resource management and workforce development professional having worked in HRM and HRD roles in Canada and the UK for 10 years. In addition, he has over 15 years’ experience as an instructor in further and adult education in Canada and Ireland. He holds master’s degrees in Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Blended and Online Learning and the CPHR designation. Pauric is a strong advocate of lifelong learning and the power of travel and diversity.

Belinda Jin

E-Learning Specialist

Belinda Jin is the E-Learning Specialist 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.

Narissa MacLeod

Project Coordinator and Educational Technologist

Narissa is the project coordinator and educational technologist 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.

Flavio Assis

Employer Relations Officer

Flavio is the Employer Relations Officer 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.

Riley Bushell

Coordinator, Program Delivery

Riley is a Program Delivery 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.

Jonathan Waiching Ho

Communications Manager

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.