The selection committee for the 2013-2014 Immigrant Success Awards has not yet been announced. It will be composed of representatives from business, community agencies and HR. View last year’s selection committee below.
Anat Wertheim, VP, Program Development, JVS Toronto
The IS Awards selection committee is sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing.
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing, venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs.
Ellen is the Human Resources Business Partner for BDC Ontario and Corporate Finance. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University, is a member of the ACCES Employment Advisory Committee, and is a past committee member for Ryerson’s Sign Post Project of the IAFP Program. She contributes as an advocate for the inclusion and employment of internationally trained professionals in today’s Canadian workforce.
Ellen has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources in the financial sector, both domestic and international. She continually strives to build partnerships within the community and newcomer agencies in order to employ internationally trained professionals and inspire other organizations to foster these hiring practices. Her areas of expertise and passion are in global graduate recruitment and organizational development.
Valerie Browne is the Director, Professional Standards and Registrar for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the regulatory body and member services association for Ontario’s nearly 20,000 human resources professionals. In this role, she is responsible for providing policy support to HRPA’s regulatory committees and oversight for regulatory processes including registration, complaints and investigations, discipline and appeals. A seasoned not-for-profit management executive, Valerie has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Windsor and holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.
Paula was born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She began her career in language instruction, and after immigrating to Canada in 2001, she became a certified ESL instructor and worked for several years teaching and managing ESL programs.
Paula pioneered the creation of a part–time ESL program for professional newcomers to Canada in the private ESL industry by designing and implementing a program that catered to the specific language needs of internationally qualified professionals.
For the past five years Paula has worked as a specialist in talent acquisition, employer relations at Career Edge Organization. As the Senior Manager of Partnerships she manages the sourcing and assessment of internationally qualified professionals applying to the Career Bridge paid internship program. She has been actively connecting the community of skilled immigrants with reputable, Canadian companies that recognize the value of skilled immigrant credentials and global perspectives.
Paula has served as a mentor to newcomers, has been a member of advisory committees for training programs for internationally educated professionals and for TRIEC’s Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs initiative).
Paula is also the president of the Canadian Colombian Professionals Association (CCPA), which is a volunteer-run professional immigrant network that has been serving as an influential voice and support for the Canadian Hispanic professional community since 2001.
Kim Clark is the Director, Inclusion & Diversity for CBC English Services. In this role Kim engages with all areas of CBC’s business to ensure that they are working to reflect all the richness and diversity this country has to offer. Whether it’s in the shows CBC produces, the stories being told, the people who work at CBC, or the personal connections made in communities across the country. Working with teams at CBC and the Inclusion and Diversity Steering Committee at CBC, processes and programs are developed to ensure that inclusion and diversity are built in as important ingredients of a culture and environment that drives innovative, creative and engaging programming – key to the CBC and to Canadians.
Prior to this, Kim worked in Partnership Development and Communications at CBC Toronto where she worked closely with local programs in developing strong links into Toronto and GTA communities. Before moving to CBC, the foundation of Kim’s career was built in roles tied to building relationships in business development, sales and market development.
Barb Conway is the Vice-president of Human Resources at Carswell, a Thomson Reuters business, Canada’s foremost provider of information solutions to Legal, Tax and HR professionals.
A Human Resources professional with several years of experience, Barb has been responsible for developing HR strategies and programs that have supported Carswell’s achievement of being named one of the Top Employers in Canada in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada in the past six years.
Barb holds a CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation through the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO), a Certificate in Human Resource Management through the HRPAO, a business diploma and is currently completing a degree in Organization Development.
Glem Dias is the Director of Strategic Talent Management at Pitney Bowes Inc. He has global responsibility for managing the design and development of succession management, high potential leadership development, talent mobility, enterprise performance management and mentoring.
His diverse experience comes from industries such as investment banking, software, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and retail. He has worked in the US, Canada, India and has done assignments in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. His prior roles include leading talent management at Wal-Mart Canada and Morgan Stanley India.
He is a recipient of: 2008 Pitney Bowes Impact Award; 2009 Talent Management Award and 2010 Innovation in Employer Branding Award from the HRPA; 2011 Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award.
He regularly speaks at leading talent management conferences, at business schools and in the media. He has served on multiple industry committees including the Federal Government’s External Advisory Committee on Talent Management.
Sal Florio is the Director, Human Resources for Huawei Technologies Canada Co., Ltd. In this role, Sal is responsible for human resources for Huawei’s Canadian operation. He is responsible for managing, developing, and maintaining a comprehensive HR department and promoting the department in various HR functions, including: HR Planning, Recruitment, Employee Relations, Policies, Training & Development, Performance Management, Compensation & Benefits, and Organizational Design. As a member of the senior management team, Sal is involved in the corporate decision making process and enhancing the human resources value proposition in an emerging new organization within the Canadian marketplace.
Sal has extensive professional experience in HR, general management and business in a number of sectors, including ICT, banking and retail. In aiding Huawei in its pursuit of top talent, Huawei was honoured with TRIEC’s Immigrant Advantage IS Award in 2012, as sponsored by RBC. Sal has completed the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, has a business degree from Ryerson University, and is currently pursuing the Senior Human Resources designation with the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).
Peter Hawkins is a graduate of Dalhousie University and has had a varied career in publishing and international sales. He is co-owner and Managing Partner of MELLOHAWK Logistics Inc., a multi-award winning freight forwarder celebrating 10 years shipping to and from Canada and the world.
Bob Hepburn is Director, Community Relations and Communications for the Toronto Star. He is an award-winning journalist who has worked as the Star’s bureau chief in Ottawa, Washington and the Middle East. He has reported from more than 30 countries for the Star and has also served as the Star’s editorial page editor, assistant managing editor, national editor and foreign editor. The Toronto Star is a proud media partner and award sponsor for this year’s IS Awards.
Tina Sarellas joined RBC in 1987 and has held various leadership positions in Canadian banking throughout her career. After completing her MBA in 2001, Tina joined RBC’s Commercial Financial Services team and expanded her knowledge in a number of progressive roles, including a period leading the Downtown Vancouver Commercial Banking Centre.
Prior to her current role as Regional Vice-president, Commercial Financial Service, Tina was Regional Vice-president of retail banking for the Toronto Downtown market where she led 12 branches, and over 300 staff in three lines of business (personal financial service, small business and a financial planning wealth management arm). Prior to that, Tina was the Vice-president for RBC’s Health Care Professionals Market, where she was instrumental in building and implementing a strategy and expert team of specialists, making RBC the “go to” financial institution for the health care industry in the GTA.
In her role, Tina continues to be a passionate and vocal advocate for creating healthy communities. She had chaired the RBC Hospital for Sick Children fundraising campaign for six years and was a past RBC executive representative for the Princess Margaret Ride to End Cancer.
Manjit started his career at Price Waterhouse and has spent the last two decades working in the banking sector both in Canada and internationally. Over the last 11 years, Manjit has held a range of increasingly senior positions at TD Bank in Strategy, Finance, Risk, and Treasury. In his current role as CFO for Canadian Banking he is responsible for overseeing strategy, driving performance, and executing on key business priorities.
Manjit is a member of the Bank’s Diversity Leadership Council and is the chair of TD’s Visible Minority Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Lung Cancer Canada. Manjit is actively involved in facilitating the Bank’s Build for the Future program and participates in the Rotman School of Management’s Integrative Management Challenge course for MBA students.
Manjit is a graduate from the University of Waterloo Chartered Accountancy Co-Op Program. He has earned the CA and CFA designations and completed his Executive MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Manjit has also completed the Executive Risk Management Program at Wharton.