The selection committee for the 2013-2014 Immigrant Success Awards has now been announced. It is composed of representatives from business, community agencies and HR.
The IS Awards selection committee is sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing.
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 is current a member of the Talent Management Solutions team at Drake International. Prior to this she worked as a specialist in talent acquisition and employer relations at Career Edge Organization.
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.
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 to 2014, and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada in the past eight 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 and a degree in business administration (BAdmin.).
Glem Dias is an award winning talent management strategist. He has led full life cycle talent strategy implementations at companies such as Pitney Bowes, Walmart Canada and Morgan Stanley India.
Glem currently runs his independent talent practice while also acting as Program Director, Talent Management, at the Schulich Executive Education Centre. He previously held the role of Global Director of Strategic Talent Management at Pitney Bowes Inc., and has diverse experience coming from industries such as investment banking, software, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and retail. He has worked in the US, Canada, and India, and has done assignments in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Glem is the recipient of the: 2008 Pitney Bowes Impact Award for diversity leadership; 2009 HRPA Talent Management Award; 2010 HRPA Innovation in Employer Branding Award; 2011 Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. He is a regular speaker at leading Talent Management conferences and facilitates workshops on a global basis. His best practice work has been published by the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) as a chapter in their book Integrated Talent Management Scorecards.
Marcia Dunbar leverages her 15 year background in Human Resources and natural ability to cultivate relationships as a Business Development Officer with Career Edge Organization. Marcia is responsible for developing and advancing internship opportunities with small and medium-sized organizations across the GTA.
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 of 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.
Nella Iasci is currently the Executive Director of Job Skills, a non-profit community-based agency providing Employment, Newcomer and Business Services and Programs at locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
After graduating with an Honours Bachelor Degree in Language Sciences from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Nella has spent more than half of her career in the non-profit sector working a variety of management positions at organizations such as the Social Planning Council of the United Way of Greater Sudbury, Career Preparation for Immigrants (CAPRI) and the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association. She joined Job Skills in 1993.
She is a member of several umbrella groups including her most recent election to the OCASI Board of Directors as the Central Region representative, a member of the Governing Committee of CASIP (Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-trained Persons), and a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).
Over the years, she also played an active role in ONESTEP (Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Projects) having served on their Board in various positions including Chair, Vice-Chair, Director for Central Region and Member at Large.
Jennifer Lang was named Chief of Staff in April 2011. In this role, she advises the Executive Vice President of English Services and all members of the Senior Management Team on setting and implementing strategic direction and managing organization objectives and requirements. She works in collaboration with the president’s office, corporate departments, board of directors and French Services to ensure alignment and delivery of organizational wide objectives and joint initiatives.
Jennifer has a long history at the CBC from her earliest days in 2005 as a Senior Manager of Research to her subsequent position as Director of Research. During this period, she planned and directed audience and programming research for English Services and established the overall strategic direction and management of the research department.
Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Statistics from Dalhousie University. She then went on to continue her education at Ivey School Business in the Ivey Management Development Program. Currently she is a running candidate to obtain her EMBA at Rotman School of Management.
Donna O’Reilly – Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, Greater Toronto Area, RBC Royal Bank
Donna O’Reilly joined RBC in 1990 and has held various leadership positions in Canadian Banking, Risk Management, and Operations throughout her career. After completing her MBA in 1990, Donna joined RBC’s Commercial Financial Services team and has continued to gain experience in a number of progressive roles.
Prior to her current role as Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, Donna was Vice President of RBC’s Commercial Advisory Group, leading a team of 300 employees adjudicating and underwriting commercial credit nationally. Prior to this role, Donna was Vice President, Commercial Financial Services for RBC’s Supply Chain Business segment in Toronto where she led a team of professional account managers looking after clients’ financial needs.
Donna has been involved in volunteer activities supporting seniors in the community including Meals on Wheels and a Board member of Mid-Toronto Community Services which is dedicated to supporting seniors with Alzheimer’s and their families in the downtown Toronto area.
Baskaran Rajamani is a Partner with Deloitte in Toronto and a respected leader within the Enterprise Risk Services practice. He specializes in helping financial services clients in successfully managing IT compliance, outsourcing and IT governance risks through a variety of Deloitte solution offerings. Baskaran has over 27 years of experience of which the last 17 years have been in professional services, preceded by his career in engineering automation. Prior to immigrating to Canada, Baskaran worked in the Middle East and in India, and has travelled widely as part of his work responsibilities.
Baskaran is a volunteer mentor with TRIEC’s Mentoring Partnership since 2006 and has helped numerous individuals get their first job in Canada. He has also been active at Deloitte in encouraging new TRIEC mentors. In addition to his formal role as a TRIEC mentor, Baskaran informally mentors numerous newcomers in meeting their employment challenges.
He holds a Master’s degree in engineering and an MBA in finance. His professional designations include being a CISA, CISSP and PMP.