Toronto, ON (July 29, 2020) – The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Adwoa K. Buahene has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer and will join TRIEC on August 4, 2020. Following an extensive national executive search process, board chair Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow says it was Buahene’s “proven track record of outstanding success” that made her the right fit to lead the council, a nonprofit organization focused on immigrant inclusion in the region’s labour market.
“Adwoa is a passionate and visionary leader who brings an impressive profile of career experience to TRIEC,” says Chandler-Crichlow. Buahene has spent the last 20 years in leadership, focussing on organizational and departmental strategy and revenue generation. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Donor and Community Partnerships at Habitat for Humanity GTA.
“I am honoured to join TRIEC – an organization whose reputation as a leader in this work I had been aware of for years,” Buahene says. She states her interest in the role is grounded in her own family’s experience, as her father is an internationally-educated physician. She says it’s important to create understanding of the challenges immigrants face in making the transition to their professions in Canada as these impact “the individual professional newcomer as well as the partner and the children who are witness to the struggle.”
In the past, Buahene co-founded and built a boutique leadership consulting and training company that worked with private sector and not-for-profit organizations as well as all levels of government. Her prior roles in business development and operations brought her to Munich, Toronto, Bucharest, and Mumbai. She holds a Master of Arts in Analytic Philosophy from Dalhousie University.
“We look forward to seeing Adwoa take up the leadership of TRIEC and support the team to scale the organization’s efforts to champion the skills and talents newcomers bring to the Greater Toronto Region, the province of Ontario and to Canada overall,” says Chandler-Crichlow. Buahene says she’s looking forward to working together with partners, champions and allies to “move the needle and make progress on building workplaces where everyone has a true sense of belonging.”
“The time,” she says, “is now”.
Chandler-Crichlow agrees that timing is crucial and “it is a pivotal moment for new leadership, as out of the challenges we are facing as a national and global community, we have the opportunity to build back better.”
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Daniel Kim, Communication Specialist, Media and Public Affairs
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) champions the talent and experience that immigrants bring to the Greater Toronto Area. We support organizations to become more inclusive, and help newcomers expand their professional networks and understand the local labour market. We collaborate with leaders and organizations to build a GTA where immigrant professionals can contribute to their fullest potential.