The Toronto Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is delighted to announce Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

Dr. Chandler-Crichlow has sat on TRIEC’s board since 2015. She brings close to 30 years of experience in human capital development to her new role as Chair, as well as extensive experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, advising leaders on organizational change and staff development.

Dr. Chandler-Crichlow takes over from Sun Life’s Carrie Blair, who has acted as interim Chair since 2015. Joining her as Vice-Chair is Stephen Boutilier, who brings 37 years of experience working for TD Canada Trust, most recently as Managing Director, TD Securities.

Educated at the University of Toronto, Harvard University, and the University of the West Indies, Dr. Chandler-Crichlow is currently President and Chief Human Capital Officer at 3C Workforce Solutions. She has previously held various senior positions in the financial services and education sectors, including being the inaugural Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education, Associate Vice President – Education and Training at TD Bank Financial Group and Director – Corporate Programs, at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She has also consulted to international agencies including the World Bank, The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Malaysia.

“Catherine brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her new role, and we’re so glad that she will be stepping into this role”, said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director at TRIEC. “She herself is a perfect example of the skills and talents that immigrants bring to Toronto, and will be a great Champion for our cause.  TRIEC is in an exciting phase of growth right now, so we’re very grateful to have her at the helm.”

Dr. Chandler-Crichlow on her new role as Chair

“As an immigrant who came to Canada with a certain skillset, I feel a special affinity with TRIEC’s vision and mission. I once needed to work out how to leverage my skills in a new country. I was lucky enough to get help along the way, in particular from some tremendous mentors who helped me navigate the labour market in Toronto. Today, newcomers still need support to find meaningful employment – the absence of professional networks and a lack of cultural capital are key barriers for many. TRIEC does some great work in these areas, which is partly what attracted me to this role.

 I have lived experience as an immigrant who has been integrated, and who has been able to thrive, and through my leadership at TRIEC I want to make it possible for more skilled immigrants to access those opportunities that will connect them to employment more easily. I look forward to my tenure and the journey that I will make with TRIEC!”

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