16th IEP Conference

Conference Details

The 16th Annual IEP Conference will be held on March 21 and 22, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Celebrating over 16 years of providing IEPs with information, resource and networking opportunities to succeed in Canada, the IEP Conference is regarded as one of the most innovative and respectful events for Internationally Educated Professional newcomers seeking practical, effective career & employment advice.

Online registration is open. Click here to register through Eventbrite.

Steve Teekens

Nipissing First Nation - Day 1: Conference Opening: Drum and Dance Ceremony

Steve Teekens is a member of Nipissing First Nation. Steve has been working with the marginalized and homeless sector in Toronto since 1995. Steve is the Executive Director at Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) where he has worked since 2008. Steve is very active in Toronto’s Indigenous Community where he volunteers at Aboriginal Legal Services Community Council Program, Toronto Police Services Aboriginal Consultative Committee, Vice President of TASSC (Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Council). Steve also teaches traditional drumming and to the youth and men at various Native organizations inside and outside of Toronto. Steve enjoys working and volunteering in the Indigenous Community and wishes to see people overcome their obstacles and find the resilience in themselves to succeed in life.

Chanelle Linton

Youth Employment Coordinator, PCPI - Skill Building Day 1: Personal Branding

Chanelle is a Career Development Professional at PCPI for over twelve years, in progressive roles. In her current role as Youth Employment Program Coordinator, She designs and develops, employment related workshops and is one of the key soft-skills trainer and educator of employability skills. Chanelle also has over 10 years of managerial, administration and marketing experience. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing & Advertising, and she is certified in Personality Dimensions and Level B Psychological Instruments

Sheryll Smith

Employment Marketing Consultant, PCPI - Skill Building Day 1: Personal Branding

Sheryll has 10 years in experience developing and facilitating Adult Learning using many methods including; face to face, online and blended approaches. She is an expert in HR solutions and has helped hundreds jobseekers fulfil their career goal while addressing employers’ hiring needs. Her passion lies in helping people to reach their full potential by sharing her knowledge and by creating a supportive and empowering learning environment for her clients. Sheryll believes in a shared learning experience for both facilitator and learner.

Darya Duma

Owner/Senior Consultant, 4DPM - Engineering Sector Hub

FACILITATOR; Darya provides training, facilitation and consulting services, and has over 20 years experience managing projects in construction, standards development and business consulting. Practice areas include PM governance, PM software implementation, and course design and delivery. Darya has volunteered for the Project Management Institute, lectures at Queens University and is a member of the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 258 for Project, programme and portfolio management. Her corporate customers include Procept Associates, Canada’s two largest nuclear electricity generators, a defense contractor and two mining corporations.

Chris Metaxas, P.Eng.

Principal, Executive Director of Engineering - Mooney Metaxas Engineering Inc. (MME) - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Chris is responsible for overall management of MME’s engineering services including advising on the talent acquisition and career development of technical staff. His previous roles included engineering design, project management and contract administration for private and public-sector clients. Chris also volunteered as a technical advisor for Bridging the Gap Africa and on the Board of Directors for the Sir Sanford Fleming Foundation.

Mehemed Delibasic, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Manager, Transportation Planning - WSP Canada Inc. - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Mehemed’s 18+ years in the transportation sector includes project work in Master Plans, GO Transit/Metrolinx/TTC/LRT-BRT-Subway, environmental assessments, highway/road design, and traffic safety. He also volunteers with OSPE and the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE).

Pauline Gavilanez, CHRL

Director, Human Resources - DMC Mining Services - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Pauline Gavilaniz is a member of DMC Mining Services’ Executive Leadership Team and provides strategic direction in Human Resources. Her career spans 20+ years within the large Construction, Waste Management and Engineering Consulting sectors. Pauline is the President of the EHRA (Engineering Human Resources Association) Executive Board of Directors, and speaks frequently on Multiculturalism and initiatives for New Canadians.

Rene McKeown CHRP, RPR, ICMP

Director, Human Resources - The Municipal Infrastructure Group (TMIG) - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

In addition to her HR role, Rene is TMIG's Social Procurement Liaison. Having worked in HR for the last 20 years, Rene is very familiar with acquiring and developing talent in the field of civil engineering. She is currently enrolled in Centennial College's Leadership and Inclusion Certificate Program emphasizing workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Ali Hoss, PhD, PEng, CEM, CMVP

Business Manager, Energy Performance Program - Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Ali is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing the Energy Performance Program and strategic account plans for multi-site customers. He is an award-winning professional engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional. Ali has also been recognized for contributions to the energy profession and for the development of innovative sustainable energy technologies.

David J. Fortin, BASc, MBA, PEng

CEO - DataRealm Inc. - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Dave began in Finance at Ford Motor Company, Powertrain division, eventually moving into Manufacturing Controls Engineering and Manufacturing Data Systems. After Ford, he was Product Manager and GM of Flow Software Technologies. Dave eventually started DataRealm Inc., a data collection company with 35 employees and major clients in the automotive sector.

Réjeanne Aimée, BESc, MBA, PEng

Senior Consultant - KPMG - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Prior to KPMG, Réjeanne worked at SR&ED Consulting and General Motors. She has volunteered with Women in Engineering Science (WIES,) supporting children ages 11-14 to design, build and market apps to support sports rehabilitation. She currently serves as Secretary of the OSPE Board of Directors.

Anna Raymer-Parks

Senior Business Analyst, RGA (Reinsurance Group of America) - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Anna Raymer-Parks, Senior Business Analyst, Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), works with clients to define, customize, and implement automated underwriting solutions for Life Insurance products. This process primarily involves requirements planning, elicitation, design, testing and training activities.

Yeon Leong (Leona) Cho

Chief Information Security Officer, KEB Hana Bank - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Leona Cho, Chief Information Security Officer, KEB Hana Bank Canada, is responsible for developing and managing security governance, framework, policy and procedures and robust security controls aligned with business objectives under OSFI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions) regulation. She has more than 20 years' intensive experience in Security Management, IT Risk Management, IT Audit from global financial institutions and IT company including Citigroup, TD Bank, Equitable Bank and LG Group.

Raminder Kaur

Programmer, House of Commons - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Raminder Kaur, Programmer at the House of Commons, prepares software packages and documentation for deployment that adhere to defined standard deployment policies; produces design artifacts such as class diagrams and sequence diagrams for product features or client solutions using best practices to architect, design and implement services; participate in stress tests, load tests, performance tests, making recommendations to improve performance and scalability; and is responsible for implementing product features within a team using best practices to meet solution deliverables.

Mara Aalipour

CEO & Founder, Wintrepreneur - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Mara established her own media business within a year of landing in Canada. She recently launched her own coaching business, helping clients discover their ‘winner within’, and live the life of excellence.

Wendy Woods, MBA, CPCC, ACC

Founder & Principal - Watershed Training Solutions - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Facilitator

Wendy Woods brings over a decade's worth of corporate training and coaching experience specializing in Leadership and Resilience. By focusing on Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Neuroscience, she helps her clients leverage their time, increase their effectiveness, and achieve better results. Prior to Watershed, Wendy worked for leading Bay Street companies such as Dynamic Mutual Funds, Richardson Greenshields and RBC Dominion Securities. She has her Honours B.A. in Psychology, an M.B.A., a Certificate in Adult Education, a Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation, and a license in Emotional Intelligence (MHS).

Liz Oke, BFA, CM

Principal, lizoke, Inc. - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Liz also serves as Lead Course Developer at the Canadian Marketing Assn., (CMA) and is a Course Instructor at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. She advises businesses on marketing and sales decision making.

Dr. Shafi U. Bhuiyan, MBBS, MPH, MBA, PhD

A/Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Facilitator

Co-Founder & Program Manager/Lead, ITMDs Bridging Program The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education; Board of Directors, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research

Mirjana Milanovic MD, DHMHS, HOM

Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine, Private Practice - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Teaches medical sciences and homeopathy at the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine

Jeff Kariuki

Director of Newcomers and Employment Services, Job Skills - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Ruth Lee RN, MScN, PhD

Executive Director, McMaster University - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses & Associate Clinical Professor, School of Nursing

Yogendra B. Shakya, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Access Alliance - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Adjunct A/Professor at DLSPH, U of T

Wayel Zanjir, ITMD

Resident in Internal Medicine, McGill University - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Ana Bernstein BSW, MBA

Manager start-up, ISAGE Bridge Training program - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Nava Israel PhD

Senior Manager of Adult Education, Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Dr. Nava Israel is a dynamic professional and entrepreneur who thrives in an ever-evolving landscape of learning, business and industry. She is an internationally educated professional in the field of healthcare, and a leader in driving fairness and social change for immigrants in Canada. Nava is the Program Manager of a bridge training program for mental health professionals at the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, and a Director of Programs at the Toronto New Life Wellness Place, an innovative social enterprise designed to support entrepreneurial, immigrant health and wellness professionals.

Heather Turnbull, BA (Hons)

President, Turnbull Consulting Group - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Facilitator

Heather helps organizations with strategic planning and other facilitation services, and individuals with career advancement strategies

Mikhail Sadhu, BSc. (Hons)

Manager, Tax, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, LLP - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Mikhail’s scope of responsibility includes client and project management, leading the CRA review process, and supporting technical audits in the IT, Life Sciences and Engineering industries.

Kamilah Hudson, CPA

Director of Finance, Sistering - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Kamilah manages the day-to-day financial affairs of this $ 5M not-for-profit women’s services organization in downtown Toronto. Her previous experience includes internal auditing within corporate and government environments.

Carmen Jacques, CPA, CGA, BCom.

Student Recruitment Manager- IEP, CPA Ontario - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Carmen Jacques, CPA, CGA, is a Student Recruitment Manager with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. In addition to her CPA designation, Carmen also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College, University of Mumbai. A skilled accountant with a wealth of experience in international industry, Carmen offers exceptional knowledge and expertise in helping new Canadians. Carmen personifies the values of CPA Ontario, and is an invaluable resource when communicating the career benefits and opportunities offered by a CPA designation. For more information about your future career as a CPA, you will have an opportunity speak to Carmen.

Jaisal Thapar, CPA, CA, ICAI (India)

Audit Manager, KPMG - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Patricia Gonzalez, CPA

Sr. Retail Planning and Analytics Analyst, Walt Disney Canada Inc. - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Sashya D'Souza

Senior VP, Talent Initiatives, Toronto Finance International - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Ronit Goldenberg

Facilitator (formerly, Business Information Specialist, Enterprise Toronto) , City of Toronto - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Facilitator

While at the City of Toronto, Ronit helped assess and validate numerous business ideas, as well as provided support through sharing market research data and regulatory information. She also participated in the Profession-to-Profession Mentoring Immigrant Program.

Gabriela Covaci, BSc., MEd., MBA

Employment & Career Consultant, Mohawk - College Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

In her role as a career and training specialist, Gabriela develops and delivers workshops incorporating self-assessment, strategic planning, and intercultural communication. She is also the Founder of ROCAteach Canada, a not-for-profit organization promoting Romanian culture and language in the Hamilton-Halton region.

Rosanna Penilla-Bharucha


Consultant/Executive Director - Intercontinental Consulting Services - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

Rosanna is an award-winning serial entrepreneur whose wealth of experience includes child and elder care services, event management, strategic marketing, and business development coaching for start-ups.

Dr. Doaa Mohsen

Project Manager, City of Toronto - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

In addition to her municipal government role, Doaa is a professor of Business Management in multiple Canadian universities & international Think Tanks, a Certified Senior Business Management Consultant, and a Multicultural Ambassador (Philanthropy) for Canada World Vision. She is a passionate community activist and is dedicated to community engagement locally and provincially.

Gerard Keledjian

Executive Producer, New Horizons Media - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

Gerard is the award-winning Founder of New Horizons Media, a Toronto-based social enterprise for multicultural video production and event services. In addition to organizing the Immigrant Business Expo, in 2015 Gerard launched New Canadians, a national TV and web-based series dedicated to newcomers to Canada and would-be immigrants.

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CPA Ontario

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WES

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City of Toronto

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CIFP

Silver Sponsor

NEU

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Reach thousands of skilled professionals at the conference.

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

7:30 am - 8:25 am

Room:

LOWER LEVEL

Registration in MTCC North Building

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:25 am - 8:30 am

Room:

Room 105

Indigenous Performance

Drum and Dance Ceremony

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:30 am - 8:35 am

Room:

Room 105

With Glowing Hearts

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:30 am - 11:30 am

Room:

Room 105

Emcee

Plenary Session:

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:35 am - 8:55 am

Room:

Room 105

Welcoming Remarks

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Room:

Room 105

Keynote Presentation

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Room:

Room 105

Networking Exercise

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Delegates move to Sectors

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 105

Engineering Sector Hub

Overview The Engineer Sector hub is designed to have Thought Leaders in a panel format, share their expertise and knowledge on trends and hiring practices in the sector. The delegates will have the opportunity to: •Learn what engineering employers are looking for in a potential candidate •To ask your individual questions and gain practical advice of internationally educated professionals who have lived experience of gaining employment and progressing their career in Canada •Gain clarity on the P.Eng licensing requirements for new Canadians •Identify what does not work when seeking employment •Form connections with potential employers

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 104C

Information Technology Sector Hub

The Information and Technology Sector Hub is designed to help you learn from Sector specialists, Generalists and Program Advisors how best to position yourself for employment success in Canada. •Hear from employers who are passionate about their field and about helping immigrants find their path in IT •Hear from program advisors about what is available to help prepare you for a successful job search •Find out what you need to do to prepare yourself to be well represented in your Canadian job search with your international education and experience •Learn and experience how powerful and useful networking is to a successful career

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 104AB

Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub

"Looking to get into Sales, Marketing or Communication? Come hear from the experts." Overview Description: In this interactive session, you’ll: • Learn from other IEPS on how they navigated the Canadian Sales, Marketing & Communications landscape to get successful roles • Understand the key skills, experience and education for this sector • Identity how to best market yourself in a competitive marketplace

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Room:

Room 101

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

11:15 am - 11:20 am

Switch to Other Skill Building Session

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

11:20 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 101

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

11:20 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Room:

TBD

Lunch

Note: Light lunch provided for delegates from 12:00 – 1PM.

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 105

Healthcare and Related Professions Sector Hub

"Accessing Healthcare Professions – Exploring the journey, the challenges and the solutions" Overview Description: This session aims to help IEHPs integrate into the Ontario health care system by offering information and advice on the different available ways to become trained, licensed, and employed in their profession, or in a meaningful alternative career. Objectives: •Acknowledging the challenges immigrant healthcare professionals face in accessing their professions in Ontario •Exploring the personal toll of these difficulties and ways to deal with and overcome the pain •Helping attendees make sense of the regulated environment •Introducing attendees to the many existing supports available for immigrant healthcare professionals •Introducing attendees to success stories and meaningful alternate career options

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 104AB

Finance & Accounting

"Discovering opportunities and rewarding careers in Canada's Financial Services sector" Overview Description: Join Financial professionals from the corporate and non-profit sectors as they discuss how to identify, apply and interview for in-demand positions. This session also covers general aspects of the regulatory environment, certifications, and academic qualifications needed for various roles; plus •Learn how to network for job leads and expand your contacts •Practise making a great first impression, especially in interviews •Discover more about Canada's financial services sector, one of the strongest in the world; and the career opportunities available to IEPs within large, medium and small enterprise employers

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 104C

Entrepreneurship Sector Hub

Overview Curious about starting your own business in Canada? You're not alone: it's one of the fastest growing career opportunities for newcomers! Delegates can expect to: •Learn the fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in the Canadian economy/an alternative option to employment •Discover the Canadian environment and culture for entrepreneurs •Appreciate how to develop a business idea and validate assumptions •Understand small business financing options •Be motivated by entrepreneurs sharing their business experiences •Participate in a question & answer session •Receive tips on free resources for entrepreneurs

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

Room:

Room 101

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:40 pm - 1:45 pm

Switch to Other Skill Building Session

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 101

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Delegates move to Plenary Room

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Room:

Room 105

Closing Keynote

Keynote/ Wrapup/Draws

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Conference Ends

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

9:00 am -

Room:

LOWER LEVEL

Exhibits Open

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Employer Breakfast

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Exhibits / Resume Critique

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 25, 2019

Time:

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Knowledge Pod

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

- 3:30 pm

Exhibits Close