17th IEP Conference (Virtual)

Conference Details

Registration for the 17th Annual IEP Conference (Virtual) is now closed. See you next year.

Thank you to all the sponsors, panelists, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers and supporters for making the 17th Annual IEP Conference (Virtual) held on June 10th, 2022 a success for the IEP delegates. Couldn’t have done it without you!

IEP Overview

The IEP Conference is a unique Canadian initiative for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) taking interactive learning, economic development, and stakeholder awareness to unprecedented levels. Every participant can engage in a myriad of career and personal development experiences guided and encouraged every step of the way by subject matter experts from licensing bodies, educational institutions, professional associations, skilled facilitators, employers and successful IEPs.



Michael Marville

Owner and Principal of MBRES

Michael is currently owner and Principal of MBRES a strategic business planning and sales and marketing consulting company. He has over 25+ years in business development, sales management, and strategic business planning in both the private and not for profit sectors, including working at companies like HP, Rogers and PCPI and also has many years experience as an entrepreneur. Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

Indigenous Ceremony / Welcome

Steve Teekens

Nipissing First Nation - Conference Opening: Drum and Dance Ceremony

Steve Teekens resides in Toronto and is a member of Nipissing First Nation. In his spare time, he is a drummer, singer, and Grass Dancer. Steve teaches drumming and singing to the men and youth at various Native organizations inside and outside of Toronto.

Over the years, Steve has traveled to Pow Wow’s in Ontario and beyond. Steve has traveled to South Korea to perform at a ten-day International Dance Festival. Additionally he has drummed and danced for events such as: the opening ceremonies for the Pan Am Games, the Toronto World AIDS Conference, and performing in front of the Pope for World Youth Day. Steve is committed to lifelong learning. 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.

Opening Inspirational Keynote

Mohamad Fakih

President and CEO, Paramount Fine Foods

In 2006, Mohamad Fakih, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, purchased a nearly bankrupt restaurant and transformed it into what is now known as the fastest growing Middle Eastern Halal restaurant chain in North America – Paramount Fine Foods. Mohamad’s determination to change perceptions surrounding Middle Eastern food has driven Paramount’s brand success across Canada and Internationally as well as advancing the global Middle Eastern food trend.

Paramount currently employs over 2000 people across its 71 restaurants and gourmet butcher shops globally with 42 in Canada and 12 International locations, plus food factories and its Toronto international corporate head office. Paramount is proud to bring Halal Foods to the world after being the first halal restaurant to open at Terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Mr. Fakih is a strategic and successful business leader who employs his skills, expertise and experience into expanding Paramount’s brand to pioneer the halal market globally. He believes this can only be achieved by sharing his vision, knowledge and expertise with his management teams and franchisees in every country where he opens locations. Mr. Fakih aims to continue the swift growth of Paramount globally while continuing to promote excellent standards of food quality and service in Middle Eastern restaurants and to share the cuisine with diverse audiences.

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IEP Leaders Panel

Marina Morgenshtern, PhD MSW

Assistant Professor – Dept. of Social Work, Trent University Durham
Moderator – IEP Leaders Plenary Session

Dr. Marina Morgenshtern is an Assistant Professor at the Trent University Department of Social Work. She is a two-time immigrant: born in Ukraine, she immigrated to Israel in 1990 and then came to Canada in 2004. She holds Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and a PhD in Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University in Canada. As a social work educator and researcher, she is particularly interested in anti-oppressive and antiracist approaches to social work with immigrant individuals, families, and communities. She is passionate about the inclusion of immigrant voices into social policy and social work practice. Her most recent research is a SSHRC funded photo-voice research project on opportunities and challenges faced by immigrant IEPs during their search for professional employment.

Arlene V. Saunders, MSc., MHRM

Founder and Chief Advocate, From 5 to 2

Arlene Saunders is an HR and Organizational Change professional with extensive international experience within leading multinational companies including Hilton Hotels, PepsiCo Restaurants, and PwC Canada. She is founder and chief advocate of the social change coaching initiative called “From 5 to 2”, which aims to bring innovative solutions to IEPs’ economic integration through career continuity in Canada. A lifelong learner and educator, Arlene taught leadership and ethics, learning and development, and compensation management courses for three years within a community college setting. In addition to leading or participating in a wide array of HR projects for SMEs across Ontario and beyond, Arlene is a dedicated mentor to IEPs, and an active volunteer with Music at the Towers.

Camille N. Isaacs Morell

Vice-President, Hope for Dementia

Originally from Jamaica, Camille Isaacs Morell has a Bachelor’s degree in language and linguistic studies from the University of the West Indies, and a Master’s in business administration with specialisations in marketing and international business from the University of Miami. Camille was a Foreign Service Officer in the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade where she took on responsibilities in the Protocol, Economic and Foreign Trade Divisions, and joined Jamaica's delegations to international meetings and state visits. Camille moved to Montreal in 1993 where she embarked on a career in marketing and business development strategy, working with the Royal Bank, Standard Life Assurance Company, and McKesson Canada. Throughout her career, she served as a mentor, volunteer, consultant, and board member in various charities and eventually became the Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal. Now semi-retired, she currently serves as the Vice-President, Hope for Dementia, and is actively involved in organizations that aim to make diversity and inclusion a reality in Canada. www.camilleisaacsmorell.com

Adnan Icel

Winemaker and Owner, Icellars Winery – Niagara on the Lake, ON

Immigrating to Canada from Turkey in 2006, Anatolia-born Adnan Icel chose Niagara Wine Country’s Four Mile Creek area for a better life for his wife Elif and their two sons. Applying his 30 years of mechanical engineering design and construction know how, coupled with local vinicultural expertise, Adnan built Icellars Estate Winery into what esteemed wine critic David Lawrason describes as “one of the most earnest and detailed new enterprises in Canada in the last decade.” Predominantly self-taught, Adnan’s curiosity and enthusiasm for all things wine (he confesses that he can think of nothing else!) inspired him to choose and plant all the grape varietals, design and construct the winery building and equipment, and produce the wines – truly a ‘dirt to glass’ entrepreneur. Icellars’ House of Reds (www.icellars.ca) now boasts three wines with 90+ scores in Canada’s ‘Guide to Best Wines 2020’, as well as pioneered its fast-selling sampler tasting sets as featured in The Globe and Mail.

Engineering Sector Hub Panelists

Dr. Rohan Jayasundera

Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
Facilitator, Engineering Sector Hub

Professor Emeritus Dr. Rohan Jayasundera taught students from the Science, Mathematics and Engineering faculties at the University of Waterloo for over 35 years, receiving many outstanding teaching awards. He was named the First Senior Teaching Fellow for the Faculty of Science, mentoring and improving teaching standards in the faculty. In addition to chairing many academic committees, Prof. Jayasundera was the Director of the Sir Isaac Newton exam, currently written in over 15 countries throughout the world.

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

Assistant Vice President, Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering, McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd.

Mehemed is a Professional Engineer (Ontario and Alberta) with over 23 years of comprehensive experience in the fields of transportation planning, transportation/traffic engineering, project and program management, and business development in the public and private sectors. He is a long-time advocate and volunteer in the engineering community and professional associations,

Mehemed’s significant volunteer contribution is providing mentorship and guidance to the new engineering graduates and internationally trained engineers through their professional licensure application and looking for the job opportunities in the engineering field.

Anna Gkalimani

Project Manager, Westinghouse Electric Canada

Anna is an internationally trained structural engineer with years of engineering experience from her work in Greece, Cyprus and Canada. She is a past Board member of OSPE and has also served on OSPE’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Anna has a B. Eng. in Civil Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in Greece, as well as a Masters of Science in Earthquake Engineering and Seismic-Resistant Structures from Hellenic Open University in Greece. She is also a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) by PMI.

Nathalie Boutros

Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant, AECOM

Nathalie Boutros is a Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant with AECOM, a global infrastructure consulting firm. She has almost 20 years corporate experience overall and has spent the last 5 years working in recruiting for various engineering sectors such as Water, Transportation and Environment across Canada.

Manan C Raval, M.Eng. Civil

Manager, Third Party, Transit & Rail at AECOM

Manan immigrated to Canada in 2012, he holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Nirma University, Gujarat, India. In 2013 he completed his Masters in Civil Engineering, from the University of Ottawa. Upon graduation, with his master’s, he joined AECOM’s Transit & Rail Practice in Ontario as a Project Coordinator to work on behalf of Metrolinx/GO Transit to review the design and work plans, issue work permit applications, and provide project management services on the various Third-Party Metrolinx projects.
Today, he is a Manager for Metrolinx Third-Party Works, Utility Early works program, and works on various projects with other railway clients. He has effectively handled the following projects with great success.
1. Project Manager: King Street Grade Separation Project (part of Waterloo LRT), GrandLinq Consortium (Region of Waterloo), Waterloo, ON
2. Deputy Project Manager: Milton Logistics Hub, CN, Milton, ON
3. Project Manager:81 Bay Overbuild Project, Metrolinx, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, Toronto, Ontario, ON 4. Deputy Project Manager: Hamilton – Niagara Service Expansion - Crossing Safety Assessments (63 locations), CN, ON
5. Project Manager: Whistle Cessation Assessment – Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON
6. Third-Party Projects: City of Markham Whistle Cessation Assessment, Metrolinx, Markham, Ontario, Project Coordinator

Digital Technology Sector Hub Panelists

Bradley Georges, MBA

Project and Community Development Consultant
Facilitator, Digital Technology Sector Hub

Bradley Georges’ experience as a project manager and development consultant spans multiple countries, and sectors including agriculture and performing arts. He excels at balancing people and fiscal management in a wide range of projects including public utilities (postal sector reform funded by the World Bank) and quarantine systems, primarily in the Caribbean. He has also assisted SMEs to optimize their global competitiveness, and led governance teams in a volunteer capacity. Bradley is a member of the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP), and will graduate in 2023 with an MBA and MSc Rural Planning and Development (University of Guelph).

Satya Vattekat

Founder and the CEO of PledgX

Satya is a Founder and the CEO of PledgX, an innovative platform for construction risk management. He is also the Managing Director of an independent management consulting firm, specializing in international trade and credit risk management. He has over 30 years of financial industry experience including several leadership roles in Canadian and International banks. Some of his recent corporate roles included Vice President of Lending Services at Scotiabank and Executive Director & the Head of Trade Finance at CIBC. Satya holds a CCP designation from the Credit Institute of Canada and an MBA from the University of Hull.

Anne Marie Stetler

Co-founder and CEO of LockDocs

Anne Marie Stetler, a CPA and CA, is the Co-founder and CEO of LockDocs, a digital identity-as-a-service platform for the financial services industry. She spent the bulk of her career in the private equity industry, with her experiences spanning infrastructure, real estate, and venture capital. She has a broad background in investment, asset management, capital raising, and fund management. She has previously served on the boards of numerous portfolio companies in North America and Europe. She co-founded an infrastructure-focused asset management firm that was eventually sold to Fiera Capital. Anne Marie currently sits on the non-profit board of Street Haven at the Crossroads.

Suzanne McMullen

Senior Principal at Medlior Health Outcomes Research

Suzanne McMullen a BSc, and MHA is the Senior Principal at Medlior Health Outcomes Research and she oversees Real World Evidence (RWE) research services at Medlior, involving the study design and analysis of real-world data related to disease epidemiology and burden, patient outcomes and treatment patterns. The RWE studies at Medlior often involve large datasets, complex modeling, machine learning algorithms to predict outcomes or to convert unstructured data into structured data, and data visualization. Suzanne has overseen the growth of Medlior’s analytic team and the evolving digital technology needs associated with Medlior’s services.

Jake Hirsch-Allen

North America Workforce Development and Higher Ed System Lead, LinkedIn

Jake Hirsch-Allen builds public private partnerships between North America’s governments, workforce development organizations, colleges and universities, and LinkedIn Talent Solutions. Through this work, Jake supports and is learning to be an ally to groups such as newcomers and refugees, indigenous populations, the formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities.

Jake advises several startups including the Learning Economy Foundation, Hireguide and Readocracy. He speaks regularly on the changing nature or future of work and learning and is passionate about skills-based hiring and learning.

Jake is a Director on the Boards of the Ontario Tech Talent, Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, Information and Communications Technology Council, and the Canadian Club. He founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada’s foremost software development bootcamp and Hacking Health. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair of the Technology Committee of the Global Education Platform, taught Global Health at McMaster University and clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel.

Finance and Accounting Sector Hub Panelists

Carmen Jacques CPA, CGA, B.Com

Student Recruitment Manager, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
Facilitator, Finance and Accounting Sector Hub

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

Aziz Nasher, CPA, CA, CFP®, TEP

Director, Wealth & Tax Planning at BMO Private Wealth

Aziz graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2007, attained his chartered accountant designation in 2012 and completed his CICA In-depth tax courses in 2013. Aziz is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP).

Aziz joined BMO Private Wealth in 2016 after practicing in the areas of tax planning and advisory with a regional accounting firm and a small accounting office for over 10 years. Aziz also taught tax courses for several years at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and CPA Ontario. Aziz is a former board member and treasurer of the H’Art of Ottawa, a local charity in Ottawa, ON.

Celia Meikle, MSc, CPA (Washington), CPA CA, LPA

Partner, GMS Professional Corporation

Celia is a Chartered Professional Accountant, licensed with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and has over twenty years of accounting experience, encompassing financial controllership, internal audit and public accounting, servicing both publicly listed and private entities.

She currently practices as a Partner in a small full-service accounting firm – GMS Professional Corporation. While Celia’s area of specialization is the Non Profit and Charitable sector, her clients include churches, charities, medical doctors, electricians, real estate agents, independent consultants and restaurant operators. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2001, Celia worked with PwC Jamaica and the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd.

Prachit Thakkar

Business Governance & Controls in Capital markets, TD Securities

Prachit Thakkar has been living in Canada since past 3years as a Permanent Resident. His education qualifications consists of Canadian CPA, Indian Chartered Accountant and Masters in Commerce and Accountancy. In India he was working with CitiBank India over 7.5 years. There he gained diverse experience in Capital market products. In Canada, he is working in TD Securities as a people manager and specializes in Business Governance & Controls in Capital markets. In his free time he enjoys playing Squash and Badminton.

Kothai Nadarajan, CPA, CGA, BCom (Hons)

Director of Finance & Operations, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre

A native of Sri Lanka, Kothai Nadarajan has held progressively senior positions in the for profit and charitable sectors in Canada ranging from supply chain and logistics, to housing and women’s and children’s services. Her lived experience as a newcomer informs her compassion to assist others in their career journeys, and inspires her creativity and love for music.

Albana Deliu, BA, CPA, ACCA

Manager of Finance, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Albana Deliu is an accounting professional with over 10 years’ experience working in a range of industries including financial services, not for profit, and the public sector. She currently serves as Manager of Finance for Ontario Trillium Foundation, a non-profit organization and an agency of the Government of Ontario. Albana is skilled in financial management and reporting, budgeting and planning, and financial system implementations. In addition to the CPA certification, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Tirana, Albania. Passionate about her profession, Albana recently obtained her ACCA designation from the UK.

Healthcare Sector Hub Panelists

Cathy Tait

Managing Partner, Connecting the Dots Consulting
Facilitator, Healthcare Sector Hub

Cathy Tait is a business consultant helping organizations implement customer experience cultures for competitive and strategic advantage. Her career spans several continents with blue-chip companies including Zerox Canada, and Western Management Consultants. A long-time supporter of the IEP Conferences, Cathy also recently served as President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. While living in Australia, she provided Leadership Development Programming to a mentors group within the civil rights and social action initiative “Clean Slate Without Prejudice Tribal Warrior Association”.

Dr. Dilani Wijesena

Researcher & Biostatistician

Dr. Wijesena holds a Master’s degree, Applied Health from Brock University and a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. After practising as a medical doctor for the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka, in 2019 Dr. Wijesena joined McMaster University as a Researcher and Biostatistician, working on cutting edge research on Cardiac Care. In addition to being a Member of Health Promotion Ontario, Dr. Wijesena served as a teaching assistant at Brock University, and as a Clinical Trial Coordinator at Douglas Memorial Medical Clinic (Fort Erie, ON).

Jane Mattson

Manager, Continuing Education – Michener Institute

Jane Mattson first began at the Michener Institute as a professor teaching within the Diagnostic Cytology program, and for the past 12+ years has worked in the Continuing Education Department. Her portfolio includes Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Radiological Sciences, Chiropody, a variety of tutorials and new skills workshops, and finally certificate programs such as Clinical Research, Clinical Management, Leadership in Healthcare, Imaging Informatics and AI in Healthcare. The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network (UHN) is the first educational institution in Toronto embedded within a hospital organization. UHN is a network of hospitals, treatment centres and Michener (education) working under one leadership. This relationship has provided insight into areas in need of professional development and continuing education.

The Michener’s Continuing Education department offers a variety of courses delivered online, face to face, virtually, and hybrid. It actively promotes learning flexibility so that education fits into every health professional’s busy schedule.


Senior Medical Consultant and Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dr. Peter Selby is a Senior Medical Consultant and Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the Giblon Professor, Interim Vice Chair of Research, and Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Division in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. His research focuses on innovative methods to understand and treat addictive behaviours and their comorbidities. He uses technology to combine clinical medicine and public health methods to scale up and test health interventions. His cohort of >300,000 treated smokers in Ontario is an example of this. He has received grant funding totaling over 100 million dollars from CIHR, NIH, and the Ministry of Health and has published >200 peer reviewed publications. His most recent program of research utilizes a Learning Health Systems approach to investigate how technology and equitable collaborative care can enhance the delivery of evidence-based interventions to the patient, while providing a more satisfying experience of care for both patient and provider.

Nisha Parekh

Clinical Supervisor, Child Development Institute (CDI)

Nisha Parekh is the Program Supervisor of the SNAP® program, which stands for “Stop Now And Plan”, an evidence-based cognitive-behavioural model that teaches children struggling with behavioural issues, and their parents, how to manage their emotions and behaviour by getting them to stop, think and plan positive alternatives before acting impulsively. She has also worked as a Registered Psychotherapist and Senior Therapist with WellMedica Medical Clinic in the GTA, and as a Senior Manager/ Clinical Leader for “Hope and Me” with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Academically, she is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Clinical Supervisor, Psychology), and holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Clinical Psychology (India).

Denise Neutel

Director, Certification and Prior Learning Assessment, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

Denise Neutel is the Director of Certification and Prior Learning assessment at the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. She joined the CSMLS at the beginning of 2018. Denise has more than 25 years of experience in the clinical laboratory, research, and management fields. She has experience working in the profession both in Canada and overseas. Denise has worked in the public and private medical laboratory sectors, before taking on her current position with the CSMLS.

Irina Edilova

IEHP Advisor at Ontario Health (Health Force)

Irina Edilova is an IEHP Advisor with the Access Centre for IEHPs at Health Force, Ontario Health. She has been providing information, advice and support to internationally educated health professionals since March 2011. Currently Irina works predominantly with internationally trained doctors and is very passionate about helping them to obtain a medical license or choose a meaningful and rewarding alternative career in Canada.

Skill Building Session Speakers

Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P. Eng.,

Founder and Principal

Lionel received his education in France and the United States and started his career in Canada as an engineer. He worked with technical professionals from all over the world and in Germany and Italy on expatriate assignments. The cultural adaptation process, after immigrating to Canada and working on international assignments for multinational companies, taught him so much that he decided to use the knowledge to help professionals from all over the world to achieve career success and organizations benefit from the opportunities brought by a diverse workforce and the global market.

Over the past fifteen years, Lionel has provided cross-cultural training, coaching and consulting services to over 20,000 people through a wide range of business, government, academic, professional and non-profit organizations in fourteen countries (Canada, the U.S., Bermuda, Mexico, Peru, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the UK, Turkey, UAE, Hong Kong, China and Korea).

Lionel is a thought provoking and educational speaker / facilitator who presented at over 200 conferences and venues across Canada and the United States. He is the author of two books examining the impact of cultural differences on business at the organizational and individual level entitled:

Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions

Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Diverse Employeess

Lionel holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, USA and a "Diplôme d'ingénieur polytechnicien" from the École Polytechnique de Paris, France.

Colleen Clarke

Certified Workplace Coach

COLLEEN CLARKE has over 25 years of experience career specialist and is a highly recognized, corporate trainer, public speaker and a certified Workplace Coach. Colleen is the author of Networking: How to Build Relationships that Count and How to Get a Job and Keep it.

Colleen has radio and television interviews to her credit, contributes to The Globe and Mail’s Nine to Five career/workplace column, wrote for Workopolis.com. and was a career advisor on Oprah’s OWNetwork program “Million Dollar Neighbourhood”.

Sami Lamrad, P.Eng., M. Eng.

Licensing Representative, PEO

Sami Lamrad is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Western University and a master’s degree from Ryerson University. He joined PEO in May 2015 in the role of Licensing Representative ensuring all applicants met the experience criteria to be licensed as P.Eng’s. In his latest role as EIT and Student Program Coordinator he is currently facilitating the Engineering Intern Program and Student Membership program as part of PEO’s External Relations. This requires him to travel all across the province to meet and present to an array of stakeholders.

Prior to PEO Sami worked in environmental consulting designing and commissioning data acquisition systems (DAS) for continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS). He was required to travel extensively to extremely remote engineering sites all across the world.

Tracey Caruana, P.Eng.

Manager, Engineering Intern Programs, PEO

Tracey is a professional engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University. She joined PEO in January 2014 in the role of EIT Coordinator, and has since moved into the position of Manager, Engineering Intern Programs. Prior to joining PEO, Tracey worked at Hatch Ltd. for 9 years gaining exposure to numerous projects within the mining industry. She worked as a piping engineer for seven years and in management consulting for the remainder.

In the role of Manager, Engineering Intern Programs, Tracey is responsible for providing guidance and support for the EIT Program, the Student Membership Program (SMP) and the Licensure Assistance Program (LAP). In addition, she is overseeing the 30 by 30 initiative for PEO.

Sukhjit Singh MBA, BSc, CCS, CRS, CAPM


Sukhjit Singh, came to Canada in September 2009 with his wife and daughter, after spending almost ten years as a counselor and facilitator in the field of higher education (Engineering and Management). He got his first career break within six months of landing in Canada by empowering others and using innovative tools. He was helping others while being helped by others. His continuous learning along with skills and experience assisted him in the following positions: Settlement Worker, Enhance Language Training – Program Coordinator, and Information Counselor. He is also a certified interpreter/translator. He also worked at Sheridan College as an Academic Recruitment Specialist. When he landed with his family, he knew that life in Canada will be mixed with ups and downs. He was equipped with information and resources before landing in this beautiful country. He swiftly learned the tricks of the trade in job hunting by attending the Job Finding Club. Sukhjit followed non-traditional ways of job hunting; he got first paid position as a Settlement Worker in Peel Multicultural Council in Mississauga. During this short period of time he was able to make an impression in the field of settlement and employment while serving newcomers and internationally educated professionals in Canada. He is an active member of online community blogs which help newcomers in Canada. He got himself involved in community work by taking a new approach to help individuals and families who are in need of right information during the process of settlement in Canada. Sukhjit is a Certified Career Strategist( CCS), a Certified Information and Referral Specialist ( CIRS-AIRS, Canada ) and also a Certified Career and Employment Information Specialist (CEIS,Canada). He is also a MBA (Information Technology from Amity University, India ) , B.Sc in Computer Engineering( Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland,U.K), Diploma in Computer Programming and Application, Diploma in Sales and Marketing. Sukhjit Singh, a strong supporter of social and civic inclusion for newcomers to Canada, feels that volunteer work is not only a way to gain Canadian work experience but it is the best way to participate and learn about Canada. Volunteering has become a passion for him and his car trunk is loaded with resources for newcomers and he never hesitates to give away those resources, whenever he gets a chance. Sukhjit became a motivational storyteller. Recently, he published his first book “Same Shoes, Different Doors”. This book is chronological stories of his journey of struggle and success as a new immigrant in Canada. Sukhjit is a frequent speaker at many events in GTA. Sukhjit shares his expertise and enthusiasm with others as a member of several community-based organizations. At present he is a Regional Reviewer at Emploi et Développement social Canada (EDSC) / Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Board Member at InformCanada, a mentor at e-NIC YMCA and an ambassador at Volunteer MBC. In past, as a volunteer, he chaired Institute of Canadian Citizenship Peel chapter, a speaker with passages Canada, a member at Heritage Minute Advisory Committee. He was Co-Chair at Ontario, Ministry of Labour Small Business Task Group, member at Interfaith Council of Peel, Board of Director at Volunteer MBC, Co-Chair at Peel Newcomer Strategy Group’s Social, Civic and Economic Inclusion committee, Brand Ambassador of Region of Peel’s Immigration Portal, Ambassador at Canadian Immigration Integration Program, Mentor at TRIEC, PIC member at Peel District School Board and many more.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan PhD, MBBS, MPH, MBA

Assistant Professor, Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T

Dr. Bhuiyan is an award-winning faculty member and an internationally recognized–academic/professional leader in global public health training, research and education initiatives, with diverse experience in both developed and developing countries. Throughout his career, his focus has been on improving the way we deploy and refine global health resources – whether guidelines or training programs – to improve health system performance, and the equity of health system performance in local and global contexts. Dr. Bhuiyan is co-creator of the Pilot Master of Sciences MScCH program and Clinical Public Health training program for internationally educated health professionals at Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto, and co-founder of ITMDs postgraduate bridging program at Toronto Metropolitan University [TMU].

Prior to emigrating to Canada in 2010, Dr. Bhuiyan’s work and studies took him to Japan and Thailand. In addition to his current focus on how equity informed approaches can improve health services and health care training, he is an active volunteer and passionately committed to local and global causes.

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June 10, 2022


11:00 am - 12:00 pm



Visit Marketplace


June 10, 2022


12:00 pm - 12:15 pm



Indigenous Ceremony / Welcome


June 10, 2022


12:15 pm - 12:45 pm



Opening Inspirational Keynote


June 10, 2022


12:45 pm - 1:00 pm



Refreshment Break / Network with Exhibitors





On Demand

Skill Building Sessions

Succeeding Professionally in Canada by Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., P. Eng

The Value of Volunteering by Sukhjit Singh MBA, BSc, CCS, CRS, CAPM

Developing your LinkedIn Profile

The Advised Call by Colleen Clarke

An Introduction to Professional Engineers Ontario and Clarifying the Path to Becoming a P.Eng. by Sami Lamrad, P.Eng., M. Eng. & Tracey Caruana, P.Eng.


June 10, 2022


1:00 pm - 1:45 pm



IEP Leaders Panel


June 10, 2022


1:45 pm - 2:00 pm



Refreshment Break / Network with Exhibitors


June 10, 2022


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



4 Concurrent Sector Panels (Engineering, Finance and Accounting, Digital Technology, Healthcare)


June 10, 2022


3:30 pm - 3:45 pm



Refreshment Break / Network with Exhibitors


June 10, 2022


3:45 pm - 4:15 pm



Closing Inspirational Keynote and Closing Remarks


June 10, 2022


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm



Visit Marketplace / Prize Draws