17th IEP Conference (Virtual)

Conference Details

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.

Indigenous Ceremony

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 Ceremony Keynote Speaker

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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Engineering Sector Hub Panelists

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.

Digital Technology Sector Hub Panelists

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.

Skill Building Session Speakers

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.

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.

Exceptional partnership opportunities with PCPI.

CPA Ontario

Platinum Sponsor

The Career Foundation

Platinum Sponsor

City of Toronto

Silver Sponsor

Star Metroland Media

Media Partner Sponsor

Canadian Immigrant

Media Partner Sponsor

Rogers

Media Partner Sponsor

Reach thousands of skilled professionals at the conference.

Humber College

Seneca College

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)

Job Skills

Welcome Centre

Internationally Educated Professionals Bridging Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

Access Community Capital Fund

Mennonite New Life Centre

WIL Employment Connections | Immploy

The Career Foundation

Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario

City of Toronto

Rogers

Star Metroland Media

Canadian Immigrant Magazine

Date:

June 10, 2022

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Virtual

Visit Marketplace

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June 10, 2022

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12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

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Virtual

Indigenous Ceremony / Welcome and Opening Remarks

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June 10, 2022

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12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

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Virtual

Successful IEP Panel

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June 10, 2022

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1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

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Virtual

Refreshment Break / Network with Exhibitors

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June 10, 2022

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Virtual

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

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On Demand

Skill Building Sessions

The Value of Volunteering by Sukhjit Singh

Developing your LinkedIn Profile

The Advised Call

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

Date:

June 10, 2022

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3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

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Virtual

Refreshment Break / Network with Exhibitors

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June 10, 2022

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3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

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Virtual

Inspirational Keynote and Closing Remarks

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June 10, 2022

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4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Virtual

Visit Marketplace / Prize Draws