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2023 Keynote & Presenters

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Keynote Speaker

Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan

IPC 2023 Keynote Speaker

Her commitment to community service has remained constant. As a graduate social work student in Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she worked with the children and women of Film City slum. She then…

Employer Panel

Ella Laure Hipolito

Employer Panelist - Boyden

Supporting executives, boards, and search committees in securing exceptional leadership, Ella brings deep and current knowledge in hiring and recruiting nationally.  She sits on Boyden’s National DEII Committee and is involved with the Vancouver…

Rishabh Mehta

Employer Panelist - Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Being a Newcomer to Canada himself, he takes pride in leading the RBC North Fraser’s Newcomer Specialist Team. His team, along with two others in Lower Mainland, helps Newcomers to Canada in their settlement…

Kim Barbero

Employer Panelist - Mechanical Contractors Association of BC (MCABC)

Proponents of sustainability, MCABC is focused on the importance and benefits of green careers and the positive impact the mechanical contracting industry has on the delivery of clean water, clean air and comfort for…

Najib Raie

Employer Panelist - Primacorp Ventures

Najib is a seasoned leader with 15 years of experience structuring, growing, and optimizing partnerships and new ventures in North America and beyond. He is a proud alma mater of University of Victoria, University…

Dr. Cameron Stockdale

Employer Panelist - Work Wellness Institute

Emphasizing an approach of ongoing growth and refinement, his work focuses on increasing efficiencies and bolstering team performance. Drawing from a substantial background in emergency services, including over 25 years of hands-on experience, Dr.…

Larry Chan

Employer Panel Moderator

Since then he has managed programs for youth, older workers, multi-barriered clients, professional and immigrants. As the manager of the Vancouver North East WorkBC Centre, Larry worked with community partners to serve all British…

Plenary Presentation

Michael Yue

Presenter: Immigrant Career Journeys - Dialogue Between Two Educators about Change and Resilience

He first came to Canada from Hong Kong as an international student. Life opportunities led to him to becoming a permanent resident, and later a Canadian citizen. Canada is his home, but he also…

Pam Khinda

Presenter: Immigrant Career Journeys - Dialogue Between Two Educators about Change and Resilience

She is a Certified Career Development Practitioner with an extensive background in supporting diverse clients (including professional immigrants) reach their career goals. In her role as a Manager, she develops, implements and manages innovative…

Breakout Sessions

Manpreet Atwal

Presenter of Breakout Session 1 - Government Jobs

I have been a part of the BC Public Service for 12 years, starting my journey as an Employment Assistance Worker with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in 2011. This role…

Laurie Koch

Moderator of Breakout Session 1 - Government Jobs

Laurie also supports contract acquisition through involvement in proposals for funding requests, including brainstorming new and creative projects as well as writing proposals to create the best possible opportunities for community members and the…

Aoibheann Shiels

Presenter of Breakout Session 2 - Skilled Trades & Manufacturing

I am privileged to work in our local factory as the director, overseeing all of our locally made products including our icon model the Alpha SV. I grew up working in a small apparel…

Bryan Fong

Presenter of Breakout Session 2 - Skilled Trades & Manufacturing

Bryan Fong is the Apprenticeship Advisor for South Burnaby and New Westminster and has been with SkilledTradesBC for over 7 years. During this time, he has provided support and guidance to apprentices, sponsors and…

Effie Garcia

Moderator of Breakout Session 2 - Skilled Trades & Manufacturing

Effie has worked in the settlement and employment services industry for over 14 years and is a Career Development Practitioner (CDP) graduate from Simon Fraser University (SFU). She highly values continuing education so she…

Danube Dasht Laali

Presenter of Breakout Session 3 - Careers in Tech

Experienced HR leader with a global perspective, serving diverse industries, including oil and gas, food, and telecommunications.

Bryan Buggey

Presenter of Breakout Session 3 - Careers in Tech

Since 2006, Bryan has been interested and passionate about the economic opportunities afforded by the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy and has led teams in charge of projects and programs aimed at supporting…

Charles Tong

Presenter of Breakout Session 3 - Careers in Tech

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the Oceania region. Since childhood, Charles has been a foreign immigrant. Charles has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, he arrived in Canada in 2016…

Mimoza Pachuku

Moderator of Breakout Session 3 - Careers in Tech

Mimoza holds a B.A. Degree in Political Sciences, and an M.A. in Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. With 13 years’ experience in project management, funder, and stakeholder collaboration, Mimoza…


Olga Stachova

Opening Remarks

Olga brings 20 years of experience managing a fast growing, distributing, non-profit organization, as well as operational expertise in program design, delivery, and evaluation, and a proven track record of building strategic partnerships among…

Sam Behnam

Presenting Sponsor Address

Their goal is to provide advice beyond banking by extensively engaging in public events such as employment workshops and educating on Canadian banking system. They also create local and national partnerships to help connect…


Matthew Levan

Master of Ceremonies

Taking this experience and a desire to pursue a career teaching adult, Matthew enrolled in a Masters of Adult Education at the University of New Brunswick completing this in 2012. While pursuing his studies…