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Keynote Speaker


Narges Nirumvala

IPC 2022 Keynote Speaker

A trailblazer in her field, she is the author of the Amazon bestselling book “Capture the Spotlight”.  Her writing on the subject has been published and circulated to 106 countries worldwide (verified magazine circulation). Narges is also…

Employer Panel


Manu Varma

Employer Panelist - Uncommon Purpose

He has lived across Canada, the US, China, India, and France. He has a passion for technology and people and using business as a force for good. After 10 years with Traction on Demand,…

Luke Jamieson

Employer Panelist - Rogers

He has worked in the field of recruitment for 10 years, more than half of which at Rogers, supporting hiring from frontline, finance, technology, and corporate. He is passionate about helping managers diversify their…

Manny Judge

Employer Panelist - Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Manny is focused on finding the best talent and using his experience to support candidates into the Hospitality industry. He has over 14 years’ experience within Talent Acquisition & Managing Employment Programs across Canada…

Sam Behnam

Employer Panelist - Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

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…

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…

Life Lessons From Successful Immigrants

Marie Bassey

Life Lessons from Successful Immigrants Panelist

Since her arrival in Canada in 2017, Marie has volunteered in different positions at various non-profit organizations including Ambassador, Nanaimo Tourism; Ambassador, Dress for Success-Vancouver; Treasurer, Parent Advisory Council of Burnaby North Secondary School;…

Fariba Pacheleh

Life Lessons from Successful Immigrants Panelist

In her current role as Director of Corporate Projects for the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Fariba chairs the Capital Projects Investment Committee and provides governance and oversight for all new initiatives and major projects…

Fisnik Kumnova

Life Lessons from Successful Immigrants Panelist

Throughout the course of his career in Canada, Fisnik has worked with a number of world-renowned universities, Crown corporations and societies in the capacity of project advisor and management. He currently works with the…

Tammy Nguyen

Life Lessons from Successful Immigrants Panelist

She has had more than 10 years of professional working experience in various industries including hospitality, banking, real estate and technology in Vietnam before moving to Canada. After graduating from Langara college, she has…

Susan Mihalic

Life Lessons from Successful Immigrants Moderator

Susan also has more than 13 years of experience as an employment counsellor and specializes in working with skilled immigrants. She has helped clients from various backgrounds to successfully launch their professional careers is…

Breakout Sessions

Nick Noorani

Breakout Session Presenter - Networking To Get Working

Some of his projects: Founder Canadian Immigrant Magazine & Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards Bestselling author Arrival Survival Canada Founder CEO - President Prepare for Canada In 2013, Nick authored Welcome to Canada -…

Solomon Iwegim

Breakout Session Panelist - Volunteering: A Path to Leadership & Empowerment

He currently works as a Business Account Manager at RBC Royal Bank of Canada and co-founded Thrive4Blacks Community Services Society in December 2020, where he serves as an Executive Director. Solomon also serves on…

Sandhya Ghai

Breakout Session Panelist - Volunteering: A Path to Leadership & Empowerment

She strongly advocates that any organization can be truly equitable only if all its employees take on an individual as well as a collective responsibility towards systemic change. Her lived experiences coming from India…

Ruchi Lall

Breakout Session Panelist - Volunteering: A Path to Leadership & Empowerment

She is currently working with Canadian Heritage as a Program Advisor and is passionate about supporting projects which actively contribute towards reducing systemic racism and make lives of racialized communities easier and barrier free.…

Ana Maria Bustamante

Breakout Session Panelist - Volunteering: A Path to Leadership & Empowerment

She was a founder, president and vice-president of Casa-Americas Society and vice-president of the El-Dorado Cooperative in BC, also was the vice-president of the Board of the North Shore Multicultural Society, now Impact North…

Mimoza Pachuku

Breakout Session Moderator - Volunteering: A path to Leadership & Empowerment

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…

Flavio Assis

Breakout Session Panelist - 4..3..2..1.. BLASTOFF! How to Launch Your New Business Idea in Canada

He has been involved in social projects in Brazil, Europe and the Philippines. Originally from Brazil, where he obtained a degree in Law, Flavio holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Science with a specialization…

Paula Felix

Breakout Session Panelist - 4..3..2..1.. BLASTOFF! How to Launch Your New Business Idea in Canada

She has a background in business finance, specializing in business start-up, financing, cashflow planning and business plan development. Paula worked in commercial lending and business consulting for almost a decade, including the Bank of…

Debbie Palmer

Breakout Session Panelist - 4..3..2..1.. BLASTOFF! How to Launch Your New Business Idea in Canada

Following years of award-winning sales and leadership experience as an entrepreneur owning real estate franchises, an import/export business, and a B.C. based sales training firm, Debbie spent 6 years as a business consultant and…

Matthew Levan

Breakout Session Moderator - 4..3..2..1.. BLASTOFF! How to Launch Your New Business Idea in Canada

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…


Olga Stachova


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…

Presenting Sponsor Address

David Shum


David is responsible for the retail banking business in North Surrey. He leads a team of banking professionals in delivering strategic priorities in order to help clients thrive and community prosper. Prior to joining…


Effie Garcia

Master of Ceremonies

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…