Our Team at CRIEC

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Bruce Randall

Founding Executive Director (2010 to Present)
More than 30 years of experience in business, collaborative leadership and sharing strategic thinking, including as VP Law, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, The Forzani Group.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ― Muhammad Ali

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Jaya Dharan

Mentoring Support (2012 to Present)
A networking enthusiast with a passion for volunteering, Jaya has a Master’s in English Literature from India, experience in the Education sector in the Middle East and now works with newly-arrived immigrants.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Rosa Martinez

Calgary Connector Administrator, Internationally Trained Professionals Stream (2014 to Present)
Rosa brings 10 years’ experience working in Adult Education, with 5 of those in Career Advising and E-Learning in the non-profit sector.
“Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.” — George Washington Carver

 

Our Team Members at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA), Bow Valley College

Since 2010, CRIEC, in partnership with Bow Valley College, has offered mentoring strategies and career path planning initiatives for internationally trained professionals. The overarching goal of these programs is to connect newcomer professionals with Canadian experienced working professionals in nurturing partnerships that support career advancement.

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Laurel Madro

Program Coordinator (1996 to present)
For the past 20 years, Laurel has developed and delivered training for internationally educated employees, employers and job seekers in strategies to find meaningful employment and the skills to build successful careers in Calgary. She leads the unit that delivers the Corporate Readiness Training Program, DiverseCity on Board, and that supports the delivery of the CRIEC/Bow Valley College Mentorship Initiatives.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

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Katalina Bardell

Mentorship Coordinator (2010 to Present)
Katalina’s passion and commitment to the success of internationally trained professionals drives her to help many to enter their field and get started in their careers in Canada. She is experienced in training and coaching workplace skills, career counseling, program development, mentor and mentee training and coordinating a mentoring program.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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Chenwei Lian

Mentorship Program Assistant (2013 to Present)
Chenwei brings more than 7 years’ experience in Executive Assistant and Administrative Assistant roles. She brings outstanding skills and experience in organizing, prioritizing, maintaining the confidentiality of documents and preparing detailed reports and projects.
“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” — Henry David Thoreau

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Roslyn DeMerchant

Mentorship Officer (2016 to Present)
Roslyn has 12 years of experience as a Recruiter/Sourcing Specialist with an emphasis on building strong relationships with clients and successfully matching candidates with hard-to-fill roles.
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.” – The Dalai Lama

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Dona Kumarapathirage

Administrative Assistant (2017 to Present)
Dona has more than 5 years of administrative experience and is passionate about the education and non-profit service sectors. She migrated to Canada in 2015 and has been successful in re-establishing herself in her profession with hard work and determination—and now she is keen to help others like her to find employment and achieve their dreams.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Wisdom never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha