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Dr. Maria Bountrogianna - Interim Dean Ryerson University Chang School of Business
Dr. Wendy Cukier Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University
Dr. Denise O’Neil-Green - Ryerson Chief Diversity Officer
Wade Poziomka – Human Rghts and Labour Lawyer
Shabnum Budhwani -Manager, Programs and Services Skills for Change
Alain Graham - Human Resources Manager, Skills for Change
Surranna Sandy, Executive Director Skills for Change
Surranna Sandy brings 15 years of executive leadership experience in the private and non-profit sector. In her leadership role as the Executive Director of Skills for Change, a not-for- profit agency known for pioneering newcomer programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment, Surranna brings passion and dedication to ensuring that immigrants and Canadians are provided with the tools and resources to successfully enter the labour market in their chosen professions. With Skills for Change moving into its 31st year of service to newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area, Surranna is ensuring that the agency continues to respect its vision of seeing every immigrant succeed in Canada. Surranna has an MBA in Human Resources Management (HRM) and an Hons BA in Business. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership.
Elizabeth McIsaac EXECUTIVE RESEARCHER, NOT-FOR-PROFIT POLICY
An accomplished senior level executive leader in the not-for-profit sector, Elizabeth brings significant research and executive experience with her to this position. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector in various capacities since 1995. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), a multi-stakeholder collaboration that identifies and implements solutions leading to meaningful employment for skilled immigrants.
Prior to her role at TRIEC, Elizabeth held a variety of positions at The Maytree Foundation, including playing an instrumental role in the development of TRIEC and as Director of Policy. Elizabeth has also served as Executive Director of the Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, worked in direct service provision to immigrant and refugee communities and held various research and teaching roles.