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The 14th Annual IEP Conference's "SUCCESSFUL IEPs PANEL"

Moderator, Successful IEP Panel

Dwight Drummond
CBC Toronto News

Dwight Drummond is an award-winning journalist and the host on CBC Toronto News, which airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on CBC television. Dwight has been a reporter and news anchor for over two decades. With Dwight at the helm, CBC Toronto News is yet again nominated for Best Local Newscast at this year's Canadian Screen Awards (CSA). In 2015, Dwight and CBC Toronto News took home that award, recognizing the team as Canada's Best Local Newscast.

As a reporter, Dwight was known for his exclusives, He broke local stories that went national, and has reported internationally. He had the lead story on CityNews' Gemini win for Best Newscast, and a top story for City's Edward R. Murrow win. Dwight was also awarded the Ryerson University Alumni Award of Distinction, and had been inducted into Ryerson's Faculty of Radio and Television Arts' Wall of Fame.

Dwight has also received a number of awards for his police reporting and commendations for his community work. He is a recipient of the Men of Excellence Award, the Distinguished Men of Honour Award and the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media.

Dwight lives in west end Toronto with his wife and children. When he's not dedicating his time to community events, he can be found in the cheering section at his daughters' basketball games.



Representing Healthcare

Dr. Mary Sawdon
General Family Practice
Perilla Integrative Medicine Clinic, and Brown and Brown Family Chiropractic

Dr. Mary Sawdon is a Naturopathic medical doctor. She maintains a General Family practice in Perilla Integrative Medicine Clinic in Scarborough and Brown and Brown Family Chiropractic in Newcastle, Ontario.

Mary graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She next pursued medicine at the University of the East Memorial Medical Centre in the Philippines, where she later practiced as a general practitioner. After moving to Canada, she pursued an alternative medical career and graduated from the international medical graduate bridging program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with a degree in Doctor of Naturopathy.

Representing Finance

Mingming Ren
Branch Manager
TD Bank

Mingming Ren is a Branch Manager at one of the largest branches of the TD bank. With over 14 years of experience in Financial Services, she has worked in several fields including sales, management, and finance. Her work ethic and leadership have made her a four-time TD Championship award winner.

Before immigrating to Canada, she was a Professor of English at Shanghai University. She was also recruited by the government of China and Shanghai city council to help with organizing the foreign leaders and ministers' visits to China.

She obtained her B.A. in Russian Language from Jilin University in China and Master of Education from Shinshu University in Japan. Mingming is fluent in Mandarin, English, Japanese and Russian.

Representing Engineering

Nicolas Rutikanga
Environmental Advisor
Ontario Power Generation

Nicolas moved to Canada in 2013 immediately after graduating from school in Rwanda, East Africa. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Technology.

In Canada, he acquired various skills from a continual educational development path that lead him to Humber College, where he enhanced his engineering software skills mainly with CAD programs and Project Management. He then went to the University of Toronto, where he joined the Licensing International Engineers into the Profession (LIEP) Program in pursuant of a PEng license.

Nicolas has worked at Ontario Power Generation as an External Contractor Consultant, and as a Management & Professional Trainee and presently as an Environmental Advisor.