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Information and Technology Sector Hub Facilitator

Maureen A. Ford
Program Manager, Talent Innovation
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Maureen Ford is Program Manager of the ICTC initiative that connects employers to newcomer ICT professionals who are employment-ready after completing ICTC’s bridge training program called the Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) Program. IWES is a workforce-solution bridge training program that prepares and assists internationally educated and experienced ICT professionals to secure employment and continue their career in Canada's Digital economy.

ICTC is a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. Through trusted research, innovative talent solutions, and practical policy advice, ICTC fosters industry economic development and consumer engagement in a global market. For more information visit www.ictc-ctic.ca

Morning Sector Hub Panelists

Wadih Zaatar
Area Manager Corporate Affairs
Cisco Systems

Wadih is the Cisco Networking Academy Area Manager for Canada since 2010. Prior to this role, he supported the program in the Middle East and Africa since 2005.

Wadih holds a Computer Engineering degree from the Lebanese American University and has published technical articles on microprocessor simulation, neural networks and opensource VPN installation and configuration.

Amin Panjwani, PMP, CSM
Founding Partner
Execute Strategy, Inc.

Amin Panjwani is the founding partner at Execute Strategy, Inc. His consulting firm works with clients in the Retail and Financial Services Sectors to help them execute their strategic priorities.

Amin volunteers within the Ismaili Muslim community supporting new immigrants in Canada. Currently he is the National Program Director for Affordable Housing, and was recently the Chairman of the Economic Planning Board for the Ontario region.

Amin lectures at the University of Toronto on Project Management topics. Amin has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Denis Gravelle, BA, MEd
Chair, Faculty of Continuing Education and Training
Seneca College

Denis Gravelle is Chair of Continuing Education and Training at Seneca College where he leads CE Academic Program Teams in IT, Engineering and Technology. He is also responsible for Employment Services, IEP Bridging Programs, Government Projects, and Corporate Training. Denis has previously worked at Humber and Fanshawe College leading adult education, online learning, and corporate training initiatives.

He is passionate about newcomer education and leveraging technology to remove barriers in teaching and learning. Please visit LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgravelle

Mark Patterson
Executive Director
Magnet, Ryerson University

Mark Patterson is a change maker in career, economic and workforce development. In his current role, Mark is the Executive Director of Magnet, a new network powered by data-rich, job-matching technology that connects job seekers with employers based upon skills, preferences and talent needs. Under Mark’s leadership, Magnet has grown to connect over 90,000+ job-seekers, 9000+ employers, 30+ Universities and Colleges, and over 240+ community partners, since 2014.

In addition, Mark also oversees Hire Immigrants, a program founded in 2007 to provide businesses worldwide with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote immigrants, profiling good examples and innovative practices from employers around the globe.

Mannan Mohammed, CSP, Cert.APM, PMI-ACP, SCT, PMP, P.Eng.
Project Management Division
Can-Consult Services Inc.

Mannan Mohammed has over 20 years of program and project management experience in the automotive, environmental engineering, oil & gas, information technology, and general manufacturing industry. Mannan is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.), certified sales professional (CSP), SCRUMstudy Certified Trainer (SCT), Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM), , PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), project management professional (PMP) and certified ICE-IE-P professional.

He also holds postgraduate qualifications in applied information technology. Mannan has coached and helped several individuals in improving their project management skills and securing employment in their field.

Kevin Kamal
Senior Manager, Client Relations

Kevin Kamal is a Senior Manager, Client Relations at WES. He has managed WES' institutional client development and relations for the past 16 years. He works closely with all stakeholders in the academic credential assessment community in Canada.

Prior to joining WES, Kevin has worked in both private and public sectors. He holds a B.A. degree in Sociology and two Master’s degrees, Social Sciences and International Relations, from universities in the United States.

Carl Oliver
Director, School of Applied Technology
Humber College

Carl has been involved with the education of Internationally-Educated Professionals at Humber College for 14 years: as a professor, program coordinator, and most recently as a Director of Professional and Continuing Education. He also spent some time in Humber’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, mentoring faculty on the use of technology and Universal Design Principles in order to enhance student learning.

Carl holds a Bachelor of Science (Physics and Philosophy) from the University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Wireless Telecommunications from Humber, and a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University.

Afternoon Sector Hub Panelists

Praveen Kumar
Director Consulting and Training
2iSolutions Inc.

Praveen Kumar, Masters in Electrical Engineering with numerous IT certification is a Senior IT Consultant with more than 17 years of experience with global exposure in IT domain. He is a Founder of 2 IT Companies with offices across Canada and India.

He is a serial entrepreneur with exceptional IT and Management skill, conducting career coaching and technical workshop for new immigrants, and is instrumental in the success of many IEPs career change over last 10 years.

Praveen brings with him mature understanding of Canadian IT job market and has successfully helped thousands of Candidates upgrade their career into Consulting Organizations.

Anne Bloom
Senior Human Resources Leader
LG Electronics

Anne is a Senior Human Resources Leader with a 1205+ year HR career. She possesses extensive experience in all facets of Human Resources. Anne is a pro in relationship building; meeting new people and helping businesses achieve success by being a trusted strategic human resources executive and business partner.

Anne's extensive expertise encompasses participating in and leading others in transformational change, strategic HR leadership, total rewards, organizational development, talent management, etc. Her 3 key motivators are challenges, results and variety.

Passionate about people and talent she and collaborates with teams and businesses to successfully achieve results while minimizing risk and ensuring compliance within all areas.

Aneela Zaib

Aneela Zaib is currently the CEO at emergiTEL, with 10 years in the recruitment industry. Anella holds a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

In founding emergiTel in 2006, Aneela's goal was to provide a go-to platform for IT professionals to connect with employers seeking qualified talent. emergiTEL was ranked twice as Canada's fastest growing companies (PROFIT Magazine).

Aneela has won many awards in past years including the "Top 100 female entrepreneurs across Canada (W100)", "Winning Women Doing Business" award twice , "Champion of Immigrant Success" award by TRIEC/RBC and recently the Ersnt & Young (EY) "Entrepreneurial Winning Women(TM) Award".

Ted Maulucci
Chief Information Officer

Ted is the Chief Information Officer for the Tridel Group of Companies and has been with the Tridel Group over twenty years, leading the information technology group for the last fifteen. Ted holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Business Administration

Ted is passionate about contribution and advancing innovation across Canada through partnerships and collaboration. He has been recognized with several awards including IT leadership, IT application development, smart buildings, and innovation, Top Ten Best in Class CIO’s in North America, CIPA Gold Award of Excellence, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Canadian innovation, and the Mid-Career Award from the University of Toronto.

Marc Lijour
Savoir-faire Linux

Marc Lijour is leading the development of Savoir-Linux in Ontario, which includes building a team and generating revenues. Savoir-faire Linux is a system integrator focusing on Free/Open Source Software, capable of digitizing a business from the factory floor, through the server room and the back-office, to the Web and mobile applications.

Savoir-faire Linux helps engineering and IT groups leverage open innovation practices to productize, to reduce cost, and to increase customer satisfaction. Marc Lijour also sits on the board of the Information and Communications Technology Council, and he serves as interim CEO at Prepr.

Ollie Zaydik
Manager, Recruitment / Planning for Canada Advisor
Career Edge

Since 2007, Ollie has personally interviewed over 5,000 IEPs from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and countries of origin, gaining unique insights into the dynamics of the integration of IEPs into the workforce in Canada, via Career Edge’s paid internship model. Career Edge is a self-sustaining social enterprise that works with Canadian employers to facilitate mid-level professional paid internships for IEPs that launch their careers in Canada.

Since 2011, Ollie has also been an Advisor with the Planning for Canada program, delivering pre-arrival services for IEPs who are soon to be arriving in Canada and entering the workforce as Federal Skilled Workers or Provincial Nominees.