Immigration Initiatives National Advisory Committee
ICTC’s Immigration Initiatives is extremely fortunate to have dedicated individuals who selflessly give their time and expertise to assist us in achieving our goal of increasing the integration of IEPs and improving diversity and inclusion in Canada’s ICT sector.
We would like to thank our Immigration Initiatives National Advisory Committee Members:
Chief Information Officer, Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
Alex Coleman is the Chief Information Officer of the Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board. In his role as CIO, he provides visionary leadership for the delivery of innovative, flexible and integrated digital, information and communication technology solutions that enable and drive a culture of continuous process improvement focused on the customer. Alex is a strategic, transformational and results driven business leader with a proven track record of 20+ years’ experience planning, developing, and implementing global business and technology solutions across multiple industries in the private, public and not for profit sectors.
Partner, Flow Ventures
An institution within the Canadian growth-company and innovation ecosystems, Bryan Watson is a Partner at Flow Ventures. He also holds leadership roles at INcubes (Director, Strategic Projects and Connector in Residence) and CleanTech North (Managing Director). For over a decade Bryan has advised and supported investors, all levels of government, NGOs, and companies at all stages of growth – from idea to exit. Bryan has served as Executive Director of the National Angel Capital Organization, the National Angel Organization-Ontario, and CEO Fusion as well as President of EP Enterprises Inc.. In addition to these roles, Bryan has been a Director of Precarn Incorporated and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, and an Advisor to the Mississauga R.I.C. Center and many startups. Bryan completed his Masters in Management, Economics and International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, on the only full Chevening Scholarship awarded in Canada. Recently, Bryan was honoured to be selected as one of 7 finalists for the 2015 BDC Mentorship Award.
Senior Human Resources Manager, Absolute Software
Fiona Ho has been working in HR in the Vancouver high tech industry for more than 5 years and thrives in fast-paced environments. Her specialties include building HR infrastructure in high growth environments to drive scalability and operational efficiencies. A true generalist at heart, her breadth of experience includes implementing HR programs, HR systems, recruitment and recruitment operations. Fiona has rich international HR experience, specifically with recruiting new technical teams in LATAM and Asia. She has been a volunteer with the Human Resources Management Association for five years and currently chairs the Coastal Vancouver Advisory Council. In her spare time, she enjoys wedding coordination and aspires to open a pie shop.
Employee Success Manager, Verafin
Heidi Murphy has been working in human resources since 2011. She graduated from Memorial University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-Op) and a Bachelor of Arts. She was the recipient of the James R. Pearcey Scholarship in Entrepreneurism. She attained her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in 2014. She is currently enrolled as a part-time graduate student at Memorial University in the Master of Employment Relations program graduating fall 2016. Heidi has been helping fight financial crime with one of the top employers in Canada, Verafin, since 2011. As an Employee Success Manager, she hires the best people and the brightest minds and keeps them happy at Verafin! An avid Volunteer Heidi also sits on Verafin’s charity VeraCares. Heidi has written freelance articles on career soft skills for the Canadian magazine Job Postings. As an aspiring entrepreneur, she launched a small business with her husband, B & H Designs, designing décor and stationary in fall 2015. That is when she is not working, volunteering, writing or managing her business.
Manager of Recruitment and Diversity, Manitoba Hydro
Kim Lanyon is the Manager of Recruitment and Diversity at Manitoba Hydro. Manitoba Hydro is the province’s major energy utility with more than 6200 employees across Manitoba. Manitoba Hydro maintains a position of being among the lowest cost providers of domestic electricity rates in Canada and is recognized as a leader in promoting energy conservation and efficiency. Kim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Certificate in Adult Education from the University of Manitoba and over 20 years of experience in the field of human resources. Throughout her career, Kim’s work has spanned several functions including Training & Development, e-Learning, Safety, Health & Wellness, Pay & Benefits, and Recruitment & Diversity. Kim is particularly passionate about Leadership Development, Talent Management and Diversity and Inclusion.
Senior Human Resource Business Partner, NTT DATA Canada Inc.
Lianne Landry is the Senior Human Resource Business Partner for NTT DATA Canada Inc.’s, Solution Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a Human Resources Director, Lianne has led many initiatives in the areas of career development, performance management, succession planning, and strategic development planning. Lianne is responsible for helping her employer stay competitive in the area of “people care”, and they have remained on the Top 100 Canadian Employer’s list, since 2006. Her expertise lies in partnering with business stakeholders, external institutes, and organizations, to leverage knowledge and programs which are beneficial in building “best in class” people programs. These programs have had many positive returns for the business, the least of which is their low attrition rate in a field that is highly competitive. Before joining NTT DATA (formerly Keane), Lianne was Manager for Quality Assurance and later the Human Resource Manager for a prestigious Nova Scotian engineering firm. Her major research interests are in performance management and organizational development. Lianne holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Organizational Psychology, from Saint Mary’s University, in Halifax.
Chief Information Officer, Ingle International
Milind is currently CTO at Ingle International, helping scale up the company’s business with flawless technology vision and execution. Prior to that, he was with Real Matters as Vice President of Data & Technology for several years where he led the data platform through its journey, from $4M in revenue to over $200M in revenue. Before that, he founded and grew a data platform company in Canada, and earlier, a software outsourcing company in India. He has a background in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Software Technology, and Computer Science. His primary expertise is in bringing cutting edge scientific knowledge and leveraging it to transform business models by building high-performance technology teams. He remains a hands-on technologist while retaining a keen business sense.
ICTC’s Immigration Initiatives is made possible with project funding from the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and the Government of Ontario, who receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada.