Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
Erick Ambtman is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. He has worked at the City of Edmonton as a Community Services senior planner, and a senior economist & analyst where he co-founded the City Trends publication. He is the former Executive Director of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (Calgary, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer & Fort McMurray), and has been in Avenue Magazine's top 40 under 40 list (Edmonton).
Anila Umar Lee Yuen
Centre for Newcomers
Anila Umar Lee Yuen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers. Previously, she has worked with Junior Achievement, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, DeVry Institute of Technology, & the Government of Alberta. She has received a Governor General's Award and an Alberta Centennial Medallion for Community Service for her work advocating for immigrant and minority women and children rights.
Action for Healthy Communities
Aftab Khan is the Executive Director of Action for Healthy Communities. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with several immigrant serving agencies in Alberta. Before moving to Canada, he spent 15+ years as a manager, consultant, advisor, & director with various non-profits, UN agencies, & multilateral donor funded initiatives focused on social justice, community capacity building & infrastructure, & capital development projects in Pakistan.
Bredin Centre for Learning
Kathy Alves is the Director of Operations at Bredin Centre for Learning. Her background includes establishing and nurturing relationships with local and international stakeholders including other non-profits , government, education, staff, and volunteers. Kathy has experience creating and delivering adult professional development both in-person and virtually. She believes strongly in building capacity in others through inspirational leadership, empathy, and empowerment. A committed community member, she has been an active volunteer for several different causes over 30 years, including recently supporting a Syrian family to settle in Edmonton. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is deeply committed to inclusion.
Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
Beba Svigir is the Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. She came to Canada 17 years ago, following the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. CIWA has thrived under her leadership through implementing & diversifying the programs that address language, health, employment & parenting. She oversees 150+ staff members & 900 volunteers all working to help immigrant women become the foundation of their families’ success.
Born and raised in Piura-Peru, Carol moved to Canada in 2010. Carol completed a BSc with a Major in Business Administration and has almost 20 years of experience in a senior leadership and executive management roles. Her background includes working with expansion projects with multi-disciplinary teams in a very dynamic and goal-oriented organization. Carol speaks three languages: Spanish, English and French.
Barhet Woldemariam currently serves as the Director of Programs for HIV Edmonton. Her previous work includes working with the Canadian Red Cross with the Safety and Wellbeing team supporting the recovery operation after the Wildfires in Fort McMurray and BC. She brings experience from both the business world, working with TD Canada Trust and community organizations. Her roles have allowed her to work closely with community partners to help address the needs of individuals, families and the community. Her academic background in Sociocultural Anthropology along with her personal experience and community work provide her with the acumen to deeply understand the importance of equity and advocacy.