Our Team at CRIEC



Bruce Randall

Founding Executive Director (2010 to Present)
Bruce brings passion, high energy and more than 35 years of experience in business, values-based collaborative decision-making and sharing strategic thinking, to every task he tackles. He builds teams and organizations, having learned much “on the job” from his time in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, including as VP Law, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary with the iconic sporting goods retailer The Forzani Group.
We are not the things we accumulate. We are not the things we deem important. We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…”    -Richard Wagamese


Jaya Dharan

Community Engagement Coordinator, Executive Assistant  (2012 to Present)
A networking enthusiast with a passion for volunteering, Jaya has a Master’s in English Literature from India, experience in the Education sector in the Middle East and now works with newly-arrived immigrants.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Rosa Martinez

Learning and Development Coordinator (2014 to Present)
Rosa brings 10 years’ experience working in Adult Education, with 5 of those in Career Advising and E-Learning in the non-profit sector.
“Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.” — George Washington Carver

Bao Ho

Strategic Partner Coordinator (2018 to Present)
Bao brings his passion for supporting newcomers in Calgary, as well as 8 years of experience as a private sector recruiter operating in various sectors including Oil & Gas, Tech, Manufacturing, and Transportation.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ – Margaret Mead

Alex Montiel

Organizational Support Coordinator (2018 to Present)
Alex Montiel graduated in Venezuela as a lawyer with a concentration in the field of Human Rights. With a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Mount Royal University, he and brings to CRIEC professional experience as a program manager, volunteer manager and immigration advocate.
“Many small people, in small places, doing small things, can change the world” – Eduardo Galeano.

Zulfira Pulotova

Evaluation and Strategy Consulting Support (2018 to Present)
Zulfira brings over fifteen years of research, evaluation, program management, and capacity building experience both locally and internationally. She holds Masters in Public Administration and Social Work. Zulfira is a Founder and Principal Consultant at Connect Local & Global Inc.
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~ Rumi


Our Team Members at the School for Global Access at Bow Valley College

Since 2010, CRIEC, in partnership with Bow Valley College, has offered mentoring strategies and career path planning initiatives for internationally trained professionals. The overarching goal of these programs is to connect newcomer professionals with Canadian experienced working professionals in nurturing partnerships that support career advancement.

Cherwyne Dunca

Mentorship Liaison Officer (2017 to Present)
Cherwyne has more than 7 years of TV and film production experience from the Philippines. Capitalizing in her multi-faceted experience, she has reinvented herself and found a very rewarding career in Human Services in Calgary.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Jolene Martinez

Mentorship Program Assistant (2017 to Present)
Jolene was born and raised in Calgary and has more than 12 years of administrative experience, including 6 with Bow Valley College. She has a passion for developing relationships with people and is committed to working with newly-arrived immigrants. She is bilingual: fluent in English and Vietnamese.
“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.” – Maya Angelou


Dona Kumarapathirage

Mentorship Officer (2017 to Present)
Dona has more than 5 years of administrative experience and is passionate about the education and non-profit service sectors. She migrated to Canada in 2015 and has been successful in re-establishing herself in her profession with hard work and determination—and now she is keen to help others like her find employment and achieve their dreams.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Wisdom never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha

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