Our Team at CRIEC
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
Community Outreach and Office Manager (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
Learning and Development Manager (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
Director of Operations (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
Mentoring Program Supervisor (2020 – Present)
Allison is an energetic educator and human services professional with over eight years of experience serving the community in both not-for-profit and post-secondary organizations. With a background in International Development and Education, Allison’s passions lie in women’s education, community development, and the settlement experiences of newcomers. Born and raised in Calgary, she is an amateur urban homesteader, itinerant artist, and loves coffee, bikes, and wandering the unbeaten paths of the world.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately” ― Henry David Thoreau
Mentoring Partnership Coordinator
Lana is a driven and dedicated career and employment specialist with over fifteen years of experience in Human Services, Career Development and Education. She finds purpose in supporting her clients to empower themselves and reach their full potential.
“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt