Our Team at CRIEC
Dr. Nketti brings over a decade’s experience in international community development, non-profit leadership and organisational development and management. She is also a strong advocate for evidence-based practice and programming and robust outcome measurement practices. Nketti has an undergraduate degree in Management Economics, a Master’s degree in Development Economics and Policy and Multidisciplinary PhD in Economics, Politics and Community Development.
Nketti is a lifelong learner and enjoys using her skills, competencies, knowledge, and time towards building tomorrow’s leaders and empowering communities. She is a “Pracademic” as she has found the best way to blend her passion for community development, the world of academia and organisational management. As an immigrant, Nketti’s mission in life is to support people, communities, and organisations to unleash their potential.
“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” — Mattie Stepanek.
Director of Operations
Susan’s career in the museum sector has seen her building community relationships, designing engaging experiences and sharing compelling stories and she looks forward to drawing upon her skills to advance the vision and mission of CRIEC. She has guided many collaborative projects with cultural and community groups, has a broad range of board development experience having service as a Director and President of an international museum organization and enjoys empowering teams to think creatively about a sustainable future. In her spare time Susan enjoys visiting Calgary’s cultural attractions, parks and pathways as well as volunteering with a local animal rescue organization.
“Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world.” – Brene Brown
Senior Manager of Mentorship Programs
Mosope Idowu has over a decade of work experience in the Oil and Gas sector, in engineering and project management.
While her new role as the Mentorship Program and Project Specialist marks her career transition into the not-for-profit sector, she is no stranger to philanthropic work. She is an experienced speaker, mentor, and process improvement specialist. Mosope is excited to bring her professional and personal experiences together to refine the mentorship programs at CRIEC.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
Mentoring Program Supervisor (On Maternity Leave)
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, and 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
Manager of Employer Engagement
Rosanna has many years of experience in non-profits, focusing on mentorship programming for technology-focused companies in Calgary with an emphasis on financing and attracting capital. As a second-generation Canadian, Rosanna was born and raised in Calgary. Her entrepreneurial spirit brings a unique creativity to her work.
Rosanna’s excited to strengthen CRIEC’s current employer relationships and connect new industries and employers with CRIEC.
“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived.”— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Mentorship Program Manager
Anjali is an energetic and driven human services professional and she brings over ten years of prior experience in fields from human resources to retail banking. Anjali has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and an MBA in human resources.
She has over five years of experience in human services as a career and employment specialist working with newcomer immigrant professionals and supporting them to realize their full potential. In her free time, Anjali is an amateur chef and gardener and an aspiring baker. She enjoys hiking the Canadian Rockies, reading, singing, and party planning.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Antonio Vicens Guzman
Manager of Mentor Recruitment
Antonio is a dedicated professional with over 7 years of experience in technology, innovation, and the oil and gas industries. His expertise spans operational coordination, stakeholder engagement, business analysis, project management, and relationship management. Holding certificates in Organizational Change Management and Business Analysis, along with a Diploma in Energy Asset Management and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Antonio aligns his detail-oriented approach with organizational strategies and values for success.
Beyond his professional achievements, Antonio is an avid soccer player with a semi-professional background in Spain and current participation in Calgary’s top-level CUSA league. His interests extend to backpacking, hiking, and fostering a healthy lifestyle. Antonio’s commitment to community engagement is evident through his involvement in coaching kids’ soccer at FC Barcelona Soccer Club Academy and tutoring languages in Calgary. Fluent in four languages, he embraces diverse cultural exchanges.
“Individually we are one drop; but together we are an ocean.” – Ryunosoke Satoro
Community Outreach and Office Manager
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
Administrative Assistant & Project Officer
Dami holds a degree in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, coupled with years of experience providing administrative support to executives and teams within the hospitality industry and governmental agencies.
She is passionate about making a difference and adding value, which she actively pursues within CRIEC.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Milton Berle
Learning and Development Manager
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
Mentoring Partnership Coordinator
Teresa is passionate about using the power of diversity to boost innovation. Teresa has worked for over six years helping immigrants from all over the world use their amazing skills to benefit Canadian organizations, our City, and Canada as a whole while at the same time pursuing a good life for them and their families. With an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Teresa loves meeting people and connecting new immigrants with expert mentors through her role with CRIEC. She loves living in Calgary because of its diversity, unlimited possibilities, and the amazing experience of nature at its best.
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
Mentoring Partnership Coordinator
Megha, is a social worker holding a Master’s degree in the field. With a background encompassing 5 years of experience within NGOs and development sectors, as well as an additional 4 years dedicated to education, she has cultivated a wealth of expertise. Her true passion resonates in her work with women, children, youth, and families, specifically within immigrant communities. Being a new immigrant herself, she intimately understands the blend of challenges and opportunities that accompanies starting anew in a foreign nation.
Megha’s primary objective revolves around equipping fellow newcomers with knowledge about available resources and effective pathways for successful integration and settlement in Canada. Her overarching aim is to bestow empowerment upon immigrant women, children, and families by means of comprehensive support and services. Through her efforts, she aspires to adeptly guide them through the intricate nuances of life within a new country, fostering a smoother transition and a brighter future.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” — Oprah Winfrey
Mentorship & Employer Communications Specialist
Brianne specializes in building relationships on a strong foundation of clear communication. With five years of experience in various communications roles and a degree in Creative Communications, Brianne aims to highlight the people and community that CRIEC serves. Having moved to Calgary in 2020, Brianne has fallen in love with the community’s resilience, kindness and resounding ability to grow.
“If we do not exist as individuals then our relationship does not exist.” – Hugh Prather