September 1, 2022

(Calgary, AB) The Board of Directors of the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (“CRIEC”) is pleased to announce that Dr. Nketti Johnston-Taylor will be CRIEC’s new Executive Director effective September 30, 2022. Dr. Johnston-Taylor will join the executive team on September 12th and will work with Bruce Randall, CRIEC’s retiring Executive Director, on the leadership transition over the following weeks.

“Dr. Johnston-Taylor brings a tremendous range of leadership experiences and expertise to CRIEC, its team, clients, funders and partners”, noted CRIEC Chairperson Cindy Rogers. “We are excited to welcome Nketti to the CRIEC family and support her in ensuring CRIEC continues to deliver effective mentoring strategies connecting newcomer professionals with the business community”.

Dr. Johnston-Taylor provides a practical approach to her work, whether connecting with the corporate sector or pushing for social change.

She has served or is currently in leadership roles with Children First Canada, Sierra Leone Education Initiative, Cause Canada and BlackNorth Initiative, Alberta Chapter. She also has a keen educator’s eye garnered through her work experiences with St. Mary’s University, University of Calgary and Ambrose University. Her academic resume includes a B. Arts in Management Economics, Master’s in Development Economics and multidisciplinary PhD in Politics, Economics and Society. All of this has enabled Dr. Johnston-Taylor to build a strong foundation to deliver effective programming as well as innovative organizational development and management. Nketti is also a proud Rotarian.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead CRIEC. Working with newcomer talent very much resonates with me. I know how the power of mentoring can positively change the trajectory of people’s lives. CRIEC has a great mentoring program, led by its passionate team and Board. It has strong support from mentors, partners and long-term funders. We will continue to build great relationships and serve the needs of newcomers”, noted Dr. Johnston-Taylor.

Rogers stated that “Bruce has led CRIEC with kindness for the past 12 years, building the organization to where we are at today – supporting newcomer talent within an eco-system of mentoring and community development. We thank Bruce for the passion and drive he brought every day”.

“Nketti is ready to lead CRIEC and we are confident about our future”, added Rogers.

Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council is a small, robust not-for-profit organization that seeks to effectively and efficiently connect newcomer professionals with strategies designed to lead to successful employment outcomes, including employment-related mentoring. Since 2010, CRIEC has supported more than 2,500 mentoring partnerships. More than 70% of newcomer professionals secure pathways that reflect their education, training, experience and future aspirations, within six months of completing their mentoring partnership.

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