The Immigrant Networks Ambassadors Program

Meet our ambassadors. Those who truly demonstrate a commitment to succeed in Canada and support their fellow Immigrants. Be sure to check out their bios and videos. To meet them all you have to do is register as an immigrant networks member.

Meet our ambassadors. Those who truly demonstrate a commitment to succeed in Canada and support their fellow Immigrants. Be sure to check out their bios and videos. To meet them all you have to do is register as an immigrant networks member.

Anju Kakkar

Anju Kakkar

I am Managing Editor of Humber Press at the Office of Research & Innovation at Humber College. With a career that spans 25+ years, I possess excellent organizational and people skills built over interaction with multi-cultural peers. The values of purpose, inclusivity and collaboration drive me. 

Years of experience interacting with key players of different organizations accords me the opportunity to have a holistic view of the situation.

Ayo Owodunni

Ayo Owodunni

I am a real estate investor and a Management Consultant (Diversity and Equity). I am also on radio speaking on issues related to immigration and helping new immigrants settle. I am passionate about helping new immigrants soar in Canada.

This gives me an opportunity to give back. Many rolled up their sleeves to help me in my career. It is my turn to do the same.

Dylan Menezes

Dylan Menezes

I am very passionate about helping new immigrants find their footing in the Digital Marketing space in Canada. When I landed in Canada and started applying for jobs, I was very surprised at how different the digital marketing practice is in Canada compared to my home country.

Now having been in Canada for 4+ years and with the experience of 2 major banks under my belt, I’m happy to pass on my learning and insight on this field to any immigrant looking to make a career in Digital Marketing in this country.

Personally, I believe in the phrase “pay it forward” – numerous immigrants (and Canadians) helped me when I landed here and I am humbled to be in a position now where I can do the same for others coming into the country. By joining Immigrant Networks as an Ambassador, it is my intention to be of service to other newcomers and set them up for success in this exciting journey.

Farhad Ahmad

Farhad Ahmad

I am a financial analyst with prior background in banking, management and consulting, and economic development. I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and came to Canada in 2021. I have previously served many professional and semi-professional boards and associations. I have learned and experienced the compound effect of associations and therefore would like to help others through different these platforms

Hammad Siddiqui

Hammad Siddiqui

LinkedIn is an integral part of Job Search Strategy for any immigrant in Canada. However, over 90% immigrants do not understand how LinkedIn should be used for finding opportunities in the job market. As an Ambassador at Immigrant Networks and a Professional LinkedIn Coach, I am delighted to support Canadian Immigrants in making their transition to a new job market swift and successful.

 

Madhur Kishore

Madhur Kishore

I am a Marketing Communications professional who has spent more than 11 years developing integrated marketing campaigns in the e-commerce, media and edutech industries across India and Canada. Having arrived in Canada in 2019, I understand the importance of networking as a means of professional development.

As an ambassador of Immigrant Networks, I intend to help newcomers in Canada find out effective ways of building their professional base, their network and establish themselves in their respective domains.

Shriharsha Bhat

I am Marketing Director/Entrepreneur with unparalleled experience in Strategic B2B Marketing, Digital Marketing, and Marketing Automation for Fortune 150 Medical Device companies, and HealthTech Scale-ups across North America, and India. Newcomers to Canada can pick my brain on how marketing varies here, building a network in your industry, how to become a marketing leader and much more!

Pallavi Mauji

I am an HR professional working in non-for-profit organization. Having been an immigrant myself, I gained valuable insights from mentors and government-funded programs that honed my skills. I currently assist internationally trained professionals in transitioning to their respective industries through funded training. These experiences are priceless for newcomers, offering reassurance that with time and a well-thought-out plan, successful integration is within reach.

Preeti Somal

Preeti Somal

In 2020 (mid-pandemic), Gurpreet moved to Vancouver, Canada from Bombay, India – a decision she calls her best one to date.

Gurpreet grew up surrounded by people from diverse and interesting cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Her love for storytelling and creating social impact, inspired her to pursue a Masters in International Broadcast Journalism from the UK, and a Specialization in ‘Business Strategies for a Better World’ from Wharton.
Currently, she works at the Canadian Red Cross as their Senior Communications Advisor for B.C. & Yukon. She looks forward to supporting newcomers and immigrants who choose to make Canada their new home.

Ankit Rattan

I am a civil engineering professional with over a decade of experience in the construction sector, academia and in arts (both performing and static). I believe the first step towards learning is to have an open mind and with the right attitude we can learn and adapt which eventually becomes experiences. So, let’s connect and start learning from each other. Networking to get working!

Rakhee Gehani

Rakhee Gehani believes that everyone is capable of succeeding in their careers.Rakhee earned a Masters of Human Resources degree from the University of Regina, SK, Canada in 2021. Additionally, she holds CPHR and SHRM-Senior Certified Professional certifications. Currently based in Saskatchewan, Rakhee works for an educational institution as a Human Resources Professional. As an HR professional with more than a decade of experience, Rakhee has helped many people succeed in their careers. She provides a variety of services such as boosting confidence, enhancing skills, assisting with job search strategies, preparing for interviews, and writing resumes. Further, Rakhee provides a wide range of premium services for HR professionals, including preparation for the CPHR-NKE exam, validation of experience, career counseling, and STAR-based interview preparation.

I have several years of experience in Human Resources, and I am ready to make a difference in the Canadian Human Resources world.

Rishin Chatterjee

Rishin Chatterjee

Rishin came to Canada in 2018. From starting his career here by giving out Uber Eats coupons at a corner of a park he is now a National Brand Manager for a reputed Canadian alcobev company.

As a visible minority immigrant Rishin has had his fair share of struggles and feels that much of the issues plaguing immigrants can be solved with empathy. He understands the roadblocks that immigrants face in establishing their professional careers in Canada. His no holds barred, single minded approach towards driving success for immigrants has been widely appreciated.

He is an Immigrant Networks ambassador because, in his own words, “Being an immigrant myself I understand the challenges new immigrants face in their early days in Canada and I want to shorten their learning curves/reduce their hardship incidences.”

Roman Isakov

Roman Isakov

Immigrating to a new country is starting a new life. It’s like being born again. In your first years of life, you are vulnerable and are in need in maximum support, help and protection. This is where the Immigrant Networks steps in. We, as successful immigrants know the challenges that the newcomers face. We are aware of the common mistakes an immigrant should avoid and of the mindset that will help people to have an easy start in their new home. We, the ambassadors can contribute to the bright future of the families that immigrate with their hearts full of hope.

Shahzad Gidwani

Shahzad Gidwani

Immigrant Networks will answer all your what, where, why’s, and how’s. Our Ambassador Program will help each and everyone to navigate the what, where, why’s, and how’s! The Ambassadors are your mentors!

Shreeya Shakya

Shreeya Shakya

Moving to Canada during the pandemic posed a bigger challenge for professional networking. I joined Immigrant Networks soon after I started my job search process, and it was one of the best choices I made. Immigrant Networks matched me with professionals from my sector and it provided me valuable information about the job market, ways to approach the job search, and most importantly a lot of encouragement and hope.

Soumya Sharma

Soumya Sharma

I landed in Canada 15 days before the worldwide lockdowns were imposed due to Covid. As an immigrant, I wish I would have received an appropriate and sincere assistance from a mentor, especially during those unprecedented times. I faced over 270 rejections, survived a survival job and eventually networking helped me secure my first job in Canada. Hence, I was able to make a robust program and having coached multiple individuals towards successfully securing jobs, I am confident that I can make a positive impact in your efforts.

Sophia Badakhshan

Sophia Badakhshan

I am an integrator who enjoys helping others through facilitation of meaningful connections. As a young immigrant, student, and teaching assistant, I’ve seen my parents, new friends, and peers go through the ebbs and flows of immigration. I am here to share my learnings and help advocate for these valuable individuals, young and old with varying needs reach their potential.

I joined immigrant networks as I was trying to lead a much smaller initiative: Untapped and discovered the existence of this amazing organization with like-minded individuals that is taking action and helping immigrants at the grass-root level.

Youssef Skalli

As soon as I arrived, I started looking for opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals and fellow immigrants, so I came across immigrant networks. I registered and through the matching process, I started e-meeting with immigrants settled in different parts of the country, exchanging advices and sharing experiences. Since then, it has been a great consistent learning experience both at personal and professional level. Immigrant networks has been one of the pivotal pillars in my settlement journey in Canada.

Dr. Khristine G. Cariño

Dr. Khristine G. Cariño

I came to Canada as a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia. Veering from the professorial track when I became a mother, I crossed over from academia to the non-profit sector and found fulfillment providing employment support to immigrant women in tech. As past president of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), I have strongly championed for raising the visibility and amplifying the voice of racialized women as part of my advocacy for inclusion, diversity, equity and anti-racism.

Mahima Passi

I firmly believe that success is a journey, not a destination. As I continue to learn and grow as an HR analyst, I am committed to helping others on their own journeys by sharing my experiences. With Immigrant Networks, I have found a community that supports my growth and development & I am eager to pay it forward by helping others who are also looking to succeed in their new home.

Anna Garleff

Anna is an Organizational Psychologist and Executive Coach. She is the former Director of the Open University (UK) operations in Germany. Anna works with C-Suite leaders, and is the co-founder of two major centres of excellence, as well as a successful nonprofit. She is known for her ability to identify and leverage clients’ unique talent profiles, and guide diverse stakeholders in complex socio-political and technical landscapes. Anna has lived and worked in a number of countries around the world, learning languages from the ground up, raising a child in a foreign culture, and going through harrowing immigration processes. None were as difficult as repatriating to Canada, and this is why she she spends so much of her time helping newcomers.

Armando Díaz

I came to Canada in 2018 under the Express Entry program. Originally from Mexico, I have built a career in technical B2B sales, marketing, and product management. Immigrant Networks has helped me network with and assist fellow immigrants. I have learned from some and shared advice with others about the journey of settling in this great new home, Canada. I’m honoured to be an Immigrant Networks Ambassador and be able to pay it forward to make other immigrants journey easier.

Luna Daniel

I have worked as a talent acquisition specialist and as a HR professional for over a decade across India, Australia and Canada- the roles were across  agencies , corporates and startups in the healthcare, government, IT, consulting and fintech industry.  I have also been working as a coach (unofficially for new immigrants in my free time) and also teach in a B-School where I coach students on best practices for interviewing, managing self and other topics that help one assimilate better in a new country.

My lived experiences- moving 3 countries in less than 10 years- has given me insights into the things to keep in mind professionally and personally to cope with stress and also manage oneself when moving to a new country. I would like to pay-it-forward. As a new immigrant I once faced similar challenges and would like to share my experiences and learnings and also establish a symbiotic relationship as my  experience has given me a holistic understanding from both employer and talent perspectives and the shifting needs in the market.

Raghav Bhardwaj

Raghav, an experienced IT/Cybersecurity professional and immigrant, successfully triumphed over two Canadian layoffs, exemplifying adaptability. Having recently walked the newcomer’s path, he understands the importance of stable employment to fuel your Canadian dream. He navigated and switched domains himself, recognizing the power of evolving with changing technology. His hands-on expertise can assist you in breaking into IT, transitioning to Cybersecurity, or making a career change, ultimately leading to success.

Mihir Joshi

I am an Information technology professional with experience in Business Analysis and Product Development. I am passionate about helping new immigrants to settle in Canada. I am honoured to be an Immigrant network ambassador and would love to help fellow new immigrants finding their piece of opportunities here in Canada. Feel free to connect with me for advice on career in Information technology, moving to Tier-2 cities in other parts of Canada.

Kunal Sevak

With over 8 years of experience in the IT industry at leading MNCs and currently serving as a Cloud Data Engineer and Technical Product Owner at an InsureTech Startup, I am passionate about leveraging technology to enhance the immigrant experience in Canada. I find immense joy in sharing my expertise to empower newcomers on their journey.

Pia Baldos

Pia is a technical communicator with over a decade of experience in developing clear end-user documents, client-facing communications, marketing copy, and web content. As a former presidential correspondent and speechwriter who dedicated herself to public service, she finds a great sense of fulfillment in advocating good governance, social equity, gender empowerment, and multiculturalism.

Through coaching and conversation circles, she leverages her passion for clear and accurate communication to help people find their voice. As an Immigrant Networks Ambassador, Pia finds joy in mentoring newcomers and seeing them achieve greatness.