JOHN W. MURRAY, B.A., LL.B., LL.M, FELLOW of the FPSC™ is President and CEO of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Prior to joining the Council in November of 2018, Mr. Murray served as Registrar (2015 – 2017); Vice President, Professional Standards (2014 – 2015); and Vice President of Standards Enforcement (2008 – 2014) with CPA Ontario (formerly, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario); and Senior Vice President, Policy and Corporate Affairs at The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) (1993 – 2007). Mr. Murray brings detailed knowledge of the regulated professions, professional discipline, government relations and professional education.
During his time at CPA Ontario and IFIC, Mr. Murray served on many national and provincial committees and working groups, including: Minister of Finance (Ontario) Advisory Group on securities regulation (2004 – 2007); International Standards Organization, Canadian Advisory Committee ISO TC 222 – Personal Financial Planning Services (Chair, 2002 – 2007); Ontario Securities Commission, Financial Planning Working Group (1998 – 2004); and the International CFP Council (Canadian Representative, Committee Chair, 1997 – 1999).
Mr. Murray has served as an officer and director of the Financial Planners Standards Council (1995−2001); as a director of Credit Canada (formerly Credit Counselling Service of Toronto) (1999 – 2010), the Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services (2009 – 2013) and the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (2009 – 2018). Mr. Murray was President & Chair of the Board of Credit Canada (2005−2007), and chair of the Board of the Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services (OACCS) (2011 – 2013). Mr. Murray is currently a Director and Vice Chair of the Board of Stevenson Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts from University College, University of Toronto; a Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor; and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.
In October of 2011, Mr. Murray was made an inaugural FELLOW OF THE FPSC™ by the Financial Planning Standards Council. In 2002, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and also holds the Canadian Forces Decoration.
As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Russ Harrington oversees the day-to-day operational leadership of the Council’s Finance, Human Resources and Organization Administration departments, and plays a key role in leading the Council in fulfilling its strategic priorities, including the pending transition to the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants.
Prior to joining the Council, Russ was COO at the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario, a provincial self-regulatory organization overseeing more than 57,000 registrants. In this role, he led the redesign and implementation of corporate services, including strategic communications and stakeholder relations, IT transformation and financial sustainability. Previously, he was the founding CFO & COO of HealthForceOntario, a provincial government agency mandated to provide health workforce solutions. This role involved leading an interprofessional care/education (IPC/E) initiative to support the provincial IPC/E Steering Committee and providing full corporate services for the establishment of five separate and independent new health regulatory colleges.
Russ’s private sector experience includes executive level responsibilities at several for profit companies, and volunteer roles with industry associations and charitable enterprises.
Dr. Beata Pawlowska, Ph.D. is a seasoned leader and an expert in organizational development, program development, adult learning and competency-based education with 15 years of progressive leadership and professional development experience in complex organizations.
Her commitment to social responsibility, excellence in education and professional development is paired with her passion to help others reach their full potential and desire to create exceptional working, teaching and learning environments. She is a recognized forward-thinking innovator and change agent with the ability to anticipate and appreciate future trends.
Her practical experience in the planning, development and implementation of programs, policies and services in post-secondary institutions is coupled with a Doctoral degree in Organization Psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Business and Education. Her research and applied work on adult learning, innovative pedagogical approaches, and leadership development have been published and presented at refereed national and international conferences.
Dr. Pawlowska held posts as an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and as an associate researcher and educator at the LMU Center for Leadership and People Management in Munich, Germany. Subsequently, she joined the University Health Network in Toronto where she partnered with academic and healthcare leaders to ensure the highest quality of patient care and safety through excellence in design research, education and simulation.
Prior to joining ICCRC she held the position of Director of Projects, Programs and Partnerships at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
As Director of Public Affairs & Communications, Christopher May brings a renewed forward-looking fulfillment of the Mission and Vision of ICCRC.
Under his direction, relationships play a pivotal role in building, harnessing and enhancing ICCRC’s reputation, profile and brand, and newly embraced technologies and methodologies support the regulator’s goal to be a thought leader, industry expert and defender of the Public Interest. Planning, development and measurement of the effectiveness of public affairs and communications strategies and tactics are also in place to reach key audiences.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Science, Mr. May brings over three decades of experience as a senior public affairs leader and advisor supporting effective stakeholder interactions and communications at national and global levels. Over the years, he has gained significant knowledge of the regulated professions, government affairs, stakeholder relations and communications.
Prior to joining ICCRC, Mr. May has held several key positions within the Ontario and Federal governments between 1989 and 1998. He has also served as Managing Director of CFA Societies Canada, Director of Government Affairs for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and public policy consultant, providing advice to clients on social and economic policy developments. In 2006, he was appointed to the Ontario Roundtable on Fair Access to Professions by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In 2017, he was a participant on the Conference Board of Canada’s Leader’s Roundtable on Immigration, during the international site visit to Germany and Switzerland, where he delivered a presentation on Ontario’s legislative process for fair access to the regulated professions.
Mr. May has been active in his community including coaching children’s sports programs and sitting on the Board of several community organizations such as the Scleroderma Society of Ontario and the Canadian Mothercraft Society, where he served as chair from 2002 to 2004. He is the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his community service.
Dace Stripnieks joined ICCRC as its first employee in May 2011 in the position of Executive Assistant to the CEO. With more than 20 years’ experience supporting C-suite executives in the health, technology, government and college sectors, and her leadership role as the Commissioner of the Canadian Latvian Guides for the past 25 years, Dace’s wide-ranging background has been an asset for the realization of the then newly formed Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
Dace’s diverse skills and breadth of experience has proven invaluable to ICCRC since its inception. She was instrumental in the acquisition and construction of ICCRC’s office spaces in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. She also undertook a leading role in hiring staff in all departments and in all locations. After having served as Executive Assistant to several Boards of Directors, Presidents and CEOs for five years, Dace was promoted to Manager of Operations in January 2016. Her continued strong leadership and operational management skills earned her the position of Director of Operations in February 2017.
As Director of Organization Administration she provides support to the President/CEO and Board of Directors in providing leadership, implementing infrastructure and systems, as well as developing, implementing and administering operational and human resource policies and procedures.
Dace, in collaboration with the CEO, is responsible for the coordination, management and oversight of the operations function of the Council at all office locations across Canada, including information technology, human resources, recruitment, property/facility management, acquisition of furniture and equipment, reception and safety in the work environment.
As a member of the Senior Management, Dace also leads the Business Process Improvement Team. The Team’s purpose is to coordinate all business processes and integrate all departments to ensure work is done in an efficient manner with the goal of serving both members and the public in the most effective way.
Michael is a Canadian lawyer with an interest in how government and public institutions utilize public and private data to further the public interest. After completing his genetics research at the University of Toronto, he moved to Montreal to study law at McGill and work at a medical-legal think tank. He returned to Toronto and has held litigation, advisory and adjudicative positions with the federal Department of Justice, the Ontario Legislature, the University Health Network, an immigration law firm, and a federal immigration tribunal (IRB).
Michael has also committed much of his time to non-profit endeavours. He worked with an organization that sought legal redress for victims of international atrocities (Canadian Centre for International Justice). He also served on the Board of Directors of the Chinese and South East Asian Legal Clinic and of Access Alliance, a community health organization that serves newcomers and populations who face challenges accessing quality health care services. He also sits as the lawyer for Ontario’s centralized oncology research ethics board.
Prior to joining the ICCRC, he served as the Director of Professional Conduct of a health regulatory college.
Rod brings valuable financial and managerial experience to the Council including knowledge of the not-for-profit sector.
He is responsible for planning, directing and controlling financial and operational functions for ICCRC.