John A. BurkeChair (*Officer)
Stanislav BeleviciVice-Chair (*Officer)
Latifa El-Ghandouri Director
Maria Krajewska Director
Darlene Ryan Director
Melanie Wen Director
Christina AshmorePublic Interest Director
James HsiehPublic Interest Director
Leanne McGeachyPublic Interest Director
Samantha PsochPublic Interest Director
John A. Burke
Since leaving the Public Service in 1996, John has acted as a Senior Immigration Advisor to several prominent Immigration law firms in Toronto in addition to operating his own Immigration Consulting practice. He is regularly called upon to provide advice and guidance to fellow Immigration Practitioners; to make presentations to various groups; and, to conduct seminars in his areas of expertise. John is an RCIC who has more than 35 years of experience dealing with complex employment and employment-related immigration issues in the public service and in the private sector.
In his practice, he counsels corporate clients on development of immigration policies and processes, as well as on workforce mobility solutions and mitigation of risks related to immigration compliance requirements. Stanislav also represents clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board on deportation orders, extradition requests and spousal appeals.
He has been active in the immigration industry with his involvement as a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC), from inception until formation of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and served on the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) Policy and Lobby committee from 2004 to 2007. Richard in his fifth year of serving on the ICCRC Board and is presently Chair of the Registration and Education Committee. In previous years he has served in the capacity of Chair of the Registration and Membership Committee and Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Latifa El-Ghandouri studied international politics at Concordia University and marketing management at McGill University. She is fluent in French, English, and Arabic. With a background in corporate business management and marketing, Latifa developed many of the skills necessary to serve as board member for both the Quebec Chapter and National Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).
Following a noted mandate as Communications Director of the Quebec Chapter of CAPIC, she joined the CAPIC National board as Director of Communications from 2012-2015. Latifa’s tenure resulted in her receiving the Shepherd Award-Director Services, the Leadership Award and the Service Award.
Latifa currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Maria has been providing immigration services in Toronto for over 20 years and has been a regulated immigration consultant from the onset of the profession in 2004. She has successfully managed her private practice since then specializing in the appeals and representation before the IRB. Maria has volunteered with ICCRC’s Board from its inception, serving for six years as a Chair of the Complaints Committee and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.
Her previous experience serving on Boards of Directors and Committees include the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) from 2006 – 2011 of which she served on the Membership Relations sub-committee, the Excellence Awards Selection Committee, participated in CBIE’s first governance review, and also chaired the Student Advisory Chapter Executive (SACE) to support professional development of International Student Advisors and advocate for international students on a national level.
At the University of Waterloo she served as a Director on the University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) from 2008 – 2012 which included chairing the Pensions, Benefits & Staff Compensation sub-committee, a member of the Staff Relations Committee, and as Area Representative for her office.
Since IFSE is recognized by Canadian securities and insurance regulatory authorities, Christina has experience building relationships with regulators and works to ensure IFSE’s proficiency exams and certification programs meet the standards set by the industry.
Christina obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and holds the Certified Financial Planner® designation. Prior to joining IFSE, Christina worked for several years in the financial services industry as a financial planner. Recently, she completed the Institute of Corporate Directors – University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Not-For-Profit Program.
Originally from Hong Kong, Christina immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of two. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, she learned to integrate into a new culture and appreciates the challenges new immigrants can face. As an advocate for inclusion and diversity, Christina actively promotes these concepts in the workplace which is reflected by the diverse backgrounds of those working at IFSE including new immigrants to Canada.
In her spare time, Christina enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking and skiing with her husband and two children. She also volunteers her time teaching financial literacy workshops to school kids through Junior Achievement and helping needy families in the Greater Toronto Area through Holiday Helpers.
Immediately after his retirement from Simon Fraser University, he served six years as an appointed Board member with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority by the Province of British Columbia. During that period, he was an active member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Board member of Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee of HEABC. He is currently also a member and the Vice-Chair of the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee appointed by the Richmond City Council as a representative of citizens since November 2013.
Leanne is currently the Executive Director at the Edmonton North Primary Care Network, a not-for-profit organization that works to enhance the delivery of primary health care through its membership of family physicians and a wide range of multidisciplinary clinicians and administrative staff. She reports to the Board and is a member of all of the Board’s committees including Board Governance, HR and Finance.
Leanne has also been on the other side of the table, as a director on a number of not-for-profit boards and has held officer responsibilities including secretary, treasurer and vice president.
She is fascinated by governance and has had over 100 hours of formal training in this area. Earlier in her career, Leanne was a volunteer facilitator with Alberta’s Board Development Program, delivering 10 hour workshops on the best practices of governance to not-for-profits throughout Alberta. She is currently on the steering committee for governance education, which is a partnership between the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services. In this role, Leanne not only helps guide the process, but develops content and facilitates board governance workshops to other Primary Care Networks boards, staff and stakeholders.
Samantha currently works at the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba as a Case Manager in Professional Conduct. Her role is unique as she is the first Case Manager in the College who is not a registered nurse, bringing in a greater public perspective to the role and department and adding in different skillsets to compliment the expertise of the registered nurses she works with.
As a Case Manager, she has developed an appreciation for professional regulation. Part of her role as a Case Manager is conducting investigations into complaints made against registered nurses, which entails gathering information to ensure a registered nurse is meeting the Standards of Practice and providing fulsome information so an appropriate decision can be rendered.
Samantha understands why a professional has to meet all standards, why support should be provided to ensure that standards are met and the importance of taking action when those standards a not met. It is important to be accountable to the public and the profession.
On a personal note, Samantha has parents and many family members who have immigrated to Canada and have dealt with many challenges throughout the process.