Kim Jenkinson, Executive Director

Kim Jenkinson, Executive Director

Kim Jenkinson is the Executive Director of the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC). Her professional career has spanned more than 20 years in the not-for-profit arena in the Halton and Hamilton areas. She has worked with the Ontario March of Dimes, Goodwill, and the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) before joining the team at HMC in 2012.

Kim is a strong advocate for social justice and equity and believes that systemic change will come through collaboration and sustained focus on equity values. She was the founding Chair of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable which investigating and training members promising practices in equity and currently has more than 60 agency members.

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Ross BragdonRoss Bragdon, President

Retired IT Vice President & CIO

Born in Montreal, in a multicultural neighbourhood, Ross speaks English, French, Italian and some Spanish. He has coached soccer and at 21 he became the founding President of the Laval Soccer League and Volkswagen Owner’s Club.

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Arish Khoorshed, Vice-President


Arish was born and raised in Canada by parents who emigrated from India and worked hard to build a life for their family. Arish is married and has two children and is extensively involved in their school and their extracurricular activities. Together, he and his children train in the Korean art of Taekwondo.

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Bita WattsBita Watts, Secretary


Bita Watts is a teacher who holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters’ degree in Education. She spent 14 years of her career teaching in International School in China, where she had the opportunity to work with staff and students from many countries around the world.

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Karen BaringKaren Baring, Director

Owner/Founder Of Busiwomen Networking

Karen Baring is an entrepreneur and marketing consultant. She currently owns two businesses in Oakville. BusiWomen Networking Group was founded in 2008 as a means of helping women entrepreneurs develop their network in the community while they grow and strengthen their businesses.

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David ChongDavid Chong, Director

Senior Vice President, Principal & Broker at Nidea Corporate Real Estate, Canadian Partner of ITRA Global

David has been a member of the HMC Board of Directors since 2008.  He is currently a Director and has served in the past as Vice President and also Treasurer.

David was born in Kingston, Jamaica and came to Canada in the early 1980’s.

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Daniel Roukema, Director

Director of Communication, Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)

Daniel Roukema considers himself a Canadian-born Canadian immigrant. Born in Montreal, his family returned to Canada after spending more than ten years in Africa and Europe.  He is fluent in English and Swiss German, has a good working knowledge of French and German, and a basic understanding of Dutch and Spanish.

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Ivan L'OrtyeInspector Ivan L’Ortye, Director

Halton Regional Police

Inspector L’Ortye is a Halton Regional Police Executive who holds a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He has 27 years of policing experience in various positions throughout the police service and is also a graduate of the Canadian Police College Executive Development Program.

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Louis TsaiLouis Tsai, Director

Louis Tsai has been a community volunteer since the late 1970’s when he first settled in Hamilton. He considers himself fortunate to be able to work with many volunteers to give back to the local communities and to help newcomers. Whether it is to organize fund-raising events for charities and community programs, or it is to serve as a committee member / liaison person to help identify gaps and to solve problems, Louis found it very meaningful to help fellow immigrants and local residents.

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Desa Hobbs, Director

Clinical Operations Director – Mackenzie Health

Desa Hobbs is a Registered Nurse who has held several progressive leadership positions. Currently she is on a secondment to the Mississauga Halton LHIN as Senior Lead for Health System Development from her position as the Program Director for Medicine and Critical Care at Halton Healthcare Services.

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Trivi Mehendale, Past President (non-voting)

Retired Entrepreneur and CEO Intrepid Distributors

Trivi has been a volunteer for HMC for more than 9 years, serving as President of the Board of Directors for the last 6 years. Trivi was born in India and he completed his education in the United Kingdom then lived in Germany for three years before immigrating to Canada in 1975.

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