MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD


 

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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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 theOntario 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. Kim is honoured to be on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and through this work has opportunities to comment to senior government officials and policy makers on policy and services affecting immigrants and newcomers to Canada. She also serves on the Steering committee of the Halton Newcomer Strategy which is the Local Immigration Partnership funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

HMC is well connected to the community and on behalf of HMC Kim belongs to the Senior Executive Group of the Our Kids Network, the Systems Planning and Integration Network of the Halton Mississauga LHIN, the Equity Council of the Halton District School Board, and the Halton Non-Profit Network. She is active on the Halton Poverty Roundtable and the Chair of the Halton Housing Alliance – both of which are striving to end poverty in Halton. All of her work on these committees is focused on increasing the awareness of barriers to services for newcomers and highlighting inequities where system change is required to equitably meet people’s needs.

At HMC, Kim leads the agency and is responsible for operationalizing the Board of Directors’ strategic plan. She works with the Board and staff to ensure the resources are available to meet the needs of HMC’s clients. Client and community input is critical to ensuring that HMC’s services are of high quality and in tune with the needs of newcomers, immigrants and refugees.

Kim finished her Executive MBA at the University of Fredericton in 2012 to complement her Certified General Accounting degree (now CPA) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMaster University.


Julie Alleyn, President

Talent Development Manager – IBI Group

Julie Alleyn is an HR professional with over 25 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and MBA level education. Tri-lingual (English, French & German) effective certified management coach professional with strong business acumen as developed through 8+ years of experience in Strategic Human Resource Management and 20+ years of experience in Human Resources Generalist role.

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Business-minded and change leader with focus on strategic HR practices to generate business results and effectively drive change. Consult and partner with Executive-level teams to support all HR related projects: employee engagement, inclusion and diversity, leadership development, strategic HR planning, organizational development, employment law, employee relations and training.

Julie has volunteered many years with the Canadian Cancer Society and is a new addition to the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC) Board of Directors. She brings to the Board her training, multicultural experiences, her perspective as a woman, an HR professional, and the experience of being an immigrant in Germany for 10 years.


Cindy Sudac, Vice President

HR Director

Cindy is a human resources professional who has served in progressive leadership roles in the public sector, working for various levels of government and agencies for most of her career. She also provides professional consulting services; developing organizational processes, policies, programs, and people.

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Cindy is a human resources professional who has served in progressive leadership roles in the public sector, working for various levels of government and agencies for most of her career. She also provides professional consulting services; developing organizational processes, policies, programs, and people. An innovative and transformational leader, with a specialized focus on talent and branding, she engages teams in strategy and policy development, project management, program delivery and change management.

Completing her MBA abroad, provided her with an enriched global and cultural perspective of effective business management. This complements her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and her Certified Human Resources Leader designation. She is also certified in facilitation and coaching, project management, mental health leadership and alternate dispute resolution & mediation.

Cindy strongly values community partnerships and has a deep commitment to weaving diversity and inclusion initiatives into human resources processes, to strengthen capacity and innovation. Through her community volunteer efforts, she has translated her learning into her professional work, successfully implementing several employer programs that developed opportunities for professional immigrants, youth and other groups.


Mary Rose van Kesteren, Treasurer

AVK Solutions Incorporated

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eleonor Kerr, Secretary

HR Manager
Hillfield Strathallan College

 

 


Hina Sajid, Director

Sales, Strategy and Marketing Business Leader

Hina Sajid is an experienced Sales, Strategy and Marketing business leader with 11+ years of work experience and exposure across North America and Asia.

Hina Sajid is a Director of Sales & Strategy in a Tech company based out of Toronto, Canada.

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Hina Sajid is an experienced Sales, Strategy and Marketing business leader with 11+ years of work experience and exposure across North America and Asia.

Hina Sajid is a Director of Sales & Strategy in a Tech company based out of Toronto, Canada. She is also a startup advisor with a Venture Capital fund. Before moving to Canada, she worked @ Microsoft in regional Strategy roles across Asia Pacific based out of Singapore. Prior to Microsoft, Hina has had her own entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer and tech space as well as worked in a non profit executing development projects with multilateral agencies like ADB, UNDP.

Hina Sajid is very passionate about wellness, mentoring and making positive impact. She enjoys travelling, painting, immersing into different cultures and learning from everyone around her.

Hina Sajid holds an MBA from INSEAD/Wharton, UPENN.


Pankaj Mehra, Director

Retired  Banker and Engineer

Pankaj Mehra is a retired international banker with a career of over four decades spanning Asia, Europe and Canada. He holds a B.Sc. Engineering (Mechanical) degree. A strategic thinker and change leader he has long been a champion of inclusion and diversity, seeking to build relations and influence stakeholders by opting for a “I win if You Win” collaborative approach.

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Pankaj Mehra is a retired international banker with a career of over four decades spanning Asia, Europe and Canada. He holds a B.Sc. Engineering (Mechanical) degree. A strategic thinker and change leader he has long been a champion of inclusion and diversity, seeking to build relations and influence stakeholders by opting for a “I win if You Win” collaborative approach. A “first-generation” immigrant, since 1996 Pankaj has been actively engaged with several Business & Trade Chambers and non-profit community organizations across Toronto, Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga as a volunteer, trainer, advisor and/or Board Director. As a banker, he helped develop and launch innovative financial products and services catering to the special needs of new immigrants and International Students coming to study in Canada.

Pankaj joined the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC) Board of Directors in September 2020.


Louis TsaiLouis Tsai, Director

Retired Engineer and Insurance Broker

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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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. In early 1980’s, he joined the Hamilton Multicultural Council as a director and hope to influence plans and directions to help new comers.

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Louis went to work in Ghana right after high school. He lived there for 5 years before moving on to pursue University education in the USA. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Soon after that, he came to Canada and worked as a manager in the manufacturing sector. His second career is with the insurance industry for more than 25 years. He retired as an agency manager from a major insurance company. For many years, Louis has been getting strong support from his company in community involvement.

Having been a Burlington resident since the mid 1980’s, Louis had taken on many volunteer roles. To name a few, they included being board member of the United Way of Burlington & Hamilton Wentworth and the president of Hamilton Chinese Cultural Association. Currently, he is a board member of the North Central Community Association and the president of Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association. Louis strongly believes the need of bringing people together to make things happen. He hopes to use his experience and network to help HMC and its clients.


Zee Bilwani, Director

Relationship Manager for High value clients with HSBC

 

 

 


Elizabeth Molinaro, Director

Lead, Patient Engagement and Community Outreach, Local Integrated Health Partnership (LHIN)

 

 

 

 


Jeffrey Breau, Director

Total Rewards Analyst, Human Resources
Sonoco Canada Corp.

 

 

 


Inspector Jeff Sandy, Director

Inspector, Halton Regional Police

 

 

 


ARISH KHOORSHED, BOARD VICE-PRESIDENT, LAWYER

Arish Khoorshed, Past President (non-voting)

Assistant Ontario Crown Attorney

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.

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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. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba. He has been practicing criminal law for 18 years, the last 11 in Halton Region. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo. He has been on the HMC Board since 2012.


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