Stan BeleviciChair (*Officer)
John A. BurkeVice-Chair (*Officer)
Latifa El-Ghandouri Director
Melissa Harris Director
Melanie Wen Director
Christina AshmorePublic Interest Director
John CockerillPublic Interest Director (appointed)
Tim D’SouzaPublic Interest Director
Leanne McGeachyPublic Interest Director
Samantha PsochPublic Interest Director
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. Stan also represents clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board on deportation orders, extradition requests and spousal appeals.
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.
Marty is regarded as an expert in the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application process. He has worked with countless Canadian companies and corporations, small and large, to assist to formulate labor solutions through LMIA supported work permits and LMIA exempt work permits.
Marty is also well versed in international recruitment, Francophone Mobility and permanent residence applications (Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs).
Marty is an Instructor of the Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures Program at the University of British Columbia since 2016. He is a past member of ICCRC’s Practice Experience Program (PEP) Advisory Committee where he contributed to design and implement a mandatory practical experience component for all new RCICs.
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.
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.
John Cockerill is President of The Taylor Reach Group Inc. (TRG) and consults on sales, marketing and customer service operations. He also consults worldwide with non-profits and government agencies on improving citizen-centric service. Including working for Dubai Model for Government Services as a Center and Program Auditor. John brings years of experience focused on improving the customer experience, centers operational and performance excellence.
John believes that all organizations can deliver outstanding results by understanding what the customer wants, listening to the voice of the customer, and a well-focused internal quality assurance and aligning the two views. The key is understanding the synthesis of the opinions from customers and management.
John joined TRG from The Bank of Canada (the central bank of Canada) where he was in charge of the strategic planning and day to day operations of the Client Service Centre and at EDS. John joined the Bank from Watts Communications Ltd. where he was responsible for sales and marketing and helped Watts become one of Canada’s leading supplier of outsourced call centre services.
Johns managed a leading charity’s 20 telefundraising centres across Canada; and worked with Ogilvy and Mather, and Compusearch Market and Social Research.
John is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto and is certified in Organizational Governance. John has been active in neighbourhood, community, non-profit and professional organizations all his career. He was the Chairman of the Board of Better Living Health and Community Services a multi-service agency operating a 136-bed long-term care facility, Seniors Community Centre, and in-home senior’s services.
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.