Senior Management Team | Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

Senior Management Team


Stephen Ashworth

Stephen Ashworth

President & CEO (*Officer)
Stephen Ashworth, B.A.A., M.Ed, President & CEO joined ICCRC in May 2017.  As a recognized leader, Stephen brings a diverse background with extensive organizational, strategic and leadership skills, which he gained working in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and globally. In addition to owning and operating several businesses, Stephen is an accomplished author and recognized leader on issues relating to leadership, education and business. 

Stephen was the President and CEO (Acting) of Junior Achievement of Canada, the largest non-profit business education organization in the World dedicated to inspiring and preparing youth to succeed in a global economy and reaching over 10.5 million youth annually in over 120 countries. In 2013, Stephen received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication and commitment to helping prepare youth for their future success.
Lawrence E. Barker

Lawrence E. Barker

Registrar & Corporate Secretary (*Officer)
Lawrence Barker, RPR, brings to the Council over thirty years of senior not-for-profit management experience which helps the Council ensure that all aspects of member registration and the corporate secretariat function are managed effectively and professionally. 

As the Council’s Registrar since ICCRC’s inception, Mr. Barker develops and implements policies and oversees all practices relating to membership records and admissions. He also oversees the management of the up-to-date register of all members and RISIAs. 

Mr. Barker’s professional association work includes serving as executive director (chief staff officer) with the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA), the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA), and the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA). He also served as director of member services with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). 

He is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and the Governance Professionals of Canada (formerly the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries). He obtained his designation as a Registered Professional Recruiter from the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada – part of the Institute of Professional Management (APRC-IPM). Prior to his career in the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Barker was employed for a number of years in both private industry as well as with the Ontario government. 

Mr. Barker’s skills and expertise in membership registration management and services are a great asset and help the Council to oversee the professions it regulates.
Hafeeza Bassirullah

Hafeeza Bassirullah

Director of Education
Hafeeza Bassirullah has been the Director of Education at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) since its inception in 2011.

She developed the regulatory body’s education department and designed its framework to progressively enhance and improve the quality of education for Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs). She set the education standards for immigration programs in post-secondary institutions across Canada, created a nationally-recognized education program that has led to the decrease in the number of complaints about immigration consultants from the public, developed a comprehensive policy to strengthen the continuing professional education for immigration consultants, and led the development of the policies to shape the regulatory requirements for Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs).

Prior to her leadership at ICCRC, Hafeeza worked at Ontario’s ministries of Health and Long-Term Care and Education where she developed educational programs and core curriculum for healthcare professionals and children across Ontario.

In addition to her valuable contributions to ICCRC and the immigration consulting community, Hafeeza is an instructor at Ryerson University, mentors and coaches post-secondary students, and is committed to furthering her own professional and educational skills to support academic and educational advancement for all.

Dr. Bassirullah earned her Doctor of Education from the University of Toronto, a Master of Education from Brock University and a Bachelor of Environmental Health from Ryerson University.
Cindy Beverly

Cindy Beverly

Director of Marketing & Communications
Cindy Beverly joined ICCRC in 2017 and will focus on developing a strong communications strategy and presence, while encouraging new and existing community engagement.  Cindy has over 15+ years in marketing, advertising and communications experience in a variety of areas.  Her past has included business development and advertising experience with success in running her own advertising agency focusing in the U.S. market, producing commercial advertising spots that have aired on ROBTV, CTV and PBS.

Cindy’s key strengths are identifying and managing opportunities for strategic alliances, spotting trends in consumer markets and anticipating technologies.  Cindy promises to bring new energy, fresh ideas and excitement, guiding ICCRC to achieve full business potential.
Janice Brooks

Janice Brooks

Director of Human Resources
Janice joined ICCRC in January 2018 in the role of Director of Human Resources. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of employment standards compliance, employee engagement and support for the organization.

Her most recent role as Director, Human Resources at an International Membership based not-for-profit association involved creating the human resources function where none existed. She developed the function by gathering and implementing industry best practices and moulding them to fit a small not-for-profit during its growth phase.

During her career, she has been responsible for the human resources of various organizations, from large for profits in investment brokerage and banking to her last role at an international Not-for-Profit. She brings a wealth of experience in; resourcing, onboarding, regulatory compliance, training, performance management, coaching, reorganization, policy creation, employee engagement, benefits, vendor management, talent management, succession planning, strategy and operating plans, and overall health and well-being of an organization’s most important assets, their employees.
Michael Huynh

Michael Huynh

Director of Professional Conduct
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.
Rodelio Ramos

Rodelio Ramos

Director of Finance & Corporate Treasurer (*Officer)
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. 

Rod is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) and a member in good standing with the CGA of Ontario.
Dace Stripnieks

Dace Stripnieks

Director of Organization Administration
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.