Stephen AshworthPresident & CEO (*Officer)
Lawrence E. BarkerRegistrar & Corporate Secretary (*Officer)
Hafeeza BassirullahDirector of Education
Cindy BeverlyDirector of Marketing & Communications
Janice BrooksDirector of Human Resources
Michael HuynhDirector of Professional Conduct
Rodelio RamosDirector of Finance & Corporate Treasurer (*Officer)
Dace StripnieksDirector of Organization Administration
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
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.
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’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.
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 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.
Rod is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) and a member in good standing with the CGA of Ontario.
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.