Advisory Board

Josephine Pon

Regional Business Development Manager, Multicultural Banking, Prairie Regional Office.

Calgary, Canada Area Banking
Josephine Pon has been served as Board Chair for Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) for over three years and also Chair of the Immigrants of Distinction Award for over four years. She enjoys volunteer work especially helping new comers to settle in their new home in Calgary and also facilities numerous educational workshop and presentation for newcomer in community and different associations. Josephine prior experience includes working in Small Business, Retail, Personal and Commercial Banking with three major Charter Banks including past experience in overseeing a Mortgage Broker Centre. Her over 20 years of lending experience is also comprised of working eight years in the public sector for the federal government with Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC), in various roles such as International Trade, Assisted Housing and Business Development of Mortgage Insurance (Principal and Account Manager). Josephine is well established and strongly connected in the community, she often representing ISC in the community and maintaining strong business relationships with specific industry segments, immigration agents, large corporations, the three levels of government and Consul General Offices in Calgary. In 2014, Josephine was officially recognized by The Rt. Honorable Stephen Harper, Former Prime Minister of Canada, for her remarkable services as a community leader, as the Board Chair of Immigrant Services of Calgary and varied volunteer contributions.

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Vaneet Khurana

Experienced in Global Markets leading Sourcing, Supply Chain, Vendor Management & Compliance, QA & RA, Manufacturing.

An accomplished leader with 17 years of global experience across various markets in Far east Asia, Africa, Europe and Canada.
Worked in different industry sectors such as consumer goods packaging (CPG) and retail. Sound understanding of supplier base & customers expectations across global markets.

Functional expertise in areas such as sourcing strategy, global sourcing, procurement, supply chain, supplier relationship & performance management, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, category sourcing strategy development etc.

Successful at building corporate value; adept at executing process improvements & operational efficiency while enhancing performance, improving quality & generating sustainable margin improvement across supply chain.

Key note speaker on - Building performance management strategy maps using using balance score card model, challenges in sourcing from emerging markets. operation excellence across supply chain, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP).

Key Expertise:

  • Strategic business planning and execution
  • Operation excellence across supply chain (cost, quality, service & CSR)
  • Global sourcing & procurement
  • Supply Chain assessment and process improvement
  • Global supplier relationship & performance management
  • Vendor negotiations
  • Category management - sourcing strategy development
  • Quality assurance & Regulatory Compliance
  • Commercial Acumen (budgets, cost assessment and target setting)
  • Project management
  • Team building


Director-Product Safety

Walmart Canada
April 2014 - Present (1 year 3 months)

Director QA & RA, Vendor Compliance (Private Label Sourcing)

Shoppers Drug Mart
November 2010 - March 2014 (3 years 5 months)

Strategic planning and leadership
Process and policy development
Quality planning and resource management
Vendor compliance
Vendor qualification, assessment and approval

Director Private Label Brands - Health Category

Shoppers Drug Mart
May 2012 - May 2013 (1 year 1 month)

Strategic planning and leadership
Category management
Brand Management
Product Development and Innovation
Vendor negotiations and performance management

Senior Manager Supply Chain Transformation - Retail enablement

Loblaw Companies Limited
August 2009 - October 2010 (1 year 3 months)

GM - Operations (Sourcing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing) East Africa

PZ Cussons
June 2007 - June 2009 (2 years 1 month)

Head of Manufacturing, Indonesia

PZ Cussons
January 2003 - May 2007 (4 years 5 months)

Mr. Sukhwinder Sandhu

Co-Founder and President of the B & B TRUSS

Mr. Sukhwinder Sandhu, the Co-Founder and President of the B & B TRUSS, has more than 25 Years of experience in Truss Industry. He is Director member of WESTERN WOOD TRUSS association. He is Co-Founder of B&E Low Voltage & FYI Media Group also. He is one of prominent Entrepreneur of Vancouver BC. Apart of business his contribution in social services is also remarkable. Under his guidelines Digital Khalsa Library is operating in Surrey,BC.

Jalaj Hora

Senior Vice President Engineering and Quality at Burberry.

Jalaj Hora is a engineer with a passion for innovation. Having passed through phases of engineering, manufacturing, consulting and product development, Jalaj Hora is currently experiencing the world of luxury retail while building the technical foundations for a brand and admire for its energy and creativity.

Unlocking the human potential is Jalaj Hora's ultimate pursuit.

Amit Singhal

Global Associate Director, Colgate Palmolive Company. New York.

Previous : Colgate Palmolive (I) Ltd, Colgate Palmolive New York, Colgate Palmolive Sanxiao China.
Education : Symbiosis Institute of Business Management.

Head - Direct Trade

Colgate Palmolive (I) Ltd
November 2012 – Present (2 years 8 months)Mumbai

Head - Customer Marketing

Colgate Palmolive (I) Ltd
November 2010 – October 2012 (2 years)Mumbai Area India

Regional Manager

Colgate Palmolive (I) Ltd
March 2006 – November 2010 (4 years 9 months)Chennai/ Kolkata
Feb 2008 to Nov 2010: Regional Manager South
Mar 2006 to Jan 2008: Regional Manager East

Manager - Indirect Trade

Colgate Palmolive New York
September 2009 – February 2010 (6 months)New York
Colgate Global - Customer Development Indirect Trade IT based solutions and Service Valuantion workshops in select subsidiaries in Latin-America Europe and Middle East.

Short Term Assignment

Colgate Palmolive Sanxiao China
January 2009 - April 2009 (4 months)Yangzhou China
Assignment based at China- Sanxiao Market leader in Toothbrush in China acquired by Colgate. Responsible for Modern Trade customers pricing strategy & Indirect Trade processes.

Business Development Manager

Colgate Palmolive (I) Ltd.
March 2005 - February 2006 (1 year)Chennai

Area Manager

Colgate Palmolive (I) Ltd
February 2004 - February 2005 (1 year 1 month)

Associate Franchise Manager/ Ass. Mgr. Business Dev,

Pepsi Foods Pvt. Ltd.
February 2001 - January 2004 (3 years)

Area Sales Manager

Godfrey Phillips India Ltd
May 1998 - January 2001 (2 years 9 months)

Vinod Karna (Vino)

Regional Manager, Mid Western Region (Alberta and Saskatchewan) at Sun Life Financial

Experienced Marketing and Business Development Executive, Team Leader and Client Manager. A results-oriented executive with extensive sales, operational and marketing experience. An engaging team leader and client manager who builds high performance teams and drives business development initiatives. Legacy of success in Financial Services and Real-Estate.
Recipient of Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award 2010 CEO's Award of Excellence 2008 - Sun Life Financial Canada National Recruit of the year 2000 Clarica Financial Services Inc. ( now Sun Life Financial).

Areas of expertise:

  • Recruiting and Selection
  • Coaching, Training and Mentoring
  • Business Development
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Diversity & Multicultural Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Management

Preeti Walia

Associate Partner, Business Analytics and Strategy, at IBM.

An experienced professional services leader with 20+ years of management consulting, business development, and delivery experience of HCM solutions. Specialized in HCM Strategy, HR Transformation, HCM Cloud, and Talent Management. Has been recognized repeatedly for her executive presence and ability to work closely with CHROs/HR Leaders to benefit from innovative HCM solutions to enable change. Sold and led projects across global geographies, covering the leading HR technology solutions including Workday, SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, and Oracle Cloud (Fusion/Taleo). Worked across industries and sectors, spanning from large, multi-nationals to smaller organizations heading towards global growth.
Currently, working as HR Transformation and HR Cloud Leader in IBM's Global CoC. Responsible for sales and delivery of HCM Cloud solutions, including Workday, SuccessFactors, Oracle HCM Cloud, Kenexa, etc. Responsible for directing sales, business development, thought leadership, strategic and tactical planning, and closing contracts.

Prior to joining IBM, was HCM Practice Leader at HCL AXON and was responsible for the overall strategy, financial performance and operations, recruitment and employee development, and sales and delivery of HR Transformation and Cloud services to global clients. Beyond the leadership role, focused her time working with organizations to solidify their HR strategy and to determine the best approach to deliver HR services.

Prior to HCL AXON, worked for PwC and had responsibility for HCM solutions sales, delivery, andpractice management. Responsible for overseeing client satisfaction, technology advisory, contract negotiation, sales, and delivery.

Motivational speaker in the areas of cloud technologies and business process transformation. Specialties: HCM Strategy, HR Transformation, HCM Cloud Solutions, Talent Management Advisory,HCM Technology Assessment, CFO/CIO technology advisory, Cloud Computing, and Business Process Outsourcing.


Associate Partner, Business Analytics and Strategy, Global CoC
April 2015 - Present (3 months)
Currently working as HR Transformation and HR Cloud Leader serving our global client base. Responsible for sales and delivery of HCM Cloud solutions, including Workday, SuccessFactors, Oracle HCM Cloud, Kenexa, etc. Responsible for directing sales, business development, thought leadership, strategic and tactical planning, and closing contract.

Area Vice President, HCM Practice Leader
February 2014 - Present (1 year 5 months)Dallas/Fort Worth Area
HCM Practice Leader responsible for HCM strategy, sales, solution, delivery, and practice management of all HCM solutions to global clients.

2009 - January 2014 (5 years)
Responsibile for Oracle HCM solutions sales, delivery, and practice management. Specialized in transformational business solutions and was responsible for overseeing client satisfaction, contract negotiation, engagement delivery, pipeline/sales, hiring and personnel administration.

January 2002 - June 2009 (7 years 6 months)
Led multiple large scale and global PeopleSoft upgrade and implementation projects. As project manager, she was responsible for all phases of the projects including planning, implementation, security, configuration, customization, testing, onshore and offshore resource management and status reporting.

Senior Consultant
January 1998 - January 2002 (4 years 1 month)  

Navneet Dhanju

Transportation sales at Berry and Smith Trucking Ltd

Delta, British Columbia, Canada
Previous : Encompass Logistics Ltd
Education : Dr. BRA Regional Engineering College
Transportation sales
Berry and Smith Trucking Ltd
January 2015 - Present (6 months) Delta, BC

Encompass Logistics Ltd
2007 - 2014 (7 years) Delta

Started company in 2007 for furniture home delivery for and became service provider for Restoration Hardware in 2008. Served customers for home delivery needs in BC.

Prem Pal, PhD, PChem

Senior Researcher Edmonton Alberta Canada Oil & Energy
Current : Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Previous : ICC Group, University of Waterloo, University of Glasgow
Education : University of Liverpool


Research Scientist
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures
February 2008 - Present (7 years 5 months)Edmonton

Lead and manage research projects related to:
-Fuels & Lubricants - both petroleum and renewables.
-Heavy oil & oilsand processing, and related environemental issues.
-Candian crude quality issues.

Chief Research Scientist
ICC Group
2010 - 2010 (less than a year)

Municipal waste to liquid fuels, catalyst and process development.
Research Associate /British Petroleum
University of Waterloo
2005 - January 2007 (2 years)Waterloo, Ontario

BP-AVADA Process Development.
Research Fellow (Royal Society, London)
University of Glasgow
February 2005 - September 2005 (8 months)Glasgow
In-situ hydrogen generation, alkane activation, carbon chemistry.

Graduate Researcher
Syntroleum Corporation at UofL
1999 - 2002 (3 years) Natural gas reforming, Syngas, GTL, catalyst, product characterization, and the process development.

Geeta Ramesh

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