Our Staff

Doug Piquette, Executive Director

[email protected] | 780-884-0568

Doug has been with ERIEC for 10 years and in that time has worked to establish, manage, and advance the strategic priorities and direction of this Edmonton-based organization.

Doug is a founding and current board member of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network (EBDN) and the current Chair of the WorkForce Development Committee with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah Tangan, Mentorship Director

[email protected] | 587-500-0128

Sarah is a community builder with diverse, not-for-profit, and corporate experience. A Career Development Professional, she is people-centered and driven, and dedicated to providing excellent service-oriented programs. In addition, she is a mentorship program specialist, experienced in connecting the business community to professional newcomers to Canada.

Spanning over five years of non-profit experience and 11 years of HR and recruitment skillsets, Sarah is currently the Program Director of Career Mentorship for the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council. She is a Certified Career Development Professional and a Registered Professional Recruiter. Her genuine passion for seeing professional immigrant newcomers succeed inspires her to form alliances with DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) business champions within the Edmonton and Alberta Region.

Elena Chernaeva, Networking Director

[email protected] | 780-707-8493

Elena Chernaeva is a networking specialist responsible for programs such as Speed Career Networking, Smart Connections, Connector Program, and The Global Talent Conference.

Elena has an academic background in Linguistics and Cultural Studies and has a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta and Diploma in Career Development with Concordia University College. She is also a certified Career Development Professional with the Career Development Association of Alberta.

Zoila García, Mentorship Facilitator

[email protected] | 587-674-2511

Zoila graduated from the University of Alberta (U of A) with a Bachelor of Education and has over 17 years of experience in Human Services. She is also a Master Composter Recycler (MCR) through the City of Edmonton, a U of A Alumni Volunteer, and helped to create and co-chair a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Zoila believes that social justice, equal opportunity, and inclusion are integral to Canada's prosperity.

She currently volunteers as a Settlement Support Mentor and understands many of the challenges that accompany professionals who immigrate to Canada. She enjoys supporting ERIEC mentees as they work towards their professional and personal goals.

April Zhang, Connector Program Coordinator

[email protected] | 587-985-6699

With over 10 years of administration and marketing work experience in China, April started as a mentee through the Career Mentorship Program of ERIEC. She found her first professional job in Canada with the help of her mentor and the ERIEC team, and was an active volunteer before joining the team. She looks forward to supporting more new immigrants in achieving success in their careers.

Jacky Kayaga, Program Assistant

[email protected] | 825-461-8327

Jacky is an immigrant and accomplished professional who has enjoyed and highly benefited from ERIEC’s extensive programs.

Working with and supporting diverse communities has been a consistent theme throughout her professional career, and she continues to be drawn to it. Jacky’s background and experience as an educator for an International School (North American Curriculum) for over 10 years. She focused on enhancing diversity and inclusion with students and staff from over 27 different countries. She has continued working with diverse teams and learned new systems, while at the same time, she has widely grown her network both professionally and socially of which both are interrelated.

The mentorship program that ERIEC offers grounded her strong commitment to humanity. Trust-based relationships are important to her and she is most passionate about supporting and inspiring confidence in new Canadians so they can maximize their potential.

She is a champion of supporting immigrants to succeed and is excited to have joined the “Mighty ERIEC Team” as a “Programs Assistant”.

Our Board

The Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) is comprised of senior executives that provide leadership and guidance to this initiative. ERIEC was established in the Edmonton region to offer support to the business community in finding those individuals with the right combination of skills, abilities, and experience needed to maintain a competitive business advantage.

ERIEC is “Ready, Willing, and Capable” of helping Edmonton employers resolve their workforce shortages while letting our skilled new neighbours contribute to the Edmonton economy to their full potential.

Board of Directors

Working Committees

Board Governance Committee

Employer Programs and Engagement Working Committee

Marketing and Communications Committee

Sustainable Funding Committee

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Build the careers of skilled immigrants and promote a global perspective in Edmonton's business community.