PEIANC Board of Directors

Julius Patkai, President [Board Member since 2011]
Julius Patkai

Julius Patkai, MBA, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Certified International Trade Professional (C.I.T.P.) with over 30 years of experience in international trade and export, agriculture, processing, food safety program development, and management. Since 2005, he has been the owner of the International Trade & Business Management Consulting firm, Julius Patkai & Associates, and a partner in Quality Services Consulting Inc. on PEI. His firm specializes in assisting local and international private and government clients with management, international trade, and food safety program initiative needs. Julius was born in Budapest, Hungary. His family immigrated to Canada as refugees in 1972. He now lives in Alliston, Prince Edward Island, Canada, with his wife Jolee and their three wonderful sons, Evan, Dane, and Jace.

Tina Saksida, Vice President [Board Member since 2016]
Tina Saksida

Tina Saksida is an Assistant Professor of Management at the UPEI School of Business and the current Director of the UPEI Executive MBA program. She holds a PhD in industrial relations and human resources from the University of Toronto and specializes in the areas of organizational behaviour, human resource management, nonprofit management, and research methods. Prior to joining UPEI in the summer of 2014, Tina lived in Toronto for nine years during her undergraduate and graduate studies and also has European work experience as a project manager in the public sector in Slovenia, her home country. Tina lives in Charlottetown with her husband Martin.

Jim Hornby, Treasurer [Board Member since 2006]
Jim Hornby

Jim is a folklorist, musician, historian, and lawyer. He was the editor of The Island Magazine from 1980 to 1984, and has written a number of articles on Island history, folklore, and traditional music. He is the author of Black Islanders: Prince Edward Island's Historical Black Community and In the Shadow of the Gallows (a historical study of criminal law and capital punishment in Prince Edward Island).

Kaitlyn Angus, Secretary [Board Member since 2014]
Kaitlyn Angus

As an Associate with Charlottetown office of McInnes Cooper law firm, Kaitlyn practices in the general areas of property and real estate transactions, wills and estates planning, and corporate and business law. She is a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island, and is an active member of her firm's Pro Bono Committee. Kaitlyn received her law degree from the University of New Brunswick. She also holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of New Brunswick majoring in Accounting with a minor in Economics. During her years at the University of New Brunswick she received several scholarships and an outstanding achievement award from the Economics Department.

Joe Zhang [Board Member since 2009]
Joe Zhang

Joe is widely known as a senior computer engineer, full of public spirit. He likes sports and travel. Joe was born in China, he and his family immigrated to Canada in 2003.

Jolene Chan [Board Member since 2010]
Jolene Chan

Jolene Chan is the Manager for Asia/Pacific Region of the International Development of Holland College since 2000. In her position, Ms. Chan has assumed responsibility for managing the international projects such as the educational joint ventures in China, where the College jointly delivers its programs with the a number of Chinese Colleges in China, the CIDA-funded Canadian College Partnership Programs in China and South Africa, and recruiting international students to the College programs. Ms. Chan previously worked as an executive assistant for the Chairman and the Board of Directors of the Xiamen International Bank, the first joint venture bank in China, for thirteen years before immigrating to Prince Edward Island in 1996. Jolene graduated as a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1999.

Laura Lee Howard [Board Member since 2011]
Laura Lee Howard

Laura Lee has held a life long interest in cross-cultural, immigration, and integration issues. She teaches in the Asian Studies and Island Studies programs at UPEI, and works with the Master of Arts in Island Studies program. She enjoyed working on the book Chinese Islanders with Dr. Hung-Min Chiang. She is currently researching ways to increase parental engagement of newcomer students in the school community.

Selvi Roy [Board Member since 2014]
Selvi Roy

Selvi has served as a social development professional since 1997. She is a member of the Cooper Institute, and serves on the Boards of international charities - CorStone, and Unbound. At present, she is in the PhD program at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Her research delves into student engagement, digital and multiliteracies, and knowledge translation. Besides doing research work at UPEI, she is the provincial coordinator at the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC-CACI). She is PEI's first recipient of the Knowledge Translation Canada: Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (KT Canada STIHR) Student Fellowship.

Ali Assadi [Board Member since 2015]
Ali Assadi

Ali immigrated to Canada with his family from Iran in 2011. In his home country he had a twenty-year career as a dentist in his private dental pracitce, and as a dental expert in legal medicine and dental CSI. Since 2012 he has had a new career, as a developer in Charlottetown. Ali has two children -- a daughter who is a student at Carlton University in a biology and neuroscience program, and a son who is studying business at UPEI.

Rachel Murphy [Board Member since 2016]
Rachel Murphy

Rachel works at the Bradly Handrahan Chartered Professional Accountants firm since 2015. She obtained her MBA in finance from Saint Mary’s University in 2010. She is a CPA, CMA charter holder, and a Financial Risk Manager certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. She also passed all three levels of the Certified Financial Analyst exams. Rachel was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to Canada in 2009. She is fluent in English and Mandarin. She actively volunteers in the local community and through her own Chinese newscasts to help the PEI Chinese community to stay informed with local news, events and new government policies.

Arnold Croken [Board Member since 2016]
Ali Assadi

Arnold works as the General Manager of the Summerside Regional Development Corporation since 2006. He has an extensive work experience in various management roles in the area of resource management and development, and volunteer experience in leading positions on several boards. Arnold holds a Resources Planning College Diploma and the UPEI Certificate in Conflict Resolution. Arnold and his wife Debbie live in his birthplace Summerside. Debbie and Arnold have a blended family of seven and are proud grandparents of nine children.

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Our Vision

We see PEI as a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive community that supports newcomers as full members of society and values their contributions.

Our Mission

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada brings people and communities together by providing settlement services and fostering inclusion and integration.

PEIANC is a Member of:

Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies
PEIANC Annual Report 2017