PEIANC Board of Directors
- Tina Saksida, President [Board Member since 2016]
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 Ph.D. 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.
- Arnold Croken, Vice President [Board Member since 2016]
Arnold works as the General Manager of the Summerside Regional Development Corporation since 2006. He has 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.
- Rachel Murphy, Treasurer [Board Member since 2016]
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.
- Jim Hornby [Board Member since 2006]
Jim is active as a writer and presenter of Island history, a member of community organizations, grandparent, and musician. He is a graduate of UPEI (B.A.), Concordia of Montreal (M.A., Canadian literature), Memorial of Newfoundland (M.A. Folklore), and Dalhousie (LL. B.). He worked in an editorial capacity for Seagram's of Montreal, and as an information officer in the Premier's Office, Fredericton, N.B. He practiced law in Charlottetown for seventeen years, and latterly across Newfoundland and Labrador as counsel for NL Legal Aid Commission. Jim has published a book of poetry (Square Deal Press), and two books on Island historical subjects (Institute of Island Studies Press).
- Jolene Chan [Board Member since 2010]
Jolene Chan is the Manager for the Asia/Pacific Region of the International Development of Holland College since 2000. In her position, Jolene has assumed responsibility for managing the international projects such as the educational joint ventures in China, where the College jointly delivers its programs with 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. Jolene 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.
- Selvi Roy [Board Member since 2014]
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 Ph.D. 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 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 practice 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.
- Shawn Murphy, Acting Secretary [Board Member since 2019]
Shawn Murphy holds a BBA and an LL.B degree from the University of New Brunswick. From 1977 to 2000, he was an Associate-Partner with Stewart McKelvey Law Firm and from 2000 to 2011, he served in the Parliament of Canada as the MP for Charlottetown. Shawn had previously served on the PEIANC Board of Directors and helmed the organization in the role of the President. After a three-year break, he rejoined the Board in 2019. In addition to serving on the PEIANC Board, he chairs the boards of the PEI Arts Guild Inc. and the Charlottetown Area Recreation Inc. at Bell Aliant Centre.
- Chera-Lee Gomez [Acting Board Member since 2019]
Chera-Lee practices immigration law at McInnes Cooper Law Firm. She was called to the Bar in 2016 and has had a varied practice incorporating social justice whenever possible. Chera-Lee considers herself an active person taking part in physical activities as often as she can; she enjoys travelling and spent most of her 20s in Africa and Central America. She worked at a Legal Aid Clinic in Guatemala bringing forward class action human rights cases to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In her own words, she was fortunate to have this opportunity and to see the good work that this clinic is doing. Chera-Lee is currently replacing Board Member Kaitlyn Angus Hornsby, who is on parental leave.
- Vanessa Wachuku [Board Member since 2020]
Vanessa C. Wachuku is in the final stages of completing a Doctorate Degree at Ryerson University where she specializes in Canada's immigration policy and the integration of immigrants in Canada. She has over twenty years of extensive professional experience in every sector in Canada and most recently works in the Federal Public Service. She worked in a nonprofit managerial capacity at the Canadian Red Cross where she served for almost a decade. Vanessa contributes extensively to the field of immigration through publications, engagement and presentations in domestic and international platforms such as the International Public Policy Association. She serves as the Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (IJMBS) and serves as a Regional Coordinator of a Committee of Pathways to Prosperity Canada which is an alliance of university, community and government partners dedicated to fostering welcoming communities and promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Canada. Vanessa lives with her family in Charlottetown, PEI.
- Gary Demeulenaere [Board Member since 2020]
Gary Demeulenaere is a partner at Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown and has been practicing law since 2005. His practice includes civil litigation, asset recovery, and real property. From 2017 to 2019, Gary worked as the Director of Legal and Policy Services and FPT Relations with the provincial Department of Justice and Public Safety. He grew up on a family farm in Grandview, PEI and is a first-generation Canadian as his parents both proudly hail from Belgium. He is an avid soccer fan and coaches within the Stratford soccer association. He lives in Stratford with his wife and three children.