Lisa Bell - National Export Import Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica

Mrs. Lisa Bell is a qualified and proven professional with over twenty-two years of experience in providing financial, analytical and managerial expertise in both the private and public sectors. Having held key management positions in the Jamaican financial services sector and with Jamaica’s National Investment and export promotion agency (JAMPRO) and now as Managing Director of the National Export Import Bank of Jamaica Limited (EXIM Bank), she brings to bear a unique combination of technical skills needed to provide expertise at the macro, meso and micro-level in areas relating to the business environment and improvement in the overall competitiveness of the country.

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Cynthia Blackman - Sagicor Life Inc., Barbados

Mrs. Cynthia Blackman is the Manager, Customer Service of Sagicor Life Inc in Barbados.  Mrs. Blackman is charged with the responsibility of designing and leading the implementation of the customer experience journey of the organisation.  Prior to joining Sagicor, Mrs. Blackman was the Programme Manager of the National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE) Inc., and was responsible for assisting with creating a national culture focused on providing service excellence. During the last few years, Mrs. Blackman co-ordinated and executed six International Benchmarking Study Tours to the United States of America for senior leaders as well as designed and executed two successful Service Leadership Conferences for over 600 leaders.

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Stephanie Butt-Thibodeau - EDC, Canada

Stephanie Butt-Thibodeau has 20 years of financial services experience with Export Development Canada (EDC). EDC is Canada’s export credit agency offering innovative financial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business.

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Anouk Colette - UFCW Canada, Quebec

Anouk Collet is UFCW Canada Regional Director for Quebec, with responsibilities including coordination of UFCW Canada national union representatives in Quebec, as well as assisting UFCW Canada Local Unions in the province as needed. Prior to joining the UFCW Canada National Office in 2008, Anouk was the Legal Department Coordinator for UFCW Canada Local 500, handling contract negotiations and arbitration cases from 2001 to 2008. From 1998 to 2001, she was Executive Assistant to the Canadian Director of HERE

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Tara Cooper - Higgs & Johnson, Bahamas

Tara Cooper Burnside is a partner at Higgs & Johnson, one of the largest law firms in The Bahamas.  She is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Financial Services Law & Regulation and Insolvency & Restructuring Groups. Tara specialises in chancery and litigation work. Her practice includes financial services regulatory advice, commercial disputes and contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters.  

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Janet Johnson - Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas

Janet Johnson was born on Nassau, Bahamas and is a Queen’s College alumni 1969-1977. After completing Sixth Form, Janet pursued further studies in business administration in Manchester, England before joining the Ministry of Tourism in 1979 and being transferred to their London office. After a brief stint in Nassau at Head Office between 1986-88, Janet was then transferred to the United States of America and during her assignment at Tourism’s Boston Office in 1990-1992 Janet studied at North Eastern University towards a degree in Marketing for two years before transferring to Atlanta, GA.

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Dalia King - Firstline Securities Ltd., Trinidad & Tobago

Dalia is an attorney-at-law and corporate secretary of a financial services firm in Trinidad. She read law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and since her return in 2004, she actively provides voluntary services to the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce and her high school alma mater.

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Sandra MacDonald-Clahane - Nova Scotia Community College, Canada

Sandra MacDonald-Clahane is a Manager of Customized Learning-Project Management, in the Customized Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Division at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Sandra has been with NSCC since 2000 and has over 20 years of experience in business development, relationship management and project management. Sandra attended Saint Mary’s University and is passionate about continuing her education. She has earned certificates in LERN Certified Program Planner and LERN Sales Institute, CPSA Professional Selling and CPSA Strategic Account Management; she has also earned the Certified International Trade Professional Designation and the Professional Project Management Professional Designation.

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Sandra Massiah - Public Services International, Barbados

Sub-regional secretary Public Services International (PSI) in the Caribbean. PSI is a global union federation that represents 20 million women and men who deliver valuable public services. PSI’s head office is located in a French town called Ferney-Voltaire on the franco-swiss border, 5 minutes away from Geneva. Sandra is Barbadian by birth, but is perhaps better described as a Caribbean person – a Caribbean trade unionist. MORE

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Monique Mata - Columbus Communications, Trinidad and Tobago

Monique Mata is the Corporate Social Performance Specialist at Columbus Communications (FLOW), a bright and budding young professional in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Caribbean and serves as part of the CSR committee for the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Hertforshire in 2010 and worked for a number of years with technology giants, Fujitsu and IBM. In 2012, she received an award for leadership and commitment to development, from Mc Gill University in Canada.

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Amada Mendez - Human Resources Professional, Dominican Republic

With over fifteen years experience, Amada specializes in Talent Management and Organizational Development. Professional member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Amada has an eye for business process improvement and change management. Amada holds an MBA from Middle East Technical University in Turkey and a Bachelors Degree from Universidad Pedro Henriquez Ureña in the Dominican Republic. She shows a genuine interest in cultural diversity and speaks four languages. She has lived in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Canada.

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Duane Noel - National Insurance Scheme, Grenada

Duane Noel is the Information Technology Manager at the Grenada National Insurance Board (Social Security). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science, Masters in International Business and Master in Business Administration. Presently he lives in Grenada and serves as a Commissioner at the National Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Board Member of the Grenada Public Service Co-operative Credit Union and Chairman of the Grenada Small Business Development Fund.

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Kapil Uppal - Ontario Nurses' Association, Canada

Kapil joined the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) in October 2007. ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing students providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.

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Peter Xavier - Glencore, Canada

Peter Xavier is the Director of Nickel Rim South Mine for Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore Company. Peter has the overall accountability for the continued delivery of operational excellence at this mine which became an operation in 2010. A graduate of Laurentian University’s Mining Engineering program, Peter’s previous key positions prior to being appointed Mine Director were Nickel Rim South Mine Manager, Thayer Lindsley Mine Manager and Strathcona Mill Manager.

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