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Meet the Governance Team
Sanja Frketich

Sanja Frketich

Software Development Manager, SAP Canada (BWT Chair)

Sanja Frketich

Software Development Manager, SAP Canada (BWT Chair)

Sanja Frketich

Software Development Manager, SAP Canada (BWT Chair)

Sanja is a strong leader with excellent communication skills which she utilizes every day in her current role as a Conversational Analytics Development manager. She is leading agile development team and using predictive and machine learning capabilities to solve complex technical problems and pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation. Sanja is passionate about merging technology and people and always looking for the ways to leverage advances in technology to advance human communication.

Sanja is well-organized, results oriented, high energy, agile, hands-on professional. Sanja has 15+ years of experience in software industry working in various roles from Product Support, Software Testing, Project Management, Product Ownership and Software Development Manager. As certified coach, Sanja is coach and mentor and helps teams with valuable insights on how to build a successful career. Sanja actively volunteers by mentoring UBC computer science students, as well as locally with North Shore Girls Soccer Club. Sanja was critical part of curriculum creation for GIRLsmart4Tech event SAP leads with UBC.

Sanja joined BWT to give back by focusing on establishing BWT Mentoring program and to connect with professional women from different organizations.  My goal is to ignite spark and encourage women to enter technical field and to bring excitement about possibilities and career opportunities for women to further their technical career and make impact in the world of technology. On a personal note outside of the work, Sanja loves spending time, with her family, mostly being active outdoors - rain or shine.

Annette Simbabure

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS (BWT Chair)

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS (BWT Chair)

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS (BWT Chair)

Annette has 26 years of experience in Information Technology, spanning Systems Administration, Project Management, Service Management and leadership roles, with a passion and focus for delivering results. Annette has implemented programs, frameworks, and governance models that drive productivity, improve customer experiences, and strengthen the reputation of the organization she represents. Annette’s current role at TELUS is Director, Information Systems, responsible for the delivery of IT Infrastructure projects that support TELUS Health and Payment Solutions. In addition to her role at TELUS, she is also the Board Chairperson for Umoja, a non-profit organization supporting immigrants and refugees in successfully integrating into Canadian society.  Annette believes in living life to the fullest and wants to be able to use her skills and abilities to make positive contributions to the situations surrounding her.  She joined BWT to support her personal development, expand her network, and to apply her skills, expertise, and passion for diversity and inclusion so that together we continue to help each other and the women around us network, develop and grow.

Kristina Hleb

Kristina Hleb

Director, Global Project Management Office, TELUS International

Kristina Hleb

Director, Global Project Management Office, TELUS International

Kristina Hleb

Director, Global Project Management Office, TELUS International

Kristina leads an international team supporting global delivery of client implementations, complex expansions and internal enablement projects supporting the CCO organization. She also works closely with business development in pursuit of new business opportunities. Kristina’s career at TELUS started in 1999  in IT Support and Unix System Administration. Since then she has gained extensive experience leading global cross-functional teams, customer relationship management, process improvement/development, team development and project management. Kristina is passionate about innovation, team culture and development and delivering the best in class quality of service.

Kristina is excited to join the BWT team as a governance co-chair as BWT closely aligns with her values on culture, diversity and inclusiveness.  Kristina is also the Global Connections prime for TELUS International, as well as a member of the TELUS Connections in Vancouver. She feels very fortunate to be able to participate in our TELUS Days of Giving, CSR and Connections events globally. In her spare time, Kristina loves to travel and be active outdoors.

Camelia Cirjoi

Camelia Cirjoi

Sr Director, IT Services, SAP Canada

Camelia Cirjoi

Sr Director, IT Services, SAP Canada

Camelia Cirjoi

Sr Director, IT Services, SAP Canada

Camelia has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. As a Senior Director in IT Services, she oversees a global delivery team located in Canada, France and Singapore, and is responsible for implementing business solutions that enable SAP to manage its growing number of Partners. 

Passionate about leadership, people development and team building, Camelia promotes a high performance, results-oriented and agile culture in her organization, focused on enabling the Intelligent Enterprise within SAP.

Outside of her day to day role, Camelia enjoys giving back and actively mentors students. Camelia is the chair of SAP’s Business Women’s Network Vancouver chapter and Chair of the Bringing Women Together Vancouver based network, fostering women empowerment and growth.

Tiffany Alexander

Tiffany Alexander

Vice President, Solution Engineering, SAP Canada

Tiffany Alexander

Vice President, Solution Engineering, SAP Canada

Tiffany Alexander

Vice President, Solution Engineering, SAP Canada

Tiffany has over 20 years of experience in the software industry with a focus in commerce and supply chain systems.  She is passionate about technology, connecting people, and developing teams.  Her area of responsibility covers multiple internal functions including enablement and operations management for the Customer Experience, global solution engineering team at SAP.  Prior to her current position, she has had several solution engineering and consulting roles around the world.  Joining BWT has provided a way to mentor and meet many individuals within SAP and the member companies, and to actively discuss diversity.

Outside of work Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family.  Her young twins occupy most of her free time between soccer, gymnastics, and many outdoor activities.

Sanjeet Rana

Sanjeet Rana

Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Vancity

Sanjeet Rana

Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Vancity

Sanjeet Rana

Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Vancity

Sanjeet has over 18 years of experience in the Financial Services industry at Vancity where she has worked in many roles across the organization, applying her knowledge and expertise in order to support the organization’s vision of building healthier communities. Sanjeet spent 2 years within the Digital Solutions & Business Technology Division as Business Integration Lead. During that time, she was able to work collaboratively with the business to develop integrated solutions with accelerated delivery, enabling the differentiated member experience. Prior to her role within Business Integration Services, Sanjeet held many positions within Community Member Services such as Branch Manager and opening the newest location in Richmond, Branch Portfolio Manager, where she lead and support key strategies/priorities such as the Prototype Sustainment Plan, Small Business Strategy along and the Retail Lending Portfolio. In her current role as Project Lead for Vancity’s Women and Wealth Initiative, Sanjeet is looking for innovative ways to strengthen and grow Vancity’s relationships with women investors through the delivery of a new initiative that reinforces the organization’s brand and business model.

Sanjeet is also a board member for Richmond Society for Community Living where she has committed to developing and maintaining high quality service for people with a developmental disability and their families in the Richmond community.  In her spare time you can find Sanjeet spending quality time with her family and living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Tara Williams

Tara Williams

Product Manager, Payments, Vancity

Tara Williams

Product Manager, Payments, Vancity

Tara Williams

Product Manager, Payments, Vancity

Tara is the Governance Co-Prime for Vancity and Mentoring Program Co-Lead. Tara has worked for Vancity for almost 13 years in a variety of roles from Human Resources to Digital Marketing and is currently a Product Manager in Payments. Tara is a graduate of the St Mary’s Masters of Management Program with a specialization in Co-operatives and Credit Unions where her Capstone Research focused on Artificial Intelligence and how Co-operatives are strategically positioned to embrace this digital disruption through their co-operative identity. She is passionate about community building both digitally and in person and has been able to start to build this community through her work with Bringing Women Together.

Irina Scarlete

Irina Scarlete

Principal Director, Accenture

Irina Scarlete

Principal Director, Accenture

Irina Scarlete

Principal Director, Accenture

With a strong passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, Irina helps imagine, plan, design and deliver the future via new products and services which improve the way people live, work, and give back. Over 12 years with Accenture, she spent time in technology, management consulting, sales & operations and product development & management. A firm believer in creating value through sustainable business leadership and practice, Irina also leads the local Vancouver team focused on innovation with impact. In her spare time, she enjoys learning and spending time with her family. She is an avid supporter and ambassador of I&D within the Accenture community as well as in the broader community, recognizing that change often begins with awareness but requires much more to come in effect.

Clara Chu

Clara Chu

Technology Consultant, Accenture

Clara Chu

Technology Consultant, Accenture

Clara Chu

Technology Consultant, Accenture

With a passion for technology and how it augments the human workforce, Clara is a technology consultant at Accenture and has played roles in automation and cloud delivery from a functional and technical perspective. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a background in Business and Computer Science. The area she hopes to expand in the Vancouver tech landscape is the exploration of blockchain and how the technology will fundamentally shift societal values in the long run. She is passionate about inclusivity and female empowerment and has been involved with various mentorship programs across Vancouver.

Terry VanQuickenborne

Terry VanQuickenborne

Vice President, Talent, Ledcor

Terry VanQuickenborne

Vice President, Talent, Ledcor

Terry VanQuickenborne

Vice President, Talent, Ledcor

As the Vice President of Talent at Ledcor, Terry leads the strategic direction for Learning & Development, Recruitment & Talent Acquisition and Talent Programs, including Inclusion& Diversity.

She is a possibility seeker and a pattern disrupter! She is passionate about supporting leaders and individuals to discover their own unique capabilities so that they are able maximize their potential. Her mission is to create organizational cultures that enable people to thrive.

Terry has been actively involved with the Minerva Foundation for BC Women for the past decade, as a curriculum designer and facilitator for Learning to Lead™, and currently as a Strengths facilitator for Women Leading the Way™.

As the Inclusion & Diversity lead at Ledcor and a fierce advocate for women, Terry is excited to be part of the BWT network.

Katherine Xilinas

Katherine Xilinas

Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG

Katherine Xilinas

Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG

Katherine Xilinas

Partner, Indirect Tax, KPMG

Katherine is a Partner with KPMG Law LLP and KPMG Canada’s Indirect Tax practice in Vancouver. She has 18+ years of experience assisting clients with their indirect tax and customs planning and advisory needs, as well as representing them before the Canadian taxing and customs authorities, the BC Supreme Court, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Courts of Canada and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Katherine serves a broad base of clients in various sectors, including energy, retail, technology and real estate, as well as charities and NPOs. Katherine currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Laws – Taxation program at the UBC Allard School of Law. She also sits on the Executive of the national Commodity Tax Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association and is a participating member of the GST Leaders Forum, a group of 25 leading indirect tax practitioners from across Canada.