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Meet the Governance Team
Annette Simbabure

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS (BWT Co-Chair)

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS (BWT Co-Chair)

Annette Simbabure

Director, Information Systems, TELUS (BWT Co-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.

Tiffany Alexander

Tiffany Alexander

Vice President, Solution Engineering, SAP Canada (BWT Co-Chair)

Tiffany Alexander

Vice President, Solution Engineering, SAP Canada (BWT Co-Chair)

Tiffany Alexander

Vice President, Solution Engineering, SAP Canada (BWT Co-Chair)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lisa Gibson

Lisa Gibson

Director, Special Projects, Ledcor

Lisa Gibson

Director, Special Projects, Ledcor

Lisa Gibson

Director, Special Projects, Ledcor

As Director, Special Projects at Ledcor, Lisa plays an active role in the leadership in Calgary. Lisa is involved in everything from business development to operations to team development. Previously, she worked with a real estate developer and now as a General Contractor, which provides an innovative and diverse perspective in approaching her work.

Lisa is active in industry volunteering with several organizations, as well as being involved with Ledcor’s Inclusion and Diversity Council, National Safety Committee and now joining BWT. It is a priority for Lisa to engage in networking and learning opportunities that elevate the workplace and bring women together.

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.

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Managing Director, Customer Sales & Service, Accenture

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Managing Director, Customer Sales & Service, Accenture

Naomi Manley-Casimir

Managing Director, Customer Sales & Service, Accenture

Naomi has over 26 years of experience in consulting primarily focused on changes that enable an improved customer and employee experience. Naomi has assessed customer service operations, designed and implemented new solutions and enabled new capabilities that help her clients achieve their business objectives. Naomi is currently a Managing Director in Accenture’s Customer Sales and Service practice working with clients in industries such as utilities, public service, insurance, and travel. She is proud to be the executive sponsor of Accenture’s International Women’s Day event in Vancouver for the past 4 years. When not at work Naomi can be found watching her son’s baseball games, chauffeuring her daughter to various dance venues, enjoying hot yoga, and walking around the neighborhood. Naomi is excited to be part of BWT as she is passionate about helping women achieve their individual potential - to succeed in business, build their personal networks, grow outside their comfort zones, be empowered, bring their full, unique selves to work, find the right work-life balance, get promoted – achieve their goals.