Manpreet Dhillon (She/Her)
Ranked #15 globally on the 2020 EmPower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list, Manpreet Dhillon is an equity, diversity, and inclusion specialist with a unique lens as a leadership coach for women with culturally diverse backgrounds who want to have an equal seat at the table with equal pay. She focuses on creating systemic change to address institutionalized inequalities through representation from the communities being served. Manpreet has over 15 years of leadership, coaching, human resources, and community development expertise. Manpreet is the founder/CEO of Veza and an Entrepreneur in Residence with Women’s Enterprise Center. Veza has worked with notable organizations, including UN affiliate: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, UN Women, City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, HR Tech Group, Immigrant Employers Council of BC, Blenz Coffee, 7-Eleven, Terramera, as well as a host of tech and biotech companies, and non-profit organizations. She also led a trade mission of women entrepreneurs to Croatia – one of the first held by a private company to further the mission of increasing export by women entrepreneurs. Manpreet has held positions as a board member of Canada India Education Society, live BIG Society, British Columbia Institute of Technology Alumni Board of Directors, past Board Member of Royal Roads University, and has served on various arts and health boards. Manpreet is a twice contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and a contributing author to Forbes, Thrive Global, and Small Business BC. www.vezaglobal.com
She received her Masters in Organizational Management and resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Juliane Chien (She/Her)
Human Resources Associate
Juliane is an HR Associate at Veza Global. Her background includes working in the fields of education, research, non-profit programming, and years of voluntary experiences in grassroots basketball programs. Apart from working at Veza, she is also taking courses to complete her diploma in Human Resources Management at SFU.
“Diversity work has impacted me in ways that perhaps I could not even fully understand. From a young child growing up in the basketball world, being the first, or the few, female and/or BIPOC in that space has profoundly shaped the person I am today. I am eternally grateful for the platform where my diverse background was celebrated and encouraged, while also allowing me to excel and grow as an individual. When I learned the direction and focus of Veza Global, it made me very excited that I could merge my passion for social equity with the work that I do on a daily basis.”
Lubna is an international student in her final year of her Business Administration Degree. She joined as an HR Resource Intern and is now the HR Coordinator at Veza Global.
“I come from a land of highly diverse culture. It has always been a learning environment that has helped me open up to different cultural values at a young age. This learning process helps me understand and connect with individuals better. The more I educate myself, the more understanding I am. Veza’s primary motive for being a platform for the IDEA-B environment is what I was gravitated towards. I have always sought to be in an environment where I can learn and understand how organizations and communities work to provide an inclusive environment.”
Barinder S. Bhullar (He/His)
Barinder is a Public Affairs and Government Relations advisor. Through his decade long experience in various senior roles with the BC Government, Barinder helped bring economic opportunities to diverse, multicultural, and First Nations communities. A proponent for addressing underrepresentation, Barinder has been actively involved with recruiting and selecting candidates from diverse communities at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
“I love people, and I love learning from people. The more I engage with people from diverse backgrounds, the more I realize all of us share a lot more in common than we differ on. I am excited to offer my assistance to ensure everyone is given an equal opportunity to succeed, regardless of their cultural or ethnic identity.”