Our Team

Alex LeBlanc

Executive Director
(506) 453-1091, ext. 226

Alex has a degree in Leadership studies from Renaissance College, at the University of New Brunswick, and brings over 12 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, including work with the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation, the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, and most recently with the New Brunswick Multicultural Council. Alex currently co-leads a Social Innovation Lab, along NouLab, the Government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Business Council, which is working to develop and test innovative ways that New Brunswick can become a leader in attracting, integrating and retaining newcomers to participate in the economy.

Alex serves as co-chair of the provincial Long-Term Integration Committee, which is tasked with reviewing government programs, policies and initiatives with a newcomers lens. He also sits on several provincial and national committees and advisory groups on the topics of Atlantic immigration, social innovation, and public safety among others. Alex has a keen interest in social innovation, public engagement, public policy, and change management. In his role as Executive Director, Alex leads strategic communications, operational planning, government relations, partnership development and overall staff management. Alex is also an alumni and member of the Atlantic 21 inc. leadership network.

Ginette Gautreau

Assistant Director
(506) 453-1091, ext 229

Ginette joined the New Brunswick Multicultural Council following five years in Ottawa, studying and working in the fields international development and humanitarian assistance. Prior to relocating to Fredericton, Ginette worked with the Canadian Partnership for Maternal and Child Health, the Humanitarian Coalition and with the Department of Global Affairs, in addition to holding a variety of volunteer roles in the sector. Ginette completed her Master’s degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa specializing in civil society coordination and advocacy. Originally from Memramcook, NB, she has lived abroad in France and Mexico for nearly 3 years and speaks French, English and Spanish.

Gordon Mihan

Public Engagement and Marketing Coordinator
(506) 453-1091, ext. 232

Gordon is the Public Engagement and Marketing Coordinator at NBMC. He has held many different positions in different fields over the years, working in Journalism, Tourism and Hospitality, Administration and Promotions. He is excited to work with the Multicultural Council and promote multiculturalism in the province. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.

Madeleine Whalen

Manager of Member Support

Madeleine is a recent graduate of the MA Program for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She also studied for two terms under the UNESCO Framework for Peace at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain and focused her thesis research on David Diamond’s Theatre for Living (TFL): an interactive approach to conflict transformation and authentic community-based dialogue. After completing a BA in International Development & Spanish and a Minor in Drama at UNB, Madeleine worked with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. as a Community Liaison Worker in Francophone schools.

Arianne Melara

Manager of Youth Initiatives
(506) 453-1091, ext. 224

Arianne is the Manager of Youth Leadership Initiatives for the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, including the signature youth leadership program Imagine NB. This role includes all areas related to the engagement, empowerment and leadership of immigrant youth and international students.
She was born and raised in El Salvador and is fluent in Spanish, English and French. She arrived to Canada as an international student in 2011 and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from St. Thomas University. Her Honours Thesis focused on Globalization and Canadian Mining in Guatemala’s indigenous communities.
Arianne has 5 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Before joining NBMC, she worked with the international organization WE.org, supporting experiential service-learning programs with educators and students in Ontario. In New Brunswick, her experience includes managing the Imagine NB program, a bilingual and provincial program designed for immigrant and refugee youth to accelerate their leadership potential.
Arianne is deeply passionate about working with youth. She believes that through the empowerment of youth and by the development of the right policies that include youth’s lens, New Brunswick can become a multicultural province that champions youth. Over the years, she has been involved in community initiatives such as Development and Peace as the Regional Youth Representative and for the Study and Stay NB Program as an International Student Mentor.

 AbbyPicturewebsiteAbby David

Manager of Employment Initiatives
(506) 453-1091, ext. 227

Abby brings over 15 years of management experience in a global, diverse environment. She was born and raised in Israel and before moving to Canada with her family, she was the Director of Learning & Knowledge Management in a US-based company, working in the IT sector with off-shore sites and diverse workforce, partners and customers from around the globe. Starting her new life in Canada, she joined the YMCA of Greater Saint John as the Employment Services Supervisor at the Y Newcomer Connections center and continued to volunteer with multicultural associations and committees in Atlantic Canada, working on projects related to newcomers employment, recognition of foreign credentials and empowering newcomers to follow their dreams, and to make NB a safe and welcoming place. Abby is passionate about connecting newcomers with opportunities and bridging gaps between newcomers and the business community, for economic growth in Atlantic Canada. She joined NBMC to project manage ‘Skills Launch’ – Employability program for Immigrant Youth. She speaks Hebrew, English, and Arabic.

Nicole Nader

Project Manager
(506) 453-1091, ext. 225

Nicole is the Event and Member Support Coordinator at NBMC. She is originally from Lebanon and has been in Canada for 11 years. Nicole holds a Master in Science from University of New Brunswick and has accumulated teaching and communication experience over the years. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Nicole is a big supporter of multiculturalism and is excited to help the NBMC and other multicultural associations in New Brunswick reach their goals.


Justin Ryan

Training and Development Manager

Raised and educated in Australia and working for six years in Japan, his academic background as Professor of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace at Crandall University, his professional work in law, finance and education, and his international experience living and working across three continents all combine to give him a unique perspective on world cultures.

For the last seven years, he’s been developing and delivering cross-cultural training for the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area, and he now brings those insights to NBMC. Through this, he aims to help create a local society and workforce that is ready and able to help newcomers integrate successfully and become welcome, contributing, thriving members of their new community.

Board of Directors

MoncefMoncef Lakouas


Originally from Morocco, Moncef Lakouas arrived in New Brunswick fifteen years ago. His journey is a success story that demonstrates that the Canadian dream is possible in our community.
An international student at the Université de Moncton, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He was also the first immigrant to chair the Moncton University Campus Federation (FEECUM).
Moncef is passionate about community development, entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for youth and newcomers. That is why, during his university cycle, he decided to help young New Brunswickers find employment in their area of ​​study in the region, and to support emerging entrepreneurs who wanted to start a business. He founded the Student Leadership Movement, an association launched in partnership with the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce.

He defines his journey of integration and adaptation as a mission to pay it forward and to reach out to others, making sure that sharing his own experience, his mistakes and his successes can serve as a guide for newcomers and young people of the community.

He chaired CAFI where he worked on the transition of the organization, ensuring stability after the departure of a long-time CEO. In the same vein, he became involved with MAGMA during the crisis in Syria to help settle and integrate Syrian refugees who chose our region to start a new life.

In 2014, he served on the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Economic Council as a Youth Representative. He advocated for entrepreneurial initiatives for Francophone youth. His many commitments to the well-being and growth of civil society have earned Moncef Lakouas numerous recognitions. He was a member of the first Francophone Youth Parliament of the Americas, was selected among hundreds of candidates as Emerging Leader 2013 among the Top 50 leaders in Atlantic Canada, and in the Top 21 New Brunswick Leaders in New Brunswick in 2014.

During this community leadership program, he presented a project to grant immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections. Moncef championed this issue across the province by highlighting the positive impact it would have on the retention and inclusion of immigrants in our communities.

Moncef Lakouas is also the recipient of several merit scholarships for his community involvement, including the Assumption Life Leadership Scholarship, the City of Dieppe Leadership Excellence Scholarship, the Clément-Cormier Scholarship, the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship, and the Paul-Harris distinction of Rotary Resurgo. His civic involvement earned him the “Everyday Political Citizen” by Samara Canada, a pan-Canadian organization that advocates democracy and the revitalization of politics by citizens. In 2018, Moncef was elected President of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council and most recently became the new Executive Director of the Moncton Youth Renewal.


Rambha Pershad

1st Vice-President

Rambha moved to New Brunswick 38 years ago from India with her husband. It’s here in New Brunswick where they raised their family and in 2007, Rambha purchased a business in Miramichi and employs between 12 and 14 local members of the community.

Rambha is the Vice-President of the Schizophrenia Society of NB, a member of the Catham Rotary Club, and a member of the Miramichi Chamber of Commerce. She spends time with those needing guidance and support and she shares her culture and customs with community members in Miramichi.


Kassim Doumbia


Kassim Doumbia is the Supervisor of Housing Programs and Services for the Ministry of Social Development.
He oversees a team of 12 people who work to improve the living conditions of low and middle income families and individuals by providing affordable housing by administering programs focused on the development of healthy and sustainable living environments.
Kassim is committed to helping his community thrive, to embrace diversity, and to grow. Kassim works actively with key players in the community to ensure a better quality of life for citizens. First elected in 2012 as a Shippagan City Councilor and appointed Deputy Mayor in 2016, he became the first New Acadian to hold such a position. He is involved at many levels in his community as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Committee of Reception, Integration and Settlement of Newcomers of the Acadian Peninsula, Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Moncton, Vice-Chair of the Community Committee of Uni Coopération Financière.


julianJulian Riva


Born in Italy, Julian, at a very young age, Julian came to Canada with his family and settled in Fredericton. He attended public schools in Fredericton and upon graduating from Fredericton High School, he enrolled at UNB Fredericton where received a BSc, Bed (Secondary education) and a MEd (Guidance and counselling). Julian became involved in the local Italian Association, and along with other cultural associations in Fredericton, became one of the founding members of the Multicultural Association of Fredericton.  He served as MCAF’s 1st VP but took over as President when the current President had to leave the area for work.  Julian stayed on the following year as President and worked with the members to further the goals and aims of the Multicultural Association of Fredericton. Julian is a lifetime member of MCAF.

Upon completion of his graduate work, Julian and his young family moved to St. Andrews, NB where he worked for NBCC St. Andrews and for NBCC Corporate office. Later as International Affairs Coordinator he managed international projects in various countries as well as working with incoming international students as well as outgoing students and staff. While at NBCC, Julian became involved in the initial formation of the Charlotte County Multicultural Association (CCMA) and has been a member of ever since and now serving as the current President of CCMA