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.

Joyce Pollard

Finance, HR, Office Admin Coordinator
(506) 453-1091, ext. 223

Joyce was born and raised on Prince Edward Island.  In 1999 she moved to Fredericton with her husband and family.  While working in the accounting field she returned to school and received her Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification through the Canadian Payroll Association and a Human Resources Management Certificate through the College of Extended Learning UNB.  She is very pleased to have been given this opportunity to work with the New Brunswick Multicultural Council and looks forward to learning all that NBMC has to offer.


Ginette Gautreau (Maternity Leave)

Project Manager

Ginette joined the New Brunswick Multicultural Council as Project Manager 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 Network for Maternal, Newborn 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.


Jael Duarte

Project Manager
(506) 453-1091, ext 225

Jael is a recent graduate of Common and Civil Law at the University of Ottawa. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and worked as a lawyer in Colombia for seven years. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and English, has lived in France as a Live-in Caregiver and in Switzerland as a student. Prior to immigrating to Canada, Jael worked in human rights, gender, and social justice issues with victims of forced displacement, families of the disappeared, and war victims in Colombia for seven years.


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.


Sandra Lawrence

Cross Cultural Education Coordinator

Sandra was born in Portugal and lived part of her life in Luxembourg, Belgium and also Czech Republic. She is what you might call a world citizen. She is polyglot: Portuguese – French – English and has some knowledge in 4 other languages. With a Master’s Degree in Population and Development from Brussels and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Luxembourg. Sandra worked as a project analyst for the government of Belgium, for the department of multilateral aid.  Being herself an immigrant, she can relate to the struggles of a newcomer as well as the will to integrate in New Brunswick.


Madeleine Whalen (Maternity Leave)

Events and Member Support Coordinator

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

Project Manager
(506) 453-1091, ext. 224

Arianne was born and raised in El Salvador. She came to Canada as an international student and completed her liberal arts degree in International Relations and Economics at St. Thomas University. Arianne was the recipient of the Winfield Poole prize for the best Honours thesis in Political Science and the Prize for Economics in fourth year. Before joining NBMC, she worked for WE (formerly known as Free The Children) in Toronto supporting youth and educators in experiential service-learning programs, facilitated numerous youth workshops, and project managed a youth summit in Waterloo. She has joined NBMC as the project manager of a Multicultural Youth Leadership Program. She speaks Spanish, English, and French.


 AbbyPicturewebsiteAbby David

Project Manager
(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.


megheadshotMeg McCarthy

Loan Coordinator and Industry Liason
(506) 453-1091, ext. 221

Meg McCarthy is from Fredericton, N.B, and has joined the New Brunswick Multicultural Council team as the Microloan Coordinator. She graduated with a BA, majoring in Sociology and Psychology from the University of New Brunswick, as well as international studies in Austria at Universität Graz.
Prior to joining our team, she had been living and working in Zanzibar, Tanzania for three years as both a teacher and an entrepreneur. Having lived abroad herself, Meg is sensitive to the adjustment process involved in moving to a new country, and is passionate about being able to help in the resettlement process for newcomers to our beautiful country, Canada.


Nicole Nader

Events and Member Support Coordinator
(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 and make a difference.



Board of Directors

MikeTimaniMike Timani


Mike Timani is a native of Lebanon and was born in Venezuela. He arrived in Toronto during the Lebanese civil war. He is president and CEO of Fancy Pokket Corporation in Moncton which was established in June 1989 in a 1,000 sq foot facility with three employees. Today, the bakery consists of 45,000 sq. ft. and employs 70 people. Fancy Pokket is the largest producer of pita bread, bagels, tortilla wraps and flatbread in Atlantic Canada.

Mike has recently constructed a 58,000 sq. ft. dedicated Gluten Free facility in Lancaster County, South Carolina which will be producing a variety of gluten free products. The new facility will be ready for operation winter 2018.



MoncefMoncef Lakouas

1st Vice-President


Moncef Lakouas is a Financial Analyst with Symplicity Designs. Originally from Rabat, Morocco, Moncef came to Canada as an international student. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance, and recently completed a second bachelor’s in Accounting at the Université de Moncton’s Faculty of Business. He is the past president of the FEECUM, the university student union, where he represented over 3500 students, led a team of 8 people, and managed a budget of over half a million dollars. During his tenure, Moncef maintained partnerships with various community stakeholders, including elected government officials, to revive the debate around the student cause and to work on issues that unite students in regard to the development of francophone cultural identity and the integration and retention of international students.

Developing youth and immigration services in the province are both close to his heart. Moncef’s commitment to his community has led him to serve on the Board of Governors at the Université de Moncton, the board of Directors of UDEM Alumni, the board of Directors of Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick as Youth delegate, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council as First Vice-President, the CAFI – a centre which offers settlement and support services for francophone immigrants in southeastern New Brunswick – as President of the Board of Directors, and the Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton Area.


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.


  • Nathalie Robichaud, 2nd Vice-president
  • Rambha Pershad, Secretary
  • George Maicher, Past President