Maheen Sohail was born in Lahore, Punjab (Pakistan), and moved to Canada at 16. She completed her high school in Waterloo, Ontario, and got her degree in Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. At Simon Fraser University, Maheen was the Student Union President for her program. During her undergrad, she also started an International NGO focused on Education. Her experiences as a leader and entrepreneur proved to be helpful in the rest of her career. Today, Maheen works in Silicon Valley, as a Senior Product Designer at Facebook.
Manpreet Dhillon ranked #15 globally on the 2020 EmPower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list. She has over 20 years of leadership, coaching, human resources, and community development expertise. Professionally, she is an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant and founder/CEO of Veza Global, a tech and consulting organization. She spent over 15 years working in gender equality and economic empowerment for marginalized and racialized individuals.
Pam Kaur was born and raised in the UK and moved to Canada in 2003. She plays many roles and has played throughout her life—mother, daughter, sibling, aunt, friend, mentor, and coach. Being a mother is the most rewarding of all. Mothers are influential creators because we bring life into this world. A wise soul once said, “A mother is the first form of God that a child meets entering into this world.”
Pardeep Purewal is the daughter of Punjabi farmers and that is where her work ethic comes from. She was driven by their struggles and sacrifices for a better life. She began her career as a Co-op student with the Province in the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism. Later, she progressed to a Director level, resulting in an enriching career in the provincial government in the anti-racism, human rights, victim services, and crime prevention sectors. For the last ten years, she has had a rewarding role as a Communications Manager with a local municipality.
Born in England, Kamaljit Lehal immigrated to Canada in 1975 with her parents and two brothers. Having always dreamed of being a lawyer, she pursued her law degree at UBC and started her legal career in 1990 at a local law firm. Two years later, Kamaljit opened her firm, Lehal Law, providing legal services to the local community.
For more than 15 years, Anita Huberman has proudly served as the Surrey Board of Trade CEO. In this role, Anita and her team provide businesses and organizations with economic opportunities, connections, and more. She is also an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy. Although she has led an impressive career history, Anita moved past many barriers to become the first South Asian woman to fill this role in Canada.
Jas Salh is an investment advisor and leader in the community she proudly serves. She considers herself to be a wealth advisor, as her business covers every aspect of her client’s financial journey from birth to retirement and beyond. While her business is thriving today, the road to success has been challenging, involving a lot of sweat, tears, and late nights tasks.