Board of Directors
Ms. Sanchez de Malicki holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University Read More
Dr. Rosario Gómez
Dr. Gomez is an Associate Professor in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph. Dr. Gomez obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Read More
Monique Mónica Forster
Director – CHC, History, Statistics, Education
Ms. Forster is a graduate from the University of Toronto. A faculty member at Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology, Read More
Secretary-General – Ms. Ampuero (she/her) is a trilingual social sector leader with over 15 years of experience in philanthropy and community mobilizing. Read More
Eldy was also the founder of the “Latin American Cultural Association” founding member of “Melodía de Bolivia” and selected member of the Latin American committee in charge of the LATAM pavilion and representation at the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario. She also works collaboratively and is a board member for the “Pan American Food & Music Festival” and the “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians”
Eldy was born in Bolivia, a small landlocked country in the heart of South America, now lives, works, and plays in Courtice, Ontario with her husband and two boys who are her source of energy and strength. Eldy loves to travel, which allows her children to discover what they can offer to the world through the continuous improvement of their community and their surroundings.
Carlos E. Paz-Soldan
Chief Technology Officer
Originally from Lima, Perú, Carlos has been involved in I.T. since the mid ‘70s, and has worked for and with companies large and small, in South America, Africa and North America. Read More
After completing his MBA at UofT in 1984, Carlos founded Tenet Computer Group Inc., a Toronto-based I.T. Value-Added Reseller and Solution Provider. He also incubated Tenet Labs, a software division to develop innovative mobile solutions for sale around the world. In a successful exit in 2016 Carlos sold Tenet while retaining ownership of the software division to launch Techmien Corp. to continue developing innovative computing solutions for government and corporations. Carlos also volunteers as the President of Hispanotech.ca, an association dedicated to the integration and success of Latin American technology professionals in Canada, and as the President of Canada Welcome Hub, which he founded in 2021 to assist volunteer associations of immigrant professionals of all backgrounds.
Lead Experience Designer
Keram is a professional media & event producer, composer, actor, writer, game/Virtual Reality & Experience Designer, curator & business consultant to media companies. Read More
He graduated with honors from UCLA’s certification programs in Cinematography, Producing, Digital Media. He is an alumnus of Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School and has 30 years of experience as a Hollywood actor. Keram has spoken and presented internationally about the intersection of technology and the arts. Keram is the founder and CEO of Constant Change Media Group, Editor-In-Chief of Indie Game Reviewer, and Executive Director of the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo, and the Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS).
Oswaldo “Ozzy” is a trans-media producer who’s produced over 1000+ hours of high-profile linear and digital formats. Since 2016, Quiroz has focused on economic and social development. Read More
He is putting his efforts into helping Hispanic Latin American youths who want to enter and work in the multimedia industry. It is through the creation of opportunities, programs, and activities under the LATINX NATION platforms that Oswaldo fosters the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.
Architect and cultural manager. She has lived in Canada since 1996. Silvia studied architecture in Colombia and design and technology in Canada. Read More
In Colombia, she worked in design and construction, also she was a professor of history of art and architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and was an advisor in the preservation of constructions declared historical heritage as well as in the preservation of the historic center of Ciénaga Magdalena. After working for 10 years as an architect in both Colombia and Canada, she decided to dedicate herself to promoting art, literature and other artistic expressions through publications, art exhibitions, concerts, literary events, workshops, etc., in addition to promoting and supporting activities of artists and cultural organizations. She directed the Mapalé publishing house from 2004 to 2020. Currently, Silvia continues with the promotion of literature through literary events and organizing the Ibero-American Book Fair in Canada. www.silviaalfaro.com.
Entrepreneur, designer and cultural ambassador. A prominent figure in the Hispanic community because of her contributions promoting multilingualism and multiculturalism in Canada. Read More
As Editor-in-Chief of Kiddo Magazine, a bilingual children’s magazine, Ms. Wesso promotes and enhances the knowledge of the Spanish language and dissemination of the Latin American culture to new generations of Spanish-speaking Canadians through this magazine.
An architect, Interior designer, graphic designer and a passionate business and cultural visionary,
Ms. Wesso is an inspiration who motivates fellow immigrants to integrate as a means to succeed in their new life in Canada.
Marcela Aranda born in La Paz, Bolivia is a well known Master of Ceremonies in the Latin American community in Toronto Canada. Read More
Her experience in the Latin American community in Toronto started in 1989 as a member of dance groups representing Ecuador – Bolivia and Chile. As a performer she learned about the culture, the meaning of the dances, the costumes and the work involved in the presentation of each performance.
Marcela has always been involved with the Spanish Speaking community in Toronto, either performing with the folkloric groups, or as a member of different organizations.
For over 15 years, she was a Director of Las Flores Charitable foundation. She is currently the President of the Latin American Scholarship Foundation, an organization that grants Scholarships to youth of Hispanic Origin. Marcela represents her community as a Director in the Bolivian Canadian Chamber of Commerce with an Operations and Communications/Media role.
She is also a volunteer at Gaucha Argentina Love for Humanity and a Board Member at the Center For Spanish Speaking People.
Instagram #carlalovesart and Wharapo_Totonto and Souladdikts
Facebook bands: Latintrain, Souladikts, Wharapo _Toronto.
From melancholy classics of the Andean region to the contagious rhythms of the Caribbean acclaimed Flutist Giovanni Ruiz. Read More
Artist/Singer/Songwriter Carla Gonzalez-Casanova was born in Venezuela but left at a very early age to travel with her family across the globe. Read More
A multi-talented artist, Carla was born with a beautiful voice and a love for writing, creating art and acting. This inspired her to make arts in general her life’s greatest journeys. She is constantly performing all across the GTA. As an art instructor Carla works with Visual Arts Mississauga as well as HIspanic Canadian Arts and other associations. Carla’s mission is to bring joy through her performances and arts.
Instagram #carlalovesart and Wharapo_Totonto and Souladdikts
Facebook bands: Latintrain, Souladikts, Wharapo _Toronto
Dr. Jorge Filmus
Armed with a PhD in biological chemistry from Argentina, Dr. Jorge Filmus moved to Canada in 1983. Read More
He first worked as a Post-doctoral fellow at the Ontario Cancer Institute, and then as a Research Scientist at Connaught Laboratories in Toronto.
In 1991 he started his own laboratory at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. He is currently a Senior Scientist in this Institute, and a Professor in the Dept. of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto.
One of the main research achievements of Dr. Filmus has been the discovery of a protein called Glypican-3 (GPC3). This protein is produced by liver cancer cells but not by normal liver cells. Consequently, the detection of GPC3 is currently used worldwide for the diagnosis of liver cancer. This diagnostic test has been patented and licensed to an American biotech company. In addition, more than 40 pharmaceutical companies are currently targeting this protein with the goal of developing novel therapies for this very lethal cancer. Dr. Filmus has been acting as a consultant for several of these companies.
Dr. Filmus has received several grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. He has been invited to present his work at numerous international Meetings, and at many Universities around the world.
Dr. Filmus is a continued supporter of the Hispanic community. For example, from 2009 to 2013, he was on the board of directors of the Canadian Hispanic Congress.
Carlos Aranha, Premio Internacional de Arte, Artista Contemporáneo, Pintor, Escultor Orgánico, Instalador de Arte Ambiental. Read More
Fátima has done internship and training programs in Ecuador, Brazil, the United States and Canada. Read More
She has two BAs, in Business Management and Marketing, and has a graduate diploma from NCT in International Business. She is Director of Communications at MIREMS LTD and has a shipping courier business in Ecuador. She is member of Toastmasters International Club and she is passionate about languages and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and basic French and German.
Lody Campaña is a Business Administration graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University (Ryerson) specializing in Finance. Read More
After her thirty-year career at PPG/PGW as a Financial Analyst, Internal operations auditor, she joined IG Wealth Management as a Consultant, later teamed up with Executive Financial Consultants in their Private Wealth Management practice as an Associate Consultant. Lody and her family participate in an annual Volleyball tournament, supporting the Heat Wave Sick Kids foundation.
Lody lives in the Kawartha Lakes region with her husband Fabian and their dog Panda. She has 2 adult children Andrew, Adrian and daughters-in law Maral, Julie and a 3 year old grandson Benicio.
Francisco Berrio M.
Mr. Berrío is an architect with a degree from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá D.C., Colombia South America. Read More
Mr. Berrio has a Specialization in Public Works Management from the Escuela de Administración de Negocios – EAN (School of Business Administration).
Mr. Berrío has Diplomas in Project Management, in Government Contracting, in Border Integration, and in Foundations of Human Rights.
Professionally, he has worked as Project Manager and as Director of Project Auditing.
Francisco has worked as a teacher, professor and lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá D.C., Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogotá D.C., Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino in Tunja-Boyacá, at the Chamber of Commerce in Duitama and the Chamber of Commerce in Santa Marta.
Governor (E) of the Government of Norte de Santander.
Francisco has also held public offices such as:
Secretary of Departmental Planning – Government of Norte de Santander.
Secretary (E) of Departmental Highways and Transportation – Government of Norte de Santander.
Coordinator of Construction and Maintenance Group, National Offices – Colombian Agricultural Institute – ICA.
Advisor to the Airport Infrastructure Directorate. Airport Master Plans, Studies, Projects and Supervisions – Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronáutica Civil U.A.E.A.C. (Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics).
MAREK S. MALICKI
Mr. Malicki has practiced as a lawyer since 1973. Since 1989 Mr. Malicki has served as a deputy Small Claims Court judge in Central West Region in Ontario. Read More
A respected litigator, Mr. Malicki, enjoys an excellent reputation with the courts, other lawyers, and his clients.
Mr. Malicki is fluent in English, Polish and Spanish and has been a dynamic volunteer in both the Polish and Hispanic communities.
He has chaired and served on the Boards of numerous organizations including as President of the Canadian Polish Millennium Fund, The Canadian Polish Congress, World Polonia, and several others. For close to 4 decades, he has served as legal counsel and provided pro-bono legal services to the Canadian Hispanic Congress and other not-for profit organizations. He is a passionate bibliophile and philatelist. Mr. Malicki is the principal lawyer of the Malicki Sanchez Law firm established since 1959.
dr. Alfredo Tinajero
Research and Development
Dr. Tinajero is a Human Development specialist living in Toronto, Canada. Read More
He holds a PhD in Human Development from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. His main interest is in programs for children and young people that promote optimal life courses in health, learning and behavior.
His experience in these programs has been linked to countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Alfredo promotes neuroscience applied to education, preventive practices, support and training programs for parents, collaborative interdisciplinary work, and sustainable development. Alfredo has worked as a consultant in various international organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, Inter-American Development Bank, Brookings Institution, Christian Children’s Fund-Canada, and Founders’ Network. He has several international publications including an encyclopedia on child development, books and scientific articles. He currently works as an independent consultant and is a university professor.
Daniela born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She has been involved in entrepreneurship contests and the UN school models. Read More
Now she’s currently studying at the Asper School of Business in the University of Manitoba, Canada.
Daniela enjoys creating, investigating and participating in new projects. She’s a fast learner and wants to be involved and support the Hispanic community in Canada.