IAF Canada Appoints New CEO to Lead Expansion Plans

claudiaImmigrant Access Fund Canada (IAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new national leader for the organization. Following an exhaustive search across Canada, Claudia Hepburn has been appointed as IAF’s first Chief Executive Officer. The creation of this new top leadership position at IAF is a reflection of the organization’s growth in prominence, relevance and geographic reach across the country.

Ms. Hepburn’s experience building innovative, national organizations makes her uniquely qualified to lead IAF’s new, ambitious strategy for rapid growth and serve many more immigrants nation-wide.

Ms. Hepburn is a widely recognized Canadian leader in the field of human capital development. In her most recent role, as Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Next 36, she was instrumental in creating a world-leading platform for accelerated development of young entrepreneurs.  Prior to that, she was the Fraser Institute’s first Director of Education Policy and founded Children First: School Choice Trust, a program that gave grants to lower-income families to assist with school tuition. Claudia has been named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She serves on several prominent boards and councils including The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Fraser Institute, Kids & Company, and the C.D. Howe Institute’s Human Capital Council.

Dianne Fehr, IAF’s founding Executive Director, has now assumed the role of Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and, along with all IAF staff and Board members, looks forward to working closely with Claudia. Ms. Hepburn is working in the Toronto office. “We are proud of this expansion of our leadership team as we continue to broaden our ambitions for impact among new immigrants all across the country,” said Laura Wood, Chair, IAF Board of Directors.

IAF is a national charity dedicated to helping skilled immigrants, including refugees, succeed in Canada’s labour market. IAF achieves this by providing micro loans of up to $10,000 for the costs of the licensing/training newcomers need to work in their field in Canada. IAF has seen tremendous growth, lending over $17 million to 2,700 immigrants since 2005. Over 75% of IAF’s borrowers who complete their licensing/training plan report being employed in their field at a job matching their skills and education. An independent study showed the IAF program acts as an economic stimulant, with a return on investment for Canada of at least 900%. IAF has offices in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Visit www.iafcanada.org to learn more.

For interview requests or further information, please contact:

Dianne Fehr, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, IAF Canada, 403.835.8972, dianne@iafcanada.org
Carrie Church, Director, Operations, IAF Canada, 306.974.4856, carrie@iafcanada.org