Surranna Sandy is the Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Change (SfC), a registered charity and nonprofit multi-service agency in Toronto, Ontario serving 14,000 Immigrants and Refugees annually. Prior to becoming the CEO of SfC, Surranna enjoyed a successful career as President and Founder of Surcorp Group, a Career Management firm with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. Having the first-hand perspective of an Immigrant in a new country, Surranna found her calling in advocating for and advancing the needs of immigrants and refugees as a volunteer and board member in the settlement sector.
In 2012, Surranna elected to resign from her firm and accept the invitation to serve as Skills for Change’s CEO, turning her advocacy of ensuring that Immigrant and Refugee has a fair chance to realize and fulfill their potential into her life’s vocation. Under her leadership, Skills for Change has grown from 5 locations in GTA to 10 locations in GTA and Southwestern Ontario serving over 15,000 clients per year. Surranna has led Skills for Change in expanding its programs and services from serving primarily internationally educated professionals to also serving Immigrant Women, Youth, Entrepreneurs and Seniors.
Surranna has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management from Anglia Ruskin University, an MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Wales, an Hons Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management from Northumbria University, a Diploma in Human Resources Management, and a Certificate in HR Management.
Surranna was awarded the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Outstanding Neighbour award. This award is in recognition of her community service, as CEO of Skills for Change.
She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group and is a Board Member of First Work, Ontario’s Youth Employment Assistant Centers. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Decent Work for Women project and serves as Steering Committee Member for the Consortium of Agencies Serving Immigrants.She is a member of the City of Toronto’s Partnership & Accountability Circle (“PAC”) for The Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-black Racism.
Chief Financial Officer
Noel Muttupulle offers over 35 years of accounting, finance, information technology and international business experience earned in USA, Canada, China, Asia, Africa & Middle East.
Noel started his professional career with Ernst & Young (Sri Lanka) gaining expertise in accounting, auditing, computer systems and consulting. As Group Audit Officer for HSBC Bank, he conducted operations and computer audits in fifteen countries in the Middle East and Asia. Noel then held accounting and operations roles in government, and in US and Canadian corporations. He led strategic initiatives in Canada, USA, China and Middle East as Director of Business Solutions and Projects with SLMsoft Inc., a Toronto based provider of electronic banking and health claim processing solutions using offshore resources. Noel was Vice President Finance / CFO at Futureway Communications Inc., Canada’s first fibre-to-the-home telecommunications company. He was involved with the company’s valuation and sale to Rogers Cable Communications Inc. At Rogers, a public company with revenues exceeding $11 billion, Noel held various Director Finance positions leading the planning, budgeting, and financial analyses of new initiatives.
Since 2010, as a tactic for firms to reduce costs and increase profits, Noel offers Chief Financial Officer (CFO) services on-demand, business advisory services, and outsourcing.
Sampada Kukade is the Director of Employer Engagement & Partnerships and Program Marketing at Skills for Change.
Sampada has over 15 years of marketing and partnerships experience. She has a Bachelors in Arts at the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate certificate in Marketing and Events Planning from George Brown College.
Prior to working at Skills for Change, Sampada led communications, events and a physician leadership program at the Ontario Medical Association. Being passionate about politics, Sampada also ran as a political candidate for a past provincial election.
She is extremely passionate about creating new ways to support immigrants and refugees in our community, working with corporate and community leaders to develop innovative programs.
In her spare time, Sampada teaches yoga and mediation as a certified yoga instructor, with a specific focus on helping manage chronic disease and training beginners to feel comfortable doing yoga. She is also a mother of a 4 year old boy and a newborn.
Director of Programs & Services
Fatma Hassan is a dedicated advocate of social impact with a focus on immigrants, newcomers and minority entrepreneurs. Fatma brings over 7 years of policy experience with the Federal and Provincial Government, specializing in immigration policy, international student policy to foreign credential recognition. Prior to joining Skills for Change, Fatma lead the Business Development and Partnerships portfolio at the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council where she worked with private and public sectors partners as an advocate for the inclusion of minority entrepreneurs in supply chain and leading efforts to advance social procurement in Canada.
Fatma holds a Master’s degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University, and an Honours B.A in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Toronto.
Associate Director of Programs & Services
Corina Carvallo is the Associate Director, Programs & Services for Skills for Change. She has a background in Human Resources. Corina has worked in various management positions since joining Skills for Change.
She has over 10 years of experience in Program Management and Development. She is an expert in managing newcomer and refugee services ranging from settlement, skills training and employment. Corina played a major role in the creation and development of IRS HUB @ 791 which provides settlement, employment, women’s programming, mentoring and language courses. She is passionate about the power of community and actively pursues ways to provide continuous support and assistance to newcomers.
Rebecca Anderson-Tardif is the Associate Director of Programs and Services at Skills for Change. Rebecca has over 10 years of experience as a non-profit leader in the employment services sector specializing in serving women and newcomers. She has a post-graduate certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management and a Career and Work Counselling Associate Degree.
She has developed, implemented and managed multiple occupation specific employment and training programs in the finance, technology, and skilled trades sectors. She has built relationships with employers, education institutions, community agencies, and other cross-sector stakeholders. She is passionate about helping people and creating innovative approaches that improve collaboration and can make a positive impact to society.
Associate Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives
Justine is the Associate Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Skills for Change. An internationally trained lawyer, Justine brings over ten years experience in championing people-centred development solutions from the grassroots through to global policy change. A strong champion and advocate for inclusive, sustainable growth for all, Justine brings in-depth expertise and strategic insights to working with diverse stakeholder networks to drive impact. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Organization of Women in International Trade, Toronto, leading on attracting and growing partnerships that promote women doing business internationally.
Previously, she managed the partnership, outreach and advocacy portfolio at the World Trade Organization’s EIF program for least developed countries, and as the lead on gender and trade. Prior to this, she worked as a legal trade and development specialist in the public and private sector, reviewing policies, laws and promoting pro-poor community livelihoods in Uganda.
She holds an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law (University of Western Cape, South Africa), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (BAR COURSE) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Hons).