Zhila Alizadeh-Borji, BBM
Zhila is a Persian woman, a mother of a beautiful daughter and a proud aunt. Born and raised in Iran, she graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in business. She has also completed the level 4 Certified General Accountant program and is in the process of obtaining her Certified Aboriginal Finance Manager Certification. She has worked in a variety of finance management positions in Tehran. She moved to Canada in 2001 and has been employed since then in a similar environment, as well as operating her own financial consulting business focused on trust reporting, trust audit, and the Law Society of BC’s rule. Currently, she works full-time as the Finance Manager for the Indigenous Perspectives Society. She has many passions which include artistic endeavors, family values, and her work.
David is an investment professional and active community volunteer with the United Way of Vancouver, RBC Blue Water Project, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Green Partnership Program at Fairmont Hotel & Resorts. He is a second-generation immigrant to Canada and his father’s family originally left Russia during the Russian Revolution. During this time, his family became refugees and lived in China and Australia before eventually moving to Canada in the 1960s. he has a genuine interest in other cultures and a desire to help newcomers feel welcome in his hometown of Victoria. In addition to earning an MBA from Queen’s University. Holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria.
Coco is a Senior Policy Analyst, Indigenous Services Canada. She is an active community volunteer, including as a Bridges for Women Society board member and a former ICA English Teacher’s Assistant. As an immigrant to Canada, Coco has directly benefited from similar non-profit organizations, which has inspired her to help ease newcomer transitions and use her education, professional and personal experiences to advocate for ICA and its mission, vision, values and clients.