Breakout session #1   9:30 am – 10:45 am

Career Goals: Setting Them. Reaching Them

Learn from the Best! Gather practical tips on how to plan for career success from industry insiders.

Name: (Panelist) Jennifer Iskierski
Company Harris Leadership Strategies
Title Executive Recruiter and Research Specialist
Biography With over a decade of experience in customer service, Jen has a proven track record of delivering customer satisfaction which results in lasting relationships with both candidates and clients. An effective communicator with a drive for exceptional results, Jen quickly grasps each client’s strategic direction and requirements. She brings emotional intelligence, a solid work ethic, an entrepreneurial mindset and an eye for detail to her recruiting activities.

As an Executive Recruiter and Research Specialist with Harris Leadership Strategies, Jen specializes in candidate identification and recruitment research. Jen astutely evaluates potential candidates to help match their skillsets with highly sought-after roles in senior and executive management, understanding that talent acquisition goes beyond skills and experience. A critical component to matching the right candidate with an organization also includes a true connection with organizational culture to ensure long term fit.

Having worked in Executive Search since 2013, Jen is skilled in research and the sourcing of candidates, search administration, candidate management, candidate screening and interviewing, and reporting. Her recruitment experience includes Indigenous Recruitment, Not-for-Profit, Academic, The Arts, Professional Services, Manufacturing, Construction, Legal, Health Services, Mining and Resources, Technology, Human Resources and Finance.

Outside of the office, Jen is a Personal Organizer and assists clients with their personal and commercial organization needs through decluttering, downsizing, and estate services and solutions. She is a member of Toastmasters International, and also enjoys hiking, yoga and the arts.


Name: (Panelist) Pablo Steinberg
Company Vantage Studios
Title Managing Director
Biography Pablo Steinberg, originally from Argentina, moved to Winnipeg with his family in 2004 and became Canadian Citizen in 2008.

He joined Vantage in February 2015 as Senior Project manager. After a year he became Managing Director of the company. He is responsible for the marketing, communications, and business development efforts of the firm. Additionally, he directs a team specialized in social media, branding, advertising, website development, and lead generation. He manages and oversees sponsorships, events, charitable contributions, marketing training, and more.

He has over 20 years of experience in the communication industry. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Marketing Manager at Nygard, developing and implementing marketing initiatives for all divisions (U.S. and Canadian markets). He has worked for both large and small companies in Manitoba and internationally, including the international advertising firms of J. Walter Thompson, BBDO and McCann-Erickson. His advertising and marketing portfolio includes companies such as Ford, Esso, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, and Shell.

In 2014, he went back to school and graduated with honours in International Business. He was the recipient of the RRC’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal.  He actively participated in the start-up community where he received the best pitch award for his entrepreneurial work.

In 2017, he co-founded Culture Card, an APP to promote cultural diversity.  Originally tested in Winnipeg, Culture Card is expanding to other markets across North America.

International awards:

–       Finalist with honours in the VIII Annual New York Festival – USA

–       Gold Medal – Clarin corp. – Argentina

–       Gold Medal – Golden Award Montreaux – Switzerland

–       Finalist – London International Advertising – United Kingdom

–       Bronze Medal – FIAP Ibero-American Festival – Argentina


Name: (Panelist) E.J. Fontaine
Company AMIKTM Inc., Indigenous Workforce Engagement & Training

Professional Indigenous Engagement Services

Title CEO
Biography E. J. Fontaine has been the President & CEO of AMIKTM Inc. since 2003. He has over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous communities and organizations in various capacities and projects including employment and training, economic development, evaluating programs, conducting labour market research studies and data analysis, developing business plans and marketing plans. He possesses valuable experience in Indigenous engagement and in the management of projects at the local, regional and national levels. E.J. is recognized as a national leader in the area of recruitment and retention strategies involving the Indigenous workforce.

Growing up in Manitoba’s First Nation communities, E.J. is intimately familiar with the systemic barriers that Indigenous people continue to face. With exceptional business acumen and the courage to challenge the status quo, he has successfully blazed new trails upon which others now follow


Name: (Moderator) Alora Sinclair 
Company Harris Leadership Strategies
Title Senior Principal
Biography With almost 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Alora’s career began with the Federal Government in staffing and generalist Human Resources administration.  She has been providing HR research and consulting services since 2000, in Ontario and most recently with Harris Consulting in Manitoba.  Alora joined Harris Consulting in 2004 and leads the research team for executive search; provides search consulting; design, process and statistical analysis for employee surveys; and support for human resources and organizational development consulting projects.

As co-founder and partner in a service business, Alora successfully co-ran a knowledge-based service industry business for 4 years in Peterborough, Ontario before relocating to Winnipeg.

An experienced group facilitator, Alora spent over 25 years presenting at conferences, workshops and has facilitated approximately 300 seminars.  She was also a member of an international board taskforce working on an intensive 2.5-year change management/organization review project for a major global NGO.  With a strong commitment to NFPs, Alora has Board, Council and Committee volunteerism experience at the local, municipal and national levels that spans a period of over 25 years.

As a consultant, Alora has assisted private, not-for-profit, and municipal organizations in multiple functions.  Alora heads up recruitment research for Harris and carries a full slate of Career Management clients. Her range of experience includes:
Career Management/Career Transition

Executive and difficult-to-fill Recruitment

Recruitment and Human Resources Research

Employee and Organization Effectiveness Surveys

Compensation Surveys and Analysis

Data Analysis


Training development and delivery

Organization Design and Development

Group Facilitation

Resume Development and Career Transition

Psychometric Assessments

A strong team member, Alora’s cooperative, multi-disciplinary experience provides strong support for Harris projects.  She studied English and Kinesiology at the University of Winnipeg and has had training in behavioural interviewing, organization development and psychometric assessments.  She is also a certified Trainer and IBCLC.