Iona Santos-Fresnoza

Iona Santos-Fresnoza

Program Lead, FAST, Immigrant Employment Council of BC

Iona is the Program Lead overseeing IEC-BC’s Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent or FAST program.

With over a decade of work in communications, government, tourism, IT, academia, non-profits, and social media agencies abroad, she brings to her role not only extensive experience in project coordination, program development, and community outreach, but also a strong advocacy for social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

In her program development work at IEC-BC, she engages community partners, volunteer employers, and connects skilled immigrant clients to tools and resources that can help them succeed in Canada’s dynamic labour market.

Believing in putting her values to work, she is also a social entrepreneur advocating for sustainable coffee livelihoods in partnership with Philippine Indigenous and women coffee farmers.