Board of Directors

Mohammad Lasker
Chair

Mohammad Lasker moved to Canada from Bangladesh in 2013. He is the co-founder of East West College of Business and technology Calgary & Edmonton and currently working with this college as a Vice President. Mohammad is Internationally Educated Physician had worked with Alberta Health Services Tissue Program and Researcher, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary.[...]

Mohammad is serving as the Board Chair of Alberta International Medical Graduate Association (AIMGA) since 2015 and Health and Wellness Secretary of Bangladesh Canadian Association of Calgary (BCAOC) since 2016 and founder General Secretary of Bangladesh Medical Society of Alberta (BMSA). As a community champion, he has been supporting the community based participatory action research of Dr. Turin Chowdhury (Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary) with the Bangladeshi-Canadian community. He is an avid supporter of meaningful community engagement, as he believes that these initiatives will lead to community empowerment.

Syed Ahmed
Vice Chair

Syed graduated as a Physician from Pakistan and worked in Otolaryngology for a couple of years, He developed interest in the field of Audiology and attained Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T.Still University in Arizona, USA. He is currently working as Registered Audiologist / Clinic Manager for Miracle Ear Hearing and Balance Clinic, Calgary since year 2008. He brings a wealth of experience, has been on professional committees of Alberta College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. He is a faculty member and mentor for Audiology graduate program of UBC School of Medicine and HAP program at Grant MacEwan University, Alberta.

Dorin Bogdan Mihalache
Treasurer

Dorin Bogdan Mihalache is a seasoned Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 20 years of public practice experience. He has helped many doctors navigate and respond to the always evolving tax laws. He obtained his Chartered Accounting designation in 2008 and completed all three levels of the In-Depth Tax Course, one of the most comprehensive tax training programs in Canada. He lives in Calgary, Alberta together with his wife and two wonderful children age 10 and 12.

Jennifer Garcia
Secretary

Jennifer obtained her medical degree from the Philippines at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in 1994. After completion of training in General Surgery in 2001 she pursued her interest in Colorectal Surgery through Fellowships in Hong Kong and the UK. Her work experience includes postings in General Surgery in Australia, Bahrain and Singapore.[...]

She immigrated to Calgary in 2013 and has since been working as a Clinical Surgical Assistant with Alberta Health Services. While in the process of challenging the Medical Council of Canada exams, she has actively participated in numerous study groups and helped moderate review sessions for Trauma and General Surgery. She successfully attained her Licentiate in 2016.

She firmly believes that the vast IMG population is a valuable, untapped resource for the Alberta healthcare system. Jennifer is keen to explore more opportunities for IMGs to successfully integrate into the Alberta healthcare system.

Sukhpreet Singh Pritam
Director

After graduating in 2000, Sukhi practiced medicine in India for a few years before immigrating to Canada in 2005. Due to family challenges, he pursued a career in EMS as a paramedic. It wasn’t until 2017 when he passed MCC eligibility exams. He is currently working as a paramedic for AHS in the Calgary area and has been a member on the Board of Directors of AIMGA since 2017 where he served as a Treasurer for over a year. He intends to apply for residency in Rural Medicine in 2020, aspires to be a Flight Paramedic with STARS Air Ambulance, and wishes to settle in one of the Alberta's rural communities. Sukhi is a father of two young women and a Black Labrador. For fun, Sukhi likes to play violin, camp and hike, play badminton, and watch his favorite TV shows.

Fadhil Khalil Ali Hasan
Director

Fadhil graduated from the College of Medicine (CoM) of Baghdad University in 1985. Throughout his career, he earned a master’s degree in Clinical Immunology. He is registered with the Arab and Iraqi Boards in Internal Medicine, MRCP UK, and FRCP Edinburgh. He worked as a consultant physician and lecturer in Internal Medicine in the CoM of Baghdad University. In 2000, he moved to UAE and worked as a consultant physician and head of department in the Ministry of Health (MOH), and assistant professor in the CoM of Sharjah University until September 2018. [...]

He led and published several research studies, QIPs and KPI Projects. He was a member of several MOH advisory medical, ethical, and administrative committees.

He utilizes his 34-year well-cultivated clinical and academic experience and leadership skills to handle various highly demanding clinical environments. Fadhil is committed to excellence and is driven to continue to lead, develop and implement high quality healthcare standards.

Upon his immigration to Canada, Fadhil completed the MCCEE, MCCQE1 and MCCQE2 and obtained the CPSA eligibility for PRA-AB in Internal Medicine in 2018 and obtained his LMCC in 2019.

Being an IMG, he understands the struggles and challenges that these doctors face. He is committed to facilitating the process of the social and professional integration into the Canadian health system for IMGs. He is very passionate about being a member of the AIMGA board of directors and eager to share his knowledge and experience with members.

Salim Hamid
Director

Dr. Salim Hamid completed his initial training from Dow Medical College, where he began a residency in surgery and then briefly practiced as a Family Physician. It was then he decided to specialize in the field of Psychiatry, and hence completed his training and membership exams.[...]

He was eager to learn and decided to move to the United Kingdom to further his education and knowledge in Psychiatry. He did his residency in and around London. Upon completion of the equivalency exams, he started to work in Birmingham where he established a community psychiatric team, emphasising treatment of patients in their home environment.

Over 21 years ago, he had the opportunity to move to Canada. After working for a few years in Regina, he moved to Alberta and made Calgary his home. He was invited to Calgary to establish an innovative inpatient unit for brief hospitalization and established the first short stay unit in the Peter Lougheed Hospital in 2001. He completed the initial pilot project for the Access Mental Health mobile response team and diversion service where he worked as the Medical Director for these services and the North Mental Health Clinic.

He has been involved with the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program since its inception and has had an active role in the training of IMGs. Many physicians have worked under his supervision during their training. He has been an examiner for the LMCC exams for over 15 years and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. He currently works as a consultant in private practice, owns and operates the Elite Professional Building where he works collaboratively with two other psychiatrists, family physicians, and a pharmacist.

He looks forward to working with AIMGA to assist IMGs pursuing licensure and other pathways into the system and providing his guidance, advocacy, and support.

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Al-Karim Walli
Director

Al-Karim Walli is a first generation Canadian, born in Pakistan to parents from East Africa who trace their heritage to India from where their ancestors traveled across the Indian Ocean in the mid-19th century. He is an engineer by education and has broad experience in the public, private, volunteer, and family sectors across the telecommunications, education, higher education, research, and health arenas.[...]

Al-Karim is an alumnus of the University of Alberta having graduated from the Computer Engineering program prior to entering his first career at Nortel. There he worked in digital hardware design and embedded systems, advancing to be a technology prime for a proprietary digital terminals product line that held the #1 market share position globally, later transitioning to a quality and business process improvement roll for a portfolio delivering $1B annual revenue. Following the technology bubble, he shifted careers to the intersection of higher education, research and health at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, an entity of the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. As Associate Institute Director he led the Institute secretariat, with responsibility over internal and external communications, budgeting and general finance, and community engagement and partnerships. His mandate was in part executed with the convening of national and international conferences, publishing of a widely circulated magazine, creating opportunities for integration of research, education and clinical care, and supporting international projects.

In parallel to his work career, Al-Karim also served on the Aga Khan Education Board for Canada, for a period of which he had national oversight of educational programming for a cohort of several thousand community sponsored Afghan refugees. For the last two years, Al-Karim has been a proud stay-at-home father to his daughters Rania and Almeera while his wife Kajal continues pursuing her career as an adult education instructor.

Note: Please see the AIMGA By-Laws for additional information about the Board and the roles of our Board members.