Meet our Staff

Calgary Staff

Deidre Lake
Executive Director

Deidre’s career started with teaching. From there, she specialized in performance-based, competency-based assessment tools related to language, communication, and workplace integration. She’s managed various programs and initiatives for non-profit organizations and large institutions. She’s been a member of various provincial and national advisory committees. From management, she moved into the areas of curriculum design and research. She’s led several research studies related to language assessment and a longitudinal study on International Medical Graduates in Canada. Deidre has been working with International Medical Graduates since 2004 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience, and ideas. She has a proven track record in the development of innovative, high quality, outcome driven, online and face-to-face training programs, including the highly successful MCAP program for IMGs in Alberta. She is enthusiastic and driven to continue to lead, develop, and implement quality educational programs. She is committed to excellence and passionate about IMG education, workplace training, e-learning initiatives, and the evolution of technology in the areas of education and healthcare.

Rossalia Videlova
Program Manager

Rossalia Videlova has a comprehensive educational and practical background in applied linguistics. Rossalia has a Master of Arts in Bulgarian Philology from the University of Plovdiv in Bulgaria and a Master of Education degree in TESL from the University of Calgary. Rossalia is an Alberta Learning and ATESL certified teacher with more than 12 years of experience in teaching ESL to adult immigrants and international students in Canada. Her professional realization transcends the dimensions of merely “teaching” as it goes to research work in Second Language Acquisition, to Second Language program and curriculum development, project coordination and evaluation.

Teresa Lau
Career Transition & Employment Coordinator

Teresa Lau is an experienced human resources professional with experiences in recruitment and selection, training and development, and employee relations. She had the privilege to work with foreign workers and assisted them in renewing work permits and obtaining permanent residency. Prior to her career as a human resources professional, she worked in various government and non-profit agencies. She worked as an Access Coordinator, connecting seniors with caregivers, and a Program Coordinator, helping homeless and low-income Calgarians find work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Ethnicity, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Calgary. She looks forward to utilize her skills, knowledge and experiences to support members of AIMGA in re-engaging them back into the medical community.

Shola Adelakun
Program Administrator

Shola Adelakun has a background in Psychology and Business Administration coupled with over five years’ experience in Human Resources and Administration in the Health and Wellness industry. Shola is passionate about humanitarian causes that drive social change and that make significant and measurable socioeconomic impact. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom. Shola recently moved to Calgary with her family and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, gardening and exploring various cuisines. After a short stint at the Women's Centre of Calgary where she and her team helped in contributing towards impacting the life of women positively, she is excited to join the AIMGA team as the Program Administrator.

Basma Tariq Sheikh, B.A, MSc
Facilitator, Career Transition Program

Basma is the facilitator for the Career Transition Program offered at AIMGA. Basma has a passion to connect with individuals whom she can be resourceful to in any way. She has extensive experience in counselling youth, children and adults in various different areas such as; parenting strategies, career permanency, mental illness, interpersonal relationships, so on and so forth. Basma specializes in industrial/organizational Psychology and has vast knowledge in the following areas; employee motivation, morale, leadership, productivity and general organizational consulting. Basma enjoys collaborating and working with International Medical Graduates and assisting them in exploring alternative pathways and careers in healthcare.

Clementine Crooks
Employment Consultant

Clementine Crooks has her Masters in Leadership with a specialization in Health Care and is CPHR certified. For almost fifteen years Clementine has worked with organizations to improve efficiencies and maximize profitability by developing their people processes. This work has included the development of policies and procedures, performance management processes, executive coaching, recruitment, and employee documentation.[...]

Clementine has worked with professionals across Canada to support their career transition processes where she works in a one-on-one capacity to enhance their chances of getting hired.

Katherine Anderson
IELTS Consultant

Bio coming soon!

Edmonton Staff

Elena Potekhina
Program Coordinator

Elena has extensive working experience in career counselling and human resources management. She is a genuine and caring professional who tries to help people to find their best ways to professional success. She likes to motivate and inspire people around her. Her education includes a Masters in Counselling from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Gender Studies from Central European University. Elena has also earned a B.A. in Psychology from the American University of Central Asia and Extended Certificate in Human Resources Management from Mount Royal University.

Tisha Raj
Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Tisha Raj comes with an extensive background of event planning, workshop facilitation, volunteer management, project and communication management for various not for profits. A 2015 graduate from MacEwan University in sociology specializing in youth and family diversity and a minor in political science, she successfully has worked and traveled to places such as Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Guayaquil, Ecuador and Holguin, Cuba learning the different challenges that each community faces when it comes to the health and wellbeing of its citizens. She has a deep learning for sustainability and conservation and loves to rejuvenate during her travels around the globe and across Canada. Tisha will be helping spread the word about IMGs in the Edmonton community, making connections, and exploring alternative pathways into healthcare.

Monica Spencer
Program Administrator

Originally trained as medical secretarial-transcriptionist, however ended up working for many different departments with Alberta Health Services from Lab Aide to Administrative Assistant before working with AIMGA.