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About Us

The Chamber volunteers and staff are guided in their day-to day activities by our statement of Mission and Vision. Our Board of Directors are in charged of planning and implementing the strategic direction and policies needed to continue with our mandate.

Chamber Board of Directors generally meet on the first Tuesday of each month.
At the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce we believe in proactively representing our members at all levels of government, on issues of importance to our business community.

The Board of Directors

THCC  President
Mrs. Monica Linares is a successful professional, Financial Advisor and community leader with extensive experience in the corporate sector and non-profit organizations. Immigrated to Canada from Colombia in 2001 and has been a Financial advisor since 2005. Monica has built a solid business, guiding her clients to Protection, Investment, Retirement Plan, and Group Benefits for Small Business, Monica has a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineer from Javeriana University of Colombia, and is a former President of the THCC, Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she was a member of the Board of Directors since 2006. Currently Monica is the THCC’s representative to the Latin Chamber of Commerce of USA, CAMACOL where she represents the only Canadian Latin business organization at important trading events. She is the President of Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council, HCHC.

Elena Jara is the Education Coordinator for Credit Canada. She has been with Credit Canada for 18 years and has held many different positions within the organization and received a Bachelor degree from York University and her Bankruptcy Insolvency Certificate from Ryerson University; she has led a significant number of financial education workshops to organizations such as colleges, universities and a variety of community agencies. She is credited for helping coordinate “Credit Education Week Canada,” which is now in its 5th year. She helped develop and continues to oversee the “Credit Education Week Canada” website. Elena has appeared on Global TV, CTV, and has been featured in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and The Toronto Sun. Elena is a board member for Credit Association of Greater Toronto, and the Downview Legal Clinic.

THCC Treasurer
Jaime Gonzalez – Colombian, Exceptional PMP and Senior Business Consultant with 20+ years of experience as liaison between IT and lines of business, implementing medium to large scale IT projects for financial and insurance institutions in Canada and Latin America. Assertive communicator and effective manager able to build and empower teams to deliver with excellence. Active volunteer and community leader in professional organizations, co-founder and former president of LPMN, Latin Project Management Network, a professional organization focused on leadership development and career advancement of PMs and BAs in the GTA.

Rene Gonzalez an experienced bilingual (Eng-Spa) Sales professional with a demonstrated history of success working in the Immigration services field, Information technology, Manufacturing and education field industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Operations Management, Sales Management, Strategic planning. A community leader with extensive experience in the local corporate market and international companies.
Rene Immigrated to Canada from Mexico in 2013, he immediately gained Canadian experience working for one of the mayor private career colleges in Ontario, and then moved forward to gain international experience in Canada working for a French engineering and manufacturing company as the America’s sales Director, his path is followed by a move to the immigration law world where he leads a team of immigration consultants in offering representation, training and consultation

Luis Briceno is originally from Caracas-Venezuela and moved to Toronto with his family in 2001. Luis proudly became a Canadian citizen in 2006. He also became a licensed Real Estate Agent over 10 years ago, convinced of the fact that his experience could be of value to the understanding of cultural gaps in favour of his clients – in many cases new comers to this great-but-demanding city such as he used to be once. Prior to joining the world of Real Estate, Luis had the opportunity to work in the corporate environment and more specifically for Fortune 500 companies such as Nestlé Venezuela, British American Tobacco, IBM Canada, TD Canada, and Corby. Luis is very proud of being part of a community with an extraordinary sense of entrepreneurship such as the Latin-American. He strives for identifying opportunities where we all can grow together both personally and professionally.

Events Director
Zamira Tactuk – Dominican Republic, is a passionate young professional that started as a volunteer at the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help deliver successful events and currently is the chair of events in the organization. She is highly motivated to excel in a career in Event Planning. She has a Bachelor’s degree in PUCMM in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to everything she does. LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/zamira-tactuk-35651b90

Marketing Director – mariaelena.figueroa@thcc.ca

María Elena Figueroa Yépez, Venezuelan. She holds a Computer Graphic Design Diploma and a Diploma in Business Administration. She has over 20 years experience in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing & Sales Field in Toronto, with extensive expertise in business and operational positions in different companies and organizations like La Guía Magazine, Lattin.ca, Qpasa.com, Mount Sinai Hospital, Miss Latina Canada, etc. She also organizes events and networking, well known in the Latino Community & Social Media as MEFY Canada. She is an enthusiastic and result-oriented individual, with integrity, professionalism and personal presence that earn respect and inspire cooperation. Her philosophy is to assure to make the right connection to build a potential business and relationship.

Volunteer IT System Engineer  janeth.lara@thcc.ca
Janeth Lara – Colombian, Executive manager working in 4 different countries for more than 20 years and passionate about people, improvement and processes. A computer, system engineer and entrepreneur started her dream in 1997 when she got the first internship in Mexico, moving from Colombia she just got her first step there. After 5 years living in Mexico working for IBM and several consultant companies, spent a year in Austin Tx, coming then to Toronto in 2003 with a suitcase full of Dreams and Goals and to establish her live here. Now Janeth is working at WSIB, IT area and running her educational business from home for all professional, students and people that want to get better salary and positions; visit us at Wstudyhub.com. “I am happy to contribute and give back to the community through THCC and my World Study Hub.com ”

Digital Marketing & Social Media – howdy@tejondigital.com
Patricia Riveron – Bilingual

My passion and everyday challenges are being able to help startups and businesses to grow in the online world. The greatest experience I had has been working with travel & student agencies, worldwide e-commerces, local business and freelancers. It is an honor being part of the work team at thcc.ca, the organization encourages me to learn with the marketing for different industries and cultures. I love to learn and work there. Thank you THCC.

The Board of Advisor

Jaime Libaque, Senior Project Manager with experience in a wide range of business applications. Strong management and technical skills. Results oriented leader. Experienced in the electric utility industry. Interested in complex projects / engagements with large business impact.
Specialties: IT Project and Program Management, IT vendor management, Electrical Power system planning and operations for electric utilities, including sub-contracting, Leadership and governance for community and non-profit organizations, fundraising

Magda de la Torre is the founder of Matiz Communications Inc. in Miami, Florida. A leading media and communications company specializing in the field of trade, culture, tourism and communications consulting sector within the Americas. They are a minority-owned marketing and promotional group created by dedicated and passionate professionals specializing in The Americas market. We understand the complex of the cultural diversity, fundamental nature and spirit of the people in The Americas. VISION: To be leaders in creating innovative, unique and intuitive marketing programs executed with specific targets that will unite and enhance the trade between Canada and The Americas.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to be the most unique and distinctive marketing company, focusing and enhancing our corporate culture and offering opportunities within the governments and companies in The Americas while continually cultivating trade and excellence.