About Us
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Chief Executive Officer: Anita Punamiya

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Anita Punamiya moved to Canada in 2004. Originally from India, she worked in the United Arab Emirates between 1994 and 2004 which gave her great exposure to a wide range of nationalities and cultures. She has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of roles such as management, consulting, training and development. Anita is also a Co-Founder of Shaping Purpose Inc.

Anita has a Masters in Business Administration with a major in International Business. She has received formal training in Cross-Cultural Communications at Richard Lewis Communications, UK and the Interchange Institute, Boston, USA . Anita provides cross-cultural training workshops for both private and public sectors and for non-profit organizations to understand and deal with issues related to cultural differences and their implications in the work place and in the community. She helps increase cultural awareness, bridge communication barriers and facilitates the development of cross-cultural competence.

Anita has created the curriculum and taught the following at various programs at University of New Brunswick:
Cross-Cultural Communications and Negotiations, MBA Program
Diversity in the Work-Place, Public Service Management Program
Role of Culture in Healthcare, Nursing Program




Advisory Board

Gerry Pond

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Gerry Pond has over 45 years of in-depth experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. As the CEO of NBTel and the President of its successor, Aliant Telecom, he was at the helm during a period of significant deregulation in the Canadian industry. Under his innovative leadership, NBTel emerged as an international ICT leader.
Gerry is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Mariner Partners Inc. and has cofounded a number of successful ICT start-ups in Atlantic Canada including iMagic TV, Q1 Labs, Radian6 among others. He is also a Co-Founder of PropelICT, a start-up accelerator, and the Co-Founder of the Pond-Deshpande Foundation at the University of New Brunswick, and the Co-Founder and Chairman of East Valley Ventures, an incubator for Atlantic Canadian start-up companies.

Ian Cavanagh
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Ian Cavanagh is currently an Advisory Partner with EY based in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. He joined the firm in June of 2014 when his previous company, Ambir, was acquired by EY, propelling them into a leadership positioning in IT Advisory in Atlantic Canada.
In addition to ITA, Ian is a champion for EY’s Purpose Led Transformation initiative which is focused on helping clients realize their full potential, in business and society. He has a varied business background which includes experience in business development, strategy, people and culture development, tech start-ups, consulting, M &A and entrepreneurship.


Robyn Tingley
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Robyn Tingley is an experienced executive who has worked internationally in the fields of human resources, communications, and corporate social responsibility. Most recently, Robyn served as Vice President Human Resources for Ingram Micro North America, the world’s largest technology distributor. Previously Robyn was Vice President of HR & Communications for Ingram Micro Europe based in Brussels and also led HR for Ingram Micro Latin America. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Bell Aliant, a Canadian-based leader in telecommunications.
Robyn has served on various non-profit boards, including university, the arts, public policy, and economic development. She was appointed by Canada’s Prime Minister as one of 14 Canadians to a two-year term to advise on matters of sustainability. She is personally committed to global sustainability and co-owns a heritage renewal business.  Robyn is also the founder of
CalChique.com, an online vintage accessories store; recycling existing materials for sustainable fashion and using profits to provide microfinance loans to female entrepreneurs in developing economies around the world.