Board of Directors:
Conchita Sanchez – President
Conchita Sanchez graduated from National University in Bogota, Colombia, and has been working as a Financial Advisor for the last 30 years. Along with her husband, Juan Pablo Sanchez and their two sons, John and Javier.
Conchita has helped many families to fulfill their financial dreams, providing excellent advice with their Retirement Planning, Insurance needs and Education Saving for a better future for their children.
In 1991, Conchita established “The Canadian Colombian Children Organization”, a Charitable not-for- profit Organization, to provide a brighter future for the orphaned children in Colombia. Being able to make a difference in these children’s lives has been a very rewarding experience for her.
Her life’s role model has been Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Humility, hard work and sacrifice for needy and homeless is her passion in life.
Claudia Falquez-Warkentin – Vicepresident (Barrister & Solicitor)
University of Western Ontario-Faculty of Law (1995)
Law Society of Upper Canada (1999)
Universidad del Norte, Faculty of Law, Colombia, South America (1989).
Claudia is a Colombian accredited lawyer who has successfully completed her Canadian Law Degree and the Ontario Legal Bar Admission Examinations to become a fully licensed Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario. Claudia has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1999.
Claudia’s practice focuses on the areas of Family Litigation, Divorces, Matrimonial and Separation Agreements, Wills & Estates Law, as well as Non-Profit and Charity law. Claudia combines effective legal advise with common sense and pragmatism in the resolution of legal problems.
Claudia combines the focus of her practice with other fields of law such as Bankruptcy Law and Corporate Law.
Claudia is a Mediator and is member of the Family Collaborative Practice Association in Toronto.
A deep believer in that one must give back to the community that serves us, Claudia has been an active participant as a volunteer through venues such as the Canadian Colombian Children Organization; the Canadian Colombian Professional Association (London): London Chapter; the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre; Bethany Circle and Sunfest Arts and Cultures.
German Saavedra – Treasurer
German Saavedra is a Certified Public Accountant,(CPA Colombia), with more than 25 years of accounting experience . He has served in different roles levels in some of the big accounting firms like, Deloitte & Touche, Coopers &Lybrand and in Canada Newman Sversky Chartered Accountants, and SB Partners. He is currently an associate partner of Kapadia LLP Chartered Accountants. In his roles German has had exposure to interacting with lawyers, government regulators, auditors and board of directors.
Maria Sanchez-Keane M.Div.,MBA
An international consultant, trainer and facilitator since 1994, as well as having over ten years of senior management experience in the non profit sector, Maria’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational development and program evaluation.
In today’s context of a rapidly changing environment, she has designed, facilitated and managed a wide variety of processes for communities and organizations to increase their capacity and serve more effectively. As well, with her strong facilitation skills, she has worked with groups experiencing challenges including conflict and assisted in creating high performance work groups.
Maria’s organizational background has given her clients the ability to develop strong implementation plans with clear performance measures geared toward effectively evaluating the success of initiatives undertaken. She has worked with various sized groups, from teams of three to organizations with over eight hundred employees. She has facilitated hundreds of retreats, conferences, workshops and organizational processes.
Maria’s business approach is marked by the philosophy of creating working communities which are empowered to generate and implement strong strategic solutions.
Her educational background includes a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Divinity as well as other degrees, diplomas and certifications.
She is Principal of the Centre for Organizational Effectiveness Inc.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Theresa.
Stella Prasad was appointed as a member of the CCCO Board of Directors in August 2012. For over 15 years, Stella has participated in the CCCO fundraising activities and for the past 10 years has served as volunteer.
Stella is a retired senior executive from Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited (CPL), where she served for 18 years since the onset of the company. As a Quality practitioner, Stella played an important role in CPL’s regulatory compliance status obtaining the first Health Canada Establishment Licence for the company and later, the first US-FDA Establishment Licence. Prior to CPL, Stella joined the management team at Pharmapak and started her career in Canada in the highly regulated pharmaceutical field, at Dextran Products Limited.
For the past 29 years, Stella has assisted the Board of Directors at the North York Latin American Seniors Club. For the past 3 years, Stella has volunteered for the Peel-Dufferin Catholic Family Services in Mississauga, ON.
Stella holds a Bachelors degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the National University of Colombia and most recently obtained a certificate in Communications for Professionals from the University of Toronto.
A proud mother of two daughters, Stella also enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and sewing.
Olga was born in Colombia, South America and came to live in Canada in 1965. Since then she has resided in several cities in Quebec and Ontario and has lived in Mississauga since 1978.
Her Sales experience goes back to 1984 when she worked in the travel industry and was a manager of a Whole Sale Tour Company. After working for fifteen years in this client oriented sales position Olga decided to pursue the career that she desired for a long time and became a licensed Real Estate Representative.
Olga’s efforts have been rewarded through the sales achievements she has obtained and in 2005 was the recipient of the Royal LePage President’s Gold Award.
Throughout her career she has gained a wide knowledge of the Greater Toronto Area having assisted her clients in buying and/or selling their homes from Hamilton in the west, Ajax in the east and Newmarket in the North.
Olga is a very dynamic and compassionate individual. She is a member of the Casa Cultural Colombiana, the Canadian Colombian Professionals Association and the Canadian Colombian Children’s Organization which helps orphan children with education, food and shelter in her beloved Country.
Given Olga’s complete fluency in English and Spanish along with her active participation within the community she has gained the ability and understanding to help her clients with their real estate needs.
Professional integrity, commitment, patience and care are always foremost in her thoughts and actions while doing what she loves best – helping people.
César A Mejia
César was born in Sevilla, Colombia and has been in Canada since 2000. Cesar is a Systems Engineer (Hons) from the Manizales University Autonoma and holds an MBA degree from the University of the Sabana.
César has been working with the University of Toronto since 2002 and is currently the Associate Registrar, Systems, Scheduling & Examinations at the Office of the Registrar in the Mississauga Campus. Prior to join UofT, Cesar worked with the “Federación de Cafeteros” in Colombia.
César joined the board of the CCCO in 2017.
A proud father of one son, César also enjoys camping, biking, fishing and photography.
Alvaro was born in Bogota, Colombia and has been in Canada since 1999. Alvaro is a Systems Engineer (Hons) from the University of the Andes and holds an MBA degree from the University of the Sabana.
Alvaro is currently a Senior Director at RBC Bank; prior to joining RBC, Alvaro worked for Blackberry, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, ADP Canada, TD and TNT Logistics in leadership positions. Alvaro also served in the military in Colombia as Lieutenant in the reserve forces and has supported organizations advocating Human Rights.
Alvaro devotes his time to his two girls who enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and biking.
Through his extracurricular experience in Colombia, Alvaro is a strong supporter of child education as a long term solution to reduce poverty and violence in countries like Colombia. Alvaro joined the board of the CCCO in May 2015.
“I believe in God and love what I do best, helping people”
Happily married for forty seven years and counting, with the same “Blue Prince” three children, three grand children and one great-grand-daughter.
Presently I work permanent part time with Statistics Canada, since 2000, these are thirteen happy years working as part of a great team. I love my job, gathering information that will turn into statistics for the beneficial use of all Canadians, and have No plans to retire yet.
Before coming to Canada I was an Insurance Broker, Owner/Manager for Organizacion de Seguros El Roble Ltd. Dealt with International Corporations with great success. Left this path of my life following my “Blue Prince” that was, work-transferred to Canada.
Education: Glendon College – York University Multi – Languages Corporation Interpreters’ workshop Certificate. Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration: ILSAT Certification, Language Interpreting Spanish/English. Mohawk College: Spanish-English Language Interpreter Certificate. Sheridan College: Ontario Management Development (OMDP) Supervisory Certificate. Sheridan College: Business Administration, Marketing & Sales. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana: Languages
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”. Henry Ford