Meet our Canada-wide partnerships team

June 16, 2022

We work with settlement and immigration sector partners as well as employers and other diverse organizations to support and empower skilled immigrants and refugees to achieve career success across the country. We are always actively seeking opportunities to refer clients to your organizations because we know each of you offer distinct and transformative services and supports that can help unlock newcomer potential.

Collaborate with us! Let’s discuss opportunities to work together to transform the careers and lives of new Canadians. Don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of our team.

We are excited and ready to convert the potential of many more newcomers into prosperity!

Abhinav Bhalla, Partnership Development Lead, BC


Based in BC, Abhinav has a 12-year track record of building successful partnerships in the education technology, health care, retail and IT spaces in India and Canada. As a newcomer himself, Abhinav is passionate about creating partnerships that support the successful integration of immigrants and refugees in the province.

Lidia May, Partnership Specialist, Western Canada


Lidia, herself a new Canadian, has experience in immigration consulting, partnerships, marketing and project coordination. Based in Alberta, Lidia is a passionate traveller who has visited 50 different countries around the world and loves to support and connect with diverse individuals.

Wendy Blushke, Outreach Specialist


Wendy joined Windmill in 2020 and serves a critical member of the partnerships team based in Toronto. She brings diverse experience from across the non-profit sector including stints at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Ontario Film Authority. Wendy supports the coordination of our partnership activities across Canada.

Merette Mathieu, Manager, Québec Partnerships


Based in Montreal, Merette establishes relationships with a variety of organizations serving newcomers to pave the way to support skilled immigrants and refugees in Québec. She has a strong interest in a broad range of topics and advocates for, and leads, transformative grassroots initiatives focused on issues affecting refugees and migrants, women, Indigenous peoples, and youth.

Shawn McCarty, Manager, Key Partnerships


Shawn finds and connects sector leaders from across the country, to strengthen career success and economic prosperity for new Canadians. Based in Toronto, he is a teacher and historian by training, and has over a decade of public programming experience in the non-profit sector.

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