Neelam Sahota is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in financial management, strategic planning and execution, HR planning/management, facilitation, coaching, negotiations, community relations and advocacy. Neelam is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of BC (CPA, CGA) and has a bachelor of business administration degree from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from CPABC.
To her role as Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity, Neelam brings extensive experience that has spanned the corporate sector, provincial government, entrepreneurship and non-profit industries. She is the past winner of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Women in Business Awards (2014) in the Not-For-Profit Leader category. She is a finalist in the 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
Neelam has in-depth experience in board governance and strategic planning. She currently serves on several boards and advisory committees which include Surrey Libraries (Chair), the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, OMNI Television (Rogers Communications), and the Kwantlen Polytechnic University NGO and Nonprofit Advisory Board. Her passion lies with creating community impact through resource connections, innovative economic drivers and values-based community partnerships.