Elevate Board of Directors

Rima Aristocrat

Willis College BHT – President/CEO

CAIP – Founding Director

TeKnoWave Inc. – Founder/President

VFTP Canada NPO – Founding Director Elevate International – Director

As an educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and keynote speaker, Rima Aristocrat has been bridging the skills gap between education and industry for more than 40 years.

She has 4 daughters, 4 granddaughters, 1 grandson and has been an invited guest speaker at many local, national and international conferences.

Rima Aristocrat is a President & CEO of 153-year old Willis College offering industry-led, jobready skills training and education, enabling adults to transition into careers in business, healthcare, technology and Cybersecurity.

Since 1866, Willis College has been a leader in recognizing and responding to emerging job market demands through the development and delivery of comprehensive, industry-led handson skills training programs to help meet the needs of the business world.

She is the founder of the Canadian Association of Immigrant Professionals, founder and president of the TeKnoWave Inc. – Canada’s First National Aboriginal IT Training Initiative, founding director of the Veteran Friendly Transition Program, founder of the Willis Cybersecurity Academy, founder of the Willis Women in Technology and A Soldier’s Hero for Military Spouses Scholarships.

She is the only Canadian represented on Microsoft’s Education Advisory Council, has been frequent invited guest speaker and has appeared on many magazines as the cover page stories.

Publications/Articles: Aristocrat R., (1995) Adult Learner Back in Classroom. Ottawa. Aristocrat R., Wilson K., (2000) Building a Canadian e-Learning Model, a private training perspective.

Personal Philosophy: “ We as human beings are merely travelers between birth and death, marks we choose to leave along the journey, are up to us.” Aristocrat Rima (1991)

Sophia Leong

Ms. Leong sits on both local and national boards. Her roles include being an advisory board member of Startup Canada and executive-in-residence of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. She co-founded three companies and was previously vice president of Business Development of Klocwork Solutions, a software solution company she commercialized from Nortel Networks. She has successfully exited from two of the three companies.

Ms. Sophia Leong is currently executive director of Executive Development and International Relations at the University of Ottawa, responsible for executive leadership and management training for global markets. She was previously executive director of the Telfer Executive MBA Program. She progressively grew the “Global, Practical, Relevant” executive learning platform to be ranked the top Global Executive MBA by CEO Magazine for two years running (2017 and 2018) and to be included in the Financial Times’ top 100 (FT 100) in 2018. 

Ms. Leong has served as a public member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2016. She also sits on Council’s Governance Committee. She is currently active on the board of directors of Royal College International (RCI) and was a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group of RCI from 2017-2018. Ms. Leong chairs the RCI Financial Operations Committee and is the RCI board representative on Council’s Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. She is also a member of the Royal College’s CEO Evaluation and Compensation Committee.     

Ms. Leong has extensive strategic and general management experience working with technology companies and on executive leadership education.  She is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding contributions. She was a patent recipient on the software business process for Mergers and Acquisition during her time at Nortel Networks and Nortel Technology.  She is a sought-after speaker on local, national and international platforms.