Erick Ambtman holds degrees in Economics from the University of Manitoba and the London School of Economics. He worked as the Executive Director of Aboriginal Friendship Centres in Calgary, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer and Fort McMurray. He completed an internship in South Africa working for a social housing company doing community development. Currently Erick is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, the largest immigrant serving social agency in Edmonton. He was named one of Edmonton’s top 40 under 40, is the chair of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies, the vice-chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, board member of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance, the Alberta representative on the National Settlement Council and member of Edmonton’s Vital Signs Committee.
Erick believes strongly that diversity is a strength in any environment, inclusion should be a goal of all organizations, and that effective leadership is about listening and then getting out of the way.