The 8th annual ANCA World Autism Festival & Trade Show is proud & honored to announce our 2017 International Panel of Judges:

Representing Taiwan: Ms. Suky Chen

Ms. Chen is an international business woman, economist, Columnist: Business Times and Economic Daily, Cultural contributing advisor the the Ministry Of Culture, professor – Faculty of Culture, Faculty of Education, Department of Education and so much more…

 


Representing Canada: Mr. Tony Ivan O’Hara

Tony Ivan O’Hara is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who performs as a solo performer and as part of the Fraser Valley Music Awards (Blues category 2016) nominated R&B/ Blues band “LazerKatz”, the roots/folk /country band “Roads Unknown”, and the acoustic duo “Boilie’s Goat” (with violin- player Jennie Bice). His songs promote hope, peace, and joy, and he performs them in a soulful style, seeking to pay homage to those who have paved the way. You can find his original songs on iTunes performed by LazerKatz. Check out the song “Mess with my blues” for an example of an original hopeful, humorous blues song that features inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame, ANCA World Autism Festival patron, INAP AWARDS judge/performer Jimmy D. Lane on lead guitar! 

 


Representing Canada – “A representative of Saskatchewan Metis People”: Mr. John L. Klyne

John Klyne is a Career Councilor for the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Nipawin Saskatchewan. He also serves on a board for Community Futures for North East Saskatchewan. He is on the advisory council for Cumberland College Indigenous people. He serves with SIIT (Sask Indigenous Institute of Technology) Steering Committee. 

John is a former Huskies football player (University of Saskatchewan)  and  also a red seal chef and has volunteered to teach to teach cooking in small communities to many different groups. 
John’s ADHD makes him a natural comedian and he credits ADHD for his success in sports and life. He would not be where he is today without it.

 


 

Representing Mexico: Ms. Carolina de la Cajiga

SHORT: Compulsive creator.  Loves to share what generates in her mind.

De la Cajiga’s introduction to fine art started in Paris where she took History of Art at the Louvre Museum, one of the major art houses of the world. She spent hours observing the great masterpieces; seeing how each painter has distinct ways of handling the brush to apply the paint and how sculptors use their chisels in particular ways leaving one-of-a-kind marks-like fingerprints. This inspired her to become a visual artist. As of late, she has added creative photography to her artistic endeavours.

De la Cajiga has managed to incorporate her experience in painting and sculpture into her fine art photography to create abstract, conceptual digital designs which seem tridimensional.

Her art education has been eclectic, taking courses as needed. She has attended Langara College, Capilano University, Focal Point, Vancouver Photo Workshops, and Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada; the Art Institute in San Miguel Allende, Mexico, and the Academy of Realist Art in Seattle, USA.

She has exhibited in various galleries in Canada, Mexico, the U.S., and Venezuela. She has artwork in these public or private institutions: West Vancouver Museum, Business Council of BC, and Richmond Hospital, BC; as well as in private collections in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Mexico, Spain, the U.S., and Venezuela.

Carolina was born in Mexico City and has lived in Vancouver, Canada, for over 30 years.

 


 

Representing Turkey: Mr. Altan Demirkaya

Mr. Altan Demirkaya graduated from his University with a Bachelor of Tourism and Hotel Management with a honor degree in Istanbul, Turkey. He has worked in various departments of five star hotels & Airlines in Istanbul to specialize himself in hospitality industry. Altan, who is passionate about the hospitality & Tourism industry, he has worked for the Skal International Marmara organization, Skal International is the largest professional organization of Tourism leaders around the world and he was a Team Leader of Young Skal which is a category of Skal International specially for students and young professionals directly related to the travel and tourism industry. He has done several projects to connect young professionals & students with executive industry leaders from hospitality, travel and Tourism industry. Altan currently resides in Vancouver, Canada and he has studied Hospitality Management to expand his hospitality & Tourism knowledge in North America. Vancouver Tourism Awards winner Altan is here today, Sales Manager at the Best Western Plus Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites and a leader of Young Skal Vancouver and Mentor at the BC Settlement and Integration Services and much more..


 

Representing Canada: Mr. John Blazevic

John Blažević is a Registered Acupuncturist in BC.   After graduating with a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture in 1999, John went on to JiangYin, JiangSu province, China for study at the JiangYin TCM Hospital.  He apprenticed in Tokyo, Japan, learning methods in Moxibustion and Classical Chinese Acupuncture.  

John has been busy in clinical practice in Vancouver, Canada since 2005. He has lectured about and taught self-acupressure, acupuncture, and moxibustion, and has served the public on the boards of the government regulatory bodies of TCM/Acupuncture in BC and Canada—most notably CTCMA and CARBTCMA.  John was a member of the TCM Advisory Committee to the Federal Health Minister.

 

 


Representing Japan: Ms. Hiroko Aiba

Hiroko Aiba brings more than 10 years in financial experience to her role as a Controller.  Hiroko is a member of the Certified Professional Accountants (CPA).  Born and raised in Japan, she finished her Bachelor of Science from University of Southern California. 

Hiroko has gained extensive accounting experience through senior accountant and management roles for a variety of companies, mostly in hospitality and food/beer manufacturing.  She has been involved in implementing policies and procedures mastering strong financial growth with her “hands-on” approach.


Representing Brazil: Cristiane Azevedo 

Cristiane Azevedo is from Brazil. She has graduated in Business Administration with MBA in Business Strategy, and specializations in: Business Administration and Social Project Planning,  Business Administration in Corporate Accounting and Auditing, and other improvement courses in the administration area. Currently, she is taking a Master of Administrative Science Specialization program in Global Leadership in FDU. She has over twenty years of professional experience. Her career has evolved through the areas of business management, financial administration, marketing, communication, sustainable development and coordination of social and environmental projects.

She collaborates with a Brazilian NGO for the sustainable development with greater social and environmental equity.

Representing The Republic of Fiji: Mr. Shafeem Khan

Born and raised in The Fiji Islands until the tender age of twelve, before resetting in Canada with his parents and siblings. Growing up in a environment with A multi-racial, multi-cultural society such a Fiji, he learned and was taught the respect for individual and cultural differences and diversities at a young age. Growing up in a Fijian culture, he was taught the value of his natural surroundings, and the beneficial of preserving it. 

Currently working as a Community Supporter Worker and as Personal Care Aide worker. Mr. Khan aims to continue and further his study in Tourism and hospitality and to return back to Fiji one day and to change and be the advocate for the tourism industries in Fiji for the local economy and local workers.