Wayne Chen, President of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, the third of Vincent and Hyacinth Chen’s nine children. He was head boy of his High School, deCarteret College and graduated from U.W.I. with an LLB (Hons.) In 1981. The following year he started his first business, a small Supermarket in Central Jamaica. Over the past 25 years he and his family grew their business, Super Plus Food Stores into an island-wide chain, which at its peak in the mid-2000’s was the country’s largest retailer. Mr. Chen has received several awards for his business accomplishments and philanthropy including the Jamaica Observer’s 1998 Business Leader of the year. Currently he is the Chairman of CVM Television, NCB Insurance Company, and NCB Cayman, and former Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation, National Land Agency, and the National Gallery of Jamaica. He is a Director of The National Commercial Bank, Jamaica’s largest, and its majority shareholder, AIC (Barbados). He currently serves as a member of the CARICOM Human Resource Development Commission.
Ferdinand Welzijn, 1st Vice President of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation since 2007 and is the President of the Suriname Trade and Industry Asociation. Mr. Welzijn is also a Senior Legal Counselor at Alcoa in Suriname, Member of the Employment Dismissal Committee at Government Labor Department and National Electoral Council, Teacher /Instructor of Criminal Law at the Police Training Centre in Suriname, Member of National Tripartite Commitee on HIV/Aids/ Leader Business Coaltion HIV/Aids. He was the former Police Commander of the Suriname Police Corps, Member of the ILO Governing Body since 2009 – 2014, Vice President of the Social Economic Council, Chaiman of the Pension Fund of Alcoa Minerals of Suriname and Supervisory Board of director at FINA bank in Suriname.
Callistus Vern Gill
Callistus Vern Gill, 2nd Vice President of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation, President of the St. Lucia Employers’ Federation, Attorney-at-Law and Principal of the Vern Gill Chambers which has been in existence for over twenty two (22) years. Mr. Gill was called to the Bar in England in 1990 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons.) in History and Sociology from the University of the West Indies 1983, a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Hons.) from the University of the West Indies 1986, a Master of Laws Degree from the London School of Economics 1987 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Air and Space Law from the University College London 1990. His firm specializes in Civil Litigation with particular emphasis on matters of Real Property, Estates and Personal Injury. He has a specific interest in labour and employment law and has created a bit of a niche for the firm in the local market in those areas of practice .
Ruben Mc Sween
Ruben Dario Mc Sween, Director at the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation, holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Howard University; First Class Honors in Finance and Second Class Honors in Accounting from Southeastern University. Mr. Mc Sween attained over 15 years’ banking experience locally and internationally and benefited from extensive training in Credit, Finance, Investments and Operations. Additionally, he served in several managerial positions at the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Corporation (UTC) and currently holds the position of an Online Agent and is also the Founder/President of Eve Financial Services Limited. Mr. Mc Sween received many academic, sporting and leadership awards during his university life and was recognised as one of the “Most Outstanding Young Men of America: (National Award) for merit and accomplishments as a student.
Anthony Walcott, Director of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation, joined Barbados Employers’ Confederation on May 18, 2009 as Executive Director and was elected in June 2014 to the Governing Body of the ILO as a Deputy Member for the Employers’ Group for the period 2014-2017.
A Fellow of the Institute of Financial Consultants (FIFC); Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB); Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, Canada (ACIS), Associate of the Chartered Association of Business Administrators (CBA) and also holds certificates in Property Management and Managing Safety. He served on the Council of the BEC dating back to 1980s, rising to the position of Second Vice President (1999 and 2008/2009) and is currently serving as the Employers’ Representative on the Severance Payments Tribunal #4 and formerly on the Employment Rights Tribunal. Having delivered several training modules for the BEC and other organizations, Mr. Walcott is a founding member of the Human Resource Management Association of Barbados (HRMAB) holding position of Treasurer (1997 – 1999) and subsequently a Trustee.
Raymond A. Eytle, is the Senior Assistant Registrar, Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits and Occupational Safety and Health for the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. (UWI-M) A graduate in the field of Industrial and Labour Relations from Cornell University and has been in the field of Human Resources and Industrial Relations for more than 30 years. Additionally, he has been a Guest Lecturer, on Implementation of Computerised Human Resource Information Systems, for both the BSc in Computer Science and the MSc in Human Resource Development at the UWI-M.
He is a member of the Executive Council and currently Second Vice President of the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF) representing JEF at ILO Tripartite Regional and International meetings, programmes for Employers Organisations, and discussions and on topical issues affecting Employers, such as Occupational Safety and Health and Labour Legislation. He is the 2nd Vice President of JEF, a member of the Labour Advisory Council to the Minister of Labour and Social Security, a member of the Industrial Sub-Committee of the Labour Reform Commission and a Director of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation. Mr. Eytle is also a Director and Vice-President of Quality Network Co-operative Limited, Director of Frandec & Company (Insurance) Inc., Frandec & Company (Travel) Inc.(Guyana), Frandec Professional Services (Jamaica), and Director and 2nd Vice President EduCom Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. Director, Mona Technology Services Limited.
Joyce A. Martin, Director of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation, Executive Secretary –Antigua & Barbuda Employers’ Federation (ABEF) which has been in existence for 65 years. Ms. Martin has worked with the ABEF for over thirty years and has been employed in various capacities. ABEF is a founding member of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation.
Ms. Martin is a graduate of the Antigua State College and the Antigua & Barbuda International Institute of Technology where she attained a degree in Business Administration. She is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Additionally, she is the founder and Honorary member of the Human Resource Professionals of Antigua & Barbuda (HRPAB). Currently represents her organization on the National Minimum Wage Advisory Board and the National Labour Board. Joyce has participated in numerous ILO Training programmes and Conferences. She is a Sports enthusiast and has represented her country at the National Level in both Basketball and Netball and has attained a National Award.
Mr. Francis A. Emmanuel is a businessman who has held many leadership and management positions both nationally and regionally. Mr. Emmanuel has and continues to represent both the private and public sector in directorship position. He is currently the 1st Vice President of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce. Prior to this, he served in the capacity of Governor. Since 1988, Mr. Emmanuel has held various positions on the Management Committee of the Dominica Employer’s Federation, currently serving as Trustee. Mr. Francis Emmanuel has served in the capacity of 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and President respectively, of the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation from 1993 to 1997. He is also appointed as a Justice of Peace in Dominica and is an Honorary Consul in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Linda M. Besson
Ms. Linda M. Besson MBA is the Executive Secretary/Treasurer to the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and former Executive Director of the Employers’ Consultative Association of Trinidad and Tobago where she has spent over nineteen (19) years at the ECA and eighteen (18) years in her current position at the CEC. In 1993, she was the only female CEO in the top 50 companies in Trinidad and Tobago and possess an International MBA and is a member of the Association of Business Executives (ABE). Ms. Besson has over 35 years of management experience and an established background in Administration, Public Relations, Finance and Business Development. She is responsible for the day to day administration of the Regional Secretariat, for ensuring that the Confederation is represented at all meetings, workshops and seminars to which it is invited and co- ordinates projects and programmes that the regional body may be called upon to carry out including those coordinated through CARICOM (PANCAP-HIV/AIDS) and she also manages the finances of the Organisation.
Ms. Gabrielle Johnson is the National Project Officer for the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation’s EU – funded project: “Challenges for CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers to Fulfill their EPA Obligations”. Ms. Johnson is a PMI certified Project Management Professional and graduated from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Institute of International Relations with a MSc in Global Studies. She also holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
Ms. Annaisha King is the Administrative/Project Assistant for the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation. Ms. King is pursuing her BSc. In Psychology at the College of Science and Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a certified Executive Assistant and is certified in the field of Public Relations/Events Management from the Institute of Training and Development. Ms. King previously held the position of President of the Cunupia Community Champions for Change Volunteer Club and continues to be involved with the club in her capacity as Public Relations Officer.