The Honourable Karina Gould was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Burlington in 2015. A graduate of McGill University and the University of Oxford, Minister Gould is passionate about public service and international development. Before her election as the Member of Parliament for Burlington, she worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission in Toronto, a consultant for the Migration and Development Program at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., and spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico. Minister Gould has deep roots in her hometown of Burlington, Ontario, and is an active member of the community and an advocate for women’s issues and affordable housing. She has volunteered with and actively supports the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, the Burlington chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Mississauga Furniture Bank, Halton Women’s Place, and other local organizations. Minister Gould lives in Burlington with her husband Alberto and son Oliver. With the birth of Oliver, Minister Gould became the first federal cabinet minister to have a baby while holding office. She is passionate about breaking down barriers for women, youth, and underrepresented groups.
Margerit Roger of Eupraxia Training has worked with community-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, industry, labour, and governments to develop and evaluate programs that support vulnerable and marginalized populations. She uses social impact analysis as a way of strategically describing an organization’s “ripple-effect” on individuals, families, communities, and social infrastructure. Building capacity in organizations to think about and increase their impact is a key aspect of her work.
Dominic Martin has been teaching English as a second language for twenty years in high schools in the Quebec region. He was first initiated to informal education through his participation in the Canada World Youth Program, and then during his work with the organization Chantiers Jeunesse, which offers citizen engagement experiences to young adults through volunteering and group living. Building on this experience, Dominic strives to make his teachings meaningful for his students by developing lessons related to citizenship education and by proposing activities which foster greater openness towards the community and the world.
Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore is a Toronto-based author, advocate and equity and inclusion strategist. She works at World Vision Canada as a policy advisor specializing in social inclusion and co-leads Cooperation Canada’s Anti-Racism Taskforce. Tiyahna has an MA in Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.
Lena Bheeroo is the lead on anti-racism work at Bond, the network for UK organisations working in international development. She is currently working to roll out sector support to actively create an anti-racist sector, by engaging those who are in positions of power. She has also created a POC in the Development working group at Bond as a brave space for POC in the sector to come together to share experiences and learnings from one another and to influence the sector. Lena is a Committee Member for Charity So White, the award-winning campaign which aims to root out racism in the charity sector. She is also on the working group of the Racial Equity Index.
Samantha is Co-Executive Director of Inter Pares since November 2020, sharing the role with Charlotte Kiddell. She is also a member of the Asia team, focusing on Inter Pares’ Burma program. She is also one of two staff leads for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. Samantha is particularly interested in documenting and promoting non-hierarchical management structures, consensus-based decision-making, and feminist practice. She was one of three principal researchers in Inter Pares’ participatory action research project on its feminist methodology and structure.
Mide Akerewusi is a proud husband and father to two young adults. He is passionate about equity and social justice and possesses an avid interest in current affairs and global politics. Mide is a British-born African living in Canada. With more than 25 years’ experience as a philanthropy expert, Mide is the Founder and CEO of AgentsC Inc., a Canadian-based international company delivering equity philanthropy and social research services to the non-profit and private sector. He has worked in senior relationship fundraising roles and consulted for a number of the world’s leading non-profit organizations.
The Honourable Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, the former leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons and a former Cabinet Minister serving across several government departments. Rona is a passionate advocate for supporting and protecting disadvantaged women and girls. Her commitment to this fight led the global movement to create the “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations. Rona serves on the board of directors for Plan International Canada and is the co-author of a best-selling children’s book “International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World”. Rona’s proceeds from the book are donated to Plan International Canada.
Lindsay Glassco is a dynamic leader with 25+ years of experience developing and managing social policies and programs in diverse environments worldwide. Driven by a passion to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development and social change, her work has spanned across sectors, including not-for-profit, government, the UN and the private sector. Throughout her career, Lindsay has been rewarded for her people-oriented and collaborative management skills and honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her significant contributions to community development in Canada. She seeks to bring this people-centric and community-focused approach to all facets of her life and is guided dutifully by her North Star – making an impactful contribution to social change.
Laura Burke practices as a psychotherapist, mental health advocate, and writer. She has acted as co-author and collaborator on papers, chapters, and research projects, including her work in creative knowledge translation, mobilization and advocacy through film, theatre, and print media. Laura aims to be trauma-informed and intersectional in her perspective on mental distress and strives to support and highlight the wisdom and contributions of those who face marginalization due to sanism, and other forms of oppression.
Dr. Andrea Paras is the lead author of the Spur Change Program’s 2021 SMO report, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on SMO Adaptation and Resilience.” She has over 15 years of experience conducting research on humanitarian organizations. Her recent book “Moral Obligations and Sovereignty in International Relations: A Genealogy of Humanitarianism” (Routledge, 2019) examines the history of humanitarianism from the 16th century to the present. She has also conducted research on how Canadian faith-based development NGOs position themselves in relation to public institutions, and how they navigate the distinction between missions and development. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.
Miriam Nobre is an agronomist with a Master’s degree from the Latin American Integration Program – PROLAM-USP. She formed the team at SOF Sempreviva Organização Feminista, an NGO based in São Paulo, Brazil, where she conducts training activities and action research on agroecology, feminist economics and the solidarity economy. She is also an activist with the World March of Women, and coordinated the international secretariat between 2006 and 2013.
Reema Nanavaty leads SEWA’s economic and rural development activities. Under her leadership, SEWA has grown to become the single largest union of informal sector workers with over 1.8 million women members and their families across India. Since joining she has pioneered revival, restoration, and innovation of rural livelihoods from district to global level. She is being recognized across India and globally as a champion of making the livelihoods of the poor women reach the markets they deserve. The informal workers that SEWA works with include artisans, salt pan workers, farmers, waste collectors, street vendors and labourers. For over three decades Reema has made efforts to mainstream amazing diversity of skills and knowledge into the national mainstream, creating a more dynamic local economy and fairer and equal society for thousands of SEWA sisters. More recently Reemaben was a member of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Global Commission on Future of Work which made Centenary Declaration in 2019 for “human-centred approach” to Future of work.
Yogesh leads the Inclusive Economies thematic area at the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. He provides leadership to the Institute’s educational programs, research initiatives, and capacity-strengthening efforts globally in the area of inclusive economic development. As a practitioner and educator Yogesh has over eighteen years’ experience working in South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and North America. His current research and capacity-strengthening work focus on market systems/value chain development, social enterprise, future of work and workers, and just transition towards a green and inclusive economy. Before coming to Coady, Yogesh was working in India with ACCESS Development Services (a CARE India promoted organization) managing innovative livelihoods programs. Yogesh holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Columbia University, New York; Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management; Bachelor of Engineering from Government Engineering College Raipur, India; and a Certificate in Livelihoods and Markets from the Coady Institute. Yogesh is also a recipient of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP).