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Remzi Cej | Assistant Director, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Remzi Cej (he/him) works with the Government of Canada, and was also a founding member of the Bridge to the Rock group, a volunteer group based in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador supporting LGBTQ+ refugees from around the world. He is a former Director of the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism in Newfoundland and Labrador, and [...]

Marc Girard | Management Consultant

Marc Girard (he/him) is a retired senior finance executive. Marc served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Eacom Timber Corporation from 2011 to 2014. Prior to joining Eacom, he served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of SR Telecom, a TSX-listed company, and Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Aeroplan Income Fund, a [...]

Krista Pawley | Culture and Reputation Architect

Krista Pawley (she/her) is the Founder of Imperative Impact, the co-Founder of Wavemakers and the co-Chair of IdentityNORTH. Systems change, inclusive governance models in the digital age, designing transformative learning journeys and digital ID for everyone. Catalyzing digital communities founded in diversity and belonging: Krista Pawley convenes the conversations that matter for communities across Canada [...]

Jillian Stirk | Former Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada

Jillian Stirk (she/her) is a former Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada where she was responsible for strategic policy, global issues and European affairs. Over the course of her career, she has worked on a wide range of issues including security, peace support operations, human rights and democracy. In 2020, she led the [...]

Inez Jabalpurwala | Global Director VINEx – Viral Neuro Exploration and Founding CEO, Brain Canada

Inez Jabalpurwala (she/her) has extensive experience leading cross-sector collaborations with organizations in health research, academia, and international development. She is currently Global Director of VINEx, a non-profit corporation initiated by Rocket Science Health, to understand how viruses and other global environmental phenomena may affect the central nervous system. She was the Founding President and CEO [...]

Erin Aylward | Gender and LGBTI rights Researcher, Practitioner

Erin Aylward (she/her) is a Gender and LGBTI rights researcher and practitioner. She's currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, researching the polarization of sexual and reproductive health rights and LGBTI rights within UN human rights mechanisms. Why Equitas? I’m interested in supporting an organization whose people and values are inclusive, human rights-focused, [...]

Bushra Ebadi | Young Ambassador and Executive Member of the Canadian Commission, UNESCO

Bushra Ebadi (she/her) is a social innovator, researcher, and strategist focused on mobilizing communities, knowledge, and resources to advance peace, justice, human rights, and the agency of marginalized communities globally. She has worked with over a dozen organizations and individuals, including Amnesty International, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, UNICEF, the World Refugee Council, [...]

Beverly Salomon | Pharmacist-owner, Jean Coutu

Beverly Salomon (she/her) has been a pharmacist-owner for 17 years after graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Montreal. She also began a graduate degree in management at HEC. Shortly after starting her career, she became the first black woman to own a Jean Coutu franchise and the youngest at [...]