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Meet our Board

Meet the members of our Board of Directors who support us in our mission to build safe and inclusive communities.

A Word from the President

“I feel privileged to part the Board of Directors.  It assembles amazing talents from different fields and part of the country and is a vital part of Equitas’ success.  

André Beaulieu, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Bell Canada

Executive Committee


André Beaulieu, President
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services
Bell Canada

Erin Aylward

Erin Aylward
Gender and LGBTI Rights Researcher and Practitioner
University of Toronto

Inez Jabalpurwala

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

Marc Girard

Marc Girard, Treasurer
Management Consultant

Myriam Levert

Myriam Levert
Senior Manager, People Advisory Services
EY Canada


Beverly Salomon

Beverly Salomon
Pharmacist and Owner
Jean Coutu

Bushra Ebadi

Bushra Ebadi
Young Ambassador and Executive Member of the Canadian Commission

Darryl Yates (2)

Darryl Yates
Vice President for Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation
Women’s College Hospital


David Chemla
Sage Project Advisors Inc.


Drew Wawin
Vice President, Montreal-Est district
TD Bank Group

Jillian Stirk

Jillian Stirk
Former Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister
Global Affairs Canada

Karine Joizil 2

Karine Joizil
McCarthy Trétault


Katie Shaw
Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Krista Pawley

Krista Pawley
Culture and Reputation Architect
Imperative Impact

Marcel Forget

Marcel Forget
Retired Senior Vice-President, Commercial Strategy
Air Canada

Remzi Cej

Remzi Cej
Director, Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Robert Yalden
Professor in Corporate Law and Finance, Faculty of Law
Queen’s University

Honorary Board

François Crépeau
Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

Margaret Sekaggya
Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre Uganda

Pearl Eliadis
Human Rights Lawyer

Phil Fontaine
Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Stephen Toope
Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

The Honourable Irwin Cotler

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and Counsel, Torys

William Schabas
Professor of International Law, Middlesex University

Programs Committee

Erin Aylward, Chair
PhD Candidate, Political Science, University of Toronto

Alaa Jarban
Political scientist and human rights activist

Ayman AL-Yassini
Refugee affairs and Middle East expert

Fritz Junior Charles-Antoine
Account Manager, Commercial Financial Services, RBC Bank

Isabelle Gilles
Lawyer, LKL International – Consulting on Human Rights

John T. Holmes
Retired Foreign Service Officer

Karine Joizil
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Marc Girard
Management Consultant

Natasha Blanchet-Cohen
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University

Lloyd Lipsett
Senior Associate, Shift

Rex Fyles
Associate, Gender at Work

Sizwe Inkingi 
Project Coordinator for the Positive Spaces Initiatives, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Tara Collins
Associate Professor, Faculty of Community Services, School of Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University
Honorary Associate Professor, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa 

Widia Larivière
Education and Cooperation Officer, Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission

Communications and Fund Development Committee

André Beaulieu, Chair
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services – Bell Canada

Myriam Levert, Co-Chair
Senior Manager, People Advisory Services, EY Canada

Drew Wawin
Vice President, Montreal-Est district, TD Bank Group

Marcel Forget
Retired Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy, Air Canada

Robert Yalden
Professor in Corporate Law and Finance, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

Krista Pawley
Culture and Reputation Architect, Imperative Impact

Katie Shaw
Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Ron Wigdor
Marketing and Communications Executive, Futurpreneur Canada

Thomas Ledwell
Strategy and Governance Consultant

Finance Committee

David Chemla
President, Sage Project Advisors Inc.

Marc Girard, Treasurer
Management Consultant

Robert Yalden
Professor in Corporate Law and Finance, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

Sebastien Gignac