Adam Redish is President of the Institute. He joined the Board in 2010 and was the Vice Chair of the 2011 Summer Conference and served as chair of the 2013 Executive Committee. When not focused on Couchiching issues, he works in the public sector where he has held a number of different positions in labour relations, the environment, and urban planning. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from McMaster University and a Master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Toronto.
Treasurer and Chair, Finance and Fundraising
Brian Livingston is an engineering graduate from Queens University in 1976) and a law graduate from the University of Toronto in1980). He has experience with two large law firms and the federal government, as well as 29 years with Imperial Oil in the legal, financial, and tax areas. He retired from Imperial Oil in December of 2013. Brian is an Executive Fellow of the School of Public Policy in Calgary, and the past President of the Calgary Petroleum Club.
Ross Anderson is a policy adviser and public affairs executive with over two decades of experience in the financial sector both as a consultant and as a member of senior management. Most recently, he was Vice President, Government Communications, Policy & Research at Scotiabank where he was responsible for government relations, the Bank’s global public policy agenda and related research. Following an honours bachelors degree from Western in philosophy and political science, Ross obtained his M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
Vice President, Programs
Mohamed Huque is Executive Director at Islamic Family & Social Services Association, an Edmonton-based agency working in the areas of food security, family violence, refugee support, and youth programming. He is also a Contributing Editor at the Literary Review of Canada, an award-winning magazine and a leading forum for discussion and debate about Canadian books, culture, politics, and ideas. In 2015, he was an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow at Cambridge University.
Vice President, Programs
Helen Tewolde serves as Project Manager of the Council of Educators of Toronto (CET), a public and privately supported partnership of colleges, universities, and school boards seeking to enhance access to higher education for traditionally underrepresented groups. Helen attended McMaster University where she earned an Hons. BA in Political Science and Philosophy and University of Toronto for an MA in Theory and Policy Studies in Education and Comparative, International and Development Education.
Chair, Partnerships, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee
Amanuel (Aman) Melles was the President of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and the Chair of the 82nd Annual Summer Conference. He is the Principal of Aman Consulting. Aman held senior leadership roles with United Way of Toronto, Family Service Toronto, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Aman is a multi-lingual social entrepreneur with over 22 years of management and senior management roles in various sub-sectors of the non-profit sector: settlement and immigration, community health, social services and community development, and funding and sector capacity. He has wide ranging expertise and experience in various areas of non-profit organizational resilience, systems change, sector effectiveness, community capacity building, diversity and inclusion planning, evaluation and measurement planning and management, leadership development and long-term strategic planning. He has many years of significant volunteer leadership experience in the areas of peacebuilding, social planning, public affairs and advocacy in mental health, refugees, and prevention of violence against women. Currently, he is the President of InterChange, the International Peacebuilding Institute, Co-Chair of the African Canadian Social Development Council Transformation Leadership Team, Founder & Convenor of the African Refugees Support Network, and the International Co-Convenor of the Peace Leadership Affinity Group at the International Leadership Association. He was the 2002 recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize, awarded to "unsung heroes" who have made Toronto a better place, and in 2001 received the Skills for Change Pioneers Award. Aman is a former marine ecologist with research and teaching experience in several countries including Eritrea, Kenya, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
Tshweu Moleme was born and grew up under apartheid in South Africa. He is currently reading Political Science, African Studies, and Equity Studies, University of Toronto. Tshweu is a former board member at Pal Reading Services Inc. He has been a director of research and works with various research groups at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is a contributing writer for the McGill International Review, McGill University. Tshweu also writes on local and international affairs. His written works have been published in the Globe and Mail, Embassy Magazine, The Hill Times, and other Canadian and international publications. Tshweu is not only in academe or writing, but a trade unionist and a fervent advocate for systemic and institutional shifts, to acknowledge ongoing struggles and right past wrongs. He is also currently a member of the Municipal Heritage Committee, City of Orillia. Tshweu is a familiar Couchiching Institute face, as he has attended many conferences over the years and contributed to the organization in various capacities.
Eric Koch has been an active member of the Institute for over half a century. He is an author, lecturer, and former broadcaster. Born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, in 1919, he left for England as a refugee in 1935, where he attended St. John’s College, Cambridge. In May 1940, he was interned as an “enemy alien” and later shipped to Canada. He was released in 1941 and continued his studies at the University of Toronto. Eric began his distinguished 35-year career with the CBC’s International Service in 1944. An author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, he also writes a daily blog —Sketches—
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON