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Conference
 

76th Annual Summer Conference, August 9–12, 2007


Speaker Biographies

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Michael Adams
President and Co-Founder of Environics Research Group Ltd. and author of four Canadian best sellers.

Michael Adams is the president of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies which he co-founded in 1970 and which today employ over 200 professionals in offices located in seven cities in Canada and the United States.

In addition to numerous articles, frequent commentary in the broadcast media and presentations at conferences, seminars and annual meetings in North America, Europe and Asia, Mr. Adams is also the author of four Canadian best sellers: Sex in the Snow: Canadian Social Values at the End of the Millennium (published in 1997), Better Happy Than Rich? Canadians, Money and the Meaning of Life, (2000) and Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values, (2003), and American Backlash: The Untold Story of Social Change in the United States, (2005). All four books have been published by Penguin.

Fire and Ice won the prestigious 2003/04 Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy and was selected in the fall of 2005 by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the 100 most important books ever published in the country.

His current book project, with working title, Unlikely Utopia: The Surprising Triumph of Canadian Pluralism, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2007, focuses on the promise and challenge of Canadian multiculturalism.

Michael Adams holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science from Queen's University (1969) and a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto (1970) and was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Canadian communications according to Marketing Magazine’s Power List 2005.

Outside the field of research consulting, Mr. Adams has a variety of other interests including partnership in the Robert Craig Winery in Napa Valley, California, which has been rated by The Wine Spectator as one of the top 25 wineries in California. (Top of page)

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Joan Andrew
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Joan Andrew joined the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as Deputy Minister on September 12, 2005. Prior to that she worked at the Ministry of Environment for four years most recently as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy. Before that Joan worked at Cabinet Office where she was involved with government restructuring and quality service initiatives. Joan previously held a number of senior management positions within the Ministries of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Education and Training.

Ms. Andrew began her employment with the Ontario government in 1988 with the Ontario Women’s Directorate. Prior to that, she worked for 15 years for the federal government on training and employment issues. Ms. Andrew spent one year on exchange working for the Manpower Services Commission of Great Britain.

Joan Andrew is a graduate of Glendon College, York University. (Top of page)

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James Bartleman
27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Honourable James Karl Bartleman was sworn in as the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on March 7, 2002. He is the province’s 41st vice-regal representative since John Graves Simcoe arrived in Upper Canada in 1792.

His Honour has identified three key priorities for his mandate: to eliminate the stigma of mental illness, to fight racism and discrimination, and to encourage aboriginal young people. In 2004 he launched the first Lieutenant Governor’s Book Drive, which collected 1.2 million good used books for First Nations schools and Native Friendship Centres throughout Ontario. To further encourage literacy and bridge building, in 2005 His Honour launched a Twinning Program for Native and non-Native schools in Ontario and Nunavut, and established literacy summer camps in five northern First Nations communities as a pilot project. In 2006 he extended his literacy summer camps program to 28 fly-in communities and secured funding for five years, and he also launched Club Amick, a reading club for Native children in Ontario’s North. In the winter of 2007, he completed a second Book Drive, collecting 900,000 books for aboriginal children in Ontario, northern Quebec and Nunavut.

Upon his installation as Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Bartleman became Chancellor and a member of the Order of Ontario. He was promoted to Knight of Justice in the Order of St. John in 2002 and received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for public service in 1999. His Honour received the Dr. Hugh Lefave Award (2003) and the Courage to Come Back Award (2004) for his efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness. In 2004 he also received the Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year Award and the DAREarts Cultural Award in recognition of the Lieutenant Governor’s Book Program and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International District 7090. Mr. Bartleman serves as Visitor to the University of Western Ontario and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Western Ontario, York University, Laurentian University, Queen’s University, the University of Windsor, Ryerson University, McGill University and Nipissing University. He is Honorary Patron of about 80 organizations.

Mr. Bartleman is the author of four books – Out of Muskoka (2002), On Six Continents (2004), Rollercoaster: My Hectic Years as Jean Chrétien’s Diplomatic Advisor 1994–1998 (2005) and Raisin Wine: A Boyhood in a Different Muskoka (2007). Royalties for these books are either donated to charitable foundations or donated in support of literacy initiatives.

Mr. Bartleman had a distinguished career of more than 35 years in the Canadian foreign service. He was Canada’s Ambassador to the European Union from 2000 to 2002 and served as High Commissioner to Australia in 1999–2000 and to South Africa in 1998–1999. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Bartleman was Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to Foreign and Defence Policy, Privy Council Office. He was Ambassador to the North Atlantic Council of NATO from 1990 to 1994, Ambassador to Israel and High Commissioner to Cyprus from 1986 to 1990, and Ambassador to Cuba from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Bartleman opened Canada’s first diplomatic mission in the newly independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh in 1972 and served in senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from 1967.

Born on 24 December 1939 in Orillia, Ontario, James Bartleman grew up in the Muskoka town of Port Carling and is a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation. Mr. Bartleman earned a BA (Hons) in History from University of Western Ontario in 1963. On a posting to Brussels, he met Marie-Jeanne Rosillon. The couple married in 1975 and have three children: Anne-Pascale, Laurent and Alain. (Top of page)

 
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Sophie Body-Gendrot
Professor, Université Sorbonne and Founder & Director of the Center of Urban Studies in the Anglophone World.

Sophie Body-Gendrot is a full professor at the Université Sorbonne-Paris IV. She is the founder and director of the Centre of Urban Studies in the Anglophone World since 1994.

She is a researcher at Cesdip/Scientific Research National Group (French Ministry of Justice) as well as an expert for the international program Urban Age at the London School of Economics. She is also a current member of the European Group of research into Norms, the International Consortium on School Violence and the National Commission of Ethics on Security.

Sophie holds current positions on numerous Academic Committees, including the Milton Eisenhower Foundation and the French American Foundation. She is also a member of the Editorial Boards for a number of journals.

She holds a Doctorat in Political Science as well as a B.A. and M.A. in English and American Studies from the Université Sorbonne. She is also Chevalier (Dame) in the Order of Academic Palms. (Top of page)

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Marie Clements
Artistic Director/Producer, urban ink productions and playwright in residence, National Arts Centre

Marie Clements is the artistic director and producer of urban ink productions, where she has directed and produced numerous works including hours of water (2004), Hunted (2003), Rare Earth Arias (2002) and Burning Vision (2002). Marie co-directed the CBC Radio Drama hours of water and co-produced a four-part radio documentary for CBC’s Outfront titled Women In Fish Series.

She has taught and facilitated at a variety of workshops and was the artistic director and editor of the publications Women In Fish/Gulf Islander; Rituals of Rock, Anthology of Poems and No Supper Tonight. (Top of page)

 
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Drew Fagan
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Planning
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Mr. Fagan is Assistant Deputy Minister (Strategic Policy and Planning) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He was appointed in July, 2006 to this position, which includes responsibility for policy planning, public diplomacy, consultations with the provinces and territories on international policy and the department’s economics function.

Previously, he was Director-General of the Economic Policy Bureau at DFAIT, which has responsibility for Canada’s participation in the OECD and the G8 and APEC summit processes, and for developing country policy, including international assistance and the Bretton Woods institutions.

Mr. Fagan joined the Canadian government in November, 2004, after spending 20 years at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s leading newspaper. Mr. Fagan held many of the newspaper’s senior positions, including Parliamentary Bureau Chief in Ottawa, Editorial Page Editor and columnist, Foreign Editor, and Associate Editor of Report on Business, which is Canada’s primary source for business news.

He travelled widely as a correspondent for the newspaper. While based in Washington from 1993 to 1997, he was responsible for the newspaper’s coverage of Mexico and the implementation of NAFTA.

Mr. Fagan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. (Top of page)

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Chrystia Freeland
US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Chrystia Freeland is the US Managing Editor of the Financial Times. She leads the editorial development of the paper’s US edition and of US news on FT.com.

Previously, Freeland served as Deputy Editor in London. Other notable positions Freeland has held at the FT include Editor of FT Electronic Services, Editor of the FT’s Weekend edition, Editor of FT.com, UK News Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief and Eastern Europe Correspondent. Freeland worked for two years at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, as Deputy Editor. Freeland began her career working as a stringer in Ukraine, writing for the FT, The Washington Post and The Economist.

Freeland’s expertise lies in the history and culture of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She received her bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard University, and earned a Master of Studies degree from St. Anthony’s College at Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

In September 2006, Freeland launched View from the Top, her weekly CEO video interview series. The videos are streamed on FT.com and print highlights are published in the newspaper. Freeland writes a weekly column for the Saturday edition of the Financial Times. Her column, titled The A-Train, is a social observation of the American upper-middle class, with a personal twist and a serious core.

Freeland is the author of Sale of a Century: the inside story of the second Russian revolution (2000), which details Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism. Her profile of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which appeared in the FT Magazine, won “Best Energy Submission” at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards in 2004.

Freeland sits on the advisory board of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a board member of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children. She has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

A Canadian citizen, Freeland currently lives in New York City with her husband and her two daughters. (Top of page)

 
Alden Habacon

Alden E. Habacon is the Manager of Diversity Initiatives for the English Television Network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Reporting to the Executive Director of Network Programming (CBC Television), Habacon designs and manages the implementation of initiatives that support CBC's commitment to accurately reflect Canada's diversity – both on-the-air and behind the scenes.

Habacon's work contributes to program and talent development initiatives, community outreach and partnerships across the country. Habacon also works closely with CBC's Partnerships, Communications and Human Resource departments, and CBC Radio, CBC.ca and CBC Newsworld. His on-going web projects include CBC's Citizenship Website (cbc.ca/citizenship) and the recently soft-launched CBC Aboriginal Website (cbc.ca/aboriginal). He also manages the Technical Workplace Opportunity program for British Columbia. Habacon is also very active in the community outside of his work at CBC. He is the founder of an online magazine, Schema (www.schemamag.ca), whose mandate is to reflect the experience and sensibility of Canada's most culturally diverse mainstream population.

As a well-known cultural thinker, Habacon regularly speaks and consults on cultural diversity, multiculturalism, youth and Asian Canadian identity. He has worked with numerous government agencies, such as the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage, and various cultural organizations on new media and diversity initiatives. He currently sits on the Board of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver (CASv). Most recently, Habacon was a guest speaker in Kuala Lumpur at the 2007 Seminar on Cultural Diversity and Broadcasting co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcaster Development (AIBD) and the Canadian High Commission in Malaysia, which included a three-day workshop in Manila, Philippines at ABS-CBN. (Top of page)

 

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Lawrence Hill
Author and former reporter for The Globe and Mail

Lawrence Hill's novels and non-fiction have been published to critical acclaim and have captured the interest and allegiance of readers.

His sixth book, The Book of Negroes, a novel, was published by HarperCollins Canada in January 2007 and his seventh book, The Deserter's Tale (written with Joshua Key) was released in February 2007 in Canada, the United States and Australia and later this year will be published in India and six European countries.

Hill is the son of a black father and a white mother who came to Canada hoping to escape the enduring racism of their native United States. Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents' work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill's writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.

Formerly a reporter with The Globe and Mail and parliamentary correspondent for The Winnipeg Free Press, Hill speaks French and Spanish. He has lived and worked across Canada, in Baltimore, and in Spain and France. As a volunteer with Canadian Crossroads International, he has traveled to the West African countries Niger, Cameroon and Mali. He has a B.A. in economics from Laval University in Quebec City and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Hill, who often speaks at conferences, universities, schools and book clubs, lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife and five children. (Top of page)

 
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Farouk Shamas Jiwa
Global Youth Fellow, Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation

Since 2003, Farouk has been working as a Policy Analyst with several federal agencies and departments including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat, and Privy Council Office. Before joining the Department of Canadian Heritage as Senior Policy Officer in May 2007, he was with CIDA’s Democratic Institutions and Conflict Division, Policy Branch.

Farouk has also done an internship with AMREF (the African Medical and Research Foundation) in Nairobi/Entasopia, Kenya and has volunteered with several organizations in Canada and overseas. In addition, he is currently a mentor with Pierre Elliott Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, UofT, a member of the Board of World Inter-Action Mondiale, Ottawa and is active with the Executive Committee of the Harvard Club of Ottawa.

Farouk has a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University (2000), a Master of Philosophy in International Development from the University of Cambridge (2001), and a Master of Science in Population and International Health from Harvard University (2003). Farouk was born in Tanzania and has spent over half his life in Africa. He is trilingual and speaks English, French and Kiswahili with life experience spanning 13 countries.

In 2006, Farouk was one of the inaugural recipients of the Global Youth Fellowship award by one of Canada’s most respected philanthropic organizations, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. The Fellowship award is reserved for Canada’s “best and brightest” young and emerging leaders “ …who demonstrate the potential to enhance Canada's role on the world stage.” As a 2006 recipient of the Global Youth Fellowship, Farouk’s issue of focus is a preliminary investigation into Canada’s use of multiculturalism in informing foreign policy and whether the pluralism of identity offers more. The title of his research is: “Halved By Our Horizon? Journeys into the Pluralism of Identity: Implications for Canadian Foreign Policy.” (Top of page)

 
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Will Kymlicka
Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and author.

Will Kymlicka received his B.A. in philosophy and politics from Queen's University in 1984, and his D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University in 1987.

He is the author of five books published by Oxford University Press: Liberalism, Community, and Culture (1989), Contemporary Political Philosophy (1990; second edition 2002), Multicultural Citizenship (1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association, and the Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association, Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada (1998), and Politics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism, Citizenship (2001), and Multicultural Odysseys (2007). He is also the editor of Justice in Political Philosophy (Elgar 1992), and The Rights of Minority Cultures (OUP 1995), and co-editor of Ethnicity and Group Rights (NYU 1997), Citizenship in Diverse Societies (OUP 2000), Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society (PUP 2001), Can Liberal Pluralism Be Exported? (OUP 2001), Language Rights and Political Theory (OUP 2003), Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa (James Currey, 2004), Multiculturalism in Asia (OUP 2005), and Multiculturalism and the Welfare State (OUP 2006).

He is currently the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University, and a visiting professor in the Nationalism Studies program at the Central European University in Budapest. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. From 2004-2006, he was the President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. His works have been translated into 30 languages. (Top of page)

 
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Veronica Lacey
President and CEO of The Learning Partnership, Director and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Council on Learning and a Board Member of the Canadian College of Naturopaths.

Veronica Lacey is steadfast in her belief that equal access to public education is the foundation of democracy and the key to prosperous and fulfilling lives for all Canadians. She has been an innovator throughout her career, pioneering new programs to meet the changing needs of students and opening up the education system to the community through a wide range of partnerships.

As a teacher, principal, superintendent, Director of Education for the North York Board of Education and Ontario Deputy Minister of Education and Training, Veronica has always championed public education. With a double Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature and Educational Administration from the University of Toronto, she was a Senior Fellow at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, in the area of Public Policy and International Studies.

Veronica served as Co-chair of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council on Education and as a Director of Pro Bono Law Ontario. She is currently a Director and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Council on Learning, a Board member of the Canadian College of Naturopaths and a member of the Postsecondary Education Advisory Committee on First Generation Students.

Veronica joined The Learning Partnership as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2000. Under her leadership, The Learning Partnership has grown from a Toronto-based organization with fewer than 10 employees and 11 programs, to extend across Canada with more than 60 staff providing 17 programs reaching hundreds of thousands of students and educators on a yearly basis. The mission of The Learning Partnership is to champion a strong public education system in Canada through innovative programs, credible research, policy initiatives and public engagement of Canadians. (Top of page)


Chief Superintendent Kate Lines
Ontario Provincial Police

Chief Superintendent Kate Lines has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police for 30 years.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology in conjunction with the Crime and Deviance Specialist Program from the University of Toronto. She has also received General and Advanced Certificates in Police Studies and a Diploma in Police Management Studies from the University of Western Ontario.

C/Supt Lines is currently the Investigation Support Bureau Commander responsible for the Behavioural Sciences, Electronic Crime, Technical Support and Forensic Identification and Photographic Services Sections.

C/Supt Lines is also the Co-Executive Lead for the OPP's current Diversity Strategy, and over the last three years has been involved in the research, development and delivery of this mission critical initiative.

C/Supt Lines was voted Canadian Police Leader of the Year in 2004. She is also the recipient of the Officer Order of Merit Medal, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the Ontario Provincial Police Exemplary Service Medal. (Top of page)

 

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Audrey Macklin
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and former Member of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.

Audrey Macklin has been Associate Professor of Law at University of Toronto since 2001. She previously taught at Dalhousie Law School.

From 1994-96, Audrey adjudicated refugee claims in her capacity as a Member of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board.

In 1999, she participated in a government appointed fact-finding mission to Sudan to investigate the role of a Canadian oil company in exacerbating violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Southern Sudan.

Audrey's scholarship addresses immigration, citizenship and refugee law, gender, multiculturalism, and human rights. She has published extensively in journals and books on these topics. (Top of page)v

 
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Marie McAndrew
Professor, Department of Education and Administration of Education Studies at the University of Montreal and former Director of Immigration and Metropolis.

Marie McAndrew is a full professor in the Department of Education and Administration of Education Studies at the University of Montreal. Her Doctorate is in Comparative Education and Educational Foundations. She specializes in the education of minorities and intercultural education. She has worked extensively in research and policy development and evaluation in this field. From 1989 to 1991, as an advisor to the deputy-minister’s cabinet of the Quebec Ministère des Communautés culturelles et de l’Immigration, she has been closely associated to the development and dissemination of the Policy Statement on immigration and integration Let’s build Quebec together.

From 1996 to 2002, she was the Director of Immigration and Metropolis, the Inter-university Research Centre of Montreal on Immigration, Integration and Urban Dynamics, one of four centres created in 1996 by the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada (SSRCC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in the framework of their joint initiative to foster the development of research and policy related to immigration. The Centre is a network of over 60 researchers who have been carrying out, in the last 5 years, more than a hundred research projects focusing on policy issues.

From 1993 to 2004, Dr. McAndrew also co-ordinated the Research Group on Ethnicity and Adaptation to Pluralism in Education (Groupe de recherche sur l’ethnicité et l’adaptation au pluralisme en éducation – GREAPE). This was an interdisciplinary research team which worked in partnership with the Ministère de l'Éducation (MEQ), the Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration (MRCI) as well as a number of School Boards on the Island of Montreal. Presenting an original synthesis of the studies conducted by the group since 1992, her book Immigration et diversité à l’école : le cas québécois dans une perspective comparative (Immigration and Diversity in School : The Québécois Case in a Comparative Perspective) won the Donner prize 2001 awarded to the best book on Canadian public policy.

Since June 2003, she has held the Chair for Ethnic Relations and in June 2006, she was awarded a SSHRC Canada Senior research Chair. In this framework, she carries an important research program on the role of education in the maintenance and the transformation of ethnic relations, which comprises three main components: Culture, Socialization, Curriculum; Academic performance and educational mobility; Policies and Practices from a comparative perspective.

In June 2005, she received the Prix québécois de la citoyenneté Jacques-Couture pour le rapprochement interculturel, in recognition of the relevance of her involvement in research and dissemination for the development of public policies, better adapted to pluralism. She is also a member of the Consultative Committee on integration and reasonable accommodation in the school setting, established by the minister of Education of Quebec in October 2006. (Top of page)

 
Zarqa Nawaz

Fundamentalist Films and creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie

Zarqa Nawaz is the driving force behind Fundamentalist Films and the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, which debuted to large audiences and tremendous acclaim in 2007.

Nawaz, born in Liverpool and raised in Toronto, had a Bachelor of Science degree from U of T in her hands when she realized that medical schools had screening committees to keep people like her out of the health care system. Unfazed, she coolly switched career plans and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson in 1992. Nawaz worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster with CBC radio, and in various capacities with CBC Newsworld, CTV’s Canada AM, and CBC’s The National. She was an associate producer with a number of CBC radio programs including Morningside and her radio documentary The Changing Rituals of Death won first prize in the Radio Long Documentary category and the Chairman’s Award in Radio Production at the Ontario Telefest Awards.

Bored with journalism, Nawaz took a summer film workshop at the Ontario College for Art and made BBQ Muslims, a short film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1996. Her next short film, Death Threat also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1998. Other short film credits include Fred’s Burqa and Random Check. In 2005, Nawaz’s documentary entitled Me and the Mosque, a co-production with the National Film Board and the CBC, was broadcast on CBC’s Rough Cuts. She has recently finished a featurelength screenplay entitled Real Terrorists Don’t Belly. (Top of page)

 
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Ratna Omidvar
Executive Director of The Maytree Foundation, Director of the Toronto City Summit Alliance and Board member of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.

Ratna Omidvar is the Executive Director of The Maytree Foundation, a private charitable foundation dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality and to building strong civic communities in Canada. Maytree supports the development of alternative social policy perspectives, and accelerating the settlement of refugees and immigrants in large urban centres. Maytree provides grants to leaders and leading organizations and invests in the capacity of individuals to lead change.

Currently, Ratna serves as a director of Toronto City Summit Alliance (TCSA). One of the recommendations put forward by the TCSA was to establish a Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) to improve access to employment for immigrants in the region.. TRIEC was established in September 2003, and Ratna acted as its first executive director. She is currently its founding chair.

In 2003 Ontario's Premier-designate Dalton McGuinty appointed Ratna as a member of the Transition Advisory Board. In 2004 Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed Ratna to his External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities. Ratna currently serves as a board member of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement. In 1995, Ratna received the YWCA Women of Distinction award. She was granted the honorary title of Fellow of Centennial College in 2003 and in 2006 she was awarded an honorary diploma in community work from George Brown College. In 2006, Ratna was appointed to the Order of Ontario. (Top of page)

 
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Pierre Pettigrew
Executive Advisor, International, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew has had a long and distinguished career in both public and private sectors. He has led a number of senior departments in 10 years as a minister in successive governments of Canada. He served as Director of the NATO Assembly political committee, Executive Assistant to Quebec Liberal Leader Claude Ryan, Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau (Privy Council Office) and as Vice President of Samson Belair Deloitte & Touche International for 10 years.

Prior to his election to Parliament as member for the constituency of Papineau (Montreal, Quebec) in 1996, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Mr. Pettigrew Minister of International Cooperation (CIDA) and minister responsible for “la francophonie”. He was then promoted to the department of Human Resources Development and was responsible for more than half the budget of Canada, where he negotiated with the provinces and implemented the national Child Benefit, now a $10 billion program.

In 1999, Mr. Pettigrew became Minister for International Trade, chaired the ministerial meeting of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) and chaired the working group on implementation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference. He later chaired the working group on Singapore issues at the WTO ministerial conferences.

In 2003, he was appointed Minister of Health, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister responsible for official languages. He was also the senior minister for Quebec in the Government of Canada. Mr. Pettigrew also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2004–2006. (Top of page)

 
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Tariq Ramadan
Senior Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, Professor of Islamic Studies and author.

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Islamic Studies. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College (Oxford), Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and at the Lokahi Foundation (London). He is a visiting professor (in charge of the chair, Identity and Citizenship) at Erasmus University (Netherlands).

Through his writings and lectures he has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels, lecturing extensively throughout the world on social injustice and dialogue between civilizations.

Professor Tariq Ramadan is currently President of the European think tank European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. His last book was The Messenger: The Meaning of the Life of Muhammad (Penguin, February, 2007). (Top of page)

 
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Haroon Siddiqui
Editorial Page Editor Emeritus, The Toronto Star and past president of PEN Canada.

One of Canada’s most honoured journalists, Haroon Siddiqui writes a twice-weekly column that explores post-modern Canada’s role in the global village. He attempts a cosmopolitan perspective on Canadian issues and a Canadian perspective on global issues.

At Canada’s largest newspaper, he is also a member of the senior management team that grapples with strategy in the rapidly changing media landscape.

He has been prescient about, and led centrist Canadian public opinion on, some of the profound issues of the age: opposing the war on Iraq and supporting the need to protect human rights in the age of terrorism; advocating international interventions in Bosnia and Kosovo; and calling for the recognition of such post-Cold War states as Ukraine and Macedonia.

He has covered such historic events as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the American hostage crisis in Iran and the Iran-Iraq war, and travelled to 35 countries. He has developed a keen sense of Canada’s place in the world.

He has interviewed or covered, among others, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King Hussein of Jordan, Ayatollah Khomeini, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and others.

He is the immediate past president of PEN Canada, the writers’ group, and remains chair of International PEN’s Writers-in-Exile Network.

Last year, he visited Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia on the invitation of Canadian Foreign Affairs to speak about why the world needs more Canada.

Besides his journalistic writings, Siddiqui has authored Being Muslim, a book written for Muslims and non-Muslims alike; edited An English Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry (1988); assisted in Christopher Ondaatje’s Sindh Revisited (1996), following the footsteps of Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton; and contributed to Canada and Sept. 11, published by the University of Calgary (2002) and Drawing Fire: The State of Political Cartooning (1998), a colloquium of North America’s top cartoonists and editors, at the American Press Institute. (Top of page)

 
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Janice Stein
Director, Munk Centre for International Studies and Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada.

Her most recent publications include Networks of Knowledge: Innovation in International Learning (2000); The Cult of Efficiency (2001); and Street Protests and Fantasy Parks (2001). She is a contributor to Canada by Picasso (2006) and the co-author of The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (2007).

She was the Massey Lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2006, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Alberta and the University of Cape Breton. (Top of page)

 

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Irvin Studin
Author, Rhodes Scholar and former Policy Strategist and Senior Policy Analyst for the Prime Minister.

Irvin Studin is the editor of What is a Canadian? Forty-Three Thought-Provoking Responses (Douglas Gibson Books, McClelland & Stewart, 2006). He spent several years as a policy strategist and senior policy analyst for the Prime Minister at the Privy Council Office in Ottawa. He has also worked as a senior policy advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, Australia. He has advised on issues as diverse as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, national security, foreign policy, democratic governance and transportation policy.

Studin holds degrees from the Schulich School of Business at Toronto’s York University, as well as from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. In 2000, he was listed by MacLean’s magazine as one of “100 Young Canadians to Watch.”

In his past life, Studin was an all-Canadian university athlete and dabbled in professional soccer in several countries. He and his wife, Alla, a school teacher, divide most of their time between Toronto and Ottawa and recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Noah. (Top of page)

 
Bob Watts
Interim Executive Director, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Canada.

Robert (Bob) Watts was recently named as the Interim Executive Director of Canada’s first Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which will examine and make recommendations with respect to the Indian Residential School era and its legacy.

Most recently Bob served as the Chief of Staff to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine, where he was a member of the team that negotiated the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class action settlement in Canada’s history.

A former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Canada, Bob is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Fellow at the Harvard Law School where he researched and lectured on the role culture plays in conflict. Bob is also a Fellow at the European Institute for Community Based Conflict Resolution. Bob was a senior associate with the Consensus Building Institute, Cambridge Mass., and a governor of the Ridgewood Foundation for Community Based Conflict Resolution, and has worked as a practitioner and trainer in both negotiations and conflict resolution.

Bob has taught, debated and lectured at a number of universities in Canada. Bob is married, has three wonderful daughters and four grandsons. Bob is from the Mohawk and Ojibway Nations and resides at Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. (Top of page)

 
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Milton Wong
Chairman, HSBC Investments Canada Limited and founder of M.K. Wong & Associates Ltd.

Milt Wong founded M.K. Wong & Associates Ltd. (MKW) in 1980 to provide investment-counseling service to pension plans, foundations, mutual funds and individuals. HSBC acquired MKW in 1996 and he is currently (non executive) Chairman of HSBC Investments Canada Limited managing over $5 billion in assets. HSBC Investments Canada Limited is a member of the HSBC Asset Management Group.

He remains actively engaged in the capital markets, in particular in technology related venture companies. In 2002, A.L.I. Technologies Inc., for which he was the primary angel investor and major shareholder, was sold to McKesson Information Solutions Medical Imaging Group.

He has been awarded the Civic Award from the City of Vancouver, the Distinguished Leadership Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Simon Fraser University. He is also the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia, the Honour Roll distinction from MacLean’s magazine, The Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award for 2002 and The Ernst & Young Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1994.

These awards reflect his support of major institutions and events around Vancouver, including Science World, the UBC Portfolio Management Program, the SFU Global Asset Wealth Management MBA Program, the 4th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (1997), the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival, The BC Cancer Foundation and the Laurier Institution.

Milton is currently the Chancellor Emeritus for Simon Fraser University. Milton is a board member of Alcan Inc., Seaspan Corporation and The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. (Top of page)

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Nora Young
Broadcaster/Producer, CBC

Nora Young is a writer and broadcaster, who pursues her passion for technology, culture, and armchair sociology on public radio, on television, in print, and online.

She was founding host and a producer of CBC Radio’s Definitely not the Opera, where she was a frequent commenter on technology and popular culture. More recently, she has creates miniseries and documentaries for CBC Radio. She is technology columnist for CBC Radio and CBC Newsworld, and a frequent contributor to The Toronto Star.

Her current focus is the relationship between mainstream media and social media, which she explores as an avid podcaster (foursevens.com/thesniffer) and a lazy blogger, (crispermachine.blogspot.com). Nora has a new series, Spark!, on CBC Radio the Fall. (Top of page)