This month, the ELN spotlight lands on Jay Pariseau–2015/16 DiverseCity Fellow and a Senior Diversity Recruitment Consultant at CIBC. Jay’s dedication to the Indigenous community has been a key part of his leadership journey–something that also influences his day job at CIBC where he led the design and launch of a national Indigenous mentorship program […]
Everyone has a story to tell...
Stories help us to connect, to inspire, to understand. On this page, we share the stories of people in our network who have taught us, entertained us, been a champion for diverse civic leadership, and who have galvanized us to think differently. Be prepared to be inspired.
Why leadership matters
For over 10 years, we’ve brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle big challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region, let them tell you why leadership really matters, and what we can do when we open doors and minds for the young, emerging and under-represented leaders in our communities.
The DiverseCity Fellows program has been a great way to get more connected beyond my own sector and apply invaluable lessons in leadership to my endeavors.
Ramtin AttarCivicAction DiverseCity Fellow 2013-2014; Senior Principal Research Scientist, Autodesk Research
Having strong civic leaders who are in touch with the emerging innovation economy will enhance the competitiveness of our region, and help build a truly prosperous Canadian economy for future generations. Bringing together private, public, and government institutions will be key to our success.
Victor DodigPresident and Chief Executive Officer, CIBC
The GTHA is one of the greatest regions in the world and this isn’t by accident, but rather because of the work done by leaders past. Maintaining this status will require creativity, ingenuity and the highest commitment to civic responsibility – this is why leadership development is important for our rising leaders.
Michael Bosompra2013-2014 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow; Innovation Manager, Procter & Gamble
Leaders shape our cities, making them vibrant places to live, work, play and grow old. CivicAction’s leadership programs expose rising leaders to new networks and ideas and provide them with the skills to become the kind of collaborative leaders that cities need.
The Honourable Mitzie HunterELN Founding Member; MPP (Scarborough-Guildwood), Minister of Education, Legislative Assembly of Ontario
The Fellows program provided me with a better understanding of different leadership styles, the importance of collaboration and the value of multiple and diverse perspectives. I’m now better able to evaluate situations, share ideas, and take action.
Diane Saldanha2012 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow; Senior Marketing Manager, Oncology, Astra Zeneca Canada
Spotlight on our Members
The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) brings together diverse, energetic and motivated city-builders from across our region, each with a unique story to tell about where they came from, what they’re passionate about, and where they want to go next. Check back often – new profiles are added regularly.
Richard Wiltshire and Elisha Muskat, are the 2015-2017 Co-Chairs of our Emerging Leaders Network. Previously, at Ashoka Canada – an international association of leading social entrepreneurs who develop solutions to pressing social problems – Elisha has shared her expertise on stages, inside classrooms and in the pages of top publications. She is an established leader […]
This month we are shining a spotlight on new ELN executive committee members Nima Ranawana and Abhishek Sarathy! Nima and Abhishek come to the ELN executive committee as communications leads and will be helping us find better and more effective ways to get our word out to the ELN. With a passionate (Scorpio) personality and […]
From someone who works to organize an event within their community, someone who sits on a board of an organization they’re passionate about, to those who bring lost cats to the animal shelter, volunteering comes in many different forms. Canada alone has over 12.7 million volunteers devoting their time to causes that directly impact the […]
This month we are shining a spotlight on ELN member Harvey Lam – a management consultant at Accenture Strategy, and a former corporate lawyer. When he’s not navigating the corporate world, he uses his skills in the community. Most recently, he’s been responsible for Fundraising & Partnerships at The Rumie Initiative, an initiative that won the recent Google […]
This month we are shining a spotlight on Hibaq Gelle– community connector, youth advocate and civic rockstar! Hibaq is currently leading Community Benefits work in Rexdale, is a member of the Premiers Council on Youth Opportunities, the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Expert Panel and the recipient of CivicAction’s 2017 Emerging Leader Award for Civic Leadership. Full name…Hibaq […]
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, CivicAction will be highlighting some of the incredible, dynamic, and diverse women who are shaping communities all across our city-region. Over the next 24 hours, we’re taking to Twitter to showcase 24 incredible women city-builders who are shaping the GTHA region with their passion. Follow #24inGTHA on Twitter and get to know these inspiring women. […]
This month, we also introduce you to Zakaria Hassan Abdulle– Member of the Premiers’ Council for Youth Opportunities, community connector and an advocate for youth across our region. Learn more about his leadership accomplishments, what he believes an inclusive GTHA looks like, and how reading helps him continue to grow as a leader! Full name… […]
This month, we also introduce you to Idil Burale, Senior Associate at MaRS Solutions Lab. Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what she feels are pressing issues in our region, and what she believes an inclusive GTHA looks like! I was born in … Somalia And I currently live in … Toronto, a vibrant […]
This month, we also introduce you to Alicia Rose– Manager of Community Investment Programs at Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) and DiverseCity Fellows Alumni. Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what she feels are pressing issues in our region, and what she believes an inclusive GTHA looks like! I was born in …Toronto And […]
This month, we also introduce you to Rudayna Bahubeshi– Communications manager at Inspirit Foundation and current DiverseCity Fellow! Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what she feels are pressing issues in our region, and why she loves her city so much! I was born and raised in…..Ottawa. And I currently live in …Toronto- I moved here […]
This month, we also introduce you to Adaoma Chinyere Patterson – President of the Jamaican Canadian Association and Alumni DiverseCity Fellow. Learn more about her leadership accomplishments, what he feels are pressing issues in our region, and why inclusive leadership matters. I was born in … Winnipeg And I currently live in …Brampton Diverse leadership […]
This month, we introduce you to Christopher Matthews– Business Project Manager at RBC Wealth Management.Learn more about his leadership journey, what he feels are pressing issues in our region, and why inclusive leadership matters. I was born in…Toronto, Ontario, Canada And I currently live in….Toronto and I love living here because the city is very […]
For our first spotlight of 2017, we introduce you to Lana Majid- current ELN Executive Committee Member and Senior Public Health Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Keep reading to learn more about her leadership journey, her simple (yet vital) advice on community engagement and her three favourite things! 1. What motivated you to join […]
This month, we introduce you to two ELN rock-stars, Eva Wong Scanlan and Andrew Graham. Learn more about their leadership journey, how the ELN supported their journey and about their exciting organization, Borrowell! 1. What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? Eva: The ELN was highly recommended to me […]
This month, we introduce you to Letecia Rose: 2014-2015 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, Public Engagement Manager for Plan International Canada, and an avid community advocate. Learn more about Letecia’s Leadership journey, what she feels every leader should possess, and who she’d love to have dinner with… Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply […]
This month we introduce you to Irene Quarcoo, 2015-2016 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, former ELNstudio Committee member, active community builder, and Senior Manager of Transformation at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. Learn why Irene applied to be a DiverseCity Fellow and how it shaped her leadership journey. Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply […]
This month we introduce you to Imanzi Kayitare, current ELN Executive Committee Member, active community builder, and Senior Advisor at Employment and Social Development Canada. Below Imanzi shares his thoughts on leadership and why he got engaged with the ELN. Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I joined […]
For our August Spotlight, we introduce you to Eleni Han. An ELNshowcase winner for the NU project and long-time ELN member. Read about how Eleni got involved with the ELN, why she believes diverse leadership is so important, and more about her leadership journey. Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I was […]
This month we introduce you to DiverseCity Fellow Alumnus Todd Minerson, a proud ELN Member and currently the CEO at Parker P. Consulting. We asked Todd to share his leadership journey & insights below! Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I was a part of the very first DiverseCity Fellows cohort. […]
Meet Saad Minhas, former ELN Executive Committee Member and currently the Manager of Global Professional Services for Telus. We asked Saad to share his leadership journey & insights below! Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? After spending a few years in the UK, I returned to Toronto to […]
Helen Tewolde is currently the Manager of Program and Partnership Development at George Brown College, a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow and a proud ELNer. We asked Helen to share her leadership journey & insights below! Q: What motivated you to join the ELN and/or apply to the DiverseCity Fellows Program? I joined the DiverseCity Fellows and […]
As Executive Director of Ryerson’s Global Diversity Exchange, the home of DiverseCity onBoard, Ratna Omidvar is an important champion for representative leadership in our region. Governance is the top tier of leadership, and DiverseCity onBoard has facilitated the appointment of over 750 individuals from visible minority and immigrant communities to the governance bodies of the GTA’s […]