Patrick Boily • Remzi Cej • Natalie Chapdelaine • Anouk Dey • Philippe-Olivier Giroux • Michael Hartley • Jordan Isenberg • Louise Kent • Michael Marin • Ian Philp • Sadia Rafiquddin • Kal Suurkask • Jean-Frédéric Légaré-Tremblay • Eric Tribe • Joanna Wong • Paul Yeung
Originally from the small bilingual community of La Broquerie, Manitoba, Patrick is currently completing his Master’s in Public and International Affairs at the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University. He completed a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Canadian Studies at McGill University. During his time in Montreal, Patrick was involved in numerous student organizations, including serving as Editor in Chief of a student run think-tank Pearson House and serving as Vice-President Academic of the Arts Undergraduate Society.
He focused his undergraduate studies on issues relating to public policy and the judiciary, writing his thesis on the Supreme Court of Canada’s interpretation of Section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He also worked as an assistant at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada helping organize conferences and assist in research.
Taking a year off between his B.A. and Master’s, Patrick worked for a year as an intern at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. His research portfolios included Agriculture, Infrastructure and Transportation, Local Government, Water Stewardship and Conservation. In his spare time, he writes a blog about provincial and federal politics.
Remzi Cej was a few days shy of turning seventeen when he came to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador as a refugee from Kosovo. He has volunteered and worked extensively for local, national and international organizations. He served on various boards, including War Child Canada, Amnesty International Canada (English-speaking Section), and the Community Youth Network. For a number of years, Remzi contributed to CBC radio as a freelance reporter.
More recently, Remzi completed the MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in German and French Literature from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is a Rhodes Scholar and a Terry Fox Scholar. In 2003, he was the youngest person to receive the YM/YWCA Peace Medal for human rights education. Remzi currently works as a Policy and Program Development Specialist for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He enjoys photography and ballroom dancing, and has been known to inspire largely quiet masses to groove to Bollywood, Middle Eastern, Latin, and Balkan music. Remzi likes languages. In addition to English and French, Remzi speaks Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, Spanish, and German.
A Montrealer at heart, Natalie combines her professional interest with her passion: developing innovative ways to form integrative relationships between the arts and the business communities, which she does successfully as project manager at the Conseil des arts de Montréal. She is the first to occupy this function in Montreal, in which she draws upon her 10-year experience within associations and on various Boards, to create bridges that facilitate the exchange between these two worlds. In 2009, she contributed to the creation of artsScene Montréal, a program created by Business for the Arts, which encourages young professionals to get involved in the arts. She co-chaired artsScene Montréal from 2010 to 2012. Interested by governance issues, she also participated in the first Young directors’ committee of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGPPO) from 2011 to 2013. During a two-year stay in France, Natalie became interested in European public policies thanks to the Simulation of the European Parliament Canada – Quebec – Europe (SPECQUE), of which she was the president for the 10th edition, which took place in Paris in 2007. She graduated from l’École nationale d’administration publique with a Master’s Degree and from l’Université du Québec à Montréal with a Business and Administration Bachelor’s Degree. Natalie is a board member of Jovia as well as Les Bénévoles d’affaires.
Anouk Dey has spent her entire life devoted to athletics, first trying to be the best skier in the world, then captaining her college cycling team, and finally playing as a member of the Oxford tennis team. Knowing what sport can achieve in girls’ lives, she founded Reclaim Childhood in 2008, an organization dedicated to exposing Iraqi refugee girls to sport. Determined to complement her knowledge of the humanitarian dimensions of the Iraqi refugee crisis with a political understanding of the events, Anouk enrolled in international relations at Oxford University as a Donovan-Moody scholar. She recently completed her thesis on how the Canadian national interest has been articulated in the millennium, with a specific focus on Afghanistan, and is now deputy editor of OpenCanada.org, the Canadian International Council’s project to re-invigorate a national conversation on the future of Canadian international affairs. In her free time, Anouk likes to build bikes and bake cakes.
Originally from La Pocatière, Kamouraska region, Philippe-Olivier holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Université Laval and a M.Sc. in Physics from Université de Sherbrooke. He has an interest in public policy in the area of science, research and innovation, and currently is a policy analyst at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), one the country’s major research granting agency. Prior to his position at NSERC, he spent five years at the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
From 2005 to 2007, as President of the Graduate studies council (CNCS) of the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ – the largest youth group in Quebec), Mr. Giroux worked at improving the work conditions of student researchers and at promoting the next wave of scientists. He also got actively involved with the Conseil des partenaires de l’innovation, the Association francophone pour le savoir, the Conseil supérieur de l’éducation and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).
Mr. Giroux believes that youth must be engaged in public affairs. This conviction is what motivates him to serve, since 2008, in Force Jeunesse, a think tank and lobby group active on issues relating to public finances and intergenerational balance. From 2010 to 2013, he was vice president, content, and then president, of the organization. In addition, he sits on the board of directors of Mission Leadership Quebec, an organization that develops the network and strategic positioning of young Quebec leaders.
Mr. Giroux is fluent in French and English, and has notions of Spanish and German.
Michael has recently returned to Canada after more than a decade abroad studying and working in the oil and gas industry. He now holds a risk management position with Barrick Gold based in Toronto ON.
Prior to this appointment, Michael worked in Kazakhstan on the Kashagan project – the largest oil and gas project in the world. He led a multinational team that managed health, safety and environmental risks at multiple locations offshore in the Caspian Sea and onshore in Kazakhstan and abroad. On this multinational project, he found himself speaking English, French, Dutch and Russian in order to communicate with colleagues from over 40 nations.
He holds a BSc in Health and Human Performance from Dalhousie University, an MSc Ergonomics from Loughborough University (UK) and an MBA from l’école nationale des ponts et chaussées in France and China.
He started his career as a Human Factors Engineer with Case New Holland in Chicago IL designing cockpits for heavy agriculture and construction equipment. Upon completing his MSc, Michael moved into the oil and gas industry with Royal Dutch Shell at its global headquarters in Den Haag, The Netherlands, where he supported large-scale projects managing major accident hazards through design and risk management.
Three years later, he moved to Shell’s European Upstream centre in Aberdeen Scotland. During this role Michael was involved in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) conceptual risk management, loss mitigation and strategy design.
Keen on trekking and discovering new sports, Michael spends his free time cooking meals for hours on end (usually without the results to show for his efforts) and longing for his days on the Silk Road and the mountains of Central Asia. When opportunities permit, Michael gets involved in rugby, Gaelic football and Test cricket.
Jordan is working towards a joint doctor of medicine and a MBA at McGill University with a concentration in operations management and a research focus on Canadian hospital financing. He is interested in providing sustainable health care and energy solutions through novel financing and operational mechanisms in Canada as well as building health care and energy infrastructure abroad, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean. Among his accomplishments: as a UN Technical Advisor to the Republic of Guatemala Jordan developed economic models for the use of tropical forests to finance climate change. These models were subsequently published and adopted by more than 170 countries under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord. Jordan currently sits on the board of Liberation Energy, a Toronto based energy firm. He loves to telemark ski, surf and cycle.
Louise Kent is the Director of Youth Programming and Engagement with Free The Children. Since joining the team in 2004, she has acted as Executive Director and performer for a socially conscious music label, facilitated hundreds of leadership events locally and overseas, and has become a well-known speaker for Me to We’s professional speaking bureau – all to help inspire youth to create positive change.
Born and raised in Bracebridge, ON, Louise’s passion for global issues started early. While completing her degree in International Development at the University of Guelph, Louise became engaged with on-campus student leadership initiatives and studied for a semester in rural Kenya. Years of on-the-ground experience with CIDA, UNDP and local grassroots organizations followed, in countries like China, India and Guyana. Now she continues to travel intermittently to Ecuador, India and Kenya, while facilitating volunteer and leadership trips for youth in rural impoverished communities.
Louise has recently released two full-length albums (The Small Things; Courage) created to help inspire listeners to take action in their own ways. She has performed at several We Day events and has shared stages with such world leaders as HH Dalai Lama, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mia Farrow, and Sarah McLachlan.
Originally from Montreal, Michael Marin is a lawyer and former Law Clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2011-12, he will pursue a Master of Law at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. Michael has a longstanding passion for social justice. Before law school, he was active in the Canadian student movement, working for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and serving as executive vice-president of his undergraduate student union. He also worked at the Ottawa Food Bank, where he was responsible for managing a network of over a hundred social service agencies. Michael holds an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in public policy from Carleton University.
Michael began his legal career in New York City, spending two years at the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where his practice focused on general commercial litigation and intellectual property. During this time Michael also had the opportunity to represent low-income residents of Harlem and Brooklyn on a pro bono basis. In 2008, he founded the CAPE Scholarship, a unique program that helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue professional studies while encouraging them to serve their communities. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Michael will join the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law as an assistant professor.
Ian Philp is a lawyer and MBA with a passionate interest in climate change, energy security and international development. He is currently an international trade litigator with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, where he works to defend Canada’s sovereign rights under the NAFTA. Formerly, Ian spent four years as a UN legal and political advisor in the Middle East. From 2005-2007 Ian was part of the UN’s humanitarian relief effort in Iraq, and advised the Iraqi and Kurdish governments on post-conflict reconstruction as part of a Baghdad-based legal team.
After witnessing the fierce sectarian struggles over oil in Iraq, Ian decided to refocus his career on the energy and climate challenges that will define Canada’s future prosperity. His drive to bring private sector investment to the space led to an energy-focused MBA and a stint with a UK-based clean energy fund making targeted energy efficiency investments across developing Asia.
Ian holds a B.Arts Sc. (Honours, International Relations) from McMaster University, a LL.B and B.C.L from McGill University, and a MBA from HEC Montréal. He is fluent in English and French, and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.
Sadia Rafiquddin’s passions for human rights and global health have shaped her diverse experiences in Canada and abroad. Born in Sargodha, Pakistan and raised in Mississauga, ON since the age of five, Sadia is currently completing a Master’s degree in Human Rights at the University of Sydney, Australia on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Her dissertation examines the relationship between nationalism, state formation and the violation of minority rights in Pakistan.
Sadia’s desire to alleviate the impact of HIV/AIDS was sparked as a participant in the 2006 WUSC International Seminar in Botswana. In 2007, she conducted field research on the social and cultural impact of HIV/AIDS on grandmothers in the township Katutura, Namibia. She has been an accredited journalist at G8 Summits in Russia (2006), Germany (2007) and Japan (2008) and contributed to more than 16 research reports for the G8 Research Group. Most recently, Sadia examined Australian state government policies to bridge the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians for the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her commitment to advancing social justice and equality of opportunity has led to a 2011/2012 Sauvé Scholarship.
Sadia has been featured as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and holds an Honours B.A. in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, Trinity College. On any given day, Sadia can be found reading, boxing, learning a new recipe, photographing or exploring the world through travel.
Kal gained a deep appreciation for the importance of policy on the lives of Canadians while serving as regional communications advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office. Kal met with Canadians from diverse backgrounds, many of whom shared ideas that were grounded in the realities of everyday life and expressed in the form of a policy or policy initiative they wished to see their government undertake. Through these discussions, Kal gained a first-hand appreciation of the importance of grassroots dialogue, meaningful policy discussion, and that policy may only be judged good if its object is good for our country and for its citizens.
Kal has spent a decade working as a communications professional. In 2007, at age 27, Kal founded an international strategic consulting firm, Elevation PR, which provides services to clients across Canada and the United States.
Kal is an award-winning public speaker who has served as chair of a Toastmasters International District Speech Contest and has been invited to speak at conferences and aboard cruise ships. Kal has been featured in numerous articles and in a documentary about public speaking.
Born in Whitehorse, Kal attended Athol Murray’s College of Notre Dame and has received a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Western Ontario.
Convinced that the best information feeds on constant reflection, Jean-Frédéric Légaré-Tremblay located his career at the confluence of journalism and research in international affairs. Born and raised in Quebec City, he now lives in Montréal, where he works for the newspaper Le Devoir as a contributor and desk editor, and for the bimonthly L’Actualité magazine. Previously, Jean-Frédéric worked as a journalist for the newspaper Le Soleil and for Radio-Canada Television in Quebec City. He was also the director and author of an interview-based book series “Entretiens”, published by Nota Bene, for which he interviewed experts on major international issues ranging from the role of Canada in the world to Islam, to the situation in Afghanistan, Mexico, Russia, the United States and demographics. Formerly involved in the public service, he worked as a political adviser to the Minister of Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and Democratic Institutions Reform in the Government of Québec, and was a Jean-Charles Bonenfant Foundation intern at the Québec National Assembly. Jean-Frédéric also tought international relations at Université de Sherbrooke and is an associate member of the Raoul Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in February and March 2011. He’s a fellow of Action Canada (2011-2012) and of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (2012). He received a B.A. in political science from Laval University and an M.A. in international relations from UQAM. He also studied European institutions at the Université libre de Bruxelles.
Eric Tribe is a consultant in the Toronto office of the Boston Consulting Group. Eric, who joined BCG in 2008, has been involved in several major strategic transformation programs spanning several industries including financial services, health care, transportation and logistics, industrial goods, and public services. His career has provided opportunities to work across Canada, in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, as well as internationally in the USA and Israel.
Eric graduated from the University of Western Ontario, where he graduated with a degree in Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Eric is passionate about community involvement both locally and abroad, having partnered with Future Possibilities for Kids in Toronto as well as Habitat for Humanity. In addition, he has co-led the foundation of two charitable foundations within the Greater Toronto Area, focused on improving access to education.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys a wide range of sports and outdoor activities. He is a marathon runner, a certified scuba diver, amateur soccer player and snowboarding enthusiast.
Joanna Claire Wong is a writer, filmmaker and communications strategist who is passionate about Canadian leadership in the global green economy. She is a principal and chief media strategist at FlowCS, an award-winning creative studio dedicated to sustainability in China. FlowCS is proud to have worked with the UNFCCC, U.S. Department of Energy, City of Vancouver Office of the Mayor, Office of the President of Mongolia, and the China Green Tech Initiative.
Joanna is a 2011-2012 Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Media Fellow, and she produces a bimonthly column and video series as part of the National Conversation on Asia project. In China, Joanna has worked on a national climate action movement with a network of 50 Chinese universities and in the administration of the BC-Canada Pavilion, a trade showcase at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2010, she co-organized Beijing’s first Ethical Trade Fair.
Joanna’s commentary on Asia and the environment has appeared in The Globe and Mail and other international publications. Her work has also been screened at the explorASIAN film festival in Vancouver. Joanna first went to China in 2005 to study Mandarin on a Chinese government scholarship and currently divides her time between Beijing and Vancouver. She trains and teaches Chinese Kungfu at the Beijing Milun School of Traditional Martial Arts.
Paul is a fiercely proud Canadian who believes strongly that both the public and private sectors have important roles to play in the development of public policy initiatives critical to determining the future path of our country. Since 2007, Paul has held the position of senior manager, regulatory and government affairs, with the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to joining the bank, he was a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Finance, ON. Paul has gained a greater understanding of Canada by studying abroad and by gaining international experience that has included internships in Northern Ireland, Belgium and China. He was a consultant with the External Affairs department of the World Bank for more than two years. Paul is passionate and dedicated to making a difference in his community. He enjoys lecturing at York University’s Emerging Global Leaders Program, was appointed by the Government of Ontario to the Trillium Foundation’s Grant Review Team, and plays hockey year round. Paul completed his undergraduate studies in history at Wilfrid Laurier University (1996), and an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (2002) in Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C. Paul is married with two young daughters.