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2015/2016 Fellows

Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold currently works as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she focuses on advising Canadian natural resource companies and large financial institutions on a wide variety of topics from strategic growth opportunities to operational improvements. Jennifer is passionate about helping Canadian companies become world leaders in their respective industries. Prior to consulting, Jennifer worked for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its Private Investments group, in both the Toronto and London offices.

These experiences heightened her interest in international investment law, and lead her to pursue a graduate degree in law at the University of Toronto. As a graduate student in law she focused her studies on topics related to investment law, and her research was focused on the impact of the Investment Canada Act on foreign investment in Canada. Jennifer serves as a volunteer summer camp counselor at Camp Ooch, a camp for kids affected by childhood cancer; and is actively involved with the organization throughout the year. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Math from McGill University, a Master of Arts in Economics, and a Master of Studies in Law both from the University of Toronto.

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Joshua Bates

Joshua has advised key decision makers in federal, provincial and municipal government and is committed to turning ideas into action. His passion is local government, and in his current role as Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor of Halifax, he works with residents, community groups and government to make Halifax a more inclusive, accessible and active community. Working in the Minister’s Office in both the Finance and Health portfolios with the Government of Nova Scotia, he managed many of the key challenges facing provincial government. With the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Joshua helped to build strong, sustainable communities across the country by influencing policies and programs that fall within federal jurisdiction.

Joshua graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Sociology from Dalhousie University and the University of Kings College in Halifax, and holds a Masters Degree in Social and Political Thought from York University in Toronto. Between degrees, he interned at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where he assisted in the preparation of UNESCO’s strategy in the fight against racism and discrimination. Following his Masters, Joshua participated in the Parliamentary Internship Programme in Ottawa. He is passionate about health and well-being, is a committed volunteer with the United Way, and enjoys jogging, cooking and playing basketball.

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Aisha Bukhari

Aisha is an engineer and a social entrepreneur in making. She enjoys work that involves creating positive social impact, leading change and developing integrative solutions. Aisha has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Masters degree in Electric Power Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is completing her final term of the part-time MBA program from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Aisha works as a Business Development Specialist at Toronto Hydro. Prior to this position, she was leading development and implementation of innovative smart grid solutions. A career highlight includes leading the utility aspect of a consortium-based Community Energy Storage project - the first of its kind in North America – from concept to field installation. Aisha has also been an active participant in shaping the energy storage policy and framework in Ontario. At Rotman, she worked in a team of four to develop a business plan for an Ontario-based energy storage startup to expand into Japan. The plan won the team 1st prize of $100,000 in a national case competition sponsored by Manulife. She also serves on the advisory board for Women in Renewable Energy, a non-profit organization.

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Sarah Doyle

Sarah Doyle is the Senior Policy Advisor at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. This role included acting as a lead author of the final report of Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. Sarah is responsible for working with community, government and private sector stakeholders to develop and advance policy that supports the build-out of a Canadian impact investment market. She also advises on outcomes-based funding models.

Prior to this role, Sarah was a policy analyst on the Priorities and Planning team of the Privy Council Office, where she developed advice for the Prime Minister on a range of social policy issues. Sarah entered the federal public service through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, and has experience in refugee resettlement and asylum policy through a past position at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She is active in her community, serving, for example, as a representative on the Program Committee of St. Stephen’s Community House. Sarah holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University’s Arts and Science Program.

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Simon Gamache

Simon Gamache is an arts administrator with a depth of experience in educational management, media production, performing arts, and music performance. He currently serves as Manager, Classical Music & Banff International String Quartet Competition at The Banff Centre, Alberta. In previous roles at Banff, Simon provided leadership in the planning and growth of celebrated educational programs; oversaw the development of new initiatives emerging from an unprecedented renewal in music programming at the Centre; and manoeuvered an operational transition for the Audio area.

He was previously in charge of production at the Montreal classical music label Analekta where he supervised the delivery of over 30 albums. He is regularly invited to serve as jury member on provincial and national artistic selection committees. Born in Quebec City, Simon started playing the French horn in his early teenage years. After completing a bachelor and a master of music in performance from McGill University, he pursued further studies in Oslo, Norway. An accomplished musician, Simon freelanced with numerous ensembles ranging from baroque orchestras to contemporary groups; recorded classical, jazz, pop albums and soundtracks; and also taught music.

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Sara-Christine Gemson

Sara-Christine Gemson is a TV, radio, and web journalist for Radio-Canada in Toronto. Born and raised in the GTA, she is thrilled to be back in the region to serve her community with the public broadcaster. Sara-Christine completed a B.A. in Philosophy and Communications at the University of Ottawa. She also completed an M.Phil in Comparative Government at Oxford University, writing her thesis on the role of media in humanitarian intervention. While in England, she interned at BBC Afrique, the World Service for francophone Africa, and on the public policy desk at the Financial Times.

Sara-Christine spent 5 years in Saskatchewan working for Radio-Canada, where she covered provincial and federal elections, the hostile take-over of Potash Corp, and two Grey Cups. She also produced special series on First Nations employment and on the challenges facing the fransaskois education system after 20 years of autonomy. In 2012-13, Sara-Christine was an Aga Khan journalism fellow in Kenya, where she wrote for the Daily Nation, the most read newspaper in the country. She also contributed to the Globe and Mail, CBC, Radio-Canada, The Hamilton Spectator, and Monocle Radio on topics ranging from the Kenyan elections to food waste.

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Ayesha Harji

After completing an Honours undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Master's degree in Public Administration, Ayesha was recruited into the federal government through the Management Trainee Program, a leadership and skills development program. Following a stint in the Privy Council Office’s Security and Intelligence Division, Ayesha now works as a Senior Policy Analyst in the International Affairs Division of Public Safety Canada, where she leads the management of the department's multilateral engagement with the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS) on issues of human rights, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, border security and corrections.

She has represented Canada at multilateral meetings at both the UN and OAS, on issues related to the treatment of prisoners, police management, and critical infrastructure protection. In her workplace, Ayesha co-leads the Department’s Young Professionals’ Network, organizing learning and development, as well as social activities and events. Ayesha uses her time outside of the office to sit on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Gala, which raises funds for Ottawa's at-risk youth, and to play recreational team sports.

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Youmani Jérôme Lankoandé

Economist and entrepreneur, Youmani Jerome Lankoandé is president of Innovation Quebec, a Montreal-based firm specialized in consulting services and commercialisation of technological innovations. Mr. Lankoandé serves as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Saint-Laurent - Mont-Royal in Montreal. Mr. Lankoandé has over eight years’ experience of leading interdisciplinary research teams investigating the technology-based innovation gap in Canada and the United States. He is a visiting scholar at ATHGO International (Los Angeles).

Before launching Innovation Quebec, Mr. Lankoandé was economic analyst at Partenariat International. He holds master’s degrees in political economy from Université Laval. He has co-authored numerous publications on innovation and international economy. He has published the book “The Political Economy of China’s Foreign Direct Investment in Africa” (the Editions Universitaires Europénnes, 2011). As part of his activities, he visited the United States, China, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Austria, Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, Gabon, Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast and Ghana. Mr. Lankoandé serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of many organizations in Canada. In 2010 he was the recipient of the engaged citizen award of African Entrepreneurs and Professionals Network in Canada.

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Taylor Love

Taylor Love is an entrepreneur born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. He attended the University of Victoria where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship. During his studies he spent eight months working in London, England for a marketing consulting firm where he helped large businesses navigate new product implementation. After his studies, he founded Top Guns Charity and travelled across Canada for four months spreading awareness about breast cancer and raising funds for for a film digitizer for the Victoria General Hospital for early diagnosis and treatment. The charity model was expanded to seven locations across Canada.

Taylor is currently the Director of Business Development for Northern Vision Development, managing large-scale construction and real estate projects and recently completed the first interior mall in Whitehorse. He also owns and operates a local landscaping company called Solstice Landscaping. Through his work with Northern Vision Development Taylor has developed a passion for working with First Nation Development Corporations and has recently started a consulting company targeted toward working through development challenges of building infrastructure projects in First Nation communities. Taylor is starting his FastTrack MBA from the University of Alberta in August 2015, focusing on the Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment stream with ambitions of kickstarting a career in renewable energy infrastructure and policy.

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Taylor Martin

Taylor Martin is dedicated to creating equitable access to healthcare services. Taylor brings a rich background to Action Canada, having held roles in government, the hospital sector, and private industry and holds a Masters of Health Administration. Currently, Taylor is leading the development of a new palliative care program and primary care strategy for St. Joseph's Health Centre. At Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care he led policy development and launched a program to orient foreign-trained nurses. Taylor has written and published on the link between health outcomes and clinical staff engagement, and the future of health system integration in Ontario.

Taylor is also a Professional Engineer, who has contributed to hospital capital projects by bringing together clinical teams and private sector partners to better meet the needs of patients. His commitment to teams extends beyond work, having coached and competed for Canada at three World Championships of Ultimate Frisbee. His industrious spirit led Taylor to found a bicycle accessory company, establishing distribution across North America and Asia before turning his entrepreneurial interests to consulting for health technology start-ups. Taylor is an avid amateur violinist, member of the executive for the Canadian College of Health Leaders (GTA Chapter), and a Director of the Board for Etobicoke Children's Centre, a children's mental health agency.

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Grace Pastine

Grace Pastine is a lawyer and the Litigation Director for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending human rights and civil liberties. Grace directs the organization’s nationwide legal program. She has represented the organization on a broad range of civil liberties issues, including police accountability, prisoner’s rights and patient’s rights. She has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Grace is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics. She has taught law school courses as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. Prior to joining the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, Grace was a lawyer with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP in Vancouver, B.C. Grace received her law degree from the University of Washington and graduated summa cum laude from Wells College with a B.A. in English Literature. Grace is called to the bar of British Columbia and is a member of the Oregon State bar.

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Jonathan Plamondon

Certified Industrial relations Counsellor, Mr. Plamondon has a European master in labour science (Louvain Catholic University and the Warwick Business School; 2014), during which he received the Quebec-French community of Belgium scholarship, and a Bachelor degree in Industrial relations (Laval University; 2012). In addition, he obtain a minor in Ethic and Law (University of Montreal; 2008) and a certificate in Law (Laval University; 2009). During his studies, he also distinguishes himself through the student movement as General Secretary (president) of the University of Montreal student federation (2006-2007) and Vice-president of the Cegep student federation (2004-2005).

After working in private sector for multinational companies such as Bombardier Aerospace, he acts as a mediator at the Canada Industrial Relations board where he occupies the position of Industrial Relations Officer. Lately, his social implication were related as well to employment relations, notably for his passage at the presidency of Force Jeunesse (2008-2011) and the youth advisor board of the Quebec Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (2009). On the international scene, he organized an exploratory mission to Belgium for Mission Leadership in 2014.

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Kevin Quinlan

Kevin Quinlan is the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Vancouver. A passionate city builder, Kevin has worked for six years in the Mayor's Office, developing and implementing policy on issues ranging from affordable housing to climate change. He believes strongly that Canadian cities are uniquely suited to lead on the challenging social and environmental issues of our time. Kevin's work at the City has been recognized through his selection in 2013 as the first Canadian to be part of the Next City Vanguard, an annual urban leadership forum of 40 young leaders working to improve cities.

Born and raised on BC's west coast, Kevin holds a BA in political science from UBC, as well as a Master of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University, specializing in community economic development and social capital. Prior to working with the City, he served as a communications assistant for Vision Vancouver, working on a team that built Vision from an opposition party at City Hall into the largest civic electoral organization in Canada in 2008. An avid reader, he also enjoys running and basketball, and volunteers as a mentor with SFU Radius, a social innovation lab for young entrepreneurs.

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Shoshanna Saxe

Shoshanna Saxe is a professional engineer and a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge. She is a UK Commonwealth Scholar, a NSERC Scholar and an Honorary Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar. Her research investigates the role of transport infrastructure in development, travel choice and greenhouse gas emissions. Shoshanna is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Transportation and Sustainability. She blogs for Spacing Magazine, Canada’s premier urban issues quarterly, about subways and other transport infrastructure. Shoshanna is dedicated to the integration of engineering literacy into public policy in Canada.

Shoshanna holds a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics from McGill University and a M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She helped design four underground rail stations in Toronto, Ontario and cofounded iBorehole, an iPhone App for ground investigations. Shoshanna has worked on the provision of clean water in Ghana and Honduras. She is an active explorer of the Canadian wilderness from coast to coast to coast, with a particular enthusiasm for long distance cycling. She holds a Cambridge half-blue in women’s Ice Hockey. Shoshanna divides her time between Cambridge and Toronto with her husband and son.

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Jane Thornton

Jane Thornton returns to Canada with a wealth of international experience in the field of preventative medicine. Specifically focusing on physical activity as both prevention and treatment of chronic disease, Jane began her medical residency in Europe to gain firsthand knowledge from the leaders in the field. Based in Switzerland, her international collaborations have given her insight into improving healthcare for Canadians. She has developed educational resources and medical curricula in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, and Canada and lectures on the topic internationally. Throughout this time abroad, Jane maintains strong connections to Canada, working with top Canadian experts such as Dr. Mike Evans to create patient-centred web-based materials, and delivering her first lecture to University of Toronto medical students just months after graduation.

Having already earned her PhD, Jane completed her MD to put her research into action and be at the forefront of rethinking health-care delivery in Canada. She understands the significance of cross-disciplinary dialogue and draws on lessons about the power of a shared vision from her years of representing Canada as a World Champion and Olympic rower. Jane is also involved in leadership positions in sports medicine, advocacy, and sporting organisations including the Toronto2015 PanAmerican/ParaPanAmerican Games.

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Pamela Wolfe-Roberge

Pamela Wolfe-Roberge is Ojibway, member of Zhiibaahaasing First Nation, and was raised in Ottawa. Pamela maintains a career in First Nations and Inuit health policy, currently working as a Senior Analyst at Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Pamela studied Mass Communications and Political Science at Carleton University and has maintained a career within the public service since first entering in 2006.

Pamela is passionate about civic engagement and the important contribution made by volunteers. Pamela has volunteered in: two remote Indigenous communities in Guyana providing HIV/AIDS and sexual health education; at Bruce House supporting local fundraising events and at its transition home for people living with HIV/AIDS; and, currently serves as a Director on Minwaashin Lodge’s Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre’s Board of Directors. Further to Pamela’s volunteer activities outside of work, since her election in 2009 and re-election in 2014, Pamela also volunteers at Health Canada serving on the Executive Committee for the Department’s Aboriginal Employees Network. The Network acts as a proactive voice on workforce and workplace issues; advises and makes recommendations on current and future Human Resources policies; and, serves as a consultation body for policies and programs within the Department that affect First Nations/Inuit/Métis employees.

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