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On November 6th to 8th, The Mosaic Institute hosted a weekend of professional development and training for our UofMosaic Fellows. 22 of our Fellows from 7 different campuses across Canada gathered in Toronto, where they had a chance to meet as a cohort, share ideas, and build skills and networks that they can take back to their campuses and communities.


The three-day event included workshops on topics such as diaspora leadership, facilitating dialogue, and understanding human rights in Canada. The Fellows also visited the MaRS Discovery District to meet with Studio [Y] alumni and learn how to apply social innovation tools to design their campus and community projects.


The training weekend also included a career panel, a session on personal branding, and networking opportunities for the Fellows to expand their professional networks and gain practical advice as they plan their careers.


We had an incredible group of guest speakers and workshop facilitators that joined us over the weekend to share their experiences and perspectives with our Fellows:


  • Semhar Araia, CEO of Semai Consulting, Founder & Executive Director of DAWN, & Adjunct Professor at George Washington University
  • Bob Goulais, President & Senior Principal of Nbisiing Consulting Inc., & second degree member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge
  • John Monahan, Warden of Hart House at UofT & Former Executive Director of The Mosaic Institute
  • Ahila Poologaindran, Municipal Government worker, & former member of Mosaic’s Young Canadians’ Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka
  • Natale Dankotuwage, IDEX Accelerator Fellow, & former member of Mosaic’s Young Canadians’ Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka
  • Nadia Bello, Education and Communications Advisor at the York University Centre for Human Rights
  • Idil Burale, Associate for the MaRS Solutions Lab & former political staffer at Queen’s Park and City Council candidate
  • Safiah Chowdhury, Urban Fellow with the City of Toronto, former Studio [Y] Fellow, & founding member of The Outburst! Movement
  • Joyce Kaplan, Business and Career Coach, & Lawyer and Legal Consultant
  • Andrea Russell, Director of Academic Affairs at UofT, & International Human Rights Lawyer
  • Dr. Praseedha Janakiram, Family Physician, MD at Women’s College Hospital Crossroads Clinic for refugees, Coordinator of Global Health Program at UofT Department of Family & Community Medicine, & co-lead of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Family Medicine
  • Dylan Marando, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at UofT, & former Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario
  • Sybil Thompson, Litigation Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, & former Early Resolution Officer and consultant to Ombudsman Ontario

We thank all of those who made this great weekend possible!