Bernie M. Farber
Bernie M. Farber was appointed Executive Director the Mosaic Institute in 2015. Bernie is a native of Ottawa and a graduate of Carleton University. His long-spanning career in the not-for-profit sector includes the role of CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress (2005-2011) where he spearheaded multiple human and civil rights initiatives, inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogues among Canada’s wide-ranging diverse communities including Rwandan genocide survivors, Darfurian survivors of the Janjaweed as well as working closely with the Canadian Roma community. Most recently, Bernie has served as Senior Vice President of Gemini Power Corporation and CEO of the Paloma Foundation. In these capacities he worked in partnership with First Nations peoples towards economic development and community self-reliance in a way that respected both the environment and First Nations’ traditional values. With the Paloma Foundation he worked providing grants and educational opportunities for homeless shelter staff in the GTA. Bernie is a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Zaionz Award for Jewish Communal Service, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the St John Provincial Commendation.
Director of Development
Wendy joined the Institute in 2014, bringing with her a wealth of experience in helping both international and local charitable organizations establish effective development practices. Wendy holds a BA in Communications from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Public Policy from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Wendy has dedicated her personal and professional life to eradicating violence, and advancing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Rachel first joined the Mosaic Institute in 2012 as the inaugural MGA intern. Upon completing her studies and obtaining her Master of Global Affairs, Rachel joined the Next Generation: South Asian Canadian Global Citizenship Project (2012-2014) as its Project Coordinator. She subsequently became our Senior Project Officer & Executive Assistant, until she moved to the UK in 2014 where she continued to work in the non-profit sector. In 2016, Rachel (re)joined Mosaic as its Operations Manager. When she is not at Mosaic, Rachel is an aspiring polyglot and enjoys experimenting with calligraphy.
Program Manager, Next Generation 2.0
Gina has been a part of the Mosaic Institute team since 2011 as the Program Manager of the Next Generation program for high school students. Gina has been an educator for 15 years, and as a member of the Hungarian Romani diaspora, Gina has been at the forefront of the Roma Civil Rights Movement in Canada since 2008. Gina’s awards for her commitment to human rights and social justice include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers’ 2012 Advocacy Award, among others. Gina brings her passion for education and human rights to the Mosaic Institute in her capacity as program manager of the Next Generation Program. Gina is currently based in Vancouver, B.C.
Project Coordinator (Ontario), Next Generation 2.0
Shirin joined the Mosaic Institute in 2016 as the Ontario Project Coordinator for the Next Generation: Canadian Global Citizenship Project. She is a community organizer, researcher, and arts administrator in Toronto. Her interests lie at the intersections of cultural production, memorialization, youth engagement, and progressive-feminism. She has worked with a variety of non-for-profit organizations in the city, and most recently coordinated the first two years of the first ever program addressing issues of gender identity and sexual orientation within Toronto’s Farsi speaking diaspora. Shirin brings with her a steadfast commitment for working with youth, and standing in solidarity with marginalized groups, to ensure a more just world, free of oppression, prejudice, and exploitation.
“People of Colour & Reconciliation in Canada” Project Coordinator
Yasmeen is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto where she achieved an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing on the roles of diasporic communities in transnational settings. As a member of the Iranian diaspora living in Canada, she hopes to bring her experiences as an immigrant to the forefront of her work. Yasmeen is primarily interested in human rights issues, particularly those affecting Indigenous communities, and international migrants and refugees. Her work with the Toronto Youth Cabinet involves working alongside marginalized youth in the City in developing a municipal strategy to combat rising levels of unemployment. She is also a strong advocate for affordable and accessible post-secondary education. Outside of work, Yasmeen is a beach volleyball enthusiast, a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, and loves learning new languages.
Intra-Jewish Dialogue Project Coordinator
Allie joined the Mosaic Institute in 2017. She is passionate about working together with young people and diverse communities to foster cross-cultural understanding, inclusion, and peace. Allie completed her Master’s degree in Human Rights from The London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. She also received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Communications from McGill University. Allie is a published author on subjects dealing with the societal treatment of ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, and women in Canada. Outside of her work and studies, Allie loves hiking and canoeing, and always seems to be working on a few art projects at a time.
MGA Summer 2017 Intern
Widya is an international student at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She has just completed her first year of the two-year Master of Global Affairs Program and is joining us for this year’s summer internship. Having served previously as a junior policy analyst with the Policy Analysis and Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Widya has familiarized herself with several research projects covering the synergy between national and global development agenda, the effort to enhance Indonesia’s soft power diplomacy through scholarship for foreign students, and Indonesia’s maritime diplomacy in security areas. In addition to that, she has a strong interest in multiculturalism and cultural understanding issues that have been significantly built since her exchange program experience back in 2007-2008 in Indiana, United States. Widya is hoping to utilize these background and experiences to contribute in her position as an intern at the Mosaic Institute.
CCIT Summer 2017 Intern
Nabeel is currently a student at the University of Toronto. He intends to complete his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialist in Digital Enterprise Management and a minor in Psychology. As a former Marketing Associate of Erindale Community Outreach, Nabeel has helped promote events supporting the environment, the elderly, and the malnourished. He is passionate about technology and is interested in its potential application towards helping others. In his spare time, Nabeel enjoys writing creatively and reading novels.
Young “Mosaicers” (click here for more information)
Sayjon Ariyarathnam, JD/MBA candidate, Osgoode Hall and Schulich School of Business
Chelsea Colwill, University of Toronto, majoring in History and minoring in Asian Canadian Studies and Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Michele Donne, Master of Global Affiars Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
Luula Hassan, University of Toronto, double majoring in Public Policy and Health Policy.
Mariam Jammal, University of Toronto majoring in Peace, Conflict, and Justice studies
Elena Lifshits Carrera, Master of Global Affiars Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
Tanya Rasoul, Project Assistant
Devraj Ray, Recruiter, S.I. Systems
Zohra Sadat, University of Toronto majoring in Peace, Conflict, and Justice and Ethics, Society and Law
Akshay Sharma, Master of Global Affiars Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs
Shifa Tauqir, Constituency Assistant
Natalia Valencia, University of Toronto majoring in International Relations and Peace, Conflict, and Justice studies
Maddie Wolfond, Masters of Social Work, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City
2016 Dinner Committee (click here for more information)
Elizabeth Levitt, Chair
Isabelle Fish, Founder, Rue Pigalle
Susie Kololian, Mosiac Institute Advisory Council & co-founder, Variant Path
Paul Noble, Vice-President & Deputy General Counsel, BMO Capital Markets
Yusra Siddiquee, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
HumanityWins Committee (click here for more information)
Chair: The Hon Ron Atkey, former Minister of Employment and Immigration
Hind Aboud Kabawat, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Geroge Mason University
Izzeldin Abuyelaish, OO, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Founder, Daughters for Life Foundation
The Hon Louise Arbour, CC. G.O.Q, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Sarkis Assadourian, three-term Federal Member of Parliament (retired), Canadian of Syrian/Armenian origin
The Hon. Dr. Ed Broadbent, PC CC, Leader, NDP (retired); Founder, Broadbent Institute
Dr. Pamela Divinsky, Principal of the Divinsky Group
Atom Egoyan, OC, Academy Award Nominated Writer and Director
Bernie M. Farber, Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute
Vahan Kololian, Chair and co-Founder of the Mosaic Institute
Norman Inkster, OC, 18th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Past President of Interpol
Donald H. Morrison, Founder and Chair, the Thomas Merton Centre
HumanityHouses Sub-Committee (click here for more information)
Chair: The Hon Ron Atkey, former Minister of Employment and Immigration
Mitchell Cohen, Daniels Corporation
Hanita Braun, Verdiroc
Robert Eisenberg, York Heritage
Randal Frobelious, ECI Real Estate
Benjamin Shinewald, BOMA