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.
2017 S.M. Blair Fellow (Project Officer)
Akshay is a recent graduate of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Prior to his master’s degree, Akshay completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto with a Political Science, Philosophy and History. Previously, Akshay has worked as a research analyst at NeoSeis Technologies and as a compliance analyst in the G20 Research Group headed by the Munk School of Global Affairs. Akshay is interested in conflict resolution processes and regional cooperation as it pertains to promoting peace and diplomacy in conflict areas; he is specifically interested in the South Asian region. This summer, Akshay will supporting the core operations of The Mosaic Institute, including contributing to our research, dialogue and action initiatives.
UofMosaic, Program Coordinator
Nicole is a recent Master of Global Affairs graduate from the Munk School at the University of Toronto, where she focused on the intersection of technology, human rights, and civic engagement. A former Aga Khan Foundation Canada fellow and Carleton University School of Journalism graduate, Nicole is passionate about using her skillset in communications and youth engagement to facilitate inclusive platforms for social change. Previously, Nicole has done research and worked with the International Development Research Centre, the Wilson Center’s Digital Futures Project, and the Digital Public Square. She enjoys cycling, reading, and creative writing.
Next Generation 2.0, Program Manager
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.
Next Generation 2.0, Project Coordinator (Ontario)
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.
Elena Lifshits Carerra
Intra-Jewish Dialogue, Project Coordinator
Elena graduated Film and Television from Sheridan Institute working as a film editor while completing her second BA – Specialized Communications: Marginalized Community Development from York University. She is currently a Master of Global Affairs (MGA) Candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Fervently passionate about everything revolving forced displacement, Human Rights, poverty, equality (or rather the lack of it) and the overlap of policy and communications in post conflict areas focusing on children rights and marginalized communities, she is cautiously optimistic about the future.
Survivors’ Stories,Project Coordinator
Pallak has joined at the Mosaic Institute as the Program Coordinator of the Survivors’ Stories Project. She has recently attained her Masters in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph, where she also completed her Bachelors in International Development. Her masters research explored the experiences of immigrants in rural Ontario, with a focus on economic, social and cultural transitions. Her general interests lie in the areas of migration issues, international aid, food security and conflict resolution. She is also passionate about peer-based programming, programs aimed at building cross-cultural capital and supporting people in transitions. Outside of work, she loves travelling and immersing herself in new cultures. She loves summer outdoor walks, all types of food and is trying to revisit creative writing and painting.
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 Affairs 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
Casimir Legrand, University of Toronto
Dalu Ndlovu, York University
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
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
2018 Peace Patron Dinner Committee
Elizabeth Levitt, Chair
Isabelle Fish, Founder, Rue Pigalle
Susie Kololian, Mosiac Institute Advisory Council & co-founder, Variant Path
Shanin Lott, Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources, Stikeman Ellitott LLP
Paul Noble, Vice-President & Deputy General Counsel, BMO Capital Markets
Yusra Siddiquee, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright