Bernie M. Farber

Executive Director

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.

Wendy Sung-Aad

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.

Akshay Sharma

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.


Gina Csanyi-Robah

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.

Shirin Haghgou

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.

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.

Pallak Arora

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.

Widya Fitri

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.

Nabeel Shaikh

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.

Khurram Shamim

Canada Summer Intern

Khurram is a third year Political Science student at York University, Keele campus. As an immigrant from Pakistan, Khurram is interested in examining the experiences and issues that exist for immigrants and minorities in Canada. As a political science student, he analyzes many of these situations through a political scope and how they affect people. In his free time Khurram has volunteered at community events and has participated in Model UN, UNICEF, Debate society at York and Moot Law society at York. After his four year honours degree, Khurram hopes to pursue graduate studies or law. This summer, Khurram will be supporting the Mosaic Institute’s research and development projects.


Mosaic Alumni (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 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

2017 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