Forum 2016 – Workshops
Journalist, Producer and Host
Dorothy Alexandre began her career in journalism with TVA in 2009 and is a columnist for both radio shows and lencrenoir.com, a site that underlines important issues and news in black communities across the world. She is sure to be open as well as critical towards her various areas of interest. She is currently developing, through her organisation Inspiration Communication, her first documentary. This young mother has received the Femme Inspirante award by Women Inc. and was named Model in our Society by the Diversity Advancement Network for the Black Canadian Awards. Dorothy is very present on social media, and uses her pen to educate, inspire and interact with her 8,000 followers.
Partner at Mitchell Gattuso law firm & Co-founder of Québec Inclusif
Rémi Bourget is a lawyer and defender of human rights. He is best known for his role in the movement of lawyers opposed to Bill 78, the special law that was passed by Quebec’s National Assembly in response to a student strike opposing tuition increases. In 2013, to denounce the movement of the proposed Charter of Quebec Values, Rémi co-founded Québec inclusif, a non-profit, independent and nonpartisan organisation that fights for an open Quebec society, inclusive and respecting the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. Apart from law, Rémi is interested in politics, history, archeology, ecology and ice hockey. He was the head coach of the Université de Montréal’s hockey team, which was champion of the Law Games tournament in 2008.
Canada in the World
Executive Director, Equitas
In his role as Executive Director of Equitas, International Centre for Human Rights Education, Ian Hamilton leads the delivery of human rights education programs that advance equality, social justice and respect for human dignity in Canada and around the world. Before his work with Equitas, Ian worked for the Coordinating Committee of Human Rights Organizations of Thailand for 16 months in Bangkok, assisting their campaign for the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission. From 1992-1995 he worked in a number of positions, including Asia Program Officer, at the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) in Montreal. He graduated from University of Toronto in 1990 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.
Vincent Geloso is a doctoral candidate in economic history at the London School of Economics. He is a lecturer at the Institute of Applied Economics at HEC Montreal. He is also the author of Grand Rattrapage au Déclin Tranquille: une histoire économique et sociale du Québec de 1900 à nos jours published in 2013 and has also published articles for the general public in La Presse, Le Québécois Libre, The Sun, The Financial Post, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, Economic Affairs, and The Gazette. He holds a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Montreal and an MA in economic history at the London School of Economics.
Project Leader, CHNGR
Hailing from New-Brunswick but now calling Montreal home, Nicolas Nadeau has participated in the development of a variety of educational projects, ranging from environmental awareness to violence prevention. He now coordinates Concordia’s RECODE initiative, CHNGR (changer). This project aims to expose students to entrepreneurship as a means to bring about positive change in our communities.
Métis youth leader, Co-Founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G)
Gabrielle Fayant is the Co-Founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) and Program Manager of an economic youth program called ReachUp! North, which seeks to empower local Aboriginal youth by increasing their skills, knowledge and capabilities ensuring a smoother transition into the workforce. In addition, these workshops also help youth apply their traditional beliefs and practices to the modern economy. She has worked with the National Association of Friendship Centres, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group and Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee. Fayant also sings with a women’s hand drum group called Spirit Flowers.
Nina Segalowitz is an Inuvialuit Chipewyan from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Her passion for music started at a young age. She first started playing the cello at the age of 3 and took music lessons until the age of 17. She played in the Montreal Symphony Youth Orchestra with whom she traveled around Canada performing. At the age of 18, she discovered Inuit throat singing when she first reconnected with the Aboriginal community in Montreal. Since then, she has worked, trained and performed with Inuit throat singers Evie Mark and Lydia Etok. Her current throat singing partner is Taqralik Partridge from Kuujjuaq.
Politics and Democracy
Youth Engagement Expert & Co-founder of Apathy is Boring
Ilona is a regular commentator in the national media, and speaks to audiences internationally about tapping into the innovation potential of Millennials and Gen Z. In 2004, she co-founded Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan charitable organization that educates youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.
Politics and Democracy
Montreal City Councillor for Villeray
Active in her community from a young age, Elsie Lefebvre was elected for the first time in 2004, at the age of 25, as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for the Laurier-Dorion riding making her the youngest elected female MNA in Quebec’s history. Since then, Elsie’s interests have shifted towards municipal politics and in 2009 was elected to the Montreal City Council for Villeray where she was appointed leader of the opposition party and Vice-President of Council, a first for a woman. In 2013, she was appointed Associate Councillor for Transportation on the Executive Committee. Under her leadership, the Commission sur l’eau, l’environnement, le développement durable et les grands parcs has proposed strict bans on the use of plastic bags and pushed for more stringent measures to improve air quality.
Social Issues and the Environment
Deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada and Environmentalist
Daniel Green has worked for almost 40 years as a defender of local communities against the threat of toxic substances in the environment. From 1980 until 2000 Daniel led the Société pour Vaincre la Pollution (SVP), a pioneer environmental organization that worked on many of the major issues dealing with environmental contamination affecting Quebec and Canada. He has also served as a scientific advisor with the Sierra Club of Canada, Nature Québec, Parks Canada, and various Canadian municipalities. Daniel has worked hard over the last 40 years to engage communities on many of the largest environmental issues that Quebec and Canada faces. He was the candidate in Ville-Marie Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Sœurs for the 2015 federal election.
Social Issues and the Environment
President and co-founder, Quebec Inclusif
Emilie Nicolas is president and co-founder of Québec Inclusif, a non-profit, independent and nonpartisan organisation that fights for an open Quebec society, inclusive and respecting the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. Emilie is the recipient of numerous awards including the Governor General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case due to her outstanding contribution to the goal of equality for women and girls in Canada and the Harry Jerome Award, which recognizes and honours excellence in African Canadian achievement. Emilie is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.