Dr. Aslam Daud, presently the chairman of Humanity First Canada, is a physician turned a humanitarian relief and community services champion with more than 20 years of experience in this field.
A senior health care information technology professional, Dr. Daud received his M.B.B.S. degree from Dow Medical College (Dow University of Health Sciences) and for over 20 years, has been working as a Health Solutions Consultant for government and private health care information technology companies.
He divides his volunteer time between international disaster relief assistance and local projects, including managing a food bank in the GTA.
Ashraf Ghanem holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. Currently, he is employed as Director of Settlement and Multiculturalism Branch with the Population Growth Secretariat, for the government of New Brunswick. Mr. Ghanem is the past President of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council Inc., a provincial umbrella organization for multicultural associations from across New Brunswick. He is the past Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Multiculturalism. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Metropolis Centre on behalf of the Population Growth Secretariat.
Marta Kalita has been working with immigrants and refugees in Manitoba for more than 25 years at the same agency; Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council/Welcome Place where she is now the Director of Settlement Services. She has an extended knowledge about immigration and refugee policies and a long time experience in the front line settlement work with Government Assisted Refugees, Privately Sponsored Refugees and Refugee Claimants.
In her work at MIIC she focuses on refugee integration, children’s adaptation to school environment, newcomers’ needs and access to services, cross cultural communication and public awareness about refugee issues. She is a member of a national Immigration and Settlement Working Group under the umbrella of Canadian Council for Refugees and the present member of the Board of Manitoba Association of Newcomers Serving Organizations. She is also involved in various local and national projects focused on refugee settlement. She is a certified Polish and Russian interpreter and the EAL Volunteer.
Jan has worked in the field of immigration, settlement, multiculturalism, and community development for fourteen years and is a champion of welcoming and inclusive communities. She delivers workshops and presentations throughout Central Alberta in colleges, universities, workplaces, organizations and conferences, on intercultural awareness; communication and sensitivity; human rights; anti racism; global awareness and other social justice topics.
Debbie Douglas is the Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Ms. Douglas is the recipient of several awards including the Women of Distinction from YWCA Toronto; the Amino Malko award from the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture; the Race Relations award from the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and more recently the Frances Lankin Community Service Award for 2016.
A well-known face in Ontario and across the country, Ms. Douglas is often called upon by governments to share her expertise. She was a member of the provinces’ Expert Panel on Immigration which published the report Routes to Success and led to the province’s first immigration legislation enacted in the Spring of 2015. Ms. Douglas was also recently appointed to the provincial working group on income security.