Amira Elghawaby, Director of Programs & Outreach
Amira Elghawaby is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate.
Before joining the labour movement where she most recently worked at the Canadian Labour Congress, Amira spent five years promoting the civil liberties of Canadian Muslims at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM).
Amira has also been involved with numerous initiatives to counter hate and promote inclusion, including as a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, as a Champion of the United For All United Way-East Ontario initiative, and as a board member with the Silk Road Institute. She recently served as a Commissioner on the Public Policy Forum’s Canadian Commission on Democratic Engagement. Amira is also a delegate of the 2022 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference.
Her 2019 TEDXOttawa talk is titled “Multiculturalism: Worth Defending”. Amira obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001.
Angela Lee, Director of Partnerships & Research
Angela Lee brings over 15 years of experience working with advocacy organizations, governmental bodies, and the labour movement. She has worked to build coalitions to support health care access in New York City, and regionally for comprehensive immigration reform in the US.
Prior to CRRF, Angela was in consulting specializing in engaging hard-to-reach communities for non-profits and governmental agencies. Angela designed and implemented engagement strategies to reach diverse communities and hard-to-reach individuals on public policy issues such as settlement policies, cultural plans, and access to health care and mental health care.
Most recently at Stratcom, Angela worked as a consultant in campaigns and market research to support progressive campaigns across Canada, using research to inform campaign strategy and multi-channel communications tools for implementation.
Angela has designed and implemented research projects on a wide variety of issues at the national, provincial, and local levels for clients across Canada. Using quantitative methods, Angela has worked with research methods such as online public opinion polling, membership-based polling, Interactive Voice Response polling, and live phone polling. In qualitative research, she has designed, project managed and moderated in-person and online focus groups.
Angela speaks English, French, and Cantonese and is a graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Women’s Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work. Angela recently completed an Inclusive Management Certificate with Anima Leadership.
Thoha Mahmood, Communications & Events Manager
Thoha is a communications and public affairs professional who is passionate about advocating for human and civil rights and providing humanitarian aid to conflict-affected people worldwide. She worked closely with orphans in Iraq affected by war at the Canadian Aid and Development Association (CADA). She has worked for years at different levels of government, including federally, at the House of Commons, and provincially, with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. In those roles, she assisted legislators in the research for new bills and policies. Thoha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, double majoring in Political Science and Sociology.
CRRF welcomes new team members in the fight against racism in Canada!