Hazem Ahmed completed his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Queen’s University in 2009 and 2014, respectively. During his graduate studies, Hazem worked at the Queen’s Equity and Human Rights Offices for several years building desktop and web-based tools to manage equity training data and analyze University’s survey results.
In 2016, Hazem joined General Electric Aviation as Data Scientist based in Dubai, UAE. In this role, he is responsible for applying statistical modeling, machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics to derive actionable business insights from aircraft engine and aviation data. Hazem enjoys applying his interdisciplinary data analytics skills to real-life problems, where his qualifications can really make a difference to challenging domains. Besides his passion to data, Hazem enjoys reading and writing short fiction, watching movies and dining out with friends and family.
Kuukuwa Andam is a native daughter of the Fante people of Ghana. Kuukuwa was born and raised in Ghana but has called 3 countries home, at different points in her life. Kuukuwa’s passion for law and human rights issues has caused her to work in diverse capacities including clerking with the Chief Justice of Ghana, providing legal services to indigent persons in Ghana and San Francisco and serving as a country conditions’ expert in asylum cases in the US and UK.
Kuukuwa’s current research focuses on the rights of lesbians and bisexual women in Ghana. Her research examines the extent to which Ghanaian law criminalizes sexual minorities, as well as, the human rights abuses that female sexual minorities encounter. She is a PhD candidate at the Law Faculty of Queen’s University where she is also the HR Stuart Ryan Fellow.
Kuukuwa is qualified to practice law in Ghana and holds an LL.M Degree from Cornell University, where she was the Institute for African Development Fellow. She also holds an LL.B from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology.
Kuukuwa loves to learn new languages and currently speaks five languages. She enjoys cooking and volunteered as a chef for King Jesus Orphanage in Kumasi, Ghana during her undergraduate degree. She enjoys writing and is an avid blogger.
Ann Deer, MA Educational Leadership BA, is a Mohawk woman from the Wolf Clan and a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne, Ontario. She is a daughter, an Auntie, a Friend and Mom to a spoiled dog and cat. Ann received her Undergraduate degree with Honours in both Native Studies and Canadian Studies from Trent University, and later received her Masters of Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and is certified in Conflict Resolution.
Ann is the Indigenous Recruitment and Support Coordinator for the Faculty of Law; the Smith School of Business and the School of Medicine at Queen’s University. In this position Ann is responsible for fulfilling program specific recruiting objectives aimed at increasing the size and quality of the applicant pool of graduating Indigenous students from recognized post-secondary institutions and universities seeking admission to advanced studies within secondary-entry programs in Law, Medicine and School of Business. Ann also coordinates cultural support programming on and off campus for the Professional Indigenous Students in those programs.
Ann has volunteered since November 2016 as a Director on the Tipi Moza (Iron Homes) Board in Kingston, Ontario and has recently sat as a representative of Akwesasne on the Aboriginal Institutes: Policy, Quality, Assurance and Credential Granting, Working Group.
Ann created an online book club, is a regular participant of Kingston’s Annual WritersFest and enjoys gardening.
Kanonhsyonne/Janice Corinne Hill, Turtle clan mother, single mother of two sons, Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, is Mohawk. Born in Messina, NY and raised at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Jan has spent her life working for the revitalization of the Mohawk language and the culture, traditions, and spirituality of her ancestors. Grandmother, mother, auntie, sister, political and spiritual activist, and teacher – she believes in the power of knowing who she is and where she comes from. Jan acquired a bachelor’s degree in native studies from Trent University and a bachelor of education at Queen’s University. Jan is currently pursuing a M.A. in Gender Studies at Queen’s University.
Erin LeBlanc has been a part of Queen’s Executive Education as a facilitator on several of the programs offered, as well as a team facilitator in both the Queen’s National Executive MBA and Accelerated MBA programs. She has also facilitated team-building activities in customized programs for executives for the past ten years. She has worked with not-for-profits, non-governmental organizations, and federal departments in the area of leadership development. In addition to teaching graduate courses in the area of International Trade Law, she is also a certified executive coach (TAIS) and has worked with hundreds of executives one-on-one in both the public and private sector for over a decade.
As an advocate for the LGBT community focusing on assisting transgender people, Ms. LeBlanc has been a guest speaker at schools and organizations, a presenter at the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a member of Trans Family Kingston (a support group for transgender people and their families), and quoted in print and online media. She is a co-host of a weekly radio show “Gender Talk” and serves on the Board of Kingston Pride.
A graduate of Queen’s University in Economics and Psychology, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Policy from the University of Toronto, as well being a graduate of Queen’s Master of Law Program specializing in International Trade Law.
Dr. Minelle Mahtani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Geography and the Program in Journalism, University of Toronto Scarborough. She is the co-editor of the book, “Global Mixed Race” (NYU Press, 2014) and the author of the forthcoming book, “Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality in Canada” (UBC Press). Dr. Mahtani is the Past President of the Association for Canadian Studies, and former Chair of Metropolis-Ontario (CERIS – Centre for Excellence on Immigration and Settlement). She is the 2012 Winner of the Glenda Laws Award from the Association of American Geographers for outstanding contributions to geography and social policy, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award winner. Dr. Mahtani is a former television news journalist with the CBC and has consulted with a variety of organizations on diversity and journalism, including Citizenship Immigration Canada, Ministry of Multiculturalism and Integration, among other groups. She is the former strategic counsel for the not-for-profit IMPACS (Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society).
Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. Author of Colonized Classrooms. Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education Sheila is a full professor in the School of Rural and Northern Health and holds a cross-appointment to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University where she is also the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs. As the senior lead on Indigenous initiatives her responsibilities include leading Indigenous academic developments across the disciplines. She has played a lead role in the development of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, the Master of Indigenous Relations program and the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute at Laurentian University. A leader in Indigenous education Dr Cote-Meek has focussed on bringing about systemic changes that impact Indigenous learners in post-secondary education. In 2016 she was nominated as an Indigenous Role Model for the Council of Ontario Universities Future Further Campaign and in 2103 she was recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Dr Cote-Meek is an active researcher and has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities regionally, nationally as well as internationally on social justice, education and health related issues.
Dr. Gurjit Sandhu is a Surgical Education Scientist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Sandhu completed her B.A. in 1996 from the University of British Columbia, Canada and earned her PhD in 2006 from Queen’s University, Canada. She was the Educational Developer for Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen’s University before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in November 2013. Dr. Sandhu’s research concentrates on progressive entrustment and graduated autonomy in surgical education. More broadly, her work focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically looking at professional education, teaching methods and assessment. Dr. Sandhu also uses her strengths as a qualitative researcher to support her work on social accountability in medical education, health equity and disparities, and global health.
Mike Young, a recent graduate, served as the 34th Rector of Queen’s University and was lucky enough to be able to connect with so many incredible people within that role. He’s spoken at 50+ functions as a keynote or panelist over the past 3 years, and got to work with incredible teams as a facilitator for the Positive Space and Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Training programs, respectively, at Queen’s. Today, Mike continues working on educational programming for the Human Rights and Equity Offices at Queen’s. As his passion for speaking and facilitating has grown through these experiences, Mike is pursuing a career as a speaker and workshop facilitator through the founding of his new venture, Growth Myndset, which seeks to raise social consciousness and combat oppression.
Mike has a passion for helping folks realize their potential, leading important discussions about equity/human rights, and for learning more about himself throughout the process. He’s also passionate about helping those he works with better understand how to navigate privilege when doing anti-oppressive work. Mike believes in the power of honesty, sharing, and laughter, and his work as a public speaker and facilitator strives to be relatable and human above all else.