Messages from our co-founders and co-chairs

“Our vision at the ICC keeps in mind that eventually Canada’s net population growth will be entirely attributable to immigration. By creating opportunities for new Canadian citizens to participate fully in our cultural and political life, we will be able to continue to nurture the kind of society we have worked so hard to create: public education, cultural activities, parks, and medical care.”

—The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

“We all know that the world is caught in a maelstrom, which is swirling around the basic principles of belonging and diversity, around the very meaning of citizenship. The role of the ICC – our ideas and programs – whether in individual communities or across borders, has never been so important.”

—John Ralston Saul

Message from our CEO

“I know firsthand that citizenship is far more than where you were born, as it is shaped by our communities and values. That is why I am proud to join the ICC to lead their drive to promote diversity and inclusion across Canada and around the world.”

—Yasir Naqvi


Photo: The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

Photo: John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul

Photo: Upkar Arora

Upkar Arora

Photo: Martin Katz

Martin Katz

Photo: Lesley Kim

Lesley Kim

Photo: Zai Mamdani

Zai Mamdani

Photo: Ruth Ramsden-Wood

Ruth Ramsden-Wood

Photo: Irfhan Rawji

Irfhan Rawji

Photo: Khalil Shariff

Khalil Shariff

Photo: Niigaan Sinclair

Niigaan Sinclair

Photo: Andreas Souvaliotis

Andreas Souvaliotis


Yasir Naqvi
Chief Executive Officer
Leith Bishop
Chief Operating Officer
Leon Mar
Senior Director, Communications
David Young
Director of Finance
Kimberley Gadwah
Head of Development
Adrineh Der-Boghossian
Communications Officer
Stephanie Dudek
Specialist, Events and Office Operations
Meaghan Salmons
Executive Assistant and Board Liaison
Adam Sommerfeld
Graphic Designer, Communications
Sharon Tindyebwa
Communications Officer

Building Citizenship

Amy Matchen
Director, Building Citizenship
Alana Dunbar
National Program Officer, Building Citizenship
Hiba Omar
Program Assistant, Building Citizenship
Arshia Sultan
Program Assistant, Building Citizenship
Marie-Noëlle Tudieshe
National Program Officer, Building Citizenship
Siva Vijenthira
National Program Officer, Building Citizenship
Salimah Visram
Operations Lead, Building Citizenship

Cultural Access Pass

Yasmine Mohamed
Director, Cultural Access Pass
Andrew Beer
Program & Database Coordinator, Cultural Access Pass
Julia Matamoros
Partnership Officer, Cultural Access Pass
Niki Mohrdar
Program Assistant, Cultural Access Pass
Anja Moore-Heighington
Membership Officer, Cultural Access Pass

Ideas & Insights

Scott Young
Director, Ideas & Insights
Cadhla Gray
Research Associate, Ideas & Insights

6 Degrees

David Leonard
Senior Director, 6 Degrees
Roberto Alvarez
Partnerships Lead, 6 Degrees
Philip Chalk
Project Coordinator, 6 Degrees
Karin Chykaliuk
Senior Producer, 6 Degrees
Aisha Jarrah
Producer, 6 Degrees