A past president of PEN Canada, Charlie is a senior fellow at Massey College, and an adjunct professor in the Dept. of English at the University of Toronto. Charlie has degrees from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has also published eleven books, including five novels. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada.
Managing Director, Programs and Partnerships
As Managing Director, Programs and Partnerships, Leith drives program strategy and operations, with special attention to the Cultural Access Pass, Building Citizenship and ICC Insights programs. She also leads the cultivation of new program partnerships and directs the ICC’s program initiatives.
Prior to joining the ICC, Leith worked in public radio and social marketing. As an Executive Producer at National Public Radio, Leith was responsible for the strategic direction and editorial content of two national newsmagazines, and co-produced NPR’s first Presidential debate during the 2004 election campaign. Leith began her journalism career at CBC Radio, and was the Senior Producer for the flagship interview program As It Happens. She has contributed lifestyle pieces to the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and the Canadian Press. After leaving journalism, Leith was an Account Director and Manager of Special Projects for Manifest Communications, an agency focused on cause and issue marketing. In that capacity, she specialized in delivering impact campaigns on social issues including food security, health, learning disabilities, and foster care.
Leith has a B.A. from Dalhousie University in Halifax and has lived in Montreal, Toronto, Washington and Los Angeles. As much as possible, she and her husband use their free time to travel.
Kimberley brings a decade of experience in strategic development and fundraising to her role as Head of Development at the ICC.
Prior to joining the ICC, Kimberley was in charge of fundraising, communications and special events at The Safehaven Project for Community Living, a Toronto- based charity that provides residential care for children with multiple disabilities, and chronic and terminal illnesses. Kimberley also worked at Princess Margaret Home Lottery in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation for 6 years, and has directed art galas in support of the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She also sits on the National Board of Directors for Brands for Canada and the Community Board of Directors for Creating Alternatives and is a member of MLSE Foundation Campaign Cabinet in support of the MLSE LaunchPad.
Kimberley holds an undergraduate degree in Classical History from York University.
Julie collaborates with the ICC team to advance the organization’s strategic goals. Responsible for the execution of strategic communications, campaigns and projects, she also oversees the ICC’s social media strategy and media relations.
Julie began her marketing career at the University of Calgary. In 2010, she was a roundtable host at an ICC community citizenship ceremony as part of Calgary’s Cultural Capital of Canada; the experience moved her to join an ICC Volunteer Committee. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto to take on the role of Communications Manager at the ICC. Julie is passionate about art, technology and design, and enjoys the collaborative spirit and diversity of projects at the ICC. She holds an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Calgary, and an honours broadcasting diploma from NAIT.
Christine is a senior-level not-for-profit administrator and governance expert. As the Office Manager and Executive Assistant at the ICC, her role is to provide seamless, multi-faceted HR, finance and operations support to the staff, executive team and the Board of Directors.
Prior to her work at the ICC, Christine held governance-based executive support roles with not-for-profit and public sector institutions such as OCAD University, the Toronto International Film Festival and Ontario Government Shared Services. She has also served as a Board member and executive with several not-for-profit arts organizations, including Pleasure Dome, Toronto’s longest-running experimental film screening series.
Christine graduated with Honours from OCAD University with a double-major degree in Photography and Integrated Media. She is an internationally recognized new-media artist, having exhibited work at over 250 galleries and film festivals across 25 countries in the past decade. In her spare time, you can find her at the movies, seeking out hard-to-find Nigerian disco records, walking ridiculously long distances, cooking unnecessarily complicated meals, and hitting up Toronto thrift stores for forgotten 16mm films and VHS tapes.
David is a versatile accountant and administrator with experience working in a number of industries. An analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills, David manages organizational finances for the ICC.
Prior to joining the ICC, David worked as a Corporate Accountant at Arrow Capital Management Inc., a Program Rights Accountant at Shaw Media, and an Accounting Assistant at Ketchum Public Relations.
David studied business administration at Trent University – a small business school that emphasizes ethical business practices and environmental sustainability – where he was an honours student and a student representative to the Business Program Committee.
David is an avid fan of the Blue Jays.
Partner and Donor Relations Coordinator
Acting Director, Building Citizenship
As Acting Director of the ICC’s Building Citizenship program, Alykhan oversees the strategic planning and operational management of over 70 community citizenship ceremonies every year with his team.
Prior to joining the ICC, Alykhan worked as a business consultant for TD Bank, where he led and consulted on insurance claims process and application-related projects. His personal experience growing up in an immigrant family from Tanzania shaped his investment in inclusion and active citizenship for all Canadians, while his time spent volunteering for various causes motivated him to make the transition from the corporate sector to the non-profit world. When he is not traveling around Canada and attending community citizenship ceremonies, Alykhan enjoys the agony of watching Toronto sports teams, music, museums, and spending time with friends.
Alykhan was born in London, England and grew up in Guelph, Brampton, and Toronto. He holds degrees in Business from York University and the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Manager of Partners, Building Citizenship
As Manager of Partners for the Building Citizenship program, Salima works closely with community partners across the country to plan and implement community citizenship ceremonies and the ICC’s signature roundtables.
Salima’s professional background in education and international development has allowed her to live and work in Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and the United Kingdom. More recently, in Canada, prior to working at the ICC, Salima managed education and youth livelihoods projects with War Child Canada. Wanting to transition her work to a local context, Salima then spent one year with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, where she developed and implemented a national online resource for Aboriginal entrepreneurs.
In her spare time, Salima likes to box at a women’s boxing gym in Toronto, and seek out new and unusual ice cream joints wherever she goes.
Coordinator, Building Citizenship
As part of the Building Citizenship team, Siva helps coordinate ICC community citizenship ceremonies, including the signature roundtables and celebratory receptions.
Prior to joining the ICC, Siva worked with CultureLink Canada, Cycle Toronto, CivicAction, and the City of Toronto on a variety of city-building, newcomer integration, and youth engagement projects. She is a frequent speaker, panellist, and writer on urban issues, and is especially interested in celebrating underrepresented voices and viewpoints. As a former refugee from Sri Lanka, Siva is excited to join the ICC in welcoming Canada’s newest citizens, promoting inclusion, and encouraging active citizenship across the country. Siva holds an interdisciplinary degree in Arts & Science from McMaster University. In her spare time, she likes biking, hiking, and listening to podcasts.
Coordinator, Building Citizenship
Mégane supports the coordination of citizenship ceremonies across the country. As a francophone Belgian-Quebecer, she has always been interested in the various aspects that build national identities and the socio-political challenges of bilingualism and inclusion. Having previously lived in Europe and South Korea, Mégane wishes to use her experience for meaningful events at the ICC, to learn from and partake in changing discourses of inclusion and the concept of borders in flux.
Mégane is a research analyst and former editor of the Women in Security program at the NATO Association of Canada, and current French editor-in-chief for CCR2P’s research magazine. She received her MA in Political-Science and Asia-Pacific Studies (UofT, Munk), and her BSc. in International studies (UdeM). She speaks English, French, and is learning Korean and Japanese. Mégane has been researching on the resettlement of North Korean refugees, the soft power of human security narratives, gender mainstreaming, and has been involved with various North Korean human rights NGOs.
Manager, Cultural Access Pass
As the Manager of the Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program, Yasmine works with our national network of partners to create opportunities for new citizens to explore, travel and discover Canada during their first year of citizenship.
Yasmine’s passion for inclusion and citizenship stems from her academic research in human geography and environmental studies. While completing her master’s at York University, Yasmine studied the links between social policy, environmental factors and marginalization of newcomer communities in Toronto. She became determined to take an active role in helping to foster more inclusive societies. Now, at the ICC, Yasmine is committed to building a sense of inclusion and belonging by encouraging new citizens to explore and engage in arts and cultural institutions from coast to coast.
Born and raised in Toronto, Yasmine is motivated by storytelling and finds inspiration in shared experiences and exploring Canadian natural landscapes. She also enjoys her daily adventures on her bike.
Program & Database Coordinator, Cultural Access Pass
Program & Database Coordinator, Cultural Access Pass
Andrew Beer works with data. He began his career in a service bureau at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly before moving to the office of the Privacy Commissioner for Ontario; he is now the guardian of Cultural Access Pass demographics and trends. In addition to being the steward of ICC’s information needs, Andrew also wears a second hat as the primary support contact in both English and French for hundreds of thousands of CAP members taking part in the Cultural Access Pass program. Andrew’s expertise in data management and customer service has been instrumental to the growth of the CAP program since 2011.
Andrew is also a flatwater canoeist and Anglophile.
Executive Producer, 6 Degrees
Karin Chykaliuk is the Executive Producer of the ICC’s 6 Degrees global forum on inclusion and citizenship. Working with the CEO and the rest of the 6 Degrees team, she oversees every aspect from planning to production leading up to, and during, the three days of the citizen space in Toronto at the end of September.
Karin is an award-winning freelance producer with CBC Radio in Toronto. She has produced numerous town halls on issues ranging from the success of Canada’s cultural mosaic, to the mental health crisis on university and college campuses. Her credits include live music-based programs during CBC Toronto’s annual foodbank fundraiser, Sounds of the Season, as well as broadcasts in at-risk communities and public forums for many of CBC’s flagship programs such as Metro Morning, Ideas, White Coat, Black Art, and As It Happens.
Beyond radio, Karin is also a writer, copy editor, photographer, tour leader, teacher and traveler. In 1991, she taught ESL in a small town at the base of an active volcano in Costa Rica, and subsequently led groups on foot and by ship throughout Central and South America. By age 35, her curiosity had taken her to all seven continents, from Africa to Antarctica to Australia, and beyond. Her position at the ICC is a logical extension of her passion for bringing people together across cultures.
Karin holds a B.Ed. (Intermediate/Senior – English) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University.
As the Director of 6 Degrees, the ICC’s global forum on inclusion and citizenship, Alain spearheads the conceptualization, development and execution of this annual gathering.
A global citizen from Mexico, Alain is a high-performing events and public affairs specialist with a deep international and Canadian network of contacts in government, business and civil society. Alain brings to the ICC considerable expertise from various experiences in Canada and around the world, including his most recent role as Director of Program & Content at the International Economic Forum of the Americas. Prior to that, he served as the Aide to John Ralston Saul, one of Canada’s leading intellectuals and, at the time, President of PEN International.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Alain holds a master’s in Political Science from the University of Salamanca in Spain and a bachelor’s degree (Double Honours) in Political Science and History from Trent University.
Communications and Marketing Manager, 6 Degrees
Communications and Marketing Manager, 6 Degrees
Deena Douara oversees communications strategy, media relations, and marketing for 6 Degrees.
Prior to joining the ICC, Deena led communications at Lifeline Syria. She has also worked as a journalist in Toronto, Cairo and Kingston; her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Metro, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and Daily News Egypt. As the daughter of immigrants and as a writer who has long been involved with social justice causes and anti-racism work, Deena believes in the value of creating welcoming societies and enjoys working towards that vision through the ICC.
Deena holds an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University of Cairo, a BEd from OISE/University of Toronto, and a BA in Psychology and English from Queen’s University.
In her spare time, she travels, takes photos, and listens keenly to CBC Radio and good advice.
Aisha brings to the ICC several years of experience as an educator and facilitator. Her goal as a teacher is to promote knowledge accessibility as pathway to empowerment. At the ICC, Aisha uses just that same philosophy (and a good dose of practicality) as part of the 6 Degrees team.
Aisha studied Cognitive Science at McGill University. Her interest in critical thinking and knowledge sharing then led her to obtain her B.Ed (Intermediate/Senior) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto, where she focused on interdisciplinary and holistic education.
Aisha is an avid cook and foodie, and would always prefer to walk.