The Team

Heather Barnabe

CEO

Bio

Who is Heather Barnabe? 

As CEO of G(irls)20, Heather’s career has been built around improving the livelihoods of women and girls, both at home in Canada and around the world. Prior to joining us, she managed complex, multi-country girls’ education and women’s health interventions across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America for Right To Play and CARE Canada. Heather has experience working with governments, the private sector and in partnership with other social profit organizations. She also has the unique experience of having worked in corporate relations and strategic partnerships with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (and yes, she was at the Gold Medal Game. And yes, it was an amazing moment.)

An activist for women’s and girl’s rights, poverty-reduction and senior citizen care, Heather has volunteered her time with many organizations, including the Kin Club, the YMCA, CARE, Holiday Helpers and the Invictus Games. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Heather loves residing in Toronto (until it’s -30, then she’s dreaming of coastal mountains and the ocean).  

 

Important Fact

Heather once handfed a (huge) wild hyena, in rural Ethiopia. It’s a good story; ask her about it.

 

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because…

they are empathetic, ambitious and highly-skilled. 

Evelyn Chan

Fundraising Assistant

Bio

Who is Evelyn Chan? 

Evelyn comes with a background in communications and philanthropy working for NGOs such as Oxfam in London, UK and World Education along the Thai-Myanmar border. She is passionate about advocating for the underserved and promoting causes through storytelling, connecting and philanthropy.  Evelyn has previously lived in 4 countries, is an avid traveller and speaks 2 and a half languages (enough Thai to order some dinner in Bangkok!).  She enjoys all things outdoors (in the summer) and all things indoors (in the winter).  Most importantly, Evelyn believes in the mission of G(irls)20 to cultivate this generation of female leaders so that young women can do amazing things in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. 

 Important Fact 

Evelyn once hiked 21 km…by accident.

 

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because

 Young voices are often unheard and Female voices are often quieted. #YoungFemaleLeaders need the opportunity to speak their minds in order to solve some of our most provocative issues of today.

 

Bailey Greenspon

Senior Program Manager

Bio

Who is Bailey Greenspon? 

A lifelong community organizer, Bailey lives at the intersection of youth leadership and political engagement. She is motivated by the belief that our best strategy to solve 21st century challenges is by building leadership capacity in passionate young people to tackle these problems.

From 2015- 2017, Bailey managed the Everyday Political Citizen program at Samara Canada, where she built a network of young community leaders from across the country to develop their abilities as advocates and leaders. She lead the organization to explore its role in reconciliation and brought an inclusivity lens to its programming. Last summer, she took a detour into Canadian politics and served at the Press Secretary on a federal leadership campaign. In her role at G(irls)20 as the Senior Program Manager, Bailey gets to support the incredible young women who shape the Global Summit and Girls on Boards programs.

Bailey studied International Development Studies as McGill University, and began her career supporting local leaders and social enterprises in Ghana (with Engineers without Borders) and Malaysia (with the Ministry of Finance and Impact Hub), before settling in Toronto. In her spare time, Bailey is likely found on her bike or dancing through Toronto’s west end.  

Important Fact 

Politics nerd and Professional dog-petter

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because…

I attended the Women’s March on Washington in 2017 and saw, with my eyes, what a better world can look like when we put women at the front of organizing, decision-making and collaboration for social change.  

 

Taylor Piotrowski

Communications Coordinator

Bio

Taylor is a go-getter, constantly searching for new opportunities to challenge herself in both her academic and professional life. From a young age Taylor has actively volunteered within her community, working with NGO’s such as Spread the Net, Neighborhood Network and Best Buddies Canada. From 2012-2016 Taylor worked as inclusion facilitator and camp director where she assisted in the full inclusion of students with disabilities into communities programs.

Taylor was the founding President of the Aurora Leo’s club in 2016 and due to her work within her community she was selected as one of the 23 Leading Women, Leading Girls recipients in her home town of Newmarket-Aurora in 2017.

in 2016 Taylor started a new chapter in her life and moved to Montreal to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science and Political Politics at McGill University. After coming to Montreal Taylor joined Borderless Worlds Volunteers to develop a sustainable initiative in Laos, became a sponsorship coordinator for AUS McGill, and a staff writer for the Grassroots Journal.

On her spare time you will find Taylor at the gym, playing volleyball or sipping on a chai in a local cafe.

Important Fact:

Taylor has played 11 sports and counting!

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because…

we are passionate, eager and wan’t to do the work, but we can’t hire ourselves.

 

 

 

Atifa Hasham

Project Coordinator, Girls on Boards

Bio

Who is Atifa Hasham? 

With roots in East Africa and India, Atifa is a first-generation Canadian born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelors of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization where she had the opportunity to work with diverse international teams as part of a co-op program. She has worked with UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning and Global Affairs Canada and volunteered with organizations such as Gender Across Borders, UNICEF, and Just Governance for Human Security. She is a believer in ending the stigma against mental health in her personal and professional life and is passionate about using storytelling to connect with others who are different than ourselves.

Atifa is thrilled to be a part of the G(irls)20 team and to join the Girls on Boards network. She hopes to use an intersectional approach in her role as Project Coordinator and is looking forward to being inspired by all the Future Board Members.

In her spare time, you can find Atifa binging the latest shows on Netflix, knitting winter gear, or nerding out over anything sci-fi related.

Important Fact

Atifa does a Lord of the Rings, nay, a Lord of the Rings extended edition marathon every year.

The labour force needs #YoungFemaleLeaders because 

women of colour, and of other marginalized identities, are still underrepresented and continue to experience complex and layered forms of discrimination. It is important for these young women’s voices to be nurtured and placed at the forefront of the conversation.

 

Farah Mohamed

Founder

Bio

Farah is the CEO, Malala Fund where she works toward a world where every girl has the right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Before joining the Malala Fund, she created G(irls)20 to provide advice on female labor force participation to the G20 and Business20 while investing in the entrepreneurial passion and skills of girls in 20+ countries.

Speaking Engagements: Leadership at the International Level (IPU at the UN, New York), Economic Freedom (Melbourne Writers Festival, Australia) Maximizing Philanthropy (Sydney, Australia), The Impact of Empowering Girls & Women in an Emerging Democracy (Sudan), Creating Safe Spaces for Girls (G8/G20 Meeting of Parliamentarians in France), the Empowerment of Girls (Scotland), Financial Inclusion and Education (Russia) Scalable Ideas – Pitching for Partnerships (New York & Beijing, China) and Future of Jobs Summit (Washington, DC).

Career Highlights: Inaugural President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation (TBSF). Under Farah’s leadership, TBSF created and launched the Foundation’s flagship program including One Laptop Per Child for Aboriginal Youth. She also oversaw the Foundation’s work in Liberia with President Johnson Sirleaf and a $1M humanitarian relief effort in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Just prior to creating TBSF, Farah served as Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Engagement for VON Canada. At VON, she was successful in building government and private sector partnerships, as well as strengthening the brand of Canada’s largest, national, non-profit, charitable home and community-care organization

For 10 years, Farah worked closely with some of Canada’s most senior politicians. Farah began her political career in 1995 with The Honourable Paddy Torsney who served as Chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee and then Junior Cabinet Minister on the Environment. From 1999 to 2004, Farah served as the Director of Communications for The Honourable Anne McLellan in her role as Minister of Justice, Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree at Queens University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in the field of Political Science and International Relations. Bellagio Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy).

The Beginning: Of Indian heritage, Farah was born and raised in Uganda until 1972 when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Indian Ugandans, giving them 90 days to leave Uganda. Her father, mother and sister sought refuge in Canada.

 

Awards

Meritorious Service Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond

Jubilee Medal

BBC’s 100 Women

Top 25 Most Influential

Women in Canada, Women

of Influence

Top 40 over 40

Canada’s Top 25 Immigrant

Canadian Diversity

Champion Award

Game changers: Summited 19,340 feet up

Mount Kilimanjaro, January 19, 2007.

Playing twister with 9 yr old niece