Meet The Young Directors
A recent business graduate, Khayla’s diverse perspectives are shaped through her various work opportunities, leadership roles, case competitions and her own entrepreneurial projects. Her work experience is largely related to social entrepreneurship as she worked as a partnership development coordinator and marketing strategist for Sawa World, a social enterprise in Kampala, Uganda. She works with RADIUS SFU helping to develop the Refugee Livelihood lab, and Entrepreneurship and Changemaking (E&C) Activator. Her role as an E&C Activator allows her to engage students in the various E&C opportunities around SFU. Her case competition experience allowed her to strategize business solutions to present to stakeholders, further developing her business sense.
Currently, Khayla is most interested in working for non-profit organizations helping with refugee and newcomer resettlement, and or social planning. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career path in economic development or consulting for small businesses in developing countries.
Hafsah Asadullah is a third-year student at the University of Toronto currently pursuing a double major in History and Diaspora and Transnational studies. An advocate for women’s rights, she is one of the selected 338 Daughters of the Vote who took their seats in the houses of parliament making it, for the first time, a majority female house. Her political advocacy and support initiatives for Syrian newcomers was recognized by Samara Canada making her a shortlist nominee for Samara’s Everyday Political Citizen Awards. Furthermore, Hafsah serves as an active member of the University of Toronto Pre-Law society where her interest in the legal profession is demonstrated through her being an avid competitor in collegiate Mooting and Mock Trial competitions.
Ally Freedman is a sixth-generation young Métis woman with roots dating back to 1812 in Red River (Manitoba); present-day Winnipeg. Ally has contributed in many aspects to promote diversity and inclusion for women, Indigenous peoples. and other marginalized groups in politics. She is a powerful young woman who uses her voice to amplify the voices that are far
too often ignored, especially the voices of Indigenous women. Ally was one of the 338 Daughters of the Vote and was selected to be the delegate for Ottawa Centre. She currently serves as the only Indigenous member on the Ottawa
Youth Engagement Committee, also known as the Mayors Youth Council – which is a volunteer position. In that role, she strives to make Ottawa a better place for youth, especially Indigenous and racialized youth. ||Throughout her many endeavors – she strives to make the world, especially Ottawa, a better place.
Afrah Berhan is a 22 yr old first generation Canadian Eritrean Muslim studying Human Rights and Equity Studies at York University with a concentration in diplomacy/conflict resolution. She is interested in equity and social justice issues as a way of life and knows that wherever life takes her, equity will be indispensable. She loves to travel, sucks at social media and is a lover of early 2000’s R&B.
Amy is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her greatest passions lie in the international development and social justice reform. Amy became a Youth Ambassador for Plan International Canada in 2013 and continues advocate for accessible, quality education, healthcare and equal rights for all. Within Plan, Amy is a speaker and workshop facilitator for the Because I Am A Girl Initiative, Youth Media Spokesperson, and a Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Advocate/Mentor. She is also a member of the Conference Youth Council for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health where she was able to utilize her knowledge of and experience with international development initiatives, public speaking, and social media platforms. Amy credits her love for social activism, public speaking, and volunteerism as encouragement to step out of her comfort zone every day.
Sarah Cameron is an Associate with Boyden, where she is a key member of the social impact practice. Sarah is passionate about making recruiting practices more equitable and ensuring that diversity and inclusion policies are well informed, data-driven, and practical. Prior to starting her career with Boyden, Sarah worked for a solar start up in Kampala, Uganda and a government agency in Ottawa. Sarah brings insightful questions and a passion for diversity and inclusion in her role with Girls on Boards.
Helen Cashman is a Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company in Calgary. She graduated from the Alberta School of Business in Operations Management through the Bachelor of Commerce Cooperative Education program. She earned certificates in Leadership and Sustainability and a diploma from the Canadian Operational Research Society.
Helen has held leadership roles in many student organizations, including the Business Students’ Association, Alberta Not for Profit Association, and the Network of Empowered Women. She has participated in many Business Case Competitions including Ethics in Action at Dalhousie University, the Hong Kong University Case Competition, and the International Business Competition in Navarra, Spain.
She was Head Page at the Alberta Legislature and Executive Director of SUNIA, a summer camp for high school students focused on international affairs and social justice.
Helen loves hiking, camping, and boating and currently volunteers with Girl Guides of Canada.
I am a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Joint Honours in Sociology and Women Studies. I have worked in community development for several years and I have worked extensively within 7 low income housing communities, supporting diverse populations in both programming and project management roles. I am passionate about providing meaningful opportunities to children and youth through community-based programs and supporting initiatives that address community needs.
Kayleigh Erickson is a 5th year Political Science, Sociology and Social Justice Studies student at the University of Victoria. She has held many positions throughout her university career, such as Chairperson of the University of Victoria Students’ Society, and a two-term student senator governor on the UVic Senate and Board of Governors.
Kayleigh is currently a Senior Residence Advisor, the President of the Young Liberals of Canada in BC, and the Vice-President of Component 2 for CUPE Local 4163. In recent years she has been the President of the Undergraduates of Political Science Course Union and a Director on the Canadian Women’s Voters Congress. Kayleigh currently volunteers as a Disability Advocate at Together Against Poverty Society, and is a Mental Health Network Leader in addition to being a Daughter of the Vote for Equal Voice, and is developing an intersectional toolkit designed to support young
women advance substantive policy changes.|
At the University of British Columbia (UBC), Avril Espinosa-Malpica developed an interest in socio-economic issues and globalization through her studies in Economics, Political Science and French.
As a co-op student, she worked for Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Canada Border Services Agency and UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She currently serves on the Canadian International Council’s Executive Committee. Having recently graduated, Avril is now making the leap from the West Coast to Ottawa to pursue a career with GAC.
Avril’s achievements have been recognized through the UBC Arts Co-op Undergraduate Student of the Year Award and the UBC “For a Better BC” television and the print campaign she was featured in due to her international trade work. Avril combined her passion for photography and interest in policy inclusion through a piece published in UBC’s Outside-In International Photojournal.
Having lived in Mexico, Canada, and France, Avril is trilingual, culturally adaptable and globally minded.
Alicia Hayre is a 2018 HBA Candidate at the Ivey Business School. Throughout her time at Western University, she has committed 40 hours per week every single year to extra-curricular activities. As such, she has held numerous executive positions, such as Co-President of Ivey Women in Management, Head of Education for Aleph Western, and Clubs Finance Coordinator for the entire Western student body. She loves giving back to the community and has volunteered with organizations like the Alzheimer Society of BC, ReForest London, Illuminate Canada, and Free The Children. She is passionate about women’s empowerment, enhancing global access to education, and improving healthcare systems worldwide. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, rock climbing, singing, and hiking!
Shalyn Isaacs is an Honors Psychology student from York University who has always been passionate about women’s empowerment leadership development, and mental health. She is the Founder and President of Women’s Mental Health Talks at York University; an organization that hosts events to raise awareness of women’s mental health and that helps build leadership skills among women. It is also a peer support group where women discuss experiences that negatively impact their mental health and coping strategies that can be used to empower themselves and the women around them. She is currently a Research Assistant with Psychology’s Feminist Voices. Leading with compassion and purpose, in her future, she hopes to become a successful Clinical Psychologist, speaker and author who creates an organization that provides women in Canada and abroad with opportunities to enhance their mental health and leadership skills.
Ifeoluwa Kolade graduated from McGill University in 2016, receiving her degree in the Honours International Development Studies program and minoring in Economics. She has been an active member of her school and community at all stages of her education. She volunteered for four years during high school with Growing Up Healthy Downtown (GUHD), an initiative that provides childcare and parenting programs for low income, recent immigrants living in the Toronto downtown core. She was awarded the organizations Youth Volunteer Award in 2010 for her service.
During her time at McGill University, her passion for human rights and gender equality led her to work on several student organizations. She has served as Co-President of McGill Women in Leadership Students’ Association. She carried out the mandate of the club to provide female students at the university with the tools to excel in their chosen professions. Along with her executive team, she organized a diverse range of events, including workshops and conference highlighting female trailblazers. She also served on the executive team for McGill Students’ Chapter of War Child, helping to raise money for and awareness about the impacts of war on women and children. In addition, Ifeoluwa interned for a Geneva-based NGO in Summer 2015 and 2017. Her internship provided her with the opportunity to witness human rights advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Council on a first-hand basis. This opportunity further affirmed her dedication to the field of human rights and she hoped to spend her life advocating for marginalized voices.
Inara Lalani is a student at McGill University majoring in Information Systems, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She has spent her life growing up in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, Pakistan, and Canada. Amidst the vibrancy and multiculturalism, her time in certain developing countries exposed her to widespread economic and social inequalities, which have since inspired her interest in social business. She is particularly interested in working towards improving inequalities in access to healthcare for marginalized individuals and impact investing. She has devoted her time at McGill to several philanthropic causes, some of which include Cancer Auction, and P[h]assion. In addition to that, her experiences around the world have allowed her to become involved with several non-profit organizations as well, such as Operation Smile, Chechen Refugee Mission, Ink Movement, and McGill University Health Centre.
Miley is currently a UBC student majoring in Human Resource and Organizational Behaviour at the Sauder School of Business while pursuing a minor in Gender, Race, and Social Justice. Her interests lie in the intersections of social justice, youth engagement, and relationship building. This has led her to work and volunteer with organizations such as, YWCA Metro Vancouver, CityHive, and WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre. Miley lives by the saying ‘Infinite Responsibility and Groundless Solidarity’. She is passionate in working towards a culture where marginalized youth are meaningfully represented and empowered in civic, corporate, and community spaces.
Yasamin is a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Alberta with an interest in neurology. She is past president of the UofA Medical Students’ Association, where she represented her peers to faculty, the university, and external bodes. Yasmin is involved in the community as a Girl Guide Leader where she enjoys working with young girls and being a part of an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing music.
Jillian is currently a third-year student studying political science at Western University with research interests in women leadership and environmental sustainability. She is a passionate member of both the London, Hamilton and Western communities and is always looking for ways to get more involved. After finishing her degree she looks forward to working in government or in the not for profit sector.
By empowering young women & addressing systemic barriers to leadership, I hope to create political institutions that are reflective of our diversity as a country and responsive to the needs of marginalized women.
Michelle Quaye is a second year medical student at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She previously completed her Bachelor of Medical Sciences at Western University. Michelle has a strong interest in global health, and is currently Global Health Liaison (GHL) at her medical school. She is also carrying out research focused on global mental health in the Kenyan context, and is part of the inaugural Global MINDS fellowship program at Western University. Michelle is passionate about her community and is always looking for ways to get involved with new and innovative initiative. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys being a Girl Guides of Canada Brownie leader and travelling to new places. She loves learning about different cultures and meeting new people.
Marie Sereneo is a public health researcher currently based in Edmonton, Alberta. She recently completed her MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Alberta, and holds a BScH in Environmental Science from Queen’s University. While she is interested in a wide variety of environmental issues, she is currently working with a broad range of stakeholders towards the implementation of water reuse and stormwater use in Alberta. Marie has a diverse professional background rooted within the non-profit sector and has worked on a number of youth engagement projects with AIESEC, the Winnipeg Foundation, and other Canadian non-profit organizations in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta. Her undergraduate research in environmental toxicology – combined with her experience in community philanthropy – inspired her to pursue a career at the intersection of health research and policy. In all her projects, Marie aims to create a more effective dialogue between stakeholders towards a greater, sustainable impact.
Sylvie Stojanovski is currently a student at the University of Toronto Scarborough specializing in Arts Management with a double minor in Studio and City Studies. She is a creative communicator with a passion for creating, managing, and leading community art projects. Recently, she was nominated for an Urban Hero Award in the Arts for her work with youth-led organizations, like ARTSIDEOUT and the Paprika Festival.
She is excited to learn more about the role of boards in not-for-profit organizations through the Girls on Boards program.
Kira Xue graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Business Administration. She is currently working at Oliver Wyman as a management consultant, focusing on strategy, analytics and risk projects for leading North American organizations.
Kira has always been extensively involved in aiding non-profits and social enterprises, both as an on-the-ground volunteer, and aiding in planning and strategy. Her experiences include working with an environmental non-profit in Greece to increase engagement in their conservatory programs, developing a sustainable operating model for a youth therapy camp in PEI to maintain their properties and staff, helping an employment and training services provider in Southwestern Ontario determine to measure their impact and increase support for job-seekers and employers, creating the sponsorship program and action plan for a community arts & theatre group, etc.
In her free time, Kira is a voracious reader (particularly of fantasy fiction), loves extended camping/road tripping/hiking expeditions, and travels on a budget by working away (highlights include building a permaculture farm in Croatia, and painting in a hostel in Ireland).