Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian Canadian physician, teacher and an internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, through both his research and his charitable organization The Daughters for Life Foundation. He has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace, and, despite all odds, succeeded, aided by a great determination of spirit, strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish was born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he is known as the “Gaza Doctor” who has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace.
1:00pm-1:30pm Honorary Guest speaker (Keynote)
1:30pm - 3:00pm Panel Discussion: Migration and Student Life
3:00pm - 3:30pm Performance by Nasim Asgari
3:30pm - 5:00pm Panel Discussion: Women in Leadership
5:00pm - 5:15pm Break
5:15pm- 6:45pm Panel Discussion: Living Under the Same Roof
6:45 pm - 7:30pm Dinner and Closing Remarks
A Canadian newspaper management executive, editor and columnist, he has been appointed distinguished visiting professor in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD). Siddiqui is the former longtime columnist and editorial page editor emeritus of the Toronto Star. He joins Ryerson after a distinguished 47-year career, where he held senior editorial and management positions including news editor, national editor and editorial page editor at The Toronto Star. Siddiqui has also served as director and in other capacities at the Canadian Newspaper Association, Canadian Managing Editors Conference, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Advertising Standards Canada, the Ontario Press Council, Canadian Club Toronto, and the Urdu Literary Society of Canada.
For over thirty years, Olivia Chow has been an effective and well-known public figure, serving in Toronto’s municipal politics and on the national stage as a Canadian Member of Parliament. She was voted Best City Councillor seven times by readers of NOW magazine and Best MP in 2010. Readers of the Toronto Sun voted her Top Torontonian in 2012 and Canadian Immigrant magazine named her as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants. In 2015, Olivia Chow joined Ryerson University as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. Her work focuses on community engagement and leadership development.
Nasim Asgari: She is a thinker and dreamer, born in Tehran and based in Toronto. Nasim is currently in her third year at York University studying human rights and equity studies. A seeker and student of the truth who passionately writes and performs poetry. Nasim began writing at the age of 10 when she decided to use her voice and written words to express herself and bring awareness to issues that are often undermined by today's world. Nasim has shared her poems at events, poetry slams and protests including TEDX Rouge River, R.I.S.E. Edutainment, Gardiner Museum, and Art Gallery of Ontario. Her poems will soon be available in her upcoming literary release titled, "what was swept under the persian rug".
9:00am - 9:30am Registration and Breakfast
9:30am - 10:00am Welcoming Remarks, Equity Statement & Land Acknowledgement.
10:00am - 10:45am Keynote
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am -12:30pm Panel Discussion: Media’s Role in Storytelling
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch
Saturday, Nov 25th, 2017
9:00am - 8:00pm
55 Gould Street
-Office of The Provost
-Office of Vice-Provost Students
-Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
-Immigration and Settlement Studies Graduate Program
-Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy
-International Student Support: Student Affairs
Media’s Role in Storytelling
Media's role in covering migrant stories, realities, struggles and success stories. How the media is influencing the discourse of migration.
Doreen Fumia is a Ryerson professor at the sociology department, She teaches sociological perspectives with a special interest in sexual identities, unequal social relations and community-based equity issues. She is also the Jack Layton Chair at Ryerson University.
Migration and Student Life
A discussion on the needs and status of immigrant, refugee and international students on campus. This panel also look at the different resources, programs available for internationally educated professionals, international and refugee students.
Sara Asalya is the founder and president of the Newcomer Students’ Association of Ryerson, the first student group of its kind that supports and empowers immigrant, refugee and international students at Ryerson campus. Sara holds a bachelor of Arts in English language and literature and a post-graduate certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development; and in Immigration and Settlement Studies. She is the Vice President Events and Outreach at the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson. Sara has a passion for community development and social justice issues, with a particular interest in migration issues and diaspora communities.
Women in Leadership
Celebrating the voices and success stories of migrant women. highlighting the challenges and different barriers they faced in their settlement and integration process and how regardless of these challenges, they became leaders in their communities.
Hodan Ahmed is a diaspora Somali Canadian with a focus on community action researcher, public policy, racialized poverty, incarceration, anti-Black racism, and Islamophobia. She is a co-founder of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law (CAMWL), her article on racial-profiling was included in the OHRC 2015-16 annual report. Her research paper on the intersection of anti-Black racism and Islamophobia was published by the Somali Studies Journal on September 2017 edition, volume 2 and 4.
Living Under the Same Roof
Panel discussion on building solidarity between newcomers and indigenous communities and bridging understandings of Canada’s ongoing colonial legacy. Bridging the dialogue between indigeneity and immigration.
Myer Siemiatycki is Professor of Politics at Ryerson University, where he was Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and past holder of the Jack Layton Chair.
Dr. Abuelaish’s impact on peace-seeking communities is exceptional. He is an internationally-renowned speaker, having spoken at the Canadian House of Commons, the American Congress, the Chilean Senate and Parliament, the European Parliament at Place Du Luxembourg in Brussels, the State Department, Forum 2000 in Prague, and many more. Dr. Abuelaish has also spoken at academic institutions and organizations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Africa, and Austral-Asia. He has shared the stage with several Nobel Peace Laureates such as Senator Romeo Dallaire, Dr. James Orbinski, Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia).
In addition to speaking to live audiences, Dr. Abuelaish has been interviewed extensively my leading journalists and prominent personalities, including Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, Sir David Frost and Zeinab Badawi, and has appeared on prominent media outlets such as BBC News Hard Talk, Fox News Channel (FOX), CNN, Al Arabiya News, London’s The Telegraph, ABC, TVO, The Globe and Mail, The Economist, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, People Magazine.
Dr. Abuelaish’s extensive list of awards and honors include many national and international awards including 14 honorary doctorate degrees from Canadian and American universities, The Order Of Ontario, Mahatma; Gandhi peace award, Archon Award, Search for Common Ground award, winner of the Excellence and distinction award in Science by the Canadian Council of Arab League Ambassadors, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Additionally, Dr. Abuelaish has been named one of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants; one of the 500 Most Powerful Arabs; and one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategies Centre in Jordan for five consecutive years.
He was nominated four times for Nobel peace Prize and in nominating Dr. Abuelaish for the Nobel Peace Prize; the Belgian Parliament named him the “Martin Luther King of the Middle East”. Other called him the Mahatma Gandhi and nelson Mandela of the Middle East. In 2016 Mr. Jean Marc Delizee from the Belgian Parliament nominated Dr. Abuelaish for the 2016 Noble Peace Prize and remarked that “Our world has more than ever need peace ambassadors such as him, of men and women capable of building bridges and links between people and between peoples.”
In memory of his daughters, he established Daughters for Life foundation. Believing that lasting peace depends on empowering girls and young women, it provides scholarships enabling young women of any Middle Eastern nationality or faith to pursue studies otherwise inaccessible to them, thus honoring his daughters’ love of learning and investing in girls as potential leaders. Daughters For Life is a Canadian charity that provides young women in high school and university the opportunity to develop a strong voice and play a more influential role in improving the quality of life through their education as our world can only endure with women’s education and role.
Currently, Dr. Abuelaish lives with his five children in Toronto where he is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.