2022-2024 Board of Directors

Jane Badets- Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Julie Perrone- Montreal, Quebec

Farid Rohani- Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Ratna Ghosh- Montreal, Quebec

Marika Warner- Toronto, Ontario/Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Srilata Ravi- Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Hubert Lussier, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Gisèle Yasmeen , Ottawa, Ontario

Nicholas Bakopanos – Montreal/Ottawa

Neelam Sahota, Surrey, British Columbia

Dr. Paul Bramadat, Univeristy of Victoria

Dr. Jean-Philippe Warren, Concordia University

Jane Badets

Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Ottawa, Ontario

Recently retired, Jane was Canada’s Assistant Chief Statistician in Social, Health and Labour Field at Statistics Canada. Throughout her career, Jane had responsibility for a broad range of social statistics from the census, surveys and administrative datasets, including statistics on demography, education, labour, income, health, justice, ethno-cultural background, language, immigration and Indigenous Peoples. She was also responsible for Statistics Canada’s microdata access program, including Research Data Centres.

Dr. Julie Perrone

Montreal, Quebec

Julie holds a doctorate from Concordia University and has worked in the field of communications and events for over 10 years, in various sectors such as history, rail transportation, entertainment and financial services.

Julie is currently Director of Communications and Marketing for Finance Montreal and, by association, for the FinTech Station and the Canada Fintech Forum. She is responsible for the organization’s outreach strategy and the management of its various communication channels, from events to digital, to traditional public relations.

Julie holds a doctorate from Concordia University and has worked in the field of communications and events for over 10 years, in various sectors such as history, rail transportation, entertainment and financial services.

Farid Rohani

Vancouver, British Columbia

Farid Rohani is a successful entrepreneur, senior executive, and community leader. In addition to his extensive business interests and activities, Farid has volunteered for and led many significant organizations as an engaged and contributing citizen since he came to Canada from Iran as a young boy. Farid has held several prominent leadership roles both locally and internationally.

Dr. Ratna Ghosh

Montreal, Quebec

An international specialist in comparative and multicultural education and women’s studies, Professor Ratna Ghosh is a leading figure in the world of education, research and development. Her involvement and role as an adviser to broad-based committees and forums have laid the foundations of a healthy and stimulating society in which the education system perceives diversity and ethnocultural minorities as a strength. 

Ratna Ghosh has held several important positions at McGill University. Named Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Education in 1994 and Distinguished James McGill Professor in 2004, she was the first woman to occupy the post of Dean of the Faculty of Education from 1998 to 2004. She is the author of an impressive number of articles and publications that have had a profound influence on the sociology of education and educational approaches to diversity and inclusion.

Marika Warner

Toronto, Ontario/Winnipeg, Manitoba

Marika Warner is the Director of Research and Evaluation at MLSE LaunchPad, a Sport For Development facility for youth facing barriers in downtown Toronto. Marika’s portfolio includes program evaluation, longitudinal research and academic partnerships focusing on positive youth development and corporate social responsibility in professional sport.

Dr. Srilata Ravi

Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Srilata Ravi is Professor of Francophone Literatures and Cultures at Campus Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta. She is also the Director of IMELDA, Institut Marcelle et Louis Desrochers pour le Patrimoine et les recherches transdisciplinaires en francophonies canadiennes et internationales. Before joining the University of Alberta in July 2010, Dr Ravi was at the National University of Singapore (1994-2003) and at the University of Western Australia, Perth (2004-2010). Her teaching and research interests are in comparative French and Francophone literary and cultural studies and in postcolonial and diaspora studies. She has published extensively on Francophone postcolonial & island literatures, Indian Ocean cultures and on French-Canadian topics.

Dr. Hubert Lussier

Ottawa, Ontario

Hubert Lussier is a retired federal public servant, he spent the greatest part of his career at Canadian Heritage. As Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in that Department, he advanced program, policy and legislative files regarding diversity, language and citizen participation issues.

Dr. Gisèle Yasmeen

Ottawa, Ontario

Since 2014, Gisele has  been a Senior Fellow with the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research, part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and is also currently Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University’s School of Environmental Sustainability and an Affiliate of the Margaret A Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security at McGill University.

Nicholas Bakopanos

Montreal, Quebec/Ottawa, Ontario

Nick is currently pursuing studies at the University of Ottawa, in third year of the Licentiate in Law (LL.L.) program.

Neelam Sahota

Surrey, British Columbia

Neelam Sahota is a senior executive with over 20 years of progressive experience in spearheading financial management, strategic planning, risk and operations management within the private, public and not-for-profit sector. Taking a strategic approach to developing innovative business strategies to maximize collective impact has been the cornerstone of her career.

She has been appointed a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (FCPA, FCGA) and is also an alumna of Simon Fraser University from the Beedie School of Business. Neelam has in-depth experience in board governance having served in a number of capacities. She is currently an order-in-council appointed Board Governor of Simon Fraser University (Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee), Co-Chair of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, an Advisory Board Member of OMNI TV at Rogers Communications and for Solid State Industries. She has been the past Board Chair of Surrey Libraries and past Treasurer of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. Neelam was awarded the provincial BC Libraries Trustees Association’s (BCLTA) Trustee of the Year in 2021 and is a past recipient of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Nonprofit Leader of the Year award.

Dr. Paul Bramadat

University of Victoria

Paul Bramadat received his BA in religious studies from the University of Winnipeg (1990), his MA in religion and culture from McGill University (1993) and his PhD in religious studies from McMaster University (1998). He taught in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg from 1998 until 2008. In addition to directing the History and Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) since 2008, Paul holds teaching appointments in the Department of History and the Religious Studies Program at the University of Victoria.

Dr. Jean-Philippe Warren

Concordia University

Dr. Jean-Philippe Warren is the Concordia University Research Chair for the Study of Québec and Department of Sociology and anthropology professor, Jean-Philippe Warren is the author of more than 200 public and scholarly papers. He has published on a wide variety of subjects related to the history and sociology of Quebec society.