Board Members

Robert A. Daum

Chair


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Robert Daum, PhD is Fellow and Lead in Diversity and Innovation at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, who specializes in complexities of dialogue, collaboration, and community engagement across cultural, social, and disciplinary boundaries for public institutions.

A Director of the Founding Board of Reconciliation Canada, he was Convenor of its inaugural National Reconciliation Gathering in 2016. He earned a B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude (Tufts University); an M.A. in Hebrew Literature and a Rabbinic Degree (HUC-JIR, New York); a PhD in Near Eastern Studies (University of California, Berkeley); a Certificate in Muslim Cultures (SFU & Aga Khan U); and was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. An Honorary Associate Professor in UBC’s CNERS Department (2010-2016), he is Faculty Associate in UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, and a Faculty Member of Green College’s Common Room at UBC.

He served as Co-convenor of the Intercultural & Civic Engagement Strategy Group for the City of Vancouver Immigration Partnership. A member of the Editorial Board of Directions, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s (CRRF) research and policy journal, he also led the CRRF’s 2016 “Youth Ambassadors” national initiative and was UBC Campus Lead for the CRRF’s 2016 “Canada Lecture: Campus,” the first national, inter-university dialogue on diversity and unity. A Collaborator in two current, UBC-led, interdisciplinary, SSHRC-funded research teams, he is also Co-lead of the “Cultural ‘Symbioses’ Project,” an international, inter-disciplinary research consortium of eight teams of 30+ researchers at 20+ universities in nine countries. He served as Advisor, Office of VP Students at UBC; Lead, UBC Student Diversity Dialogue; and Lead, UBC Transcultural Leaders.

He was a Member of the UBC President’s Task Group on Cultural and Religious Events and a member of the Sikh and Punjabi Studies Review Committee for the Department of Asia Studies and UBC’s Faculty of Arts. He was appointed as one of 12 delegates to the first formal, national, bilateral dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus. A former board member of various non-profit organizations, he has published his research in leading journals and has been a presenter, including keynotes, at leading academic conferences in Canada, China, France, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.A.

Helen Hong Zhou, CPA, CA

Treasurer


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Helen Hong Zhou is a strong advocate for trade, investment and cultural exchange between Canada and Asian Pacific countries. She has international work experience in business, government and academic institution such as Ernst Young Canada Ltd and the Canadian Embassy in China.

Farid Rohani

Chair Emeritus


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A life member of Laurier, Farid has been involved with the organization since its inception. He comes with a lifelong passion and commitment to promoting the value of cultural diversity. Farid has devoted many years to building social, cultural and economic bridges to facilitate the integration of many immigrants into the wider Canadian society.

Fabian Dawson

Member


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Fabian Dawson is a multiple-award winning journalist, an internationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and media expert. His work over the last three decades spans the globe and he also serves as a consultant/strategic advisor to a variety of international companies.

Ciprian Jauca

Member


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Ciprian Jauca is the Managing Editor for Cochrane Hypertension, the UBC-based branch of the Cochrane Collaboration, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health, with over 37,000 contributors from more than 130 countries.

Yipeng Ben Lu

Member


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Yipeng Ben Lu is an award-winning television drama and commercial producer, writer and director with over a dozen national awards for his creative work serving brands such as Mercedes Benz Canada, The Salvation Army, and Vancouver Aquarium.

Tamara Pearl

Member


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Tamara Pearl is a Therapist, Expressive Arts Therapist, Facilitator of cross-cultural dialogue, and an Adjunct Instructor at Adler University. She has served as Vice President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation since its formation in 2002.

Jennifer Reddy

Member


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Jennifer Reddy is the Community Connections & Youth Coordinator, Settlement Workers in Schools Program at the Vancouver School Board, and Chair, Board of Directors, Urban Ink Productions. Currently, Jennifer Reddy is the Associate Director of SFU's Leadership and Community Building Programs.

Kory Wilson

Member


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Kory Wilson is Executive Director, Aboriginal Initiatives and Partnerships, British Columbia Institute of Technology. Kory comes to BCIT most recently from Vancouver Community College where she served as Director, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement since 2011.

Ali Soledin

Member


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Ali Solehdin is a technology entrepreneur and an active, engaged member of civil society. Ali currently serves as a Board Member on the Aga Khan Council for British Columbia. He is also the Vancouver Chair for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship. He also serves on Board of Directors for Simon Fraser University’s Alumni Association

Gwen Gnazdowsky

Member


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Gwen Gnazdowsky, founder of “ONE Conversation Coaching & Facilitation” has been helping people resolve issues and achieve personal, professional and relationship goals, One Conversation at a time for over 25 years.

She has mentored and coached thousands of people, helping them to empower themselves and to transform their lives. Her public-speaking engagements include a Ted Talk called “Happiness is a Paradigm Shift” for TEDxBCIT; she was the Speaker Coach for TEDxECUAD. Gwen has also taught Assertiveness, Communication and Public Speaking Courses at Langara College and Vancouver School Board.

She was the National Mentorship Program Developer and Coordinator for two cohorts at the Women in Leadership Foundation. Gwen has designed and delivered workshops for a number of clients including: British Columbia Institute of Technology, (BCIT), for Human-Resources Management Association (HRMA), Certified Management Accountant Association, (CPA), University of British Columbia (UBC) Anthropology Students, Canadian Women in Science and Technology, (SCWIST), Crofton House School, the YMCA and YWCA.

Gwen is excited to sit on the Board of The Laurier Institution a national, non-profit supporting peace and diversity. She began her career in Social Services and as a Life Skills Coach, she worked with people in crisis, especially Youth at Risk and their families.

Sharad Khare

Member


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Over the last decade, legacy documentarian Sharad Kharé has been engaging with some of the world’s most interesting individuals in dialogue in regards to their digital legacy, personal legacy and living legacy.

Sharad has documented and interviewed people like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Jack & Suzy Welch, Chip Wilson and more on his lens. See his work here: https://vimeo.com/158943462

Sharad has been known to travel anywhere in the world that the story takes him, always in pursuit of new and exciting legacy projects to create. His signature interview style is to have a one-on-one dialogue that covers the person’s life journey from beginning to present, comfortably bringing out candid and interesting stories through conversation and unscripted interaction.

Sharad holds a Masters degree in communications, where his academic research focused on personal and digital legacy.

He uses his background in journalism to bring out the best conversations between individuals and the people they impact. These video pieces act as a timeless record of achievement for the subject. He has spent the past several years traveling the world seeking out the most influential people in their fields in order to document their legacy for public and private consumption.

Sharad is the co-founder of “The Indigenous Collective” and has been a prolific collaborator with the Indigenous community, directing and producing video projects that capture First Nations stories and culture. Here is a reference of his work : www.theIndigenousCollective.com

Sharad is currently on the board of the Laurier Institution and currently the President of TIE Vancouver which is a chapter of a global entrepreneur group that mentors and advises some of the most active entrepreneurs in the world.

Vincent Lau

Member


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Vincent LAU has a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Accounting from the University of British Columbia. For about a decade he has worked in the jewellery business as a production manager, but his area of responsibilities goes beyond production and extends to other areas, including human resources management and negotiation with vendors.

He was the junior mentor to a University intern in a tri-mentoring program at the PCHC-Museum of Migration Society for a term, and has served as a media co-ordinator for a Trans-Pacific Cantonese Opera Project in celebration of Canada 150 when it was launched in Vancouver in the summer.

Imogene Lim

Member


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A descendant of Cumberland and Vancouver’s Chinatown, Dr. Imogene Lim is an anthropologist (BA Hons, Simon Fraser University; AM & PhD, Brown University) at Vancouver Island University, where she was Department Chair for six years.

For the past two decades she has focused her research interests on Vancouver Island—ethnicity in Canada and Asian Canadian history. Her community service includes membership on the Editorial Board of BC Studies, the BC Chinese Canadian Community Advisory Committee, the BC Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council, the Coal Creek Historic Park Advisory Committee (Cumberland, BC), the Food Security steering committee (Nanaimo Foodshare), and Local Immigration Program steering committee (Nanaimo, BC). She was a founding member and Board Director of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC.