Board of Directors

Robert A. Daum

Chair


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.

Gwen Gnazdowsky

Co-Chair


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.

Yipeng Ben Lu

Co-Chair


Chinese-born Yipeng Ben Lu is a multiple award-winning media producer/director for his work in television commercials for clients such as Mercedes Benz Canada, The Salvation Army, Vancouver Aquarium and many others. He is also the producer for BLOOD AND WATER, a television series that is considered as a ground-breaking, critically acclaimed primetime drama featuring first time in North American television history, an all-Asian lead cast with both English and Chinese as the performing languages. Ben also speaks native Cantonese and Mandarin and plays an active role in community work, having served on the boards of Chimo Service Society, Pangaea Art Society and has provide pro bono services for organizations such as Seva Canada. He currently also serves as an advisor to KCTS Seattle, a PBS affiliate in the State of Washington, US. He also works closely with his China-based connections to bring in business and investment opportunities to Canada.

Mohsina Ahmad

Digital Strategy Officer and Board Secretary


Driven by the philosophy to ‘never stop learning’, Mohsina established a career in the ever-changing world of digital media. With over a decade of experience in broadcast, feature films and agencies, Mohsina has worked with many brands helping them gain audiences and carve a niche. She is an expert in accelerating growth with data-driven content and marketing strategies. She loves experimenting with various platforms and channels that help advertisers achieve goals and acquire a high ROI. Her work on campaigns and products has won prestigious media awards.

Fabian Dawson

Director


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

Director


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.

Sharad Khare

Director


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.

Imogene Lim

Director


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.

Jennifer Reddy

Director


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

Director


Kory Wilson, BSc. JD, is the Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships for British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is Kwakwaka'wakw. Kory is Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and she has over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession. She has a deep commitment to education and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that under-represented learners succeed, both within learning institutions and the larger community.