Amir Hussain is a professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit university in Los Angeles. His own particular specialty is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. His academic degrees (BSc, MA, PhD) are all from the University of Toronto where he received a number of awards, including the university’s highest award for alumni service. He has a deep commitment to students, and holds the distinction of being the only male to serve as Dean of Women at University College, University of Toronto. Amir has won a number of awards throughout his career for both his teaching and research. He is the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion.
Michael Clague works in the fields of adult education, community development and social policy. He has done so with the non-profit sector and with the three levels of government. He is a former executive director of the Victoria Community Social Planning Council and of the Social Planning and Research Council of BC. In 2005 he retired as director of the City of Vancouver’s Carnegie Community Centre in the Downtown Eastside. He is a former President of the Carold Institute for the Advancement of Citizenship in Social Change. He is the Past President of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, and currently is co-chair of the City of Vancouver Local Area Planning Committee for the Downtown Eastside and a director of the Fraser Basin Council that promotes sustainability in the Fraser River system. His most recent publication with Juliet Huntley and Leslie Kemp is Staying True, Staying the Course – Lessons from 10 Successful Community Service Organizations in Canada (Carold Institute and Langara College 2011). Michael is a member of the Order of Canada.
Jennifer Flanagan is the co-founder and President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages a quarter million Canadian youth annually, in inspiring and innovative science and technology experiences. Over the past decade, Jennifer has led the development of Actua’s national barrier-breaking programs, which engage Aboriginal youth, girls and young women, youth living in rural and remote communities and other at-risk youth. Jennifer has served on the boards of several local, national and international groups that are committed to furthering educational opportunities for youth and for women. In 2007, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2011 she was the recipient of a Y Women of Distinction Award (Education and Training) and was named one of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Management from McGill University in Montreal.
Kris Frederickson is a Métis environmental engineer working as a Senior Environmental and Regulatory Specialist with the MEG Energy, a Calgary-based in situ oilsands company. Previously, Kris worked with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency facilitating environmental assessment and Aboriginal consultation for major projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Kris graduated from the University of Manitoba with his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biosystems Engineering. His post-graduate work centered on water treatment on Manitoban First Nations communities. In addition to serving on the Board of the Carold Institute until 2014, Kris is a member of the Board of Directors for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority as well as a member of the Métis Centre Governing Committee of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Kris has been the recipient of numerous accolades including an Action Canada Fellowship and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Kris is a co-editor of the book “Notes from Canada’s Young Activists” published in April 2007.
Diane Laberge serves as General Director of the Association des trésorières et des trésoriers des instituts religieux (ATTIR), a non-profit organization devoted to continuing education in management of treasurers of religious institutes. From 2002 to 2009, she was a director in various post-secondary institutions, both college and university. She was Programme Officer at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) from 1995 to 2002 and the General Director at the Institut Canadien d’éducation des adultes (ICEA) from 1991 to 1995. She has worked for more than 20 years at grassroots’ level in community groups in partnership with labor unions and educational institutions. Initially trained as Social worker, she completed a graduate diploma in International Administration (DESS) as well as a Master degree in Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP).
Nigel Martin is the founding President of the Montréal International Forum (FIM). Mr. Martin has over 30 years experience in the NGO community in Canada and elsewhere and has been the Executive Director of several NGOs including the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) in Ottawa (Canada) and Oxfam-Québec in Montreal. He has served on several Boards of Directors and is currently on the board of the Well-Aging Foundation in Montreal. He is also a founding Board member of The Mothers’ Trust. Nigel served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Carold Institute until 2011.
Gordon Selman devoted his career to adult education. He was initially a programmer and then the Director of the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and, until his retirement in 1992, he was Associate Professor in Adult Education in the Faculty of Education at UBC. He has written the widely used university text entitled “The Foundations of Adult Education in Canada” (of which Mark Selman and Michael Cooke are co-authors). Mr. Selman has received honorary doctorates from St. Francis Xavier University (1992) and the Open Learning Agency (1995). He is a former president of the Canadian Association for Adult Education and the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. Since his retirement, he has written a number of other books, some historical and some fictional. Gordon is also a founding member of The Carold Institute and continued as a member of the Board of Directors until 2006.
Sandra Sorensen served as a member of the Carold Board for five years (1997 – 2002). She is a long-time activist in the labour movement, and held the position of Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Adult Education. Sandra represented the Carold Institute and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (for whom she worked for many years) at a 2002 meeting of the World Social Forum in Porte Alegre, Brazil. Sandra is retired from CUPE and lives in Penetanguishene, Ontario.