Our Team

Our team of change makers, equity consultants and sector leaders bring a shared lived experience and grounded expertise for collaboration on a wide range of initiatives and projects to support corporate organizations, academic institutions, government agencies and community organizations to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI).

Ruth Mojeed Ramirez

Chief Equity Officer

Ruth brings extensive lived experience and grounded expertise to her work in racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI). Her research and solutions design focus on an intersectional and inter-generational approach to address complex issues of race, decolonization and gender equity…

Mira Nurgaliyeva

Director of Operations and Public Relations

Mira was born in Kazakhstan, where she lived until 2018 when she moved to Canada for a master’s in international and intercultural communication at Royal Roads University. Her experience covers extensive corporate sector work with leading oil and gas companies, including Tengizchevroil which operates one of the largest oilfields in the world…

Jamison Escobar Gunn

Research & Project Coordinator

Jamison received his undergrad degree from the University of Victoria in History and English Literature, focusing on post-colonial global systems. He began his work with The Inclusion Project at the inaugural forum as a volunteer and continues his work as a Project Coordinator…

Zara Chaudhry

Project Manager

Zara (she/her) grounds her lived experience as a young racialized woman on unceded traditional Lekwungen Peoples territory. Her interests lay in the multiple intersections for racial justice, youth leadership and community building…

Naomi Wanja Mugambi

Process Manager

Naomi combines her enthusiasm for Information Technology and her passion for working as a change agent to catalyze both socially equitable and business-critical transformations through the provision of business analytical insights into data-driven solutions…

Rola Mustafa

Project Manager

Rola has an extensive experience in strategy implementation, quality management, and donor recognition. She is a lifelong learner and believe that education is the answer to solving the fundamental suffering that many human beings are going through…

Erica Mattson

Advisor

Erica Mattson brings 20 years of experience helping non-profits and public sector organizations deliver successful programs and create transformative change for citizens, communities, and stakeholders…

Arunita Das

Research and Communications Coordinator

Arunita Das (she/her) has a passion for advancing research around racial injustice, equity, and diversity. Thus, she strives to stay engaged in community initiatives that organize anti-racist projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Socio-Legal Studies from York University…

Angela Cooper

Research and Communications Intern

Angela Cooper is finishing her last year at Royals Roads University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications. She is interested in Indigenous Perspective in Public Relations and Marketing…

Hanami Ono

Executive Assistant

Hanami (she/her) is an intersectionality advocate from Japan. Born and raised in Japan- whose social institutions were established on white imperialist ideology- Hanami struggled with collectivistic culture, the broadly accepted myth of “monoethnic Japan”…

Calyssa Burke

Engagement Coordinator

As a first-generation Canadian of Afro-Caribbean descent, Calyssa Burke (she/her/hers) is a driven, hardworking young professional and global citizen that obtains a keen interest in project management…

Sara Ali

Project Manager

Prior to working at the Inclusion Project, Sara worked as a Research and Program Coordinator at the University of California – Los Angeles and the University of Toronto where she managed the Transnational Justice Project…

Oneilia Miller

Process Manager

A migrant from Jamaica who has lived experiences relating to Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Oneilia has over 15 years of experience in the Government, IT, & Financial Services sectors, with experiences and qualifications being in multiple areas, including project management, human resources, facilitation, and administration…

Chantelle Oosthuizen

Finance and Grants Coordinator

Chantelle is a qualified Chartered Accountant at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in South Africa (SAICA). Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada has a reciprocal membership agreement with SAICA. She gained experience in multiple industries namely: agriculture, mining, and auditing to name a few…

Youth-Led Community of Practice

The envisioning and leadership of the project stemmed directly from our Building
the Roots
youth team. This is a national team of grassroots and top-down youth
leaders building the roots of this project from idea to execution.

Fatah Awil, Toronto

Development Lead

He is a Program Coordinator for the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. A health systems and policy researcher based in Toronto…

Jessie Lawrence, Newfoundland

Development Lead

They are from the West Coast of Newfoundland. Their work is related to activism and advocacy for the 2SLGBTQ+ community…

Njamba John Michael Koffi, Vancouver

Knowledge Entrenchment Lead

Koffi is an author, a poet, a musician and a public speaker. At the University of British Columbia, Koffi has worked as a co-representative of African Studies…

Pamphinette (Pam) Buisa, Victoria

Community Engagement Lead

She grew up on Algonquin Anishinaabe territory, also known as Ottawa and Gatineau to parents originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Buisa helped to create Vancouver Island Steps Up…

Sree Nair, Calgary

Strategy Lead

Sreelakshmi (Sree) is a 25 years old, born in south India and raised in UAE, currently living in Calgary, AB for the past 10 years. She holds a Master of Public Health…

Associates

TIP’s Kinship Network operates as a community of practice for subject matter experts, researchers, activists and designers working together to advance equity in policy, process and practice. Our associates bring their lived experience and grounded expertise across various areas including: racial equity, gender equality, (dis)ability inclusion, mental health etc. to support organizational and institutional competence development.

(Interested in becoming a TIP Associate? Ask us how: info@theinclusionproject.com)

Unnati Jhaveri

Unnati is an HR Professional for 8 years with 12+ years of business experience both in Canada & India. A CPHR Candidate, Certified Life Coach, Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and Masters of Commerce (M.Com) graduate with a strong academic and professional background…

Sharde Long

Sharde is an experienced, award-winning, Labour Relations and Human Resources Professional who believes in strengthening communities by bringing people together.  Sharde has lived experience of being a plus-sized person who identifies as a woman…

Sangeeta Subramanian

Sangeeta has over 20 years of professional experience in the not-for-profit sector in Canada and Asia in the areas of equity and inclusion, facilitation, research and policy, partnership development, and civic engagement…

Sabrina Meherally

Sabrina Meherally is a product inclusion thought leader, and the Founder of Designing for Inclusion. While deeply invested in systemic change, she believes that it is the sum of little actions which create revolutions…

Gayathri Shukla

Gayathri Shukla holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Calgary, and an Executive MBA from Queen’s University with a certification in social impact…

Kingsley Strudwick

Kingsley Strudwick has been facilitating in the anti-violence and community engagement sectors for the past thirteen years, exploring issues such as gender diversity, microaggressions, intersectionality, bystander intervention, and systemic changes in workplace culture…

Rahaf Albalkhi

Rahaf is an AI ethics consultant, a member of the Ethical Intelligence Experts network, and a member of the IEEE P7003-Algorithmic bias considerations working group where she leads the evaluation section…

Dr. Ismaël Traoré

Dr. Ismaël Traoré is a racial diversity, equity and inclusion educator and specialist. At the heart of his work is anti-racist organizational change through evidence-based practices…

Jennie Duguay

Jennie’s lived experience has led to expertise in areas of Disability Justice, the development of Community Based Care practices, and the creation of Community Care Collectives…

Simone Holligan

Dr. Simone Holligan is founder and principal of emendWELL Research Consulting Inc. (www.emendwell.ca) in Ontario, based within the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabe Peoples…

Dione Scott

Dione believes that honesty, empathy, racial equity, diversity and inclusion should be at the heart of how we work, think, and interact. Dione was born and raised in Jamaica, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Technology, Jamaica and a Masters of Business Administration from Kaplan University. She lectured computer science for several years developing curriculums, employing diverse teaching techniques and coordinating community outreach programs…

Governance

The Inclusion Project’s governance is built on a decentralized kinship model, Omo-Ebi. Adopted from the Yoruba tribe in Western Nigeria, Omo-Ebi denotes a familial context for shared experiences and meaning-making in life through the experiences of others. Our kith and kin work together to support the vision, structure and future of The Inclusion Project.

Angie Osachoff

Angie is the Regional Program Manager in B-C for Equitas; the International Centre for Human Rights Education. She is also vice-chair of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development…

Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader and adviser with an international master’s degree in Business…

Chris Kilford

Chris is a member of the national board of the Canadian International Council (CIC), President of the CIC Victoria branch, and he holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University with a focus on civil-military relations…

Njamba John Michael Koffi

Koffi is an author, a poet, a musician and a public speaker. At the University of British Columbia, Koffi has worked as a co-representative of African Studies Minor Program and as president of…

Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan

Born in Malaysia and raised in India, Sobhana has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a postgraduate degree in Social Work. Sobhana completed her doctoral coursework in Child and Youth Care from…

Waheeda Esmail

Waheeda Esmail, MA, CPHR is a senior leader in the administration of health sciences research and medical education. She worked for McGill University before…

Zai Mamdani

A professional with a depth of corporate and non-profit experience, Zai Mamdani leverages her education and experience to provide strategic leadership and operational guidance. She holds a Bachelor of…