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May 7 - Public Lecture
Ms. Fay Faraday, LLB, MA, nationally recognized social justice lawyer, strategic adviser, and policy consultant. Ms. Faraday's work focuses on labour, human rights, and constitutional law. She has worked with and advocated for the rights of transnational migrant workers since 1990. As a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow, Ms. Faraday has written three landmark reports on migrant worker rights. She is also a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Packer Visiting Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto.
May 7 - Entertainment
Viva Mexico Mariachi is a unique multicultural phenomenon of professional, talented and enthusiastic musicians from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Since 2000, Viva Mexico Mariachi is, proudly, the most successful and prestigious mariachi band in Toronto, performing a worldwide known, appreciated and praised Mexican tradition in the world: 'Mariachi Music', recognized in 2011 by UNESCO, as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'. Mariachi players, a singer, and a dancer from the Mexican Ballet will provide the entertainment.
May 8 - Opening Plenary
Dr. Santino Severoni, Coordinator, Public Health and Migration, and Area Programme Manager, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, in Copenhagen. He is a medical doctor, health economist, epidemiologist and experienced system management. He has 25 years of experience as international senior technical advisor and executive and has worked for governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and foundations in Eastern Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and Europe.
Dr. Janet McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Health Studies and Research Associate with the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Starting with her PhD thesis in Medical Anthropology at the University of Toronto, her research has examined health issues among migrant agricultural workers in Canada, Mexico and Jamaica. Dr. McLaughlin has published dozens of academic and policy papers, is a frequent media commentator, and regularly participates in knowledge-mobilization, government consultation, and community initiatives.
Ms. Nadira Begum, internationally-educated social worker from Bangladesh. She came to Canada in 2006. Throughout her career, Nadira has been involved with numerous nonprofit and social service organizations that work to enhance the capacity and well-being of individuals and communities, including migrants and refugees. Nadira is a proud and accomplished community organizer for the Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign. She has extensive advocacy experience and is a team lead for the Community Action Leaders, part of the Access Alliance Promoting Decent Work for Racialized Women project.
May 9 - Opening Plenary
Ms. Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star's Work and Wealth reporter, writing on the changing workplace, including precarious work, labour issues, and workers' compensation. Previously, Sara worked for the BBC World Service. Her work at the Star has been recognized by the Hillman Foundation prize for social-justice oriented investigative journalism. She received the JHR/Canadian Association of Journalists Award for human rights reporting in 2017.
Dr. Basak Yanar, research associate at the Institute for Work and Health (IWH). She holds a PhD in organizational behaviour from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where her research focused on labour market experiences of immigrant professionals in Canada. At IWH, Basak has coordinated projects on safe employment integration of newcomers in Canada, strengthening disability management in the municipal sector of Ontario, and experience and reporting of workplace violence in Ontario hospitals.
Mr. Ron Kelusky, Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer, Ministry of Labour. Until his appointment, Mr. Kelusky was President and CEO of the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA). Prior to joining PSHSA, Mr. Kelusky was with the Canadian Red Cross, as Director General and National Executive Lead for Health Programs, and in a number of other executive positions in the public and private sectors, including 20 years at the City of Toronto. Mr. Kelusky is a Certified Municipal Manager and holds a Masters of Business Administration and Diplomas in Health and Human Resources.
May 9 - Closing Plenary
Mr. Byron Cruz, Outreach Worker with the migrant rights group Sanctuary Health, a grassroots community group based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. Mr. Cruz collaborates with a network of social workers and health care practitioners who work with, and provide services to seasonal migrant farm workers and undocumented workers in the region. Having arrived to Canada from Guatemala as a refugee, more than 20 years ago, Mr. Cruz has an understanding of the challenges that migrants face in accessing health and support services. His work has been recently profiled on CBC The Current.
A representative of the Caregivers’ Action Centre (CAC), a grassroots organization based in Toronto, Ontario, made up of current and former caregivers, newcomers and their supporters. Since 2007, CAC has been advocating and lobbying for fair employment, immigration status, and access to settlement services for caregivers through self-organizing, research, and education.
Mr. Syed Hussan, Coordinator of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC), a coalition of national migrant worker groups, grassroots organizations, unions, faith groups, activists and researchers that have come together to fight for justice and dignity for migrant workers.
Dr. Jenna Hennebry, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario. Co-founder and past Director of the International Migration Research Centre at Laurier. Dr. Hennebry has over 15 years of research experience on migration. She was the lead expert on the UN Women's 'Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers' Labour and Human Rights' project. Dr. Hennebry has been an expert speaker at the Canadian House of Commons and Senate committees, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the UN Committee on Migrant Workers, and the Global Forum for Migration and Development.