Dr. Gina Valle holds a PhD in Education and Multicultural Studies from OISE. She is the Founder of Diversity Matters, where for over thirty years Gina has searched for engaging ways in which to make diversity relevant and real. She has done this by the books she has authored, her international photo exhibit on women & immigration, multifaith documentary, research and workshops. Dr. Valle is the recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Ordine al Merito for her work in diversity in Canada. Gina sits on a number of boards and is a member the OMNI TV Advisory Council. She speaks several languages and lives in Toronto with her family.
Gautam Nath is a well-known name in the multicultural marketing field, with over 30 years of experience in Canada and overseas, is expected to steer the corporation’s efforts to broaden its revenue base. He is the recipient of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award 2011 and the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism 2017. He is currently Vice President - Strategy at Balmoral Multicultural Marketing based in Toronto.
Prior to assuming his current role as Associate Dean of Media & Entertainment at Mohawk College, Kurt Muller served as the coordinator of Mohawk College’s Journalism Program. He has worked as a videographer, reporter and writer for CFTO News, CTV National News, and CHWI-TV. Kurt began his career at The Opasquia Times, a community newspaper in The Pas, Manitoba. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He and his family emigrated to Canada when he was three years old.
Mitchell Kutney is an established blogger and pundit who is passionate about social good, progressive politics and community development. He holds a Masters degree in public policy and currently works for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as an advisor.
Meyer Burstein is a consultant with extensive experience in research, knowledge transfer, strategic planning, policy and operational analysis, and evaluation. He is a former Director-General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada responsible for strategic planning and research, as well as the design and management of the immigrant selection system. Meyer was also a co-founder and co-chair of the International Metropolis Project, a large international policy-research initiative on migration that received Canada’s Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in policy development. More recently, Meyer played a seminal role in the creation and subsequent governance of the Welcoming Communities Initiative and the Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) project, two university-community research partnerships focusing on immigration and diversity. Meyer has provided advice to numerous federal and provincial ministries, foreign governments, and international organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the International Organization for Migration. He has also worked extensively with Canada’s voluntary sector, notably organizations that seek to address the needs of newcomers and to develop a more receptive and welcoming environment.
George brings 26 years of writing and newsroom management experience to New Canadian Media. He began his journalism career with The Times of India in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), followed by stints at the Khaleej Times in Dubai and as managing editor of The Peninsula in Qatar. A journalist with high ethical standards, George won the prestigious Nieman scholarship at Harvard University (1994-95), and more recently, pursued a Master’s in Journalism at Carleton University (2004).
In Canada, he has been a commentator on immigration and foreign policy for several publications, including the Diplomat and International Canada, the Canadian Immigrant, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen and iPolitics.ca. Internationally, he has written for The Hindu, AlJazeera.net, Khaleej Times, Arab News, rediff.com and New America Media.
-- Canada's economic development minister Navdeep Bains at a Public Policy Forum economic summit