Guest Speakers - November 13-14, 2021
Thierry Lindor is an entrepreneur, a Canadian G20 YEA & UN Delegate. The active citizen has won numerous awards through the success of his latest ventures, Influence Orbis & Mindful Inc, which included collaborations with Nobel peace prize laureates, Malala & Vice President Al Gore, amongst others. In 2018-19, he won the Black Tech Matters “Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year” award in Washington DC. He was recently recognized at the United Nations as one of the Global Top 100 under 40 most Influential people of African Descent, an honour he shared with Naomi Osaka, Drake & Meghan Markle to name a few.
Today, he launched a “Canadian Civil rights movement” by creating a platform called “Colors Of COVID” which collects race-based data while Co-Founding the Federation of African Canadian Economics(FACE) which raised $330M with the Canadian Government and the private sector to support Canadian Entrepreneurs of African descent.
Sameer Zuberi has been serving the people of Pierrefonds--Dollard as their Member of Parliament since being first elected in 2019. Born and raised in Montreal to a mother of Scottish-Italian heritage and a father who emigrated from Pakistan in the 70s, Sameer has worked to build bridges and promote dialogue between Canada’s diverse communities from a young age. Among other things, Sameer has worked tirelessly as a Member of Parliament to provide a strong voice for Pierrefonds-Dollard, promote diversity and inclusion and human rights.
Over the past 18 years, Sameer has been at the forefront of protecting minority groups’ Charter rights. Prior to being elected , Sameer worked at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. While at the university, he promoted the diversity and inclusion of Black students, Indigenous learners, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and learners from rural areas of Québec. He has also worked professionally as a legal researcher, as an educator, in media relations, and in human rights.
Sameer has a long history of public service and community involvement. He was a member of the Senate of McGill University; and served on the boards of a West Island poverty relief organization, a legal association, as well as the Conseil intercultural de Montréal, an advisory body to the City of Montreal. Between 1997 and 2002, Sameer served in the Black Watch, a Canadian Forces Reserves unit, and provided relief to fellow Canadians during the 1998 Ice Storm.
Sameer holds degrees in law from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and in mathematics from Concordia University. For over a decade, he has been a proud resident of Pierrefonds-Dollard. He is a devoted husband and a father of two young girls.
Guest Speakers - March, 2021
The Honourable Thomas Mulcair is visiting Professor in the political science Department at l’Université de Montréal.
A lawyer, he holds degrees in French Civil Law (B.C.L.) and in Common Law (LL.B.) from McGill University. Mr. Mulcair began his legal career at the Québec Justice Department and served as President of the Québec Professions Board.
Elected three times to Quebec National Assembly, he is the author of Québec’s landmark Sustainable Development Act when he was Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
Elected four times to the House of Commons, he was Party Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition.
Don't miss the chance to hear his opening speech at the Summit on the 20th at 10:00am
Mr. Christopher Skeete will be joining us on March 21st and will be giving his closing remarks. Mr. Skeete, who was elected to the National Assembly of Québec in the 2018 provincial election, represents the electoral district of Saint-Rose as a member of the Coalition Avenir Québec. He is Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers and to the Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism.
For several years, he has worked in health management and is currently the CEO of a company that offers diagnostic tests and vaccines.
In 2010, Mr. Skeete founded the Nicole Ouellette and Lucie Masson scholarship in honour of his mother and his grandmother to support students at the School of Community and Public Affairs in Concordia University in Montréal.
He is currently completing an MBA at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
Elected in 2018 at the age of 32 for the Quebec Liberal Party, Greg is MNA for the riding of Jacques-Cartier which is in the West Island of Montreal. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science at McGill and then went on to do a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Queen’s University. Following his studies he began to work as a political advisor in Quebec City and served in several Ministerial offices gaining experience in the field of public policy and politics.
This included working at the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones, the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec, the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes, the Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, the Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers and also in the Office of the Premier of Québec.
Greg is currently the Official Opposition Critic for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers and the Critic for Indigenous Affairs.