About Us

About Us

The island we call “Montreal” is known as Tiotia:ke in Kanien'keháka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst indigenous nations. The Montreal Hub of the Global Shapers started 4 years ago. From our humble beginnings, we have grown today to almost 20 exceptional young professionals who are emerging and accomplished leaders in the public, private, and civil society sectors.

We are proud to say that our members and our projects, aim to reflect the diversity of the city we call Montreal, and that as impatient optimists we are working tirelessly to address local, regional and global challenges. In particular, our hub is committed to three themes: combatting discrimination, refugee integration, and women’s empowerment.

More recently, our focus on inclusivity has led us to be chosen for the Global Shapers Shaping My City's Future Challenge. We look forward to presenting our proposal for Inclusive AI at the 2018 Global Shapers Summit in Geneva.

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Montreal Global Shapers

Meet the 2017-2018 members of the Montreal Hub of the Global Shapers Community!
Nirushaa Senthilnathan
Nirushaa Senthilnathan
Incoming Curator | Project Coordinator @ Irwin Cotler's Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
Viva Dadwal
Viva Dadwal
Outgoing Curator | Law Student at McGill University
Daniel Tarantino
Daniel Tarantino
Incoming Vice-Curator | Junior Engineer
Sarin Picard
Sarin Picard
Investment Analyst
Nayem Alam
Nayem Alam
Founder of Speak Up | Electrical Engineering Student at McGill
E. Moses Gashirabake
E. Moses Gashirabake
Co-Founder, International Rwanda Youth for Development - IRYD
Charlotte Jacob Maguire
Charlotte Jacob Maguire
Administrator
Sinthusha Kandiah
Sinthusha Kandiah
Founder of Divinart Foundation | Social Entrepreneur
Simon Labrecque
Simon Labrecque
Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Minister
Brandon Silver
Brandon Silver
Director of Projects
Martina Buchal
Martina Buchal
Founder
Andrea Zhu
Andrea Zhu
Strategy Analyst
Ikram Mecheri
Ikram Mecheri
Consultant
Alexa MacLean
Alexa MacLean
Rim Sabrina Sassi
Rim Sabrina Sassi
PhD Candidate
Zied Touzani
Zied Touzani
Founder & President, Tun’Act
Aminka Belvitt
Aminka Belvitt
Phaedra de Saint-Rome
Phaedra de Saint-Rome
Katelyn Carey
Katelyn Carey
President

Projects

Project Inclusion

The City of Montreal has a long way to go in improving accessibility for differently abled people. This project aims to map the accessibility across Montreal neighbourhoods and boroughs using an app called AccessNow. Since this app is available free of charge on all major platforms, it can also serve as a tool to educate Montrealais and Montréalaise about universal accessibility.

Inclusive AI

This project is part of the Global Shapers’ #ShapingMyCitysFuture challenge. It aims to to shape the growth of AI in Montreal in a more inclusive, ethical and responsible manner. In particular, this project will aim to develop a 4th Industrial Revolution Inclusivity Index (4iRII) that will rank cities based on their inclusivity towards traditionally marginalized stakeholders.

Shoulder to Shoulder

Systemic discrimination continues to exist in Montreal. This project aims to promote understanding and allyship amongst various equity seeking groups. In particular, this project uses art as a platform to unite groups through a series of monthly gatherings. Subsequently, workshops will be held to initiate co-creation of solutions around commonly identified social inclusion barriers faced by members of these communities.

Refugee Integration

Montreal is a sanctuary city. However, one of the biggest obstacles for refugees is finding a first job. This project aims to bring together relevant stakeholders in the public and private sectors to set up a CV clinic and job fair for Canadian newcomers. It also aims to educate Canadian businesses on the advantages of hiring refugees, including access to government grant programs.

Women Empower

Financial empowerment is a means to female empowerment. This project aims to target female newcomer to Canada (particularly between the ages of 30-50 years) to improve their understanding of financial options and services and increase the use of those services; bolster their confidence when it comes to financial/economic matters; and highlight examples of role models who are financially empowered women.

Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort for the Montreal Hub of the Global Shapers Community will open in September 2018.