Principal Des Rosier‘s guests will be Shireen Salti and Ola Mohajer from the Canadian Arab Institute, who will join us to share their research on history, migration patterns, and civic engagement, as well as challenges faced by newcomers to Canada. The conversation will highlight the various contributions members of the Arab community have made — and continue to make — to the life of our country. Click here to read the Institute’s research report that points to the various data points on the Arab community in Canada — the largest newcomer population in Canada and the fastest growing immigrant population.
Click here to watch the livestream. The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.
The Canadian Arab Institute is a national nonpartisan organization focused on the interests and issues of the Canadian Arab community through research, policy and community engagement. CAI celebrates and encourages Arab Canadians’ participation in all social, political, cultural and economic aspects of Canadian society.
Shireen Salti is the Interim Executive Director at the Canadian Arab Institute providing organizational, operational, fundraising, and programmatic leadership and oversight to further CAI’s mission.
Shireen has worked in the Ontario Public Service, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and Council of Ontario Universities in various policy positions and has volunteered with the Canadian Arab community over the years supporting the resettlement of newcomers
in the GTA. Shireen is a graduate of York University and has a BA Honours in Business and Society, a Masters in Public Policy, Administration and Law, and a Graduate Diploma in Judicial Administration.
Ola Mohajer sits on the Board of Directors at the Canadian Arab Institute. She works in peacebuilding where she currently manages programs in Sudan and South Sudan at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Previously, she was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ontario Public Service working on matters of international trade and access to government information and data. Prior to joining government, Ola worked for the United Nations, consulting on Syrian refugee employment in Jordan, and strategy and coordination for the UN presence in Zimbabwe. Ola holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.