Kate began her career as a teacher working in Montreal, Toronto, and Italy. After years of classroom experience, she transitioned into designing and facilitating youth leadership and development programs across the Montreal area. She then returned to Concordia University to attain a Master’s degree in Human Systems Intervention (HSI), which is rooted in theories of behavioral science, adult learning, complexity management, systems thinking, and change leadership within complex multi-actor systems.
In addition, she is a certified facilitator of Social System Transformation Design and brings leading-edge innovative practices into organizational settings. Kate has worked with large private and public entities, such as the Business Development Bank of Canada, Quebec Ministry of Education, Global Affairs Canada, and others to support the people side of strategic change, culture improvement, engagement, and sustainable growth.
Kate currently works as Strategic Advisor, Enterprise Strategy and System Transformation Design, at the Canadian Medical Association.
Peter Stoett has a PhD from Queen’s University and is currently the Dean of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He was previously a professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal and Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre. He was part of the original team that applied for the first Say Ca Fulbright grant. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Durham Outlook for the Needy in Ontario.
Cristina Romanelli has over 18 years of experience as a sustainable development professional working in policy evaluation and development, multi-stakeholder engagement, and interdisciplinary research with the United Nations, specialized agencies, the public sector, and non-governmental organizations. She has provided high- level scientific and policy advice in research and regulatory-compliance settings in the areas of biodiversity science and policy, global and public health, climate change, One Health and regulatory energy policy.
She has also co-organized numerous cross-sectoral capacity building workshops, bringing together Ministries of Health and Ministries of Environment and local community representatives spanning some 90 countries. She currently works with the World Health Organization, where she is the interagency liaison for the WHO’s joint work programme on biodiversity and health with the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on biological diversity. She is deeply committed to environmental sustainability, health security and social justice issues.
Ana Sofia Hibon
Based in Montreal, Ana Sofia currently works at the McConnell Foundation – a philanthropic organization that applies social innovation and social finance approaches to advance a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient Canada. Prior to this, she advocated for the rights of migrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border, researched Montreal’s newcomer resettlement system, and engaged in community development and poverty reduction initiatives in her home country of Peru.
Ana Sofia is passionate about the power of community-led action and stories to create systemic change. Her work, study and volunteer experiences span different regions –including North America, East Africa and the Peruvian Amazon– and topics ranging from forced migration to mental health and civic engagement.
Ana Sofia holds a B.A in International Development and a double minor in Communication Studies and Management from McGill University.
Ben is the Director of Operations for the Abraham Path Initiative, a US-based non-profit that seeks to inspire people worldwide through stories, trekking, and hospitality along the international path of Abraham in the Middle East. Ben is also the Founder of the tech startup Cabot7 and an accomplished professional with domestic and international experience in the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors.
He is specialized in humanitarian assistance, and spent more than ten years in and out of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, working with governments, multi-laterals and civil society on resilience, technical assistance and economic development, as well as disaster risk reduction and food security. The many years of working with refugees and displaced populations overseas highlights how inspirational and important is the Say Ça! mission of education and transition assistance.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University, a certificate in Mediation from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Nour is a Senior Instructional Designer at the Office of Distance Education at Boston University, where she manages the online course portfolio for the Arts Education and Arts Administration programs. She holds a Master of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master of Science in Programming and Operating Systems from Damascus University.
Before joining the Office of Distance Education, Nour worked in a variety of roles and leadership positions, from software development and ICT for Development initiatives in the Middle East, to professional education and educational technology in Nonprofit and Higher Education institutions in the US.
Nour is interested in the intersection between technology and social change. She has worked closely with disadvantaged communities in Syria prior to the Syrian conflict. In 2012, she was forced to leave Syria with her family, first to Egypt, and then to the United States. Her recent experience with displacement reoriented her interests towards addressing the multitude of challenges facing refugees around the world.