STAFF

CARO LOUTFI Executive Director Caro is working in a non-partisan manner and on a national scale to engage Canadian youth in democracy. She worked her way up within Apathy is Boring, starting out as a Communications Intern, then working as the Youth-Friendly Coordinator and lastly as Director of Operations. She was previously a co-producer for Montreal’s Art Matters Festival, in which she was responsible for event management and festival coordination, working to create meaningful space for community engagement through art.  She graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Human Rights. She currently sits on the Inspirit Foundation's board, working to inspire pluralism among young Canadians, is a Banff Forum member and has been involved in the volunteer sector for over 10 years. Caro has contributed to CTV News, CBC Radio, The Montreal Gazette and iPolitics among other media outlets. She was awarded the Erin Walker Humanitarian Award by Concordia University and was named a Canadian Arab to Watch in 2015 by the Canadian Arab Institute.  Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by a multicultural family mixed with Lebanese, Japanese and Canadian traditions, she is bilingual in English and French. 

CARO LOUTFI

Executive Director

Caro is working in a non-partisan manner and on a national scale to engage Canadian youth in democracy. She worked her way up within Apathy is Boring, starting out as a Communications Intern, then working as the Youth-Friendly Coordinator and lastly as Director of Operations. She was previously a co-producer for Montreal’s Art Matters Festival, in which she was responsible for event management and festival coordination, working to create meaningful space for community engagement through art.  She graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Human Rights.

She currently sits on the Inspirit Foundation's board, working to inspire pluralism among young Canadians, is a Banff Forum member and has been involved in the volunteer sector for over 10 years.

Caro has contributed to CTV News, CBC Radio, The Montreal Gazette and iPolitics among other media outlets. She was awarded the Erin Walker Humanitarian Award by Concordia University and was named a Canadian Arab to Watch in 2015 by the Canadian Arab Institute. 

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by a multicultural family mixed with Lebanese, Japanese and Canadian traditions, she is bilingual in English and French. 

SOPHIE BABINSKI Communications and Program Coordinator Sophie was a huge fan of A is B before she got the opportunity to jump on board as an official team member. Her professional background includes stints in communications at Just For Laughs and McGill University. When she's not working, Sophie balances a  love for The Real Housewives (any city) with a healthy dose of NPR. 

SOPHIE BABINSKI

Communications and Program Coordinator

Sophie was a huge fan of A is B before she got the opportunity to jump on board as an official team member. Her professional background includes stints in communications at Just For Laughs and McGill University. When she's not working, Sophie balances a  love for The Real Housewives (any city) with a healthy dose of NPR. 

Stephanie Jeremie Youth-Friendly Coordinator Stephanie completed her undergrad at Concordia University in Political Science and she is really happy to join the AisB family as the Youth Friendly Coordinator. Having completed different internships including with UN Women in New York and with Québec sans frontières working with youth in Quito, Ecuador, she is interested in pursuing work related to the rights of youth and of women and girls. She is excited to learn more about AisB and to help others get more involved in their local communities. She also really enjoys cuddling with her cat.  

Stephanie Jeremie

Youth-Friendly Coordinator



Stephanie completed her undergrad at Concordia University in Political Science and she is really happy to join the AisB family as the Youth Friendly Coordinator. Having completed different internships including with UN Women in New York and with Québec sans frontières working with youth in Quito, Ecuador, she is interested in pursuing work related to the rights of youth and of women and girls. She is excited to learn more about AisB and to help others get more involved in their local communities. She also really enjoys cuddling with her cat.

 

SARAH M'RAD Administration and Accounting Coordinator Sarah is currently an accounting student at ESG-UQAM. Born and raised in Tunisia to a Tunisian father and an Irish/Canadian mother, she is perfectly fluent in English, French and Arabic. Sarah moved to Montreal in 2008 in order to pursue further studies.  When she’s not juggling work and school, she likes to go for long bike rides, hot yoga classes or simply relax with a good book as well as play the piano.

SARAH M'RAD

Administration and Accounting Coordinator

Sarah is currently an accounting student at ESG-UQAM. Born and raised in Tunisia to a Tunisian father and an Irish/Canadian mother, she is perfectly fluent in English, French and Arabic. Sarah moved to Montreal in 2008 in order to pursue further studies. 

When she’s not juggling work and school, she likes to go for long bike rides, hot yoga classes or simply relax with a good book as well as play the piano.

TARA MAHONEY West-Coast Project Coordinator Tara Mahoney is the creative director of Gen Why Media and is currently completing her PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. Her PhD research explores the emerging forms of civic engagement at the intersection of politics and culture. As a PhD candidate, she is the project lead of the Creative Publics Lab and has been a research assistant on the national research project ‘Art for Social Change (ASC!): an integrated research program in teaching, evaluation and capacity-building’. Tara holds a BA in international relations from University of Calgary, a MA in media production from Ryerson University and certificate in Civic Engagement and Dialogue from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in the non-profit sector for In Focus Film School, the Sierra Club of Canada and Greenpeace at their Headquarters in Washington D.C. Tara is also serving as Vancouver Ambassador for our Canada 150 project.   

TARA MAHONEY

West-Coast Project Coordinator


Tara Mahoney is the creative director of Gen Why Media and is currently completing her PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. Her PhD research explores the emerging forms of civic engagement at the intersection of politics and culture. As a PhD candidate, she is the project lead of the Creative Publics Lab and has been a research assistant on the national research project ‘Art for Social Change (ASC!): an integrated research program in teaching, evaluation and capacity-building’. Tara holds a BA in international relations from University of Calgary, a MA in media production from Ryerson University and certificate in Civic Engagement and Dialogue from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in the non-profit sector for In Focus Film School, the Sierra Club of Canada and Greenpeace at their Headquarters in Washington D.C. Tara is also serving as Vancouver Ambassador for our Canada 150 project. 

 

 

CITY AMBASSADORS

BRYAN SALAZAR- MONTREAL Bryan is earning a Specialization degree in Film Studies and a Major in Political Science at Concordia University. Having grown up in three different countries, he is familiar with some of the challenges that young people face, from being a stranger to a new country and language, to dealing with family break-ups, and LGBT issues. This personal narrative has inspired Bryan to work with young adults in a variety of settings. His most recent experiences are with the human rights committee at Hanyang University, where he helped influence student affair policy towards minority groups while completing an exchange program in South Korea. During his time abroad, Bryan also volunteered with Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) to provide North Korean defectors with English lessons and skills training for their settlement and integration into society.  

BRYAN SALAZAR- MONTREAL

Bryan is earning a Specialization degree in Film Studies and a Major in Political Science at Concordia University. Having grown up in three different countries, he is familiar with some of the challenges that young people face, from being a stranger to a new country and language, to dealing with family break-ups, and LGBT issues. This personal narrative has inspired Bryan to work with young adults in a variety of settings. His most recent experiences are with the human rights committee at Hanyang University, where he helped influence student affair policy towards minority groups while completing an exchange program in South Korea. During his time abroad, Bryan also volunteered with Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) to provide North Korean defectors with English lessons and skills training for their settlement and integration into society.

 

 AALIM RATTANSI- TORONTO  Aalim finished his undergraduate degree at McMaster University having studied Philosophy and Biology. He is very interested in any work being done for the development and consolidation of civil society, both locally and globally. His interest comes from a combination of his education in Ethics, and the work he has had the opportunity to do with engaging people across generations in their communities and personal lives. Towards this end, he has been lucky enough to work with kids at various camps, and volunteer for initiatives by the Aga Khan Development Network. Aalim is currently an intern at Figure 1, a network for health care practitioners to connect and consult one another in their medical cases. Between this, and the work being done by Apathy is Boring, Aalim is looking forward to continuing his involvement with organizations striving to make positive and catalytic social impact.  

 AALIM RATTANSI- TORONTO

 Aalim finished his undergraduate degree at McMaster University having studied Philosophy and Biology. He is very interested in any work being done for the development and consolidation of civil society, both locally and globally. His interest
comes from a combination of his education in Ethics, and the work he has had the opportunity to do with engaging people across generations in their communities and personal lives. Towards this
end, he has been lucky enough to work with kids at various camps, and volunteer for initiatives by the Aga Khan Development Network. Aalim is currently an intern at Figure 1, a network for health care
practitioners to connect and consult one another in their medical cases. Between this, and the work being done by Apathy is Boring, Aalim is looking forward to continuing his involvement with organizations striving to make positive and catalytic social impact.
 

SYNTHIA JAHAN- VANCOUVER Synthia is drawn to almost all things creative. Her love for photography began when she was little, watching her dad with his 35mm Olympus, taking time to carefully compose each scene he captured. She went on to study Fine Art Photography at the University of Calgary during her Bachelors in Fine Arts (Arts/ Photography). Aside from her love for photography, her interests and passions are broad, ranging from picking the strings of a guitar to picking up a hammer on site to picking up a pen with a group of designers, to spending the day painting and making a mess. Working in a variety of design roles has fuelled her desire to find creative and collaborative approaches at all scales. She has had the privilege to contribute to a number of international and local projects in Bangladesh, Nicaragua, India, and Canada. When not taking photos, Synthia works as an Architectural/ Interior Designer.

SYNTHIA JAHAN- VANCOUVER

Synthia is drawn to almost all things creative. Her love for photography began when she was little, watching her dad with his 35mm Olympus, taking time to carefully compose each scene he captured. She went on to study Fine Art Photography at the University of Calgary during her Bachelors in Fine Arts (Arts/ Photography). Aside from her love for photography, her interests and passions are broad, ranging from picking the strings of a guitar to picking up a hammer on site to picking up a pen with a group of designers, to spending the day painting and making a mess. Working in a variety of design roles has fuelled her desire to find creative and collaborative approaches at all scales. She has had the privilege to contribute to a number of international and local projects in Bangladesh, Nicaragua, India, and Canada. When not taking photos, Synthia works as an Architectural/ Interior Designer.

LIZA CHATTERJEE- EDMONTON Liza was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, but is lucky to call Edmonton home. Edmonton is geographically and culturally unique, a cool northern city that has many gifts as well as challenges. She is an avid cyclist, student, and art lover. Her favourite view of Edmonton is from the top of Rowland Road, but she also loves being in the city -walking through Boyle-MacCauley, going to shows, meeting friends for coffee.

LIZA CHATTERJEE- EDMONTON

Liza was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, but is lucky to call Edmonton home. Edmonton is geographically and culturally unique, a cool northern city that has many gifts as well as challenges. She is an avid cyclist, student, and art lover. Her favourite view of Edmonton is from the top of Rowland Road, but she also loves being in the city -walking through Boyle-MacCauley, going to shows, meeting friends for coffee.

REBECCA KLAASSEN- OTTAWA Rebecca is a passionate global citizen, advocate for youth engagement, and strong believer in social justice. She is currently finishing up her degree in International Development at the University of Ottawa and has been involved extensively in the campus and city-wide communities through a diversity of work and volunteer experiences; most recently with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities International and as a Youth Action Plan Facilitator for the DILA leadership program. When she isn’t studying or working, Rebecca is likely hiking in Gatineau Park, biking to the beach, browsing a used bookstore or planning her next travel adventure.

REBECCA KLAASSEN- OTTAWA

Rebecca is a passionate global citizen, advocate for youth engagement, and strong believer in social justice. She is currently finishing up her degree in International Development at the University of Ottawa and has been involved extensively in the campus and city-wide communities through a diversity of work and volunteer experiences; most recently with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities International and as a Youth Action Plan Facilitator for the DILA leadership program. When she isn’t studying or working, Rebecca is likely hiking in Gatineau Park, biking to the beach, browsing a used bookstore or planning her next travel adventure.

DANIELLE LENARCIC BISS- TORONTO Danielle Lenarcic Biss is a native Torontonian. Most recently, she worked for Canada’s national association of universities, communicating and researching higher education, research and innovation priorities. Her previous experiences include promoting and marketing Toronto’s waterfront area and archiving historical documents pertaining to new immigrants to Canada. Danielle is a passionate storyteller and amateur mobile photographer. Her photos have been featured on more than two dozen curated Instagram accounts in Canada and Europe. With her trademark positive attitude and boundless energy, Danielle also serves her community through volunteer work focused in literacy, education, film, heritage and culture. Danielle graduated with distinction and first-class honours from Mount Allison University, where she conducted emerging research on student readiness for post-secondary education and predictors of student adjustment to university. She is an alumna of SHAD (formerly Shad Valley) and the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership.  

DANIELLE LENARCIC BISS- TORONTO

Danielle Lenarcic Biss is a native Torontonian. Most recently, she worked for Canada’s national association of universities, communicating and researching higher education, research and innovation priorities. Her previous experiences include promoting and marketing Toronto’s waterfront area and archiving historical documents pertaining to new immigrants to Canada. Danielle is a passionate storyteller and amateur mobile photographer. Her photos have been featured on more than two dozen curated Instagram accounts in Canada and Europe. With her trademark positive attitude and boundless energy, Danielle also serves her community through volunteer work focused in literacy, education, film, heritage and culture. Danielle graduated with distinction and first-class honours from Mount Allison University, where she conducted emerging research on student readiness for post-secondary education and predictors of student adjustment to university. She is an alumna of SHAD (formerly Shad Valley) and the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership.

 

SADIA RAFIQUDDIN- MONTREAL Born in Sargodha, Pakistan, Sadia draws inspiration from her early exposure to human rights violations. The legacy of her parents’ move to Canada as refugees in 1990 motivated her to pursue a life devoted to the advancement of human rights. Sadia is a freelance journalist, photographer and writer covering an array of human rights stories. She is currently experimenting with a number of mixed media storytelling initiatives using film, photography and radio. Her intention is to produce national exhibitions that create space for healing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the process of reconciliation. Prior to pursuing journalism full-time, Sadia was Manager of Prospect Research and Donor Report Writing at the Cirque du Soleil’s Foundation, One Drop, based in Montreal. She also served as Program Officer at Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Director of Client Programs and Youth Development at the Seva Food Bank, Researcher at the Australian Human Rights Commission and Director of Fundraising and Senior Research Analyst at the University of Toronto’s G8 Research Group.

SADIA RAFIQUDDIN- MONTREAL

Born in Sargodha, Pakistan, Sadia draws inspiration from her early exposure to human rights violations. The legacy of her parents’ move to Canada as refugees in 1990 motivated her to pursue a life devoted to the advancement of human rights. Sadia is a freelance journalist, photographer and writer covering an array of human rights stories. She is currently experimenting with a number of mixed media storytelling initiatives using film, photography and radio. Her intention is to produce national exhibitions that create space for healing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the process of reconciliation. Prior to pursuing journalism full-time, Sadia was Manager of Prospect Research and Donor Report Writing at the Cirque du Soleil’s Foundation, One Drop, based in Montreal. She also served as Program Officer at Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Director of Client Programs and Youth Development at the Seva Food Bank, Researcher at the Australian Human Rights Commission and Director of Fundraising and Senior Research Analyst at the University of Toronto’s G8 Research Group.

ELIJAH MONROE - TORONTO  As a Cayuga First Nation person, Elijah Monroe was raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve #40. He is a recent graduate of the Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Photography program. Currently, Monroe is working as a Research Assistant for Sheridan College in the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support. Monroe is passionate about issues affecting Indigenous Peoples of Canada and strives for Canadian Reconciliation in the country.

ELIJAH MONROE - TORONTO

 As a Cayuga First Nation person, Elijah Monroe was raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve #40. He is a recent graduate of the Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Photography program. Currently, Monroe is working as a Research Assistant for Sheridan College in the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support. Monroe is passionate about issues affecting Indigenous Peoples of Canada and strives for Canadian Reconciliation in the country.

JENNY SUTTON- OTTAWA  Jenny is currently studying International Development at the University of Ottawa. In between coop terms and school, she can be found playing basketball, practicing yoga, hiking, or riding her bike along the Rideau Canal. Her professional background includes coop terms at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and at a landmine ban advocacy NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal. These experiences have shaped her interests, as she is motivated by social change, specifically in sustainability, youth engagement and indigenous issues in Canada.

JENNY SUTTON- OTTAWA

 Jenny is currently studying International Development at the University of Ottawa. In between coop terms and school, she can be found playing basketball, practicing yoga, hiking, or riding her bike along the Rideau Canal. Her professional background includes coop terms at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and at a landmine ban advocacy NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal. These experiences have shaped her interests, as she is motivated by social change, specifically in sustainability, youth engagement and indigenous issues in Canada.

NATASHA COMEAU- MONTREAL Natasha was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is currently living in Montreal attending McGill University. Natasha is a fourth year undergraduate student completing a Joint Honours Degree in International Development and Political Science with a Minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies. She hopes to obtain a graduate degree in international development and is particularly interested in studying the role of feminist perspectives in non-profit organizations and foreign policy development. Natasha's interests outside of school include travelling, playing soccer, running, skiing and snowboarding.

NATASHA COMEAU- MONTREAL

Natasha was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is currently living in Montreal attending McGill University. Natasha is a fourth year undergraduate student completing a Joint Honours Degree in International Development and Political Science with a Minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies. She hopes to obtain a graduate degree in international development and is particularly interested in studying the role of feminist perspectives in non-profit organizations and foreign policy development. Natasha's interests outside of school include travelling, playing soccer, running, skiing and snowboarding.

KYLA PASCAL- EDMONTON Kyla is a burgeoning entrepreneur from Edmonton, Alberta. A recent B.A. graduate with a Community Service-Learning certificate, she focuses on promoting positive community engagement and participation. Her favourite way to engage in the community is by pulling espresso shots and slinging pints at some of the best local cafes and bars around town. In her spare time you can find her checking out a comedy show or walking her dogs in the river valley.

KYLA PASCAL- EDMONTON

Kyla is a burgeoning entrepreneur from Edmonton, Alberta. A recent B.A. graduate with a Community Service-Learning certificate, she focuses on promoting positive community engagement and participation. Her favourite way to engage in the community is by pulling espresso shots and slinging pints at some of the best local cafes and bars around town. In her spare time you can find her checking out a comedy show or walking her dogs in the river valley.

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