Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Aniqah Zowmi has a passion for mainstreaming diversity and inclusion at all levels of government and civic organization. She is currently a Regional Focal Point for the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY), Member of the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), and is serving a term as the Unspoken Smiles Representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communications Youth Representatives Steering Committee.
Aniqah was a Lead Author for the UNESCO publication “A Youth-Led Guide on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education”. Aniqah recently completed a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University, researching the intersection between social enterprise and feminist and anti-colonialist theory.
Strategy and Governance
Anna-Kay Russell is an environmental policy professional and community leader with a mission to engage diverse communities, including governments, businesses, local activists and innovators, in the transition to a low-carbon and socially just world.
Anna-Kay holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, and a bilingual iBA in Environmental & Health Studies and Psychology from Glendon College, York University. She brings with her professional experience in research, the public sector (Natural Resources Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs) and non-profits, and currently works for the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, where she evaluates the governance practices of publicly-listed companies, including their environmental and social performance. A strong advocate for sustainability, equity and inclusion, Anna-Kay is excited to contribute her diverse skills to the Steering Committee as the Director of Strategy and Governance in supporting the growth and future direction of Leading Change.
A two-times alumna of Leading Change (2016 & 2018) and fierce advocate of youth-led sustainability solutions, Brianna Brown is excited to join the Leading Change Steering Committee as Director of Programs. Brianna is passionate about the ways that individuals, consumers, citizens, businesses and investors impact our world, and is experienced in finding creative ways to leverage that impact to create a more environmentally and socially-just economy.
As Impact Advisor at Cove Continuity Advisors, Brianna works with for-profit organizations to define holistic impact business strategies that unlock social and environmental impact while driving business success. Working with a wide range of industries and business sizes, she is fluent in sustainable business trends at both the start-up and corporate levels. Outside of work, Brianna volunteers with the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) and Surfrider Foundation, and is an Activator with SheEO.
Brianna holds a Master of Management from UBC Sauder and a BA in Economics and Political Science (Honours) from McGill University.
Claire Melanson is the Manager of Partnerships and Operations at Globe Series. She has worked in many aspects of sustainable conference planning but specializes in logistics and client services. As the Partnership Manager, she enjoys working with partners to effectively communicate and accelerate their sustainability commitments. As the Operations Manager, her skills include budget, registration, volunteer, housing, and special event management. Her spooky ability to anticipate obstacles from miles away means catastrophes are often averted before they appear.
Claire is excited to use her conference management skills as a member of the Steering Committee at Leading Change. Through her work with the Leading Change team, she hopes to direct the energy and talent of many young Canadians towards meaningful and uncompromising climate action.
Claire has a degree in Geography, Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, BC, and enjoys reading and birding. She hopes to one day see a wallcreeper.
Emily De Sousa
Marketing and Communications
Emily De Sousa is a trained geographer, communications expert, policy nerd, and Toronto native. She is the founder and creative director of Airplanes & Avocados, a sustainable travel brand teaching readers how to see the world and save it at the same time, as well as the founder and executive director of Youth Action on Climate Change, a community incubator dedicated to cultivating the next generation of environmental leaders.
Emily earned her B.A. in Environmental Governance from the University of Guelph and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Geography, with a research focus on ocean governance and seafood sustainability. She is also passionate about knowledge mobilization and bridging gaps between academic and non-academic audiences.
Emily is a trained PADI Divemaster and Freediver. She enjoys spending most of her time under the water. Both her love of diving and her ocean advocacy work have been recognized by PADI; she represents Project Aware, a nonprofit organization working with scuba divers to raise awareness about marine conservation issues, by serving as a Project Aware Ambassador.
Sustainability has been at the heart of many of Loïc Eloy’s projects and involvements. Loïc recently joined EY’s Climate Change & Sustainability Services team as a consultant, where he works with clients to improve their sustainability performance in the face of rising risks and opportunities that a sustainable transition entails. Prior to that, Loïc was an advisor at Desjardins General Insurance Group (DGIG), where he assisted executives in their decision-making through fact-based analyses. He was also involved in DGIG’s Sustainability Committee, in which he gained a better understanding of the implications of climate change on the insurance industry.
Loïc lived in China for 14 years before moving to Montreal in 2015 to pursue his studies at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. There he completed concentrations in Finance, Business Analytics and Sustainability. During his time at university, he presided over the Desautels Sustainability Network (DSN), a student organization that promotes sustainability within the faculty and across Montreal, in part by connecting students to professionals working to improve sustainability in various fields. Additionally, he was a jury member representing McGill at Finance & Sustainability Initiative’s Competition for Best Sustainability Report, in which he assessed the sustainability reports of select companies from the perspective of investors.
Nauman Saeed Anwar
Nauman Saeed Anwar is currently working as a program strategy advisor with the Alberta oil and gas regulator’s (AER’s) liability management team. As a program manager at AER, he recently delivered the methane reduction regulatory / technical solution that will contribute 8-10% of Canada’s Paris reduction commitments. He has also worked with the likes of SNC Lavalin and Deloitte.
Passionate about alumni engagement, he serves on the Board of the Alumni Association at the University of Calgary and on the Board of Haskayne MBA Alumni. His interests and passion have taken him to the last two World Economic Forums in Davos.
Outside of volunteering and work, he is an avid squash player, snowboarder, recreational drone pilot and a vintage stamp collector.
Delegates and Participants
Sarah Hanson is Anishinaabe from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, currently living, working and studying in Ottawa. Having finished a Biology degree from Queen’s University, where she gained valuable skills in science, advocacy and leadership, Sarah is continuing her education at Carleton University in Indigenous Studies.
Prior to finishing her degree at Queen’s University, Sarah participated in an international internship for Indigenous youth where she lived and worked in Guyana, setting up robotics programs in 5 underperforming schools for youth in the capital. After returning to Canada, Sarah finished her Biology degree and began working at Crown Indigenous-Relations and Northern Affairs Canada as a Junior Environmental Policy Analyst. Through her work with the Indigenous Community-Based Monitoring Program, Sarah has been able to combine her Indigenous ancestry to western science.
In the future, Sarah would like to continue sharing her inherent connection to the land with more youth worldwide while also helping to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge and western science.