Governance

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for CFRAC. As a member of the Board, a Board Member acts in a position of trust for the community, and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Directors serve for a 2-year term and for a maximum of 3 consecutive terms. The 2019-2020 Board of Directors for the Centre for Race and Culture is:

Fatmeh Kalouti, Chair

Fatmeh is a Youth Worker at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. She is passionate about empowering the wellness and success of immigrant and refugee youth. Her educational background in counselling drives her to support children and youth in schools, as well as support their families from a holistic approach. Further, her passion for social equity has led her to chair the Safety Summit Committee and to chair the Board of Directors at the Centre for Race and Culture. Fatmeh loves to travel, bake, and spend time with her nephews. If she’s not busy answering emails, she’s probably doing a puzzle!

Vivian Kwan, Vice Chair

Vivian is a coffee connoisseur and a vocal mental health advocate in the greater community. Her passion for health and wellness has inspired her to pursue a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology, and now a Masters in Public Health. Over the years, she has worked with non-profit organizations and public institutions in various capacities. At an international level, she has been affiliated and worked with organizations such as UN Women and the World Economic Forum. As a woman of color with a strong interest in policy and health, Vivian has always been actively participating in discussions on the challenges faced by the ethnic communities in Edmonton. She was initially intrigued by the work done by the Centre for Race and Culture in the areas of education and awareness. After having the opportunity to learn more about the organization and interact with their members, Vivian was eager to be a part of the cause. Currently, she works as the Planning and Engaging Coordinator with Homeward Trust Edmonton, working in collaboration with all levels of government and community agencies to eradicate homelessness in the city. In the long term, she hopes to continue her involvement and career journey in the public sector.

Rym Cheriet, Secretary

Originally from Algeria, Rym completed her Bachelor degree in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Alberta. She currently holds the position of policy and community advisor at the ACFA, a non-for-profit dedicated to ensure the social and political development of the vibrant francophone community in Alberta. In this role, some of her responsibilities include providing research, analysis and writing leading to the development of policies, community development and government relations strategies. Rym is a multilingual professional with experience in policy writing, program management, strategic planning, adult education as well as employability. In addition, Rym is actively engaged in anti-racism work; she has been involved with the CFRAC board as a Treasurer and Secretary since December 2018.  She has worked closely with newcomers to ensure their employment integration in the Alberta job market and she is passionate about building inclusive communities. Outside of work, Rym enjoys travelling, learning new languages and photography.

Litzy Baeza

Litzy has over 15 years of experience in international education and development by helping others understand culture and intercultural interactions. She has worked in various post-secondary institutions in Canada and has lived and worked overseas. Litzy’s expertise and professional interests are in such areas as intercultural communication; cross-cultural intelligence; diversity and inclusion; international education; international relations etiquette; and curriculum design. Litzy has worked with a number of organizations in public and private sectors, including the University of Alberta, NAIT, NorQuest College, and the Government of Alberta, helping them increase their practices in intercultural competency, diversity and inclusion. Litzy has just come back to Edmonton after having lived in Cuba for 4 years and wanted to become a board member to be part of the important work that the Centre for Race and Culture do in Anti-Racism work.

 

 

 

Shruti Arora

Just 3 years old to Canada, Shruti has recently completed her MBA with University of Alberta and is currently working as a marketing professional with a metal recycling company. She has always been passionate about working with the community for its development and benefit. She strongly believes in promoting the best interest of people no matter what the issue is at hand. Shruti has previously worked as a project administrator with CFRAC and during this time, she learned as well as contributed to brining positive change within the community. The drive and enthusiasm the organization has, brought her back as a board member with the team, and as a member she aims to work towards the betterment of the society.

 

 

 

 

Aemon Ishfaq

An urban enthusiast, adventurer and food junkie, Aemon is an outgoing, and driven young professional who loves working with others as a means of exchanging ideas and knowledge. She graduated with an Honors Bachelor majoring in criminology and socio-legal studies, and early modern history, with experience working with Canada Border Services Agency and Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada under her belt. A life-long learner, Aemon’s keen interest in politics, social justice and human rights issues has led to her involvement with several not-for-profit organizations in Toronto helping marginalized communities, women’s groups and vulnerable populations, as well as building awareness of civil liberties. Aemon is diverse society. Aemon is excited to bring her experience to CFRAC, to educate and promote anti-racism ideas and build an inclusive and diverse society.

Rickard Enstroem, PhD

Rickard  is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Decision Sciences in the School of Business at MacEwan University.  In this role, he oversees the B.Com. Major in Supply Chain Management and has also led the development of a new Minor in Business Intelligence/Data Analytics.  He holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada, M.Sc.(Eng.) and B.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, along with studies in Economics conducted at Stockholm University, Sweden. Apart from an interest in the Built Environment, his research interests revolve around Leadership Development and Consumer Behaviour and the use of statistical modeling to measure those behavioural outcomes and preferences.  He taught at universities in Europe and Canada and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is the current Vice-Chair of the Canadian Initiative for Nordic Studies (http://www.cins.ualberta.ca/) at the University of Alberta; an organisation with a national mandate to advance the multidisciplinary academic and cultural exchanges between Canada and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland.  He holds the professional designation of Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) from CIM Chartered Managers Canada©.

Lawrence Muganga, PhD

Lawrence  is an Author, Researcher, Authentic Learning Enthusiast, Policy Practitioner, Strategy Advisor and Performance Management Specialist. He earned his MA in Economic Policy Management from Makerere University and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta. A strategic thinker, Lawrence commands an impressive publication record, and possesses outstanding research, analytical, and advisory attributes, with a seasoned ability to explain complex problems to a range of audiences. Lawrence has held positions in Canada, Ethiopia, and Rwanda focused on researching, planning, developing, implementing, and assessing policies that improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations. He currently works as a Program and Policy Advisor for the government of Alberta. Lawrence has won awards for his work in program development and policy management.

A proud and loving father, Lawrence aspires to see his children receive a top-quality education that facilitates meaningful learning and living in an inclusive and racism free society. Lawrence’s quest to promote intercultural understanding and cultural competency, made the Edmonton Centre for Race and Culture the ideal organization he wants to be associated with and support.

Interested in joining our board? We’re recruiting for board members! View our posting here, and nominate yourself to serve.