Techfugees TORONTO 🇨🇦
Techfugees took its first steps in North America in Toronto in October 2019. Canada is one of the world's leading immigration countries. 28 100 refugees have been resettled in Canada according to the UNHCR in 2018 and 18 000 refugees accessed Canadian citizenship.
Olivia is a design researcher and strategist who is currently working on a digital incubation team within financial services. This means Olivia spends a lot of her time talking to people about their human and digital relationships and thinking and conceptualizing what our future will and should look like. Alongside design and research, Olivia is also very passionate about helping newcomers along their path to resettlement in Canada and has worked at Canadian Council for Refugees as a youth ambassador and volunteered for other community settlement initiatives in Quebec.
Amy is currently a Product Manager at Connected. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto and received a B.Comm from McGill University in Montreal. Passionate and fascinated by the possibility of using what is traditionally known as “business strategy” to address complex social problems, Amy has worked at The Centre For Social Innovation and then moved onto MaRS, a nonprofit who’s mission intersects entrepreneurship and innovation. She also has a knack for client-facing work and has further refined those skills while at SoapBox, Normative and most recently Connected. She started as Chapter co-lead and is now supporting the team as a volunteer. She’s excited to bring her knowledge and experience with the Toronto tech ecosystem to help build the first Nothern American chapter of Techfugees!
Mounir is a social entrepreneur and advisor in the field of community development. His multicultural background, as well as his organizational network in different countries, have helped him build several refugee settlement programs in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq prior to his arrival to Canada under the Syrian refugee sponsorship program. He currently works with ACSA – Newcomers’ Centre as a Program Specialist, where he focuses on building entrepreneurship, employment, skills building, and mentorship programs for refugees and newcomers. With an educational background in computer science, global development studies, and innovation and entrepreneurship management, he is excited to help launch Toronto’s Techfugees chapter!
Cansu is a researcher and consultant who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in information science at University of Toronto. With a background in political science and digital media, she leverages her expertise and prior experience to develop tools to improve the lives of underrepresented and non-dominant groups, including refugee and asylum-seeking communities. Her current work looks at the use of information and digital technologies in humanitarian and refugee settlement contexts in Canada, Turkey, the MENA, and East Africa. Cansu is UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab (IPL) expert in ICTs, design, and social policy. You can find more information about her work at https://cansued.github.io