Ratna Omidvar is the founding Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) and Adjunct Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. GDX is a think and do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks. Ratna is an internationally recognized expert, speaker and commentator on migration, diversity, integration and inclusion. Previously, she was the President of Maytree, where she played a lead role in local, national and international efforts to promote the integration of immigrants. Ratna is Director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Environics Institute and Samara. She is Chair of Lifeline Syria, Chair Emerita of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and Co-Chair of DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project.
An Accidental Canadian: Reflections on the Immigrant Experience
Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University, came to Canada as a reluctant immigrant. But she has made this country her home, her calling and her passion. She will reflect on her rough start in Canada and what it taught her about Canada, Canadians and herself. She will discuss her journey as a pragmatic activist, working to ensure that this country benefits from the skills, ambition and entrepreneurship that arrive along with immigrants from around the world – always admiring Canada on the one hand, but constantly exhorting it to be better on the other.