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Kanchana Arachchi, BAH, MLRHR
RESEARCHER
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kanchana is a seasoned human resource specialist as well as a researcher in areas relating to implicit bias, gender equity, and international development.

She is completing her Masters in Labor Relations and Human Resource Management and Development at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) where her scholarly research focuses on implicit bias within the workplace and its impact on employee performance.  Her research incorporates interviews and case studies with corporate workers across a range of seniority levels with the global apparel industry.

Driven by her research findings, Kanchana created an employee friendly training and development program and has piloted this training programs with an apparel company in Bangladesh. She has also worked as a gender advocate and human resource specialist for global apparel and supply chain companies, MAS Holdings (Sri Lanka) and Li & Fung (Dhaka).

Kanchana holds a BAH in Social Science from Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh and California State University Long Beach (Ex) and a certification in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personnel Management.

 
 
 
 

Vashisht Asrani, BSc, MA
ASSOCIATE
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Vashisht works as a research and evaluation associate, leading various program evaluation projects in the non-profit and education sectors. Vashisht is passionate about using empirical research as well as the lived experiences of community members, to help create inclusive and equitable workplaces. He is also keen on facilitating workshops and other knowledge dissemination activities, in order to get partner organizations to embrace the core principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Vashisht cares about diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives as he feels it is a professional extension of his personal commitment to various social justice causes (e.g. anti-racism, animal rights activism) and his strong belief in moral, economic, gender, and racial egalitarianism. Vashisht continues to expand his skills and knowledge of these areas by attending diversity and inclusion workshops, reviewing the latest research, and through his consulting role with various community partners.

Vashisht completed his SSHRC-funded MA in Psychological Science at Ryerson University, with Dr. Becky Choma. For his graduate research, he explored the influence of socio-political ideology and threat perceptions on attitudes towards vegans and vegetarians, including double outgroups (Sikhs who identify as vegan or vegetarian). He also studied the impact of imagined contact on attitudes towards these outgroups, in a prejudice reduction context.

On the personal front, Vashisht is a cooking, martial arts, and Cricket aficionado. He enjoys history, anthropology, travelling, and learning languages. He is also an animal lover and hopes to get a cat or a dog (or both) soon.

 
 
 
 

Rebecca Factor, BA, MSc
ASSOCIATE
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Rebecca Factor is an associate consultant who works with Feminuity to analyze data and provide organizational insights to support diversity, equity, and inclusion and efforts at work.

She cares deeply about this work because she feels everyone should come to work being themselves — that is when we all make the most impact.

Rebecca has researched a variety of organizational psychology topics including: talent management, diversity and inclusion, recruitment/selection, etc. Many of the research projects she has been involved in have been presented at psychological conferences, such as Association for Psychological Science, Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Canadian Psychology Association. She also assisted in researching and writing Women in Tech World’s Gender Equity Roadmap, a qualitative study on the experiences of Canadian women in technology. She works with an HR tech company, as a part of their research team, to help guide product development in the field of employee engagement and recognition.

Rebecca holds a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

Rebecca loves being outside – playing sports, going for a hike, swimming, whatever it may be!

 
 
 
 

AMY GE, BAH, JD/MBA CANDIDATE
Associate Consultant
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Amy is a JD/MBA candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business of York University. She graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in Global Development and a focus in Gender Studies. Her education centred around Black Feminist Thought, Indigenous Studies, and Race Theory.

She believes the corporate sector is the most impactful place that theory and praxis of equity-based thinking can converge to create a more humane world.

Inclusion means nothing without influence. Unless we push to centre the voices and experiences of those who have been relegated to the periphery, we will be fated to repeat our old systems of inequity.

We must invest in creating environments where everyone can do their best work no matter who they are or where they are. Together, we can build industries where diversity of identity is not a quota, but a celebrated part of life.

Amy identifies as a cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied Asian woman. When she’s off the clock, Amy enjoys reading, writing, ballet, and playing video games. Her favourite writers are Patricia Hill Collins, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Franz Fanon, and Gloria E. Anzaldúa. She is an activist who will continue to march, demonstrate, and lose her voice until there is equity for all.

 
 
 
 

Zachary Habayeb, BA
FACILITATOR
Pronouns: He/His/Him

Zachary Habayeb is a Facilitator and human-centred designer who works with Feminuity to deliver empathetic and collaborative diversity, inclusion, and equity-focused engagements for their clients.  As a facilitator, Zachary utilizes a variety of tools and approaches to help inspire and encourage well-represented conversations to ensures that a diverse set of opinions and perspectives are equally voiced and considered when working through often complex discussions.

Zachary cares deeply about this work because of his belief that true collaboration and employee empowerment is unlocked in an organization when unconscious biases and systemic barriers are proactively addressed and removed. He believes that people thrive in their professional and personal lives when they participate in environments that are empathic, celebrate difference, and provide opportunities to create shared understanding.

Throughout his time as a design thinking consultant and facilitator, Zachary has worked with international non-profits, LGBTQi+ agencies in Southeast Asia and multi-national businesses to help solve organizational challenges. Zachary understands what drives problem-solving, collaboration, and innovative thinking in an organization.  It starts with how well you empathize with a problem, share openly, listen deeply, and engage thoughtfully.

Zachary holds a BA with a focus on Economics and Commerce from Wilfrid Laurier University,  and an executive certificate in Design Thinking and Innovation from the United Nation’s University for Peace.

Zachary identities as a heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied, multi-racial man.  He loves outdoor adventures that challenge him physically and mentally such as surfing, scuba diving and hiking, and exploring all the different districts of Toronto to uncover the best vegan eats.

 
 
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Jobu Kondo, BFA, MDes
INCLUSIVE DESIGNER

Full bio coming soon.

 
 
 
 

Ivana Lochhead, BA, MBA
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ivana Lochhead is a Strategy and Operations Leader with a data-driven and human-centred design approach to solving business challenges. As Chief Operations Officer at Feminuity, Ivana provides the leadership necessary to ensure the company has the proper operational processes and systems in place to effectively serve its client base and grow the business. Ivana also consults on projects that have a quantitative and strategy component.

Ivana believes in building relationships and communities that are courageous and intentional in their pursuit of social justice, equity, and inclusion. She believes that practicing empathy, understanding privilege, and embracing conflict in a vulnerable way are the critical gateways to learning to value, engage with, and understand differences, and to building environments and businesses that are unshakeable in their foundation. She passionately believes that Canada needs a workforce that looks like Canada and that the world needs innovation created by all groups and identities.

After four years at a leading brand strategy and marketing analytics firm consulting on select global brands, Ivana shifted direction and pursued her MBA where she discovered her passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and diversity and inclusion. During her MBA, Ivana founded and led Canada’s first ‘Men as Allies’ initiative at a Canadian business school under the Women in Leadership Association. She brought together a community of 300 men and women, at the student and faculty levels, to actively engage in the movement for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the business world. Since then, she has worked across the Toronto startup ecosystem connecting with and supporting passionate entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Ivana holds a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and IE Business School. Ivana identifies as a heterosexual, cisgender, white woman, with a wide-open and sensitive heart to all suffering.  She loves the outdoors and activities that push her both physically and mentally and is obsessed with dogs and anything that makes her laugh.

 
 
 
 

Margaret Milde, BA, MA
COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Margaret is a Communications Strategist who works with Feminuity to share its message of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness across the digital landscape.

During her time working with technology startups, Margaret developed a deep concern for the lack of intersectionality exhibited in the sector — and the negative impact this had on product development and company culture.

Margaret believes that an intersectional approach to technology will create a society that is accessible, where everyone feels they truly belong.

With five years of PR and digital marketing experience, Margaret runs daily strategy and global campaigns for international companies and helps not-for-profits and small businesses find their footing in a complex and constantly changing digital space.

She holds a Masters of Arts in English Literature from Ryerson University.

Margaret identifies as a cisgender woman.

You can catch her in Trinity Bellwoods park, morning or night, hanging with her two canine pals, Sally and Steve. When she’s not taking photos of them, she’s walking them, cuddling them, or wishing she was with them.

 
 
 
 

Andrea Rowe, BA, MPA, PhD
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Dr. Andrea Rowe (pronounce) is a Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer at Feminuity. Andrea is an innovation expert and thought leader on the use of evidence-based research for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Andrea cares deeply about this work because of her personal experience with lifesaving advances in paediatric cardiology and the power of evidence-based research to make the impossible, possible.

Andrea is inspired by innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives, and leaders that dare to challenge the status quo and commit to building better processes, products, services, and, companies for everyone.

Andrea has published her work on gender equality and national innovation systems in the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship and her work on innovation and growth from startups in Canada has been recognized by the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), a leading innovation organization active in 70 countries with the 2019 Dick Marsh Prize or the paper most likely to make an impact.

Andrea has extensive work experience in academia, the public and private sector in health policy, intergovernmental relations, and innovation policy.  Andrea holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University and completed a Mitacs Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

Andrea identifies as a cisgender, able-bodied woman. Andrea loves the culinary arts and dreams of having her own cooking show.

 
 
 
 

Sarah Saska, BAH, MA, PhD
FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Dr. Sarah Saska (pronounce) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Feminuity, an advisor, and a startup investor. Sarah challenges, reimagines, and redesigns the mindsets, technologies, and systems that surround us with the aim to shape a future that benefits everyone and brings us all forward in an equitable manner.

Sarah is a seasoned academic and experienced practitioner having led pioneering doctoral research at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and innovation. Her research highlighted the need for companies, namely those in the technology and innovation sector, to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core of their business and became the inspiration for Feminuity.

Sarah holds a Ph.D. from Western University, an M.A. from The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa and a B.A. (Hon) and certification in Sexual and Gender Diversity from the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Sarah continues her research as a leading advisor to the growing body of research relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Canadian tech sector.  Having advised on flagship studies, including “Who Are Canada’s Tech Workers?,” Tech for All: Breaking Barriers in Toronto’s Innovation Community,” and “Canada’s Gender Equity Roadmap: A Study of Women in Tech.”

Sarah has twice been named amongst the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and on Culture Amp’s list of “21 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders You Should Know.” She speaks internationally and is a TEDx speaker, and she’s been featured on CBC’s The National, as well as in Fast Company and The New York Times. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Western University, Pique Fund II, and The MATCH International Women’s Fund and sits on the Board of Directors for Wen-Do Women’s Self Defense.

Sarah is a Hungarian-Canadian and she identifies as a cisgender, pansexual, able-bodied, Jewish woman and a survivor of sexual violence.  Sarah is an only child and has lost two parents to cancer. She appreciates a critical perspective and she values the messy parts of human interaction.  She lives in downtown Toronto, Canada with her dog, Gordon, (lovingly named after the late Gord Downie, former lead singer of The Tragically Hip).  


 
 
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Alison Terpstra, BAH
RESEARCHER
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alison is a passionate intersectional feminist who uses her background in history and political science to take a critical look at politics, society, and pop culture. Alison has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors creating events and programs that aim to transform how women see their leadership potential. Alison continues to hone her wider equity, diversity, and inclusion skill set by working for and creating inclusion initiatives within diverse communities.

Alison received a BA with Honours at the University of Toronto in 2015. She has studied French language at l’Université de Bourgogne and speaks fluently. Alison regularly volunteers for the Feminist Art Conference as their communications coordinator. When she is offline, Alison enjoys walking her dog around Toronto and cooking elaborate meals for friends and family.

 
 
 
 

K.J. Tommy, BAH
ASSOCIATE
Pronouns: He/Him/His

K.J. Tommy is an associate consultant who works with Feminuity to function as an interpleural activist.

Science informs us that empathy light up the insula, and observation shows us that light drives out darkness. In well-lit environments, we can see cracks and holes that are a result of the stones that the builder rejected, the deficits that are a result of failure to be more inclusive. K.J. has always recognized and detested the absurdities and injustices that make our workplaces dens of inequity. He utilizes history and narrative in oratorical, written and visual forms to unlock potential and cross-pollinate ideas that result in positive growth for business.

A graduate from the University of Toronto with a BAH in English, History, and Visual Arts followed by a post-graduate certificate in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. A Third Culture Kid as a result of growing up on three continents by the age of majority. Several years of experience in health, events, education, and cultural sectors have equipped him with a passion for all inclusion.