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Sara Baptiste-Brown

Sara Baptiste-Brown (member since 2019) has worked around the world in the non-profit, private and social enterprise sectors, bringing a balance of empathy, objectivity and critical analysis to social impact initiatives. A JMSB graduate, she is now immersed in the world of experiential learning in her role as Manager at the Institute for Cooperative Education.


Govind Gopakumar

Govind Gopakumar (member since 2019) is the Chair of Concordia’s Centre for Engineering in Society and an interdisciplinary scholar who critically examines the relation between society, environment, and technology in an urban context. Govind has been involved in the leadership of SHIFT since the early stages of its development, he now contributes as a member of the Steering Committee and the Governance Hub.  


Govind Gopakumar

Richenda Grazette (member since 2020) is a community organiser with extensive experience in nonprofit administration whose work centres the voices and realities of queer, BIPOC, and marginalised youth.  Previous to her current position as Program Officer at the Pathy Family Foundation, she explored transformative approaches to governance, organisational development and fundraising that align internal processes with organisational values at Tiohtià:ke/Montréal-based nonprofit Head & Hands.


Govind Gopakumar

Isabel Heck (member since 2020) is an action researcher committed to social inclusion. After several years working as a community-based researcher with Parole d’excluEs, she recently joined the Collective Impact Project team at Centraide du Grand Montréal. Isabel is also an adjunct professor at UQAM and a member of the CRISES research network (Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales).


Govind Gopakumar

Chad Lubelsky (member since 2020) has worked in social justice for over 20 years. In his current position at the McConnell Foundation, he plays the role of field catalyst – building innovation capacity, networks and projects in post-secondary, journalism, and the community sector. An alumnus of Concordia Communication Studies with an interdisciplinary background, Chad brings a strong understanding of program design and delivery, evaluation and impact measurement.


Govind Gopakumar

Seynabou Ndiaye (member since 2021) is a software engineer with a strong commitment to advancing best practices for greater equity and inclusion in the STEM fields.  A recent graduate from the Gina Cody School of Engineering & Computer Science, Seynabou has launched and collaborated on a diverse portfolio of start-ups focusing on sustainability, responsible investing, and mental wellness. She currently works with Sama, a Bcorp leader in ethical AI practices.


Nafija Rahman

Nafija Rahman (member since 2019) has been an engaged citizen and community unifier in her neighbourhood of Little Burgundy for over a decade.  In her work with Amitié Soleil, the Amal Centre for Women, and her catering business chezNafNaf, she advocates for women’s empowerment and ensures that the voices of women of colour from marginalized communities are heard. She is a proud graduate of Concordia and a mother of two boys.


Jessica Cabana

Aishah Seivwright (member since 2021) brings a deeply grounded perspective on equity, intersectionality and neurodiversity in her work to destigmatize mental health within the Black community as co-director of the Black Mental Health Connections. She is an imaginative and solution-oriented project coordinator, who believes that supporting mental health through non-hierarchical, and anti-oppressive organizing is a critical step towards meaningful change for a better future.


Jessica Cabana

MJ Thompson (member since 2021) is a performance studies scholar who has been teaching writing as a tool of expression, collectivity and empowerment for over 20 years. As a Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts professor, her research integrates dance, movement, embodiment and everyday life as political terrain. She is currently Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and works to provide access and equity to research opportunities and funding.


Jessica Cabana

Florencia Vallejo-Ortiz (member since 2021) is a Concordia undergraduate student in Women's Studies and Immigration Studies. Florencia has extensive experience in community engagement and student organising around issues of migrant justice, environmental activism, prevention of gender-based violence, and movements in solidarity with BIPOC communities. In addition to her academic work, she researches issues related to social, environmental and economic justice in her role as CSU’s campaign researcher.


Jessica Cabana

Jessica Cabana (on leave) is deeply committed to reducing social inequities by building a more just and regenerative economy.  Co-founder of the Hive Cafe Co-op and the Concordia Food Coalition, she brings a profound understanding of the Concordia student organizing and student politics landscape, as well as experience with a variety of alternative governance structures. She currently works with the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité(CQCM), promoting the cooperative movement among young entrepreneurs.


Lisa Ndejuru

Lisa Ndejuru (on leave) is an artist, storyteller and PhD candidate.  She uses arts-based techniques, dialogue and play to support post-trauma community healing and empowerment. Through 20 years of community-grounded activism, research and organising with the Rwandan diaspora, she has developed extensive experience working cooperatively across multiple disciplines.

Non-voting members

  • Andrea Clarke
    Senior Director, Community Engagement and Social Impact
  • Representative – Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation

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