Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Ryerson Leadership Lab
Karim is a public service leader who has worked in progressively senior roles in public policy, politics, journalism and academia in Toronto and the United States since 2001. He is also a board member of The Atmospheric Fund and Corporate Knights, Inc., a member of the Banff Forum, and a founding faculty member of Maytree Policy School. Karim was previously Deputy Principal Secretary for the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, and served as Executive Director of Policy for Premiers Wynne and Dalton McGuinty. He has worked as a journalist, an editorial writer at The Globe and Mail, and as an editorial assistant at Slate magazine. Karim holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Co-Founder of the Ryerson Leadership Lab
Shoaib has been helping executives, students and change-makers develop their leadership potential at Ryerson University since 2011. He led Strategic Projects in the Office of the President of Ryerson and served as Special Projects Assistant to the VP of University Advancement. Shoaib has an MBA in Global Management and a BCom in Management and Entrepreneurship from Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He has also completed an Executive Education course at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Director of Policy & Research
Sam has advanced equity and inclusion through Ontario’s public education system for the past nine years. He served as Chief of Staff and Director of Policy to Ontario’s Minister of Education from 2014 to 2018. He also worked in the Ontario Public Service and in not-for-profit organizations advancing equitable access to postsecondary education and student financial assistance reform. He teaches about public leadership and advocacy at Ryerson University and George Brown College. Sam has a BSc from the University of Waterloo.
Manager of Operations & Special Projects
Forward-thinking and passionate about improving outcomes for Ontarians, Fahmida is a strategist working at the intersection of tech, inclusion and policy innovation. Most recently, she was as a Senior Advisor with the Ontario Digital Service. She founded ‘PS, I’m Muslim’ in 2018, to create a community for Muslims working in the public sector. Fahmida holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto. She’s previously worked at The Policy Innovation Hub in The Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the University of Toronto.
Lourdes is a recent graduate of the Arts and Contemporary Studies program at Ryerson. She is also an alumnus of the RISE initiative led by the non-partisan youth organization, Apathy is Boring. She is passionate about Canadian politics, governance and about the often untold stories of marginalized groups throughout Canadian history. Lourdes is currently working with the Ryerson Leadership Lab’s Director of Policy and Research to examine Canadians' attitudes towards social media, news consumption, and the spread of misinformation. She hopes to work in public policy development and encourage young people to take on leadership roles in civic and democratic spaces.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Braelyn has a passion for combining communication, policy, technology, and the arts. She spent the last year at Queen’s Park working alongside elected officials as part of the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP). She has also worked in positions including communications coordinator for the WSIB, simulation technician for an artificially intelligent learning start-up, and research assistant.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Aysha is a 3rd-year Professional Communication Major and Politics, English and PR Minor at Ryerson University. She serves as a Community Relations Officer for Elections Canada, has worked as a House of Commons Intern in Ottawa, is Communications Chair of the King—Vaughan Constituency Youth Council, and an active volunteer within her communities.
Stakeholder and Community Relations Ambassador
Justin is a Direct-Entry Marketing Management Major and Economics Minor at the Ted Rogers School of business. He returned to post-secondary school in 2015 after a five-year hiatus, because he believes that in the age of disruption, life-long education is the most important asset one can possess. Justin is entering his last year at Ryerson, after completing an Advanced Diploma at George Brown College. During his time at George Brown, he competed in a Province-wide marketing competition where he placed 3rd. Justin has been active in the Ryerson Leadership Lab activities and is a member of the student committee as Co-Chair of Speakers and Events.