Mervat Youssef is a demographer, researcher, statistician and data analyst. She is fluent in Arabic and English, creative, able to work independently or as part of a team. She has a master’s degree in population studies from Cairo Demographic Centre (CDC). She also has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Mervat is certified in Advanced Computer Studies (Brian J. Fleming Centre, Mississauga, ON) and SPSS (statistical package for analyzing data) (Hi Tech Institute, Toronto, ON). Her master’s degree thesis included adaptation of “European child feeding scoring and socioeconomic indices, to suit Egyptian children, which were applied in (CDC) for the first time and assisted students in their research papers”. Working for “Statistics Egypt”, she shared in various Egyptian surveys through gathering and analyzing population data.
Dr. Vidya Sagar Hasija, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering), ME (Power System), MBA (Operation Management), has more than 30 years of experience in defense R&D projects of strategic importance and spin-off projects for societal mission. He has been associated with major projects of the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), India as Senior Scientist for design & development of power and control systems and won prestigious technology awards for the development of Laser Technology projects. Presently, he is based in Brampton, Canada and is instrumental in consultancy projects on Renewable Energy sources and community development programs. Dr. Hasija is a goal-oriented and hard-working professional who thrives in a team-oriented environment. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Life Member, Laser Society of India and Senior Member IEEE for the last 20 years
Srimanta has over 20 years of experience in research and project management in Canada, Asia and Africa (e.g. Ontario Public Health, Rotary, UN Migration Agency – IOM Sudan, WHO Fellow - China, Anhui University, Canadian Universities & Non-Profits, etc.). Srimanta is an adjunct professor at York University’s School of Social Work, the CEO at the Social Planning Council of Peel, a Field Supervisor for graduate students in several Canadian universities, the past president of the Rotary Club and a member of various associations. Srimanta has published one book (a comparative analysis of the gender inequality in India and China) and implemented more than 160 community research projects over 10 years. In addition to his doctoral degree, Srimanta holds a M.A. from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University (Canada), a Master of Law in Population Sciences from Beijing University (China), a Master of Population Sciences from the International Institute for Population Sciences (India), and a M.A. in Statistics from Utkal University (India)
Dr Christopher McLeish, Senior Researcher and Program Coordinator
Christopher McLeish is a senior researcher and program coordinator with the Social Planning Council (SPC) of Peel. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in educational psychology (University at Buffalo). Christopher is the author of the 2016 Peel-Halton Workforce Characteristics Report, and the subject of his dissertation was the social context of engagement with learning among seventh-grade students. Furthermore, he has taught psychology and research methods to Humber College and University at Buffalo (UB) students. Christopher proposed, developed, and led a seminar for UB freshmen titled “Stereotypes, Emotions, Quality of Life”. Christopher possesses an abundance of skill and experience in student outcomes, quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, inclusive learning environments, and organizational development.
Suresh Subramaniam, Data Scientist and Program Manager
Suresh Subramaniam is a PMI certified Project Management Professional and an experienced senior management professional with newly acquired skills, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to mine invaluable insights from large sets of data be it structured, semi-structured, or unstructured. He is able to leverage mathematics and applied statistics with visualization for in-depth exploration. Suresh is a technical and innovative person with the ability to quickly and aggressively identify, develop, and execute opportunities for growth and improvement.
Dr. Diamond Rattansi, Social Entrepreneurship Advisor
Dr. Rattansi was born in Tanzania, and he completed his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at McGill University. Before Dr. Rattansi attended McGill University, he taught logic and critical thinking in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Rattansi is the founder and president of the Sherwood Group (digital printing services). The basis of Dr. Rattansi's business philosophy is equal opportunity and creativity. Dr. Rattansi is a past president of the Rotary Club (Mississauga-Airport) and has conducted humanitarian work in Guatemala. Through the Sherwood Group, Dr. Rattansi has provided many employment opportunities to recent immigrants and people with disabilities. It is Dr. Rattansi's view that businesses should empower individuals and improve social conditions.
John possesses over 30 years of experience in addiction counselling, drug abuse prevention, group facilitation, and mental health assessment. John is a co-founder of the African Canadian Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (ACYSAP) Program. The most distinctive aspect of John Hopkins’ work is that he attunes his practices to the cultural and racial identities of the youth. In other words, the focus is placed on the youth and not on a curriculum, institution, or program. One of John and ACYSAP’s greatest achievements was improving academic and mental health outcomes among at-risk youth in Peel high schools (e.g., Bramalea Secondary School). A crucial insight derived from this achievement was the importance of finding ways to connect mental and behavioural changes with students’ identities. John Hopkins and ACYSAP team discovered principles for supporting all youth as they worked to promote favorable life outcomes among at-risk youth. The purpose of John’s work is to support the development of racialized and Black youth in the areas of self-esteem, academic engagement and social engagement.
Dr. Agnihotram V. Ramanakumar, Epidemiology and Public Health Expert
Dr. Agnihotram is an accomplished healthcare researcher with over 15 years of experience working in high-profile global organizations such as the World Health Organization, McGill University, and Analysis Group, a consulting company. Having been exposed to academic, industry, governmental, and non-governmental and community research settings, he has expertise in socio-demographic surveys, biostatistics, epidemiological methods, health economics, statistical software, data analysis, research design, and dissemination of results to peer-reviewed journals. He has 85 high quality peer-reviewed journals to his credit.
Obie Agusiegbe, Principal Environmental Consultant
Obie Agusiegbe is the CEO and Founder of EnvironFocus, a sustainability consulting firm. Obie has over 18 years background experience and education in environmental management and climate change. Her experience spans different sectors that include oil and gas, manufacturing government, non- profit, pharmaceutical and consulting in Nigeria, Canada and overseas. She collaborates with organizations to provide African communities with access to clean technologies that are climate resilient and meets their basic human needs in an equitable manner. She designs, develop and implement projects and programs that meet organizational goals.
She is an Environmental Professional certified by ECO Canada (CECAB) as an Environmental Manager. She has a M.Sc. in Clean Technology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Adult Education/Training and Development from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada.
Obie is a Sustainability Advocate, passionate about getting individuals, organizations and nations to shift their perspectives and practices towards creating a sustainable world.
Brianna is working towards her Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services as well as her Social Service Worker Diploma. Living in the Meadowvale area, Brianna is passionate about her community, the Peel Region. In addition to my role here, she also works as a Research Assistant and in the retail field. Previously, she has completed student placements with Community Living Mississauga and Circle of Care. In the future, she plans to pursue further education and a career in social work. Working at the Social Planning Council of Peel allows her to apply theoretical knowledge learned in class and learn more about the region.
Vivian is a fourth year student at York University, expecting to graduate in June 2018 with her Honours Bachelor of Social Work with an Honours Minor in Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate career, Vivian has gained a passion for community-based research and advocacy through policy. With a focus on research and policy, the Social Planning Council of Peel has provided Vivian with the opportunity to better understand her community through the organization and holistic analysis of data.
Irene is an undergraduate student entering her fourth year of studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is working towards earning a double major in Economics and Psychology. Irene is a confident individual with excellent communication and organizational skills. She prides herself on her time management capabilities and has enhanced her admirable interpersonal skills through her frontline customer service and marketing experience. Irene has a passion for working with numbers and demonstrates excellent data analysis skills through her professional work experience and course projects. She worked as a sales associate in Nigeria.
Hayeong is a medical student at the University of Toronto, attending the Mississauga Academy of Medicine and working in partnership with SPCP through a community placement. She is currently working as a community leader with various grassroot organizations that aim to address social determinants of health. She supports the mission of SPCP, which allows for inclusive and diverse cultures and provides reliable evidence-based research to draft and implement new beneficial policies for the people of Peel. Through this learning experience, Hayeong hopes to build a strong, sustainable professional relationship with partnering community organizations and the people of Peel as a medical learner and a community advocate.
Adrian is a University of Toronto medical student attending the Mississauga Academy of Medicine campus. He co-directs the UofT Geriatrics Interest Group and has a keen interest in improving health outcomes for frail elders through research, education, and health policy. As such, he appreciates SPCP's data-driven approach to identifying and addressing social issues in Peel. Through his placement, he hopes to acquire new skills and perspectives that will enable him to better serve his patients as well as collaborate with non-profit organizations to improve the health of vulnerable populations in his community.