Speaker Biographies

Safeguarding Our Communities, Upholding Our Shared Values
A Community Forum on Immigration and Racial Discrimination

Speaker Biographies

Ambassador PreferredPhoto CroppedHis Excellency Artur Wilczynski
Ambassador of Canada to Norway
Ambassador Artur Wilczynski presented credentials to Norway’s King Harald V in December 2014. He is also Canada’s Head of Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. His work in Norway promotes economic opportunities for Canadians, advances shared interests and reflects Canadian approaches to diversity and inclusion. He engages with Norway’s Indigenous Sami people, religious minorities, immigrants, Arctic communities and Norway’s LGBTQ community. He is an advocate for Holocaust education and remembrance and for anti-discrimination and human rights. Prior to becoming Canada’s Ambassador to Norway, he was the Director General of International Security & Intelligence at Global Affairs Canada. He also worked in leadership positions at Public Safety Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He was the Chair of the Inter-American Committee on Culture and was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Government of France for his work at UNESCO on cultural diversity. Artur has a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and is married to his partner of 30 years Randy Stocker. They live together with their dog Colt and cat Lilly in Oslo, Norway.  





 ChristineBrodie CroppedChristine Brodie
Education Consultant
Mrs. Christine Brodie graduated with a Master of Arts from California State University, Long Beach. She began her career as a classroom teacher and became a specialist in math, reading and working with children with learning disabilities. Mrs. Brodie retired recently from Richmond School District where she was a Teacher Consultant in Community Outreach and the District Autism Team. Mrs. Brodie's community involvement has included serving on Boards and Committees - Richmond Caring Place Society (1994; Chair 1998-2002), S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (2007-2014; Chair 2012-2013).  She has also served on Boards in the financial sector - Coast Capital Savings (1993-2008), Credit Union Central – BC (1997-2005), and The Co-operators Group (2002-2008). Mrs. Brodie is currently a Director at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation (former Chair), Richmond Sunrise Rotary (past President), and enjoys volunteering for the Richmond Food Bank.






GurdeepParhar CroppedDr. Gurdeep Parhar
Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships & Professionalism, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Dr. Parhar is an internationally renowned expert on equity, diversity and professionalism. He has previously held the roles of Acting Associate Vice President – Equity & Inclusion for UBC, Co-Acting Head and Associate Head of the UBC Department of Family Practice, and National Co-Chair for the Group on Equity, Diversity & Gender for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. His clinical practice focuses on immigrants, refugees, workers’ health and patients with severe disabilities. He also coordinates Avoiding Mistreatment and Anti-Harassment workshops addressing racism, homophobia, and bullying for the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Parhar has co-hosted a weekly television program, entitled “Pearls for Success”, targeting new immigrants and refugees to improve their functioning in health, education, law and finance. His May 2016 TedTalk, entitled “Fixing Racism” was live streamed to over 100 countries and, within 4 weeks of being posted online, has been watched by over 1 million viewers.  





Judith CroppedJudith Bosire
Consultant, MNP LLP
Judith grew up in a small village in Kisii, in Western Kenya. She was presented with an opportunity to pursue her university studies in the United States on a scholarship. Upon graduation, she was recruited to work for Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. In 2011, Judith relocated to Vancouver to study her master’s degree at SFU. While here, she met her husband, an Australian who was undertaking his fellowship at UBC. They have both recently received their permanent residency, joining other Canadian immigrants who have chosen to make Canada their home. Judith is currently a Consultant at MNP, where she supports economics analysis services and Aboriginal economic development issues. She is also a co-founder of DNA Romance, a venture that provides a scientific dating platform, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for Shanti Uganda, a NGO that supports maternal health in rural Uganda.





ChiefJoseph Cropped2Chief Robert Joseph
Reconciliation Canada Ambassador
Chief Joseph is the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and is an honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As Chairman of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation and Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation with the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace (IFWP), Chief Joseph has sat with the leaders of South Africa, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and Washington, DC to learn from and share his understanding of faith, hope, healing and reconciliation.





RobertKrell CroppedDr. Robert Krell
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre Founding President and Outreach Speaker
Dr. Robert Krell is a child survivor of the Holocaust, devoted to understanding the problems of Holocaust survivor-families and supporting their well-being. In his private practice, Dr. Krell treated Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as Dutch survivors of Japanese concentration camps. He is also the founding President of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. For these activities, he received the 1998 State of Israel Bonds Elie Wiesel Remembrance Award. Dr. Krell has published several articles and books, among them, “And Life Is Changed Forever: Holocaust Childhoods Remembered.” His interests remain in the psychiatric treatment of aging survivors of massive trauma and participating in programmes against racism and prejudice. Dr. Krell continues to speak all over North America about the Holocaust and was the keynote speaker addressing the United Nations during its International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in 2012. He and Marilyn have nine grandchildren.





Sarah1 CroppedSarah Al-Qaysi
Program Assistant, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Growing up in a medical family, Sarah developed an early interest in sciences and is currently a university student working towards achieving her bachelor degree in the health sciences program. Coming to Canada six years ago helped Sarah move toward a new path in her life as well as giving her the opportunity to learn about different cultures embedded in the Canadian community. As a program assistant at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Sarah hopes to help newcomers from all backgrounds and ages to create and maintain harmony within the Canadian community.





TravisChen CropperTravis Chen
President, Yigeda
Travis Chen is an entrepreneur who has developed numerous business ventures within both Canada and China, in the areas of research and manufacturing, real estate and property management, lighting distribution, farm operations, and health. His companies include Yigeda Bio-tech Ltd., Yigeda Enterprise Inc., Yigeda Lighting Ltd., G&C Agriculture Ltd., Beijing TongRenTang, GSL Lab, and Larcare Health. Travis received his MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics, MSc in Computer Science from Kings College, and BEng in Material Science from Imperial College.




YuenPauWoo CroppedThe Honourable Yuen Pau Woo
Senator, B.C.
Prior to joining the Senate, Yuen Pau Woo was President of HQ Vancouver, which promotes British Columbia as a location for head offices of international companies. From 2005-2014, he was President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He is also Senior Resident Fellow at the Beedie School of Business; Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Institute of Asian Research; as well as co-founder and President of China Global. He is on the boards for organizations such as the Vancouver Academy of Music, Mosaic Institute, and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation. From 2002-2012, he was Canada's representative on the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and served as the founding chair of PECC's flagship State of the Region report. Mr. Woo has previously worked and consulted for organizations such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore, World Bank and APEC. In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for his contribuions to Canada-Asia Relations.


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