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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Board of Trustees

Robert Vineberg Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bruce Manion Fall River, Nova Scotia
Salima Ebrahim Edmonton, Alberta
Omar Farouk Brampton, ON
Katherine Jean Hambly Charlottetown, PEI
Dan Hurley Gabriola Island, British Columbia
Mona Kumar Mississauga, Ontario
Caroline Lavoie Montréal, Quebec
Terrie A. Miller Toronto, Ontario
Donald A. Obonsawin Stouffville, Ontario
Cynthia Price Verreault Montréal, Quebec

Robert Vineberg

Robert Vineberg’s career in the Canadian Federal Public Service spanned over 35 years, of which 28 were with the immigration program, serving abroad, in policy positions at national headquarters and, most recently, as Director General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Prairies and Northern Territories Region, based in Winnipeg. He retired from the public service in 2008. Mr. Vineberg has written and published several peer reviewed articles on immigration history and on military history. His book, Responding to Immigrants’ Settlement Needs: The Canadian Experience (Springer), was published in 2012. He co-edited and contributed two chapters to Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada (McGill Queen’s University Press, 2011), and has contributed chapters to Immigration Regulation in Federal States: Challenges and Responses in Comparative Perspective (Springer, 2014) and Immigrant Experiences in North America (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2015). He is Chair of the Board of Governors of Immigration Research West, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Centre Manitoba, a member of the council of the Local Immigration Partnership Winnipeg and a Senior Fellow with the Canada West Foundation. He is also Past-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Manitoba Opera. Mr. Vineberg has a BA in History from the University of Toronto as well as an MA in Canadian History and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, both from Carleton University, in Ottawa.

Salima Ebrahim

Salima Ebrahim is the Director of External Relations for the City of Edmonton, responsible for stewarding the organizations relationships with the private sector and post-secondary institutions. Before joining the City, she was the Executive Director of the Banff Forum, one of Canada’s pre-eminent public policy forums in which a diverse group of young Canadians come together to enhance their leadership skills and debate key issues to build a stronger and better Canada, and an engagement manager with Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations group where she led teams that developed strategies for businesses and governments. Prior to this she worked for the Government of Canada and was a fellow with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Salima is an active volunteer and is currently serving as President of the Friends of the Edmonton Public Library and Vice-Chair of Inspirit Foundation. She is an alumnus of the University of Alberta (BA, Honours) and the London School of Economics (MSc, Public Policy and Administration), and has received several awards for public service leadership, including being a recipient of the Top 40 under 40 award, the national Women Who Inspire award and the University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award which celebrates the outstanding achievements of University of Alberta alumni early in their careers.

Mona Kumar

Ms. Kumar is a multilingual lawyer with over fifteen years of broad practice experience in business law. Ms. Kumar is currently a Senior Lawyer Editor with Practical Law Canada at Thomson Reuters. Ms. Kumar has practised in-house at leading companies including as a director and corporate secretary of a private subsidiary of a multinational company and in private practice at McMillan LLP. Ms. Kumar is an active member of the Mississauga community and serves as a board member and Policy Committee Co-Chair of the Alzheimer Society Peel. Ms. Kumar is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and has been an active member of several legal organizations including the South Asian Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. Ms. Kumar obtained her LL.B. (Cum Laude) from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (First Class Honours) from McGill University.

Caroline Lavoie

Caroline Lavoie has more than 10 years of experience in public and government relations. She first worked in international relations in the United States and Ottawa before holding various public affairs positions in Montreal. As part of her volunteer activities, Caroline served on the McCord Museum's Marketing Committee as well as on the Young McCord Committee, a committee of young professionals advising that museum’s foundation on ways to interest and retain the younger generation as patrons and donors. Caroline has been active in governance for several years, both through various training courses and through her involvement on the board of the Entre-Maisons Ahuntsic. For four years, she was a director and then president of this non-profit organization working with predominantly immigrant families residing in public housing projects in the Ahuntsic district of Montreal. Caroline is passionate about major public policy issues and has more recently developed recognized expertise on the legalization of cannabis. She works with several clients in this emerging field as a consultant with Octane Public Affairs and is involved in public debate as a commentator and speaker. Caroline Lavoie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.