2018 SPEAKERS LIST


Women’s Health Conference 2018 is very pleased to present over 20 exhibitors and 17 cutting-edge speakers in the health field.

SOUMIA DJIRAR has have been actively advocating for Women’s Health and giving presentations about the prevention and the importance of health. Her active role as an assistant to a great Epileptologist has inspired her to take a leap and share what she learnt. Being an inspiring Clinician and an active member of the Community, she has a passion for getting the message of Prevention and Awareness out there! With her current involvement and pursuit of Graduate studies, inspired to look at the Community and spark potential positive change, she is very happy to share with you the knowledge gained in the last five years. With her conditional acceptance in a Masters in Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, she would like to talk about Epilepsy and Stroke because there is a huge misconception causes and understanding about the choices and places of management especially when it comes to our Canadian Muslim Community. Join her for a very interesting presentation.

SANDRA NOE is a dedicated and compassionate community advocate, who engages with her community. Sandra has spent much of her 30-year career as a law clerk working in civil litigation, administrative and constitutional law. Sandra is involved in human rights initiatives such as access to justice, protecting the rights of women and children and people with disabilities, as well as addressing the issue of racial profiling and faith/creed-based discrimination. Sandra is also a community mediator, having received her education in Peace and Conflict Studies from Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo. She has been involved in several community mediations, some involving the Children’s Aid Society. Sandra is the Past Chair of the Federation of Muslim Women and volunteered with Islamic History Month Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and sharing the many contributions of Muslim Canada, past and present. In the past, she was also a panellist with MIST, inter-faith youth day camp facilitator, speaker at interfaith conferences and project manager/focus group facilitator for an anti-racism, anti-violence video game. She was subject for several documentaries; one on women in Islam, as well as one on Sharia law in Canada.
 YASMINE MOHAMED is a well-known advocate in our community for Women’s Rights, nonprofit charity, extensive community work, empowering youth and women, raising Islamic Awareness & educating all communities on the rights of women in Islam while breaking misconceptions and common stereotypes. She was a featured guest on SalamTV in Malaysia speaking on the topic of how to empower women & their families to be more involved in their communities; & be more aware of community needs. She was recently given the Icon Award representing Canada in Malaysia for her contribution in Community Building, Charity & raising Islamic Awareness in the Canadian education system across Canada. Yasmine is completing her degree in Islamic Studies with the Islamic Online University and has an Honours Degree in French from Wilfred Laurier University that is in progress. She has travelled to attend & study extensively with scholars from around the world over the past 9 years with, that include but not limited to AlMaghrib and AlKauthar Institutes. She has been providing Islamic Spiritual Counseling throughout Western and Central Ontario regions with over 7 years of experience working with shelters, helplines, families, couples, teens and individuals. She has recently launched her own counselling business through which she aims to help refine, heal and bring as many hearts closer to Allah (SWT) as possible. She wishes to empower more people to think inclusively of our community’s needs; to work together for greater change, and building happy families by building positive individuals. She counsels clients with in-person therapy sessions saving marriages, building self-esteem & helping individuals, teens and couples in all their relationships, with a specific Islamic spiritual focus. A session can be booked by emailing her at Contact@yasminemohamed.com
RODA OMER is an expert in the field of networking, event coordination, management and now consulting. Her expertise in these fields spans over a decade of work in program management and executive leadership for several major city-wide conferences and conventions such as Journey of Faith, Being Me Women’s Conf., Nikah Wedding Convention and the Women’s Health Expo. Currently a homeschooling mother of three, and an architect by profession, her entrepreneurial drive gave birth to the desire of running and managing her own initiatives and visions. She is in continuous pursuit of creating more opportunities and spaces that celebrate and encourage women. She champions the cause for more women in entrepreneurial and leadership roles. 
AMAL MOHAMOUD is a mother of a six-year-old daughter with a special interest in women’s health and advocates for mental health. She is inspired by her late mother’s struggle with mental illness and uses her personal experiences to help increase more dialogue on the subject of mental health in the Muslim community – this is her passion. Currently finishing her Bachelor Degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto, her career has been dedicated to teaching and to raising awareness and dismantle the taboo and lack of understanding in the Muslim community regarding mental illness. Together with her sister Muna, Amal is using their voices on this issue to help those that are voiceless so that nobody has to suffer from mental illness alone.
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SABA BAJWA is a business strategy consultant, and a certified personal and executive coach. She has helped develop and launch community programs for organizations and holds a special interest in women’s issues. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Finance. In 2017 she launched her consulting practice Recharge Consulting which specializes in non-profit and small business strategy development. She is also continuing her coaching work and is currently working on a number of projects including a study to determine causes of self-esteem issues amongst young Muslim women and ways to resolve this as well as a mentorship program for single mothers and widows.
 ANJUM SULTANA is the Manager of Policy and Strategic Communications at the YWCA Canada. YWCA Canada is the largest provider of housing and shelter services for women and girls across the country and the second largest provider of childcare. Anjum has nearly ten years of experience working in the fields of community development, strategic communications and advocacy to facilitate social action and systemic change. Through her experience in applied research, social policy analysis and knowledge translation, she has worked on initiatives to achieve social and economic justice for diverse equity-seeking groups. Her work to date has focused on improving equitable outcomes for women, newcomers, immigrants, refugees and racialized communities. Using an intersectional feminist lens to inform her work, Anjum has a track record of being engaged on issues impacting diverse women and girls across the country and internationally. She has worked on campaigns and projects to address violence against women, developing more culturally appropriate sexual health programming and services, and improving working conditions and economic inclusion for diverse women. Previously she worked on global health initiatives in East Africa related to increasing access to maternal, reproductive and sexual health care services. Read More…

SAMIYA ABDI currently holds the position of a Health Promotion Consultant & Program Planning and Evaluation Specialist. Samiya has over 10 years of experience in program development, management, implementation and evaluation working within the non-profit, corporate and government sectors. Samiya is a mother, teacher, community advocate, Youth councillor, avid public speaker and a change agent. She is passionate about creating safe nonjudgmental spaces that foster growth, allow for failure and transformational learning. Samiya holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Graduate diplomaDiplomaial Innovation and Systems Thinking from the University of Waterloo.
RUSUL ALRUBAIL is the Executive Director of Parkdale Centre for Innovation. Parkdale Centre is a Canadian non-profit committed to making entrepreneurial & professional skills accessible through inclusive programs, with a focus on equity & innovation. She is also a social justice advocate, educator, writer, and a mom of two. You can connect with her on twitter @RusulAlrubail.
UZMA IMRAN is an active member of our community, who is passionate about empowering youth, women, and families through Islam. After working in the Project Management field for a leading Canadian media company for many years, she was inspired to make a change and use her expertise and talents in the way of Allah (SWT). Using her own experiences, education, and awakening as a platform, she launched www.KhadijahRising.com in 2013 to showcase her journey and contributions from talented Muslim women on a variety of relevant topics. She is also the lead content writer for the Dawah site www.TheChoice.one. After refining her ability of relatable and engaging storytelling, she has been actively invited to speak and develop an array of faith-based programs geared towards youth and women throughout the community focusing on Islam and inclusiveness. Through her work and Islamic Education, she has taken on many roles in the community including teaching, public speaking, youth outreach, community support, mentorship, and counselling. She is also a student and strong advocate of Qur’anic Healing and Prophetic Medicine. She hopes to embolden women of all ages, from all walks of life to seek knowledge and discover their true potential as Muslimahs and mothers in submission to Allah (SWT), so to inspire a lasting, positive change for generations to come. Her greatest and most important role, however, is being the mother and teacher of two children, whom she homeschools (you can see some of their work at www.ChildrenoftheUmmah.com). She would love to hear from you. You are welcome to contact her at uzma.khan@khadijahrising.com.
CHERYL URBANCZYK is currently finishing the final steps of her 200-hour certification with Yoga Alliance Canada.  Her career has been dedicated to teaching and to raising awareness of dyslexia in our communities. She cares deeply about women’s issues and her current focus is on building capacity within women so they are better equipped to manage challenges in life.  As an active yoga practitioner, she is excited to share healthy living and empowerment tips with others and teaching women’s yoga is her way to achieve this goal.
ZAINAB FARAHMAND is a Naturopathic Doctor with a special interest in women’s health and mother of 3 amazing children. Her focus is on her little ones most of the time and practices part-time because she loves what she’s doing. Growing up always wanted to be in the health field, and when she discovered Naturopathic Medicine – it was like a calling, something she always gravitated towards but never actually knew existed. Being a woman, and having dealt with her fair share of health issues – this is her passion. Zainab’s goals are to work with patients to help them get an understanding of their current state of health and work with them to improve their overall health and well being. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, majoring in Biology and Neuroscience and graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in May 2013.   Zainab is of Afghani descent, and have lived almost all my life right here in Toronto, loves reading, art, the outdoors, wilderness, and adventure.
RANIYA SYED is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and works with diverse students who have mental health, emotional, socio-interactional, and daily living issues at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. She’s an alumna of Yorkville University’s Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program and completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Health Studies at the University of Toronto. Raniya decided to integrate her passion for working with marginalized and racialized populations, particularly women and youth whose daily lives and experiences are impinged by institutional and interpersonal barriers, along with her recognition of the growing need for religiously and culturally-sensitive mental health counselling in the Muslim and South Asian communities respectively, into an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, strengths-based, and holistic approach to psychotherapy in her clinical practice. She lives with her husband and son in Toronto, ON and in addition to spending quality time with her family, enjoys travelling, swimming, walking in nature, doing henna art and calligraphy, and painting as forms of self-care.
SALIMAH MOFFET is a practicing midwife in Brampton. She has been providing obstetrical care and supporting women in their health care decisions regarding pregnancy for ten years. She is a graduate of McMaster University with a BHSc in Midwifery. Her clinic specifically focuses on providing care to women and their families who are newcomers to Canada and have diverse social, economic, and racial backgrounds. Salimah is also the Chair of a Health Centre in Hamilton that caters to refugees and newcomers.

TORONTO’S PREMIER WOMEN’S HEALTH CONFERENCE
5th Annual Conference and Exhibition


Women’s Health Conference 2018 our Toronto’s ONLY women’s health conference, will celebrate 5 years of striving to make a difference in the community, bringing cutting-edge knowledge to the public by the leading innovators in the health field.