Board of Directors

Sharmila Setaram - Past Chair

It has been a privilege to serve as Chair and Vice-Chair of Equal Voice, and I am proud of the work we – our board, staff, and chapters have undertaken in the last year to...

Linda Benoit - Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon Director

I am currently the sitting Director for the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, after having been appointed this past January. I am seeking a new term because I would like to continue building on the...

Rabi Al-Hassan - British Columbia Director

I am Ghanaian-Canadian and have lived, worked and served the Nanaimo community since immigrating here 16 years ago, being involved with Equal Voice for six years. A graduate of Vancouver Island University, where I gained...

Kim Kelly MD - Alberta Director

I am a GenX feminist, a physician, and a community leader. I have successfully advocated for wellness programs in schools, better treatment for citizens who suffer from addiction, and most recently the need to incorporate...

Tessa Ritter - Saskatchewan Director

Tessa Ritter is the Chief of Staff to the Minister responsible for Advanced Education, Status of Women, and Innovation in Saskatchewan. Tessa has served in various public relations roles in Saskatchewan and internationally over the...

Sherry Antone - Ontario Director

I am a devoted advocate for the rights and interests of First Nations and other marginalized people and have been for the better part of my professional career. As a First Nations woman and a...

Eleni Bakopanos - Quebec Director

The Honorable Eleni Bakopanos, P.C.,  was first elected in 1993 as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Denis, was re-elected 3 times in Ahuntsic, and is a member of the Privy Council of Canada. She has...

Frances LeBlanc - New Brunswick and PEI Director

Frances works as an association executive, advocate, strategist, and connector. She serves her community by helping to build and strengthen people, communities, and systems through meaningful connections and by leveraging partnerships. Notably, Frances supports several...

Elizabeth Smith McCrossin - Nova Scotia Director

I believe strong women should have an Equal Voice in governing our communities, provinces and country. This belief led me to seek election in the constituency of Cumberland North, Nova Scotia. I have been an...

Lori Lee Oates, Ph.D. - Newfoundland and Labrador Director

Lori Lee teaches with the M.Phil. (Humanities) program at Memorial University of Newfoundland and owns her own consulting practice. She is a CBC contributor and has been published in The Globe and Mail. Lori Lee...

Francyne D. Joe - Director at Large

As a member of BC’s Nlaka’pamux First Nation, Francyne was raised in her Interior Salish culture and traditions with a strong sense of community. Growing up on-reserve with her ranching grandparents and single mother, she...

Madi Murariu - Director at Large

As a long-time member of Equal Voice and a previous member of the Board of Directors and Toronto Chapter Chair, I am seeking the opportunity to continue to contribute to Equal Voice’s mandate as a...

Lia Renaud - Director at Large

Lia Renaud is an energetic business consultant who has a track record of producing results and managing multiple projects/teams.  

Shubha Sandill - Director-at-large

Shubha Sandill is an academic with a passion for community activism. With a Ph.D in Geography and Masters in Globalization, she has been teaching Gender Justice in the Law and Society program at York University....

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