Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting (Honors) Degree, With First Class Standing, Co-op Option from Brock University. He received his Chartered Accountant Designation in January 2009 and continued in public accounting for several years working with owner managed businesses in a wide variety of industries. Trevor became the CFO of a Toronto based Charity in 2012; a role that took him to almost every province in Canada and a few other destinations around the world. During this time he started investing in real estate with joint venture partners. Trevor grew up in Hamilton’s inner city and continues to give back to his community through his membership on various Boards, including his current post as Chair of Empowerment Squared.
Sumona is currently a Vice-Principal with the Halton District School Board. Previous to this she was a teacher and consultant with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Born and raised in Hamilton, Sumona has pursued her passion in the area of social justice, equity and leadership. Her experience entails provincial curriculum development in the areas of mathematics, critical literacy, technology, mental health and well-being, as well as social justice and equity. She has developed and presented seminars and workshops in the all of these subject areas throughout the province and continues to do so.
Hana is a Mohawk/McMaster nursing student and a member of Nu Omega Zeta Sorority. She immigrated to Canada in 2004 from Cape Town, South Africa where she lived for 10 years. She was born in Bendair Refugee Camp in Mombasa, Kenya where her parents fled from Ethiopia before immigrating to Canada.
She joined the Board of Directors in 2016 to bring her personal experience and expertise as a young professional who has lived in Hamilton, along side many of the students who currently benefit from programs offered by Empowerment Squared. She is a great advocate for youth on the Board and is the Co – Founder of the Sisterhood Circle at Sir John A. MacDonald School (creating safe environments for many Somali female students).
Krystena is a Senior Accountant at Vine and Partners LLP working in our tax services group. She is a member of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma and in good standing with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO). She has experience working with a variety of clients from sole proprietorship and profit-oriented private enterprises to not-for-profit organizations. She values lifelong learning and is involved in the firm’s mentorship of new employees. She is the recipient of the YWCA’s Young Woman of Distinction Award. Krystena joined our board in 2015.
Bonny Ibhawoh teaches Human Rights History and African History in the Department of History and the Centre for Peace Studies and is the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies & Research), Faculty of Humanities. He also teaches in the McMaster Arts & Science Program and the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. Previously, he was professor at Brock University, Canada; professor in the Department of Political Science at University of North Carolina at Asheville; Human Rights Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, New York; Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen and Associate Member of the Centre for African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has also taught at Ambrose Alli University and the University of Lagos.
Dr. Anne M. Pearson teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. She specializes in Hinduism and South Asian religions. She has a long-standing interest in and involvement with interfaith dialogue in Hamilton.
Dr. Pearson’s doctorate was in the field of Hindu religious history, and her research has focused on Hindu ritual and the construction of meaning. More recently, she has studied Hinduism in the diasporic context, especially as it relates to gender and religion. She teaches a variety of thematic courses in Religious Studies, which feature topics such as gender, ecology, nonviolence, and has supervised a number of Arts & Science students’ theses in related areas. She joined our board in 2015.
Andrew is a Partner practicing exclusively in the Personal Injury Group. He received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and his B.A. and M.A. from York University. Andrew has appeared in all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has written many articles and given numerous presentations relating to insurance law, tort law, medical negligence and civil procedure. He is a past President of the Hamilton Law Association, a former member of the Advocates Society Board of Directors and presently a member of the Law Society’s Barristers’ Advisory Group. Andrew has participated in and argued precedent setting cases in personal injury and insurance law. Andrew joined our board in 2015.
Madina is the Program Director for Pathways to Education Rexdale and part – time faculty, Health Sciences, McMaster University. She received her Medical and Surgical Degree from Mogadishu National University, Somalia and a Masters of Science degree in Anesthesiology from Saskatchewan University. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the context of diversity and settlement services encompassing strategic planning, advocacy, program design and implementation. Madina has extensive experience in the design and delivery of training on equity and human rights, integration and cross cultural communication. She has been an active volunteer with a wide range of organizations. Madina joined our board in 2015.
Marvin worked for the Liberian National Police Service as a senior officer for over 14 years with the rank of Captain assigned within the Criminal Investigation Department. He also served as head of the Counterfeiting and Forgery Unit for six years. He also worked as a Private Investigator within the GTA and Minnesota. Most recently, he worked for the City of Toronto for 16 years liaising between the Life and Safety Division and the Toronto Police Services. Highlights of his work include Past President of the Liberian Law Enforcement officers Association and Founder of the Lets Celebrate Liberia Community Platform. He joined the Empowerment Squared Board in 2016.