Post-Election Update

Nov 7, 2011

DiverseCity’s Post-Election Update

Diversity in Politics: Where do we stand?

Tuesday, November 8, 5:00-7:00PM

Remarks begin at 5:30PM

Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park

Click here for event description and registration details.


Myer Siemiatycki, Ryerson University

Myer Siemiatycki is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. He is the past Founding Director of Ryerson’s Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and is Affiliated Faculty with the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement.


Pam Hundal-Bhangal, former MPP candidate in Brampton-Springdale

Pam Hundal-Bhangal was born and raised in Brampton.  She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Toronto and holds a Law Degree from the University of Birmingham.  She is a practicing lawyer specializing in Family Law. Pam has also held management positions with several not for profit organizations, and has been involved in various projects to foster employment opportunities in the province. She has also been a corporate trainer for the Peel District School Board and an HR Coordinator for a major retailer which had her working across Canada and the US. Recently Pam became a Citizen member of The City of Brampton’s Environmental Committee and a Board member for the Ad Hoc Advocacy Committee for the Children’s Aid Society.  She is the Past Board Chair for the North Peel and Dufferin Legal Clinic, Advisor for Junior Achievement Brampton Chapter and Co Chair for the Fundraising Gala Dinner for New Brampton Hospital and member of the Diversity Outreach committee for Wellspring Cancer Centre Brampton Location.


John Matheson, StrategyCorp

For 13 years, John has been a partner at StrategyCorp, a government relations and management consulting firm, where a major focus of his practice is public policy development and advocacy. John is an avid political activist at the provincial, municipal and federal levels.  He has lost count of how many campaigns he has worked on since his first political experience in the federal election of 1974.  Prior to joining StrategyCorp, he was Chief of Staff to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing at the time of amalgamation. He has volunteered on a variety of boards, including the Power Plant Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, and the Association of Corporate Counsel, where he is currently leading an initiative to encourage pro bono legal activity by in-house counsel.  He often appears on TV and radio talking about politics and political communications. He is a graduate of Queen’s University and the U of T Law School.

Indira Naidoo-Harris, former MPP candidate in Halton
Indira Naidoo-Harris was born in Durban, South Africa. The Naidoos settled in central Alberta, where Indira grew up in a small, rural town. She earned Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Lethbridge. After graduate work at the University of Alberta, Indira moved to the United States and began her career in journalism there, working for NBC and PBS. From those beginnings, Indira built a successful career as a writer, reporter, producer and anchor at the international, national and regional levels. Coming to Ontario in the 1990’s to work for CBC’s The National, she has anchored for two of Canada’s national television networks (CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet), as well as for many local Ontario stations (CBC Toronto and CBC Ottawa, TVO and OMNI Television). Indira has also anchored for regional and national radio, including World Report, and The World at Six, and has hosted the popular current affairs shows, Cross Country Check-Up and The Current. Close to two years ago, Indira decided to pursue her interest in government and began working for the Honorable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Ontario as a Director of Communications. She has sat on the Board of Directors for the Reel World Film Festival and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund of Canada.

Robin Sears, Navigator

Robin Sears is a senior communications and public affairs advisor with experience on three continents. Robin has led client teams in healthcare, financial services, media and in international democratic development.  As national director of the New Democratic Party, Sears built their policy making infrastructure, first issues publication, and first national direct mail fundraising . As national campaign director he managed their three most successful national elections.  Deputy Secretary General of the world’s largest organization of political parties, under German Chancellor Willy Brandt, he was responsible for communications, finance, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Robin worked with leaders in the Middle East, Central America, and Southern Africa  As Chief of Staff to Bob Rae, during the “Accord” government he managed the relationship between the Peterson cabinet and the NDP. As Ontario’s senior diplomatic representative in Asia, he managed seven offices from Tokyo to India, promoting trade, investment and tourism.  For a global executive search firm, Robin managed regional and global practices in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Toronto. He was the first Asia president of the pioneering digital search firm, Futurestep, for two of those years. He is a senior writer for Policy Options magazine, Canada’s leading policy journal, and a regular panelist on Canadian television.


Steven D’Souza, CBC

Steven D’Souza is an award-winning journalist with CBC Toronto. He was recently nominated for a Gemini award for breaking news coverage. From the front lines of the G20 riots in Toronto to the Sunrise Propane explosion to the Stanley Cup Finals in Edmonton in 2006, Steven has seen a lot over an 11-year career at CBC News. He recently covered the Ontario provincial election for CBC radio, TV and online, following the three main party leaders throughout the 5-week campaign.