Batool Barody
Youth Advisory Board Member

Batool Barody is a Master student pursuing Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is currently serving on the MP Karina Gould Youth Council and at the Students and Young Professional Network where she helps individuals interested in global health research to expand their knowledge and expertise. She did her undergrad at York University where she graduated First Class with Distinction. Batool served as a delegate at the International Relations Student Association where she represented York University in different Model United Nations in Canada including McGill University, McMaster University, and Harvard World Model United Nations where she worked with youth delegations from all over the world to tackle several global issues. She won the Book Award at McMaster University Model United Nation for the best research done during the conference. She was selected to serve as the Canadian Youth Delegate at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2019 in Ottawa, where she worked with an international team to draft policies that encourage youth participation in open governments. Batool received a certificate of appreciation from the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen due to her extensive involvement in her community where she helps refugees and newcomers adjust to their new life in Canada. Batool is interested in several issues in Canadian politics including the engagement of youth in politics, government spending on healthcare, gender equality, the Canadian involvement at the United Nations in addition to immigration and refugees’ policies. 

Strategic leader with negotiation experience across multiple International Relations Organizations and Political campaigns.  Excellent track record of solving problems through research-driven strategies.  Excels in strategic planning and execution toward measurable results. Sophisticated aspiring Global Affairs Master Student; thrives on managing goal-focused, mission-oriented teams
University of Toronto (2019-Present)
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (Master’s degree)
York University (2016-2019)
Honours Biomedical and Health Studies (Bachelor’s degree)
(First Class with Distinction)
Work Experience
Chair of Appeal (10/2019-Present)
Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), University of Toronto
• Chairing meetings of the Board of Appeal, creating its agendas,
preparing all relevant documentation for issues before the
Board; and serving as spokesperson for the Board.
Research Assistant (10/2019-Present)
University of Toronto
• Collecting data, working with several departments to analyze
data using several research methodologies, in addition to writing
summaries and reports.
Leadership Counsellor (06/2019-09/2019)
The YMCA of Oakville
• Developing unique leadership programs, working with youth to
develop leadership skills in addition to striving towards
innovative ideas that will leave a legacy at the camp.
Research Student (06/2017-09-2017)
The Population Health Research Institute
• Reviewing data and confirming integrity; preparing the research data to allow for statistical analysis and reporting for the PURE study which involves more than 25 countries.
Education Experience
Results Driven
MS Office
Board Member of the MP Karina Gould’s Youth Council (11/2019-Present) (Burlington, ON)
• Representing the Youth community in Burlington and bringing their concerns to the table.
Director of Finance (10/2019-Present)
Master of Global Affairs Intersectional Feminist Collective (Toronto, ON)
• Combing operational and strategic roles in managing accounting and financial control functions, overseeing all financial activities, preparing the budget, and improving
financial processes of the collective.   Canadian Youth Delegate (May 2019) Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa
• Creatively working with a team of 15 international youth delegates to draft policies that engage youth in open governments, in addition to the publication of
the Youth Collective Declaration and Power Plan.
York University Delegate at Module United Nations (09/2018 – 04/2019)
• Representing York University in national and international model UN conferences, including McGill, Ryerson, McMaster and Harvard World Model United
Nations in Spain.
• Drafting resolutions and exercising strong communication, debating, and negotiation skills.
President of CCGHR Student Chapter and SYP Network 
Advisor Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
Student Chapter at York University (09/2017 –Present)
• Working with several teams to raise awareness about global health research across undergraduate students, representing YorkU in the Young Professional Summit in Ottawa where I delivered an open space session about global health and refugees, also representing YorkU in the CCGHR 5th Annual Forum at McMaster University, exercising professionalism and leadership skills, demonstrating a high level of responsibility and reliability.
• Promoted to Student and Young professional network (SYPN) support executive to support ten CCGHR student chapters across Canada.
Master’s Degree Entrance Scholarship, $5,000, University of Toronto June 2019
York International Mobility Award, $750, York University March 2019
Book Award, McMaster University Model United Nations Conference February 2019
York University Continuing Student Scholarship, $2500, York University 2018 & 2017
Leadership Experience
Volunteered for more than 250 hours at the emergency department, cardiology clinic, and the Elder life program at Joseph Brant Hospital, and
Toronto General Hospital, respectively.
Health Care
MP Karina Gould re-election campaign,
Youth delegate represents Steven Del
Duca in the Ontario’s Liberal Party
Leadership Elections, Sam Jisri campaign
for Mississauga City Councils’ Elections.
Political Campaigns
Tutoring first year university students at
York University, leadership coach for
youth ranging from 10-15 years at the
YMCA of Oakville.
Care Team Leader and organizer of Being
ME, an annual women conference.
Volunteering / Interests

Nabil Irfan

"After graduating from the University of Toronto with a double major in Economics & International Development, Nabil ventured into technology consulting where he quickly moved up from a research analyst to a consultant and later a product manager. 

During this time, Nabil was responsible for leading the development of a Blockchain-based digital identity system for an African nation and building out the company's presence across the continent. 

During the height of the pandemic, Nabil started his own company which had been in research & development for a year - MetaVest is focused on tackling the problems of inefficiency, inaccessibility & transparency in the private capital markets which happen to raise almost twice the capital that public markets do."


James Lin

James Lin 

James is a 20 plus year Information Technology and Information Security veteran primarily with the City of Mississauga. 

During that time James has worked in many roles at the City from client support (tier two and three), operations & infrastructure (servers, network, Active Directory - primary administrator), application project/portfolio lead (vehicle fleet maintenance systems) and Information Security and compliance (PCI-DSS). 

Some notable roles and engagements during James' career:

  1. Appointed to application project/portfolio lead for vehicle fleet maintenance in order to maintain system viability and business function due to vendor bankruptcy.
  2. Appointed to lead Active Directory administrator by CIO to harden and stabilize City AD and servers.
  3. First and for a time the only IT Security Specialist at the City (and thus the endorser for all following CISSPs at the City).
  4. Architected a CHDE (cardholder data environment) and flash-cut (overnight) strategy in order to properly segregate the City's pre-existing payment application consisting of approximately 150 systems).

James was educated at the University of Western Ontario. Bachelor of Electrical Engineer (Digital Communications).

Sonam Devgan
Youth Advisory Board Member
Mitacs Postdoctoral research fellow in the department of ECE, University of Toronto

Sonam Devgan Kaul is a Mitacs Postdoctoral research fellow in the department of ECE, University of Toronto, and working together with the RBC Cybersecurity and Innovation team. She received her Ph.D. degree in cryptography from Gautam Buddha University and master’s degree in mathematics from Panjab University.  She has diverse research experience in the development of cryptographic protocols to manage security and privacy risks in the financial and healthcare environment. The main contribution of her research is in the field of information security, security and privacy analysis, multi-agent system, wireless communication, authentication protocols, and IoT security. She has teaching and research experience of ten years. She has published a number of research papers in leading scholarly international journals/conferences and published a sole author book. She also holds a patent in information security. She is a recipient of Mitacs elevate postdoctoral fellowship, CSIR-junior research fellowship, and UGC-lecturer fellowship award. 

Piers Pierce
Youth Advisory Board Member

We are truly excited to announce the creation of the BIZTEK YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD.  There are at least two members missing as we continue to build and finalize.  We want to ensure that there is a true representation of both Canada and the world.   We also do not want to assume that we know their challenges and are excited that we will be guided by a dynamic bunch of young people.  Stay Tunes