Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. She is the founding Executive Director at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. GDX is a think-and-do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks. Previously, Ratna was the President of Maytree, where she played a lead role in local, national and international efforts to promote the integration of immigrants.Ratna serves as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council and she is also a director at the Environics Institute, and Samara Canada and is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita along with being an advisor to the Board of Homes First. She was formerly the Co-Chair of the Global
Future Council on Migration hosted by the World Economic Forum and the Chair of Lifeline Syria. Ratna is the co-author of the book Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015), an Open Book Toronto best book of 2015 and one of the Toronto Star's top five good reads from Word on the Street. Ratna received a Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, from Ryerson University in 2018 and from York University in 2012. Ratna was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in
2011, with both honours recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and devotion to reducing inequality in Canada. In 2014, she received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations.
Mo Ettehadieh is the President and CEO of METTKO Inc., a professional engineering company specializing in the project management of large infrastructure construction. He is an experienced executive, compassionate entrepreneur, and professional engineer who serves on the boards of companies, charities, and institutions. As an engineering and construction professional, Mo has led teams that have built some of Canada's iconic and heritage buildings, such as the Ryerson University Campus Development, the Canadian War Museum and Ottawa's Lebreton Flats revitalization. Mo is very active in early planning of projects with the policy makers and loves building and working with great teams of professionals of diverse backgrounds. Mo earned his P. Eng. at the University of Westminster, UK and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He was elected to the HFS Board in June 2013 and serves on the Shuter Task Team.
Persian Fusion Menu:
Assorted Persian Hors doeuvres with aperitif drink
Persian Aash (Herb Soup)
Fresh walnut and pomegranate salad
USDA Prime Rib Steak
Traditional Iranian Herb Infused Rice
Medley of Vegetables
Desert - Persian pastries and fruit and Ice Wine