Wendy Cukier

Founder & Academic Director of the Diversity Institute, Academic Director of the Women Entrepreneurship Hub, and Research Lead of the Future Skills Centre

Toronto Metropolitan University

Formerly Ryerson University

Tabassum Khan

Tabassum Khan

Advisor of Culture, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Government of Canada

Tabassum is a Human Resources Programs and Policy Advisor in the Federal Government of Canada, formerly, Culture, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor. Tabassum is a Canadian Muslim woman of South Asian heritage, she has experience leading and implementing various DEI initiatives in her organization as the co-chair of the Multiculturalism Stream and a member of the Inclusion Network (i.e., launching 3 affinity groups – Black, Indigenous, Pan-Asian, Can We Talk employee authored blogs, Mentorship and Sponsorship programs, etc.). She has moderated GC-wide events and publicly spoken on panel discussions related to Muslim Canadians in her former role as the Outreach and Events Director of the Muslim Federal Employees Network (i.e., allyship, impacts of Islamophobia, microaggressions, micro affirmations, intersectionality, unconscious bias, and more). She was featured in a Treasury Board Secretariat social media video speaking on microaggressions, her testimony was later shared for Women’s History Month and Canadian Islamic History Month. Her layers include woman, mother, partner, daughter, sister, and immigrant. Tabassum is an active mentor in the GC Mentorship Community. She is certified in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, Project Management Certified, and holds a Joint Honours Degree in Criminology and Women’s Studies. Due to her lived experiences, she has always been vocal about social justice, actively partakes in organizing committees, provides strategic advice, demonstrates inclusive leadership, and is involved in various extracurricular initiatives (i.e. NCR Regional Chair for GCWCC, President – UNICEF uOttawa). Her passion and dedication to bringing sustainable positive changes have reinforced her commitment to creating an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all public servants.