Dr Victor Blanchette is Medical Director of the Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Program in the Division of Haematology/Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children
in Toronto, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, Canada. He
is the McCaig Magee Family Medical Director of the SickKids-
After completing his medical training at the University of Cambridge and St Bartholomew's Hospital in the United Kingdom, Dr Blanchette pursued subspecialty training in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA followed by fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Canada.
Dr Blanchette's research interests are in the area of the congenital and acquired bleeding disorders of children. He is Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Care Hemophilia Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Chair of the International Prophylaxis Study Group (IPSG). Dr. Blanchette is recipient of the Canadian Pediatric Society 2009 Alan Ross Award, the Canadian Blood Services 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 2012 Distinguished Career Award. Dr Blanchette is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom.
Dr. Avis Glaze is one of Canada's outstanding educators and a recognized international
leader in education. From classroom teacher to Superintendent of Schools and Director
of Education, this award-
Dr. Glaze is a consummate capacity builder and inveterate learner who continues to
take courses at every opportunity, for example, training in Visible Learning (Certified
Trainer), Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and the assessment of emotional intelligence.
Avis has worked with educators in over 50 countries and (U.S.) states, receiving several honorary doctorates some 40 awards for international contributions, including the Robert Owen Award, the first of its kind offered in Scotland. She has served as International Education Adviser to organizations such as Curriculum Services Canada, Learning Forward, and to governments such as South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland.
Avis believes that this is the Golden Age of Education and that educators are strategically placed to enhance life chances and to work, with indefatigable zeal, to build upon their current successes. She encourages all those engaged in this noble enterprise to intensify their efforts to improve their schools with a sense of urgency. As engaged citizens, we have a responsibility to ensure that all students achieve to the maximum of their potential, regardless of background or personal circumstances. For her, students must become solution finders who are prepared to contribute to nation building and prosperity.
Michael S. Pollanen is the Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario, Canada and a Professor
He has been involved in case work or forensic missions in: East Timor, Cambodia,
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Thailand, Jamaica, Iraq, and Bermuda. His current
research interests include Nodding disease in Uganda and the pathology of torture.
He has published over 90 papers in peer-
Professor Pollanen is a member of the forensic advisory board of the International
Committee of the Red Cross and is the immediate Past President of the International
Association of Forensic Science (2015-
On May 31, 2013, Masai Ujiri was named President and General Manager of Basketball Operations of the Toronto Raptors. He returned to the Raptors organization where he had received his first front office position back in 2007.
Ujiri had spent the past three seasons as Executive Vice President of Basketball
Operations for the Denver Nuggets. He was named 2012-
Ujiri got his NBA front office start in Toronto in 2007, joining the franchise as Director of Global Scouting. He was elevated to Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel in 2008 and worked closely with previous President Bryan Colangelo. His duties included overseeing the scouting and personnel departments, talent assessment and related data management.
On August 27, 2010, Ujiri became the first African-
A native of Nigeria, Ujiri brings tremendous knowledge and extensive global connections to the Raptors front office. He played professionally in Europe for six years, with stops in Belgium, Germany, England, Greece and Finland. He has scouted all over the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
Ujiri has also managed and coached the Nigerian junior and senior National teams.
On a humanitarian level, Ujiri has been tireless in his efforts to promote and develop the game of basketball throughout Africa. He is the Founder of the Giants of Africa Foundation, which launched the Top 50 and Bigman camps in his homeland. Ujiri also has served as the Director of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program since 2002.
Ujiri was introduced to basketball at age 13 and quickly fell in love with the game.
He went on to play at Bismarck State College and Montana State University-
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that has been tackling the most critical
health and social issues in the GTA for more than 160 years. The YMCA's research-
This commitment manifests itself in the YMCA of Greater Toronto's partnership in
the recently released Black Experience Project, its outreach initiatives to welcome
and support Syrian refugees to the GTA, as well as its focus on using the Social
Determinants of Health to guide the design and execution of its wide-
Serving the population of the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of
Durham, Peel, York, and Halton plus Dufferin County, last year the YMCA of Greater
Toronto made 557,540 connections with people across 438 locations. Along with the
support of donors and community partners, the YMCA's 5,734 full-
The YMCA of Greater Toronto believes that everyone in the GTA should have the ability
to realize their potential to stay healthy -
Ambassador Susan E. Rice served President Barack Obama as National Security Advisor
and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In her role as National
Security Advisor from July 1, 2013, to January 20, 2017, Ambassador Rice led the
National Security Council Staff and chaired the Cabinet-
As U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and a member of President Obama's Cabinet, Rice worked to advance U.S. interests, defend universal values, strengthen the world's security and prosperity, and promote respect for human rights. In a world of 21st Century threats that pay no heed to borders, Ambassador Rice helped rebuild an effective basis for international cooperation that strengthened the United States' ability to achieve its foreign policy objectives and made the American people safer.
Ambassador Rice served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from
Rice received her Master's degree (M.Phil.) and Ph.D (D.Phil.) in International Relations
from New College, Oxford University, England, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She
was awarded the Chatham House-
A native of Washington DC, Ambassador Rice is married to Ian Cameron, and they have two children.