Diversity and Inclusion Panel
February 17, 2021
Prabha Mitchell, Moderator:
Chief Executive Officer of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, Prabha is passionate about driving change to close the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap and the resulting Gender Economic Gap. Through her advocacy efforts, Prabha served as the first President of the Leaders Council of the Paul J. Hill and the Kenneth Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina and currently serves as a member of the Paul Hill Advisory Board, University of Regina.
A supporter of entrepreneurship, Prabha serves as a Judge for some of the community’s Business Awards and was also a Prairie Regional Judge for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Prairie Award. As an active member of Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Housing Authority, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC), Prabha continues to be engaged in the community to influence strategic change.
With a Masters of Social Work in Community Development, Policy and Planning, and an honorary CPA conferred by the Board of Governors of the Certified General Accountants. Prabha has had a diverse career spanning 20 years. Previously, Prabha was the CEO of the Certified General Accountants (CGA) Association of Saskatchewan and had served in that capacity for seven plus years. Prabha was a key player in leading the organization through the Unification of the Accounting Profession, bringing together the three accounting bodies namely, Certified General Accountants, Certified Management Accountants and the Chartered Accountants as Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA).
Jessica Dumas, Panelist:
Jessica is the President of Jessica Dumas Coaching and Training, She is a professional certified coach who specializes in speaker coaching and business coaching, helping women speak their truth with clarity and confidence. She is a known facilitator in Indigenous Awareness. She uses her passion and knowledge to create diversity and inclusion by providing relevant and solution-based training with a focus on understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. She is an energetic and motivated professional who quickly gains the trust of her audience with her warm, engaging personality and professional style.
Recognized for her professional expertise through nomination, Jessica is a recipient of the Manitoba 150 Women Trailblazer award from the Nellie McClung Foundation for 2021. She is a recipient of the 2017 Future Leaders of Manitoba and a recipient of the CBC’s Top 40 Manitobans under 40 for 2015. Jessica’s volunteer contributions have gained her wide respect within Manitoba. She has served as Chairperson of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and the first Indigenous Female Chairperson of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (2019-2020) and continues to sit on numerous committees and boards at the executive level. She is a powerful role model and advocates for social justice, leading others to overcome challenges by developing personal strengths, vision, and self-confidence.
Natasha Martin-Mitchell, Panelist:
Natasha Martin-Mitchell is the development officer responsible for Indigenous Entrepreneurs for Women in Business New Brunswick. Natasha has over twenty years experience collaborating, engaging and consulting with Indigenous Peoples. She brings a wealth of expertise in the areas of program and service delivery, occupational health and safety and project management and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with women entrepreneurs.
Passionate, ambitious and motivated, Natasha obtained a Diploma in General Arts and Science/Aboriginal Studies from Algonquin College. She has a Certificate of Leadership Studies, a Bachelor of Integrated Studies (Indigenous & Adult Education) and a Masters of Adult Education from UNB. Furthermore, this decorated scholar has also been honoured with a variety of prestigious bursaries and scholarships.
A true collaborator, Natasha has established and maintained lasting partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. She has liaised with all levels of government in her previous positions with Public Safety Canada (PSC), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Indian Claims Commission (ICC) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).
This community-minded individual is a board member for the Gignoo Women’s Transition house. She is also a board member for the Atlantic Ballet of Canada. This Canadian-based ballet company focuses on new works, collaboration and inventive creative practices that foster cross sectoral innovation, learning and dialogue that interface with community and the public.
In her spare time, Natasha enjoys keeping active with her family and dog, gardening, fine hand sewing and custom dressmaking.
Ayaa Mohamad, Panelist:
Ayaa Mohamad is the Manager of Community Development and Engagement at Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC). Ayaa works on the Entrepreneurship Hub programs at Scadding Court with a focus on supporting vulnerable newcomers and women with early-stage business start-up. She has secured market opportunities for low-income business owners in various temporary markets across Toronto and has organized incubation space for online business support. Ayaa has over 6 years’ experience in the community development sector primarily working with newcomers and settlement services. Ayaa is passionate about finding new approaches to community engagement and making political, economic and social participation more accessible. Ayaa’s family moved to Canada from war-torn Iraq back in 1997. Her father’s experience as a newcomer entrepreneur has largely influenced her passion for helping newcomers and those facing barriers to entrepreneurship. An active member of Toronto Neighbourhood Centres’ Civic Engagement Affinity group, with a U of T Honors Degree in Urban Studies, Sociology, and minor in Human Geography, Ayaa is completing a part-time post-graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management at Simon Frasier University.