|Ratna Omidvar, founding executive director and adjunct professor at the Global Diversity Exchange, a think tank within the school of business management at Ryerson University.
Ms. Omidvar, who immigrated to Canada from Iran in 1981, is an internationally recognized expert on migration, diversity and integration. She is the former president of Maytree, a foundation created to fight poverty and inequality. She is also the chair of Lifeline Syria, which assists private sponsors in bringing Syrian refugees to resettle in Toronto. In 2010, The Globe and Mail named her its Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship.