Advisory Board

Drawing from extensive knowledge and experience, the Toronto Youth Cabinet Advisory Board provides strategic insight to the Executive Team on a variety of projects and initiatives. 

Andrea Houston | @dreahouston
Andrea Houston is an award-winning journalist and advocate specializing in queer issues. Her work has been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Toronto Life and Xtra, where she spent four years as a staff reporter. Andrea covers a range of issues affecting LGBT people on local, provincial, national and even international levels. Andrea is perhaps best known for breaking the 2011 story that Ontario Catholic schools prohibited students from forming gay-straight alliances (GSA) CLUBS. Her reporting played a key role in the passage of provincial legislation that mandated all publicly funded schools be required to allow GSAs if students want them. She is one of the most recognized and respected voices for Toronto’s queer community, and in 2012 named Honoured Dyke by Pride Toronto.

Andray Domise | @andraydomise
Andray Domise is a community activist, and a co-host of the Canadian politics podcast Canadaland Commons. His columns have appeared in Toronto Life, Torontoist, Hazlitt, Canadaland, and the Toronto Sun. By day, he is a senior financial advisor and has worked in the financial industry since 2004. Andray ran for City Council in 2014 and has been a vocal on the need for diversity in politics as well as in the tech industry.

Denise Campbell
Denise Campbell is the Director of Social Policy at the City, and has been working both internationally and nationally in the area of youth engagement, anti-oppression and social change since she was 16. Denise helped build The Students Commission, and has advised on strategic development for leading foundations like the J.W. McConnell Foundation. She also has worked on race and gender policies in numerous United Nations forums and more recently, the African Union. In 2004, she joined the City’s Social Development, Finance and Administration Division, and has worked previously as the Coordinator for the Toronto Youth Cabinet.

Nam Kiwanuka | @namshine
Nam Kiwanuka is a Canadian journalist and TV personality and recently joined The Agenda as an alternate host for Steve Paikin and the host of The Agenda in the Summer. She was also named the ReelWorld Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker in 2013. You can see her work on the BBC’s Focus on Africa Magazine. She directed a TV pilot in 2010 on the diversity and celebrated faces and places of Africa and gave a Tedx Talk called the Power of One in 2012. She was also an Ambassador for the Canadian Red Cross, and was named one of Chatelaine Magazine’s Women to Watch in 2008.

Farah Mawani | @farah_way
Farah N. Mawani is a researcher, writer, and strategist working at the nexus of human rights and mental health. She is Founder of Building Roads Together, and Farahway Global, based at the Centre for Social Innovation, 
a Research Associate at the Wellesley Institute and the University Health Network, and Equity Lead, Women in Toronto Politics. She has extensive experience in community-based research, community engagement, and teaching at global, national, and local levels. She has also worked for many years to influence policy and program change to reduce health inequities, including co-developing Canada's first mental health strategy at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is completing her PhD in Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Jonathan Goldsbie | @goldsbie
Jonathan Goldsbie is a journalist and public space activist, he writes about politics, media, local news, and the various intersections between those things. Jonathan is passionate about relevance and entertainment value of civic affairs, and has covered urban issues for Torontoist, Eye Weekly, Spacing, OpenFile, and The Grid, and spent five years as a columnist for the National Post. Jonathan is probably best known for his Twitter feed and has been profiled by many as a must-follow. He once arranged to have pizzas delivered to a moving streetcar.

Karim Jivraj | @karim_jivraj
Karim Jivraj is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada and ran as the Federal PC candidate in University-Rosedale last year, and the Fourth Vice-President of the Party earlier this year. Before that, he worked in the International Disputes Department at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, the world’s largest litigation-only firm. Karim has studied at the Toronto French School, Cornell University, Sciences Po, and the Sorbonne in France where he studied International Law.

Tanya De Mello | @tjdemello
Whether acting as a United Nations Field Officer or as a local student volunteer, Tanya De Mello’s work has always been focused on building communities. Whether it's through creating community service initiatives at universities, managing humanitarian aid donations in Senegal and Colombia or assisting with refugee relocation planning, she has been committed to bringing people together around shared ideas. This year, she ran for the Federal NDP in Etobicoke Centre and before that worked at the University of Toronto Scarborough as the Equity and Diversity Officer. She attended the University of Waterloo and then Princeton University where she earned her Masters of Public Policy as a Fulbright Scholar.

Parthi Kandavel | @parthikandavel
Parthi Kandavel is the Toronto School Board Trustee for Ward 18, Scarborough Southwest. Before being elected in 2014, Parthi taught at John A. Leslie Public School as well as Regent Heights Public School. Parthi has a Masters of Education and is an active member of the Scarborough Southwest neighbourhood having lived and worked there for 25 years, and been appreciated greatly as a community member, a Big Brother, a tutor, a playwright and director.

Joe Cressy | @joe_cressy
Joe understands that strong infrastructure and social services are vital to the quality of life in a big city, and his passion for social justice translates to his work at City Hall. In his various appointments, including to the Board of Health, Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Sub-committee on Climate Change and Adaptation, and in his role as Toronto's Youth Equity Advocate, he is committed to making life better in Toronto. As Councillor for Ward 20, Joe works tirelessly to build better neighbourhoods, expand and improve public green spaces, and make life in downtown Toronto more equitable.