OBAT Canada strives to keep administrative costs at a minimal and the majority of our operations are carried out by volunteers. We are extremely proud of the professional calibre of all those involved in our work who give of their time and energy with the utmost integrity, dedication, and professionalism
Atif Godil, CPA, CA
Marium Hasanie, MBA
Sarah Shah, MBA
Adil Chaudhry, P.Eng
Shariqua Rahman, MBA
Dr. Brianna McKelvie, MSc MD
Dr. Brianna McKelvie is a pediatrician specializing in intensive care. She did her medical training at Western University in London, her pediatric residency at the IWK Hospital in Halifax and her fellowship training in intensive care at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. She then went on to complete an MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. She currently works at the Children’s Hospital in London, Ontario where she is a pediatric intensive care physician and the medical director of patient safety for the Children’s Hospital.
With growing disparity in the world, Dr. McKelvie feels passionately that she should be doing what she can to help vulnerable and impoverished populations. She has done global health work in Peru, Uganda, Costa Rica and Trinidad. As well, she is working on a project to improve access to intensive care in Nigeria. She is honoured to join such an amazing team at OBAT Canada.
Dr. Haissam Dahan, D.M.D, M.Sc, Ph.D
Dr. Haissam Dahan is a clinician scientist. He holds a D.M.D, an M.Sc and a Ph.D in dental science from McGill University. He also completed a clinical fellowship in orofacial management from the Massachusetts General Hospital. His main research is centered on painful comorbidities found in people with temporomandibular disorders. His research has been published in the Journal of Dental Education and the Journal of Oral and Facial Pain and Headache. He has lectured at McGill University, Tufts University and Harvard University. He is currently a Faculty Lecturer at the Montreal General Hospital. He has a private dental practice in Ottawa, Canada, limited to the treatment of temporomandibular disorder and sleep apnea.
Dr. Dahan is passionate in helping in disadvantaged and forgotten groups of people. He believes in the power of education and health in changing people’s lives. He initiated a free-dental service program to displaced individuals in Bangladesh. He also spearheads a scholarship program in Ottawa to help students studying Science in University or College. Dr. Dahan started a mentorship program in Ottawa that links University students with professionals in the community. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and three children.
Mustafa Khaliq, MBA
Mustafa brings his integrated wealth of knowledge in both consumer/donor behaviour and not-for-profit organizations to the table. He is currently serving on boards for a leading GTA Mental Health agency as well as being active in several other organizations. He thrives in serving the larger community through his networking and high level strategic thinking.
Mustafa completed his B. Sc (Hons) from the University of Toronto and his MBA from Schulich Schoolof Business. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and dominating in men’s over-40 ball hockey leagues.
Dr. Shirley Steinberg, PhD
Shirley R. Steinberg is a Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies at the University of Calgary, and a community activist. She is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy and cultures, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies. Originally a social/improvisational theatre creator, she has facilitated happenings and flashmobs globally. A regular contributor to CBC Radio One, CTV, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and Canadian Press, she is an internationally known speaker and teacher. She is the founder of International Institute of Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Leadership (freireproject.org), and is committed to a global community of transformative educators and community workers engaged in radical love, social justice, and the situating of power within social and cultural contexts, specifically involving youth.
Shirley’s work focuses on the cultural/social/education development of youth, and critical community involvement. She is concerned with how society views young people, and her work creates an environment in which youth are viewed as positive democratic agents within society. As a Research Chair, she has established an international network of youth and community workers engaged in a critical pedagogical approach to activism and pedagogy. Her work is currently focused on issues of Newcomer settlement in Canada, Islamophobia, Empowerment of Women, and Critical Diversity Studies.
Dr. Shujaat Wasty, PhD
Dr. Wasty is actively involved as a volunteer in helping vulnerable and impoverished populations in his birthplace of Canada as well as abroad. For more than a decade, he has traveled extensively to refugee camps and worked with displaced populations in South Asia and elsewhere. He has been very involved with OBAT Helpers USA since 2008 and serves as their Vice-President. In 2017, he founded OBAT Canada, an independent Canadian charity.
He works for the Government of Canada and has previously served on different academic advisory boards, such as the Leadership Council at the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University. He presents regularly at various international conferences and takes great pride in Canada’s humanitarian tradition.
Sofia Ahmad, CPA, CA
Sofia Ahmad is a Certified Professional Chartered Accountant and a member of the Quebec CPA Order for over 20 years. She holds Bachelor and Post Graduate degrees in Commerce and Accountancy. She has worked in public and private practice in several large national and international organizations in various roles spanning management, controllership, planning, governance and process improvement. Sofia is currently Senior Director, Assistant Controller at a national teloco. She is also the Quebec chair of their student CPA training office and a member of the Diversity committee. Sofia is passionate about helping people change their condition through empowerment and education.
Zehra Akbar, LLB
Zehra Akbar is a Corporate Immigration Lawyer and is called to the Bar both in Ontario and British Columbia. She has over 6 years of experience in the field immigration. Her work in immigration has varied from working with vulnerable refugees to working with fortune 500 companies. She was an active volunteer with lifeline Syria during the Syrian refugee crisis and helped sponsor over 10 Syrian refugees. In addition, she was a volunteer with United Nations – Toronto Chapter and helped facilitate programs to bring awareness to human rights issues around the world. Currently she is a volunteer as an immigration lawyer with Jafri Islamic Center to help international students with their immigration needs while studying in Canada.
Zehra has a strong passion for refugee work and human rights work. She is excited to bring her expertise and passion to the OBAT team. Zehra lives in Toronto and is a mother to two little boys.