As a student, teacher and author, Aziz Velji's background encompasses specialized areas of study in philosophy, psychology, meditation practices, quantum physics, brain enhancement, neuroscience, and lucid dreaming (or what is called Dream Yoga). His formal education includes postgraduate degrees in engineering and business management. Aziz has applied these areas of study and formal training to better understand the nature of reality, the relationship between the brain and the mind, and to further advance society, humanity, and most importantly, our potential as human beings.
His book, “CALM BRAIN, POWERFUL MIND: Abolish Stress to Unleash Your True Potential” has recently been published by Paper Lantern Publishing House and is available on Amazon. Aziz also teaches his “Conversations with Friends” series of seminars and workshops which are based on the book.
Aisha Francis is the founder and executive director of Project: Restore FIBI (Families Impacted by Incarceration), an organization that is pioneering a ‘family-first, family-focused’ approach to address the traumatic and collateral effects of incarceration. She has brought critical ingenuity into the sector prompting best practices informed by lived experiences and grassroots leadership, the advancement of Canadian research and scholarship, education and ongoing policy analysis and review.
Aisha also owns a consulting agency that specializes in helping emerging entrepreneurs gain clarity of their purpose towards the end goal of having a profitable business and a fulfilling profession. In recognition of Aisha’s work and advocacy, she has received the Social Innovation Challenge People’s Choice Award, the Queens Rising Together Inspirational Woman Award and was named one of 2020’s 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.
Khadija Cajee is the co-founder of No Fly List Kids, a group of parents with children who have been falsely flagged on Canada's No Fly List, after discovering her son had been Designated High Profile on this list since birth. The group has grown to represent a movement that has catapulted to the national stage and impacted federal national security legislation. She has testified federally on this issue and has pushed for meaningful change to the legislation.
She is the co-founder of Support Ontario Students with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) advocating for provincial legislated standards of care for children with T1D in Ontario schools.
Most recently during Wave 1 of the recent pandemic she was Co-Founder of Conquer COVID-19 (CC-19) which was the largest volunteer mobilization to procure PPE for front line health care workers and other groups at risk during the pandemic. Together the Conquer COVID-19 team raised over $2.38 Million in donated funds to purchase over 2 Million pieces of PPE equipment for front line healthcare workers. This was in addition to the 700,000 pieces of donated PPE equipment that were collected at PPE drives and subsequently distributed across Canada.
Khadija is an entrepreneur and Partner at Servo Annex Inc., a digital advisory firm serving C-suite clients. Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Khadija has a keen interest in social justice, humans rights and civil rights.
If there is a box, you will not find her in it.
Mike Moran is GHD’s North American CFO. Previously the Global CFO for Golder, he combines his international and Board level experience to help GHD bring new strategic thinking and practical approaches to complex business challenges.
Mike is a CPA, CA and an alumnus of the University of Waterloo. Outside of GHD, Mike spent the past seven years on the Board of ISAND (an autism services not-for-profit in Toronto) and is an Advisory Board member for WebSan Solutions (an IT consulting and solutions provider). Mike and his spouse Lauren have three boys aged 24, 22 and 20.