Moderator: Zein Odeh
Zein Odeh holds a B.Ed. from McGill University and M.Ed. from The University of Ottawa. Having taught in both the public and private systems in Canada and the Middle East, Zein firmly believes in inquiry based learning and the provision of an international perspective to teaching.
Zein has held diverse roles in the field of education, primarily working with early and young learners. She has co-led established schools such as Toronto French School- Canada’s International School through an International Baccalaureate (I.B) Primary Years Programme (PYP) authorization; written a variety of school wide policies; and has helped teachers teach through inquiry and model best teaching practices of the 21st century. She is an active member of the International Baccalorarte Organization, as a workshop leader and trainer, she provides teacher training and evaluates I.B schools throughout North America.
Zein served with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as Project Manager (Education) for NGO’s in Latin America and India. She has participated as a resource person at international conferences, such as the Women As Global Leaders Conference in the United Arab Emirates, and presented papers on key issues in leadership in education including Promoting Culturally Responsive Teachers as well as Creating Cyberspace Communities for Women. She also blogs about educational issues in the Huffington Post. She has volunteered with peace organization such as Project Harmony in Jerusalem and is a board member for the Daughters For Life Foundation.
Dr. Rashid Abu-Ghazalah is an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering Technology at McMaster University. Prior to that, Rashid was a lecturer of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto (UofT). Rashid received his Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences , and then continued on as a post-doctoral fellow at the Edward S. Rogers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, both at UofT. For three years, Rashid served as an R&D scientist at a manufacturer of optical spectroscopy instruments that serve a wide range of industries.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reem Aweida-Parsons is a seasoned teacher and educational leader having taught in both public and private schools in Canada and Europe.
Reem has lived in Lebanon, Kuwait, The United States, France and St Lucia and prides herself on bringing to her classroom a global mind set; one that challenges her students to respect each other’s frames of reference in a stimulating learning environment.
Reem brings political discourse into her lectures and her sense of humour and enthusiastic approach to the study of history keeps her students riveted. She is currently teaching at Upper Canada College and is the Senior House Adviser for McHugh’s House. Reem is an avid runner and a mother to one beautiful girl and a Rottweiler dog named Mango.
Alfred Abouchar is headmaster of La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science. He has held positions of high-level responsibility and has assumed diverse and complex roles in the academic field. He has demonstrated theoretical and practical expertise as well as sound judgment, and has acquired an excellent reputation from his academic training, based on the European and North American models, his publications, and his university degrees.
Over the years, he has successfully undertaken major educational projects which included, among others, research, testing, the design and development of educational software, and the publication of textbooks at all levels of the educational system.
Mr. Abouchar’s personal dedication to the principles of equality, diversity and community and his contribution to multiculturalism have served to promote full participation of all cultures and races in the development of the social, economic, and cultural life of this province.
Mr. Abouchar’s training, experience and qualifications, along with his creative dynamism, intellectual strength and necessary integrity, enable him to successfully carry out the role of Headmaster of La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science.