Social Services & Social Work

Join this panel if you are interested in working in government services to provide benefit for a community. Join if you are interested in alleviating the conditions of those in need of help or welfare.

Moderator: Suhail Abualsameed 

A human rights advocate with a long history in community engagement, project coordination, research and international development. Suhail has been working on issues of gender and sexuality for over 12 years in both local community based and international settings. 

Currently managing a project through the White Ribbon Campaign, based in Toronto, Canada with an international scope on engaging men and boys to end gender-based violence within local communities affected by international mining operations.


Nokha Dakroub

Nokha is an activist, a social worker and a successful small business owner with experience in mental health and the field of education. Born in Lebanon, she came to Mississauga with her family at a young age. 

 As a student in York University, she was heavily involved in social justice causes and activism for fairness and equity. Nokha went on to receive her Bachelor of Social Work and then a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is registered with the Ontario Association of Social Workers as well as the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She started her career working for various not-for-profit organizations counseling women facing abuse and helping newcomers settle in Canada.

 Nokha also has experience working with students in the postsecondary sector. She taught courses at a local private college in Mississauga and was a Placement Supervisor for an Ontario University, guiding university students through their social work placements.

 Today, Nokha is a successful psychotherapist. She has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and suicide intervention at a local health centre. She is a qualified suicide intervention trainer for front line workers and community members. She currently operates her own private practice, Nokha Dakroub Counselling and Psychotherapy, helping people cope with depression, anxiety, eating disorders among other mental health issues. She is also currently running in the upcoming municipal elections for School Board Trustee in Wards 9 and 10 in Mississauga. 


Marwan Ismail

Marwan has almost 15 years of senior management and leadership experience in the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, project/program management, strategic business planning, policy development, change management, communication, marketing and fundraising with involvement of corporate, education and not for profit sector. His successes were demonstrated in various yet accelerating responsibilities and sectors that have included senior level operational and regional management as well as private sector investments. Marwan spent many years in the International Development Sector. He has occupied different positions in private sector and in NGOs; he has also been a part time Lecturer at several universities. Marwan is one of the leaders of corporate social responsibility. Currently Marwan is involved in Canadian not for profit sector and he is the Executive Director of Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services which is a community based, charitable organization serves Great Toronto Area and Peel-Halton Region. 

Throughout his career Marwan has been involved in client, project and people management and has championed programs designed to improve service delivery models and increase overall business efficiencies. Marwan has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. He is certified Project Management Professional and he recently obtained Certificates in Social Economy and Leadership from the University of Toronto - Continuing Education. Marwan has attended several international training courses and conferences related to project management, marketing and corporate sustainability and responsibility.

Reem Abdul Qadir

Reem Abdul Qadir is a Clinical Social Worker who has practiced internationally. Her educational training is in both Psychology and Social Work. She has worked in various settings including: Hospitals, Community based organizations, Children’s Mental Health agencies, in Education and in Universities. She has worked as a Trainer, Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Lecturer, Consultant & Advocate. 

She is presently working in the field of Children’s Mental Health as a Clinical Supervisor and Educational Coordinator.  She runs the Family Therapy Training Program at the agency that serves to train staff, graduate students, Psychiatry residents and Externs.

She is an Adjunct Professor at theUniversityofToronto, Faculty of Social Work graduate program.  She also serves on the Association of Teaching Centres at the U of T, FSW. 

 She served on the Advisory Board at Ryerson University School of Social Work 1998 -2004 and chaired the Board 2000-2004.  This Board was instrumental in the creation of the graduate degree in social work at Ryerson University. 

She is also a Consultant & Trainer in Canada where some of her work has been for CMHO’s, Ministry of Community & Social Services, TDSB, Counselling program for women at ‘Sistering’, Multiculturalism & Citizenship Canada and Community Organizations and Agencies. She has also consulted and conducted training internationally, including in the Middle East.

Reem has a thriving Private Practice in Toronto which includes Individual, Couple & Family Therapy.  She also provides Clinical Supervision to social workers, psychologists, art therapists and psychiatrists.

Joe Saad

Joe Saad immigrated to Canada back in 1989 from Egypt.  He is an Electrical Engineer by training; he worked for many multinational companies for 30 years in Egypt & Canada.  As a business Management Consultant he developed and conducted multiple Management training programs for global companies.  In 2000, he managed a project for implementing the telecommunication network of a new Mobile provider in Greece.  In 2001, he consulted and trained many companies in Egypt.  

 In 2007 Joe embarked on a new career challenge.  He attended a 2-year Counseling training Program in the US.  In 2009 he became a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors AACC.  He is a seasoned Counselor and Life Coach with rich experience in the areas of Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling.  An active recognized leader within the Christian Coptic Orthodox Community in the Greater Toronto Area GTA.  Joe leads a Ministry with a focus on community and family services to help individuals and families deal with issues and find resolution. Joe has a passion for helping others using his experience and interpersonal skills.  He is married with two sons 22 & 19 years old.