Young Leaders Committee Ontario

UNHCR Canada is working with the Young Leaders Committee Ontario, a team of bright, young professionals to bring forward bold, innovative ideas and initiatives to help UNHCR Canada with our fundraising efforts for refugees. 

Each member offers their unique expertise in diverse sectors, enabling us to widen our reach by sharing refugee stories with supporters across the province. The team has expressed their passion and drive to inspire fellow Ontario residents to rally in support of refugees.

Learn more about our Young Leaders below.

You can make a donation in support of the YLC Ontario and UNHCR’s work around the world.

Meet the committee

Name: Amy Bilodeau

Role: Co-Chair

“I believe refugees are a vulnerable population that needs to be served and it is our responsibility as global citizens to do so.”

 With years in the non-profit sector, Amy brings insight and skills to the Canadian philanthropic landscape. She is the current director of Corporate Engagement at the Boys and Girls Club of Canada and has become keenly aware of the challenges for newcomers adjusting to life in Canada. A proud global citizen and advocate for children, Amy looks forward to taking a seat with other young professionals in the YLC.

Amy Bilodeau’s LinkedIn


Name: Darius Sookram

Role: Co-Chair

“It’s our duty to provide a way forward for others who may not have had the same opportunities as us.”

Darius is no stranger to the transformative power of community action. As a board member of the City of Markham’s Race Relations Committee, Darius is committed to establishing inclusion and diversity to community practices so that refugees are able to reap all of the opportunities to succeed in Canada. His passion to help people and leadership network will aid the committee in their fundraising goals.

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Name: Angad Bedi

Role: Committee Member

“I wanted to make a difference and I wanted to ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in the world had the help and support they needed.”

 Angad brings experience from the International Criminal Court in the Hague where he learned about the devastating impact the gravest crimes known to man had on the less fortunate. Hearing the stories of people who worked in the field with refugees reignited a life-long passion for humanitarianism and justice. Now working with an award winning civil litigation boutique in Canada, Angad wishes to use his advocacy skills to make a difference for the world’s most vulnerable.

Angad Bedi’s LinkedIn

Name: Emily Neil

Role: Committee Member

“I believe that it’s my responsibility to stand up for the rights of those who find themselves without a voice and do whatever is in my power to make the world an easier place for migrants within my own community.” 

Emily brings field experience in the realm of refugee support, having lived in Ecuador where she worked with asylum-seekers from Colombia and Venezuela. Emily’s background in Latin American refugee and humanitarian crises has led her to become a passionate advocate for refugees, internally displaced individuals, and asylum-seekers. Emily wants to continue spreading awareness about the difficulties newcomers face in their integration into Canadian society, and use her role in the YLC to help UNHCR Canada reach its fundraising goals to continue supporting refugees globally.  

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Name: Mareike van Nieuwkoop

Role: Committee Member

“I want to be involved in helping provide concrete solutions to some of the current gaps in the system, particularly through the use of the law.”

Mareike brings on-the-ground experience working with refugees in Malawi and Rwanda. As a professional in international law, she spent a summer working with World University Services Canada in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, aiding in the transition for refugee students resettling in Canada. After hearing their traumatic personal experiences, and witnessing the reality of the refugee experience, she’s dedicated herself to advocate for the forcibly displaced.

Mareike van Nieuwkoop’s LinkedIn

Name: Natasha Milne

Role: Committee Member

“Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up”

Natasha’s passion for philanthropy drives her commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable. She is an avid volunteer – both within Canada and abroad – and an active leader in any community to which she belongs. Currently General Counsel at a Canadian corporation, Natasha brings to the committee a background in law and a keen interest in international affairs.

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Name: Numrah Irfan

Role: Committee Member

“Whether it’s your time, your voice, or your money, every contribution goes a long way to support the universal human right to seek a safe and better life”.

Numrah is an organizational change leader that strives to ensure purpose and create impact in her professional, social and community roles.  Having been part of local and global refugee support efforts, Numrah has been committed to raising awareness and contributing to fundraising of related causes in Canada and abroad. She brings experience in strategy design and program execution, along with strong record of delivering results, to support the YLC’s mission and mandate.

Numrah Irfan’s LinkedIn


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