Committees and Councils

Leaders supporting UNHCR and refugees.

Photo: ©UNHCR/Darren Calabrese

UNHCR Canada is bringing together bright, dedicated leaders to help support efforts in responding to the growing and evolving needs of the most vulnerable refugees around the world. 

The Advisory Council and Young Leaders Committees will focus on fundraising and help raise awareness around the refugee experience.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a team of senior corporate and community leaders dedicated to strengthening and building partnerships with the private sector. The council spearheads various initiatives, like the Corporate Refugee Impact Initiative, which will help generate funding for the most vulnerable refugees globally and will help encourage investment in supporting newcomers and refugees in Canada. 

Young Leaders Committee Ontario

Our dedicated team of like-minded young professionals is volunteering their time and efforts towards fundraising for UNHCR Canada. They will be engaging with the private sector through a multitude of fundraising events and awareness campaigns aimed towards making a difference in the lives of refugees. 

Young Leaders Committee Quebec

We’ve gathered young leaders passionate about making a change for refugees at home and abroad. With a focus on the province of Quebec, they will be uniquely positioned to engage with the francophone private sector, and to help bring greater awareness to UNHCR Canada’s fundraising goals and objectives. 

Our council and committees help us reach new networks in our community and bring innovation to fundraising. For more information contact:


  • Advisory Council – Valerie Agawin in Toronto, Canada,
  • Young Leaders Committee Ontario – Rachel Knope in Toronto, Canada,
  • Young Leaders Committee Québec – Paul Simard in Montreal, Canada,

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