2016 World Bank - International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings
Cerina Lee, Head Delegate
Isabelle Duchaine, Communications Coordinator
Ambassador and Head Delegate, Cerina Lee, is a graduating Master of Public Health (MPH) student, specializing in Health Promotion, at the School of Public Health- University of Alberta, and is pursuing her Certification as a Public Health Practitioner (CPH) in Fall 2016. Having formerly received her Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, and Certificate of Catholic Studies from the U of A, Cerina has always been inspired by leaders who are dedicated to health advocacy and preventive medicine. Her Public Health passion is to develop healthy public policies in Canada that will reduce the burden of chronic disease on vulnerable populations.
As the recipient of the 2015 Don & Norine Lowry Award for Women of Excellence, and the 2015 Dawn Bucharski Health Promotion Award, Cerina is a recent Public Policy Intern and advocacy student for the Canadian Cancer Society AB/NWT where she worked on an advocacy strategy and research project for the full proclamation of the ban of waterpipe/hookah smoking in Alberta to create healthy environments for the Alberta youth population. Concurrently, she worked on the Wellness Alberta campaign, engaging stakeholders and MLAs in encouraging the government to develop a foundation to address the burden of chronic disease. Cerina is currently serving her 2nd year as the Public Health student representative on the General Faculties Council at the U of A and was 1 of 10 students to represent Canada at the 2014 Young Generation Forum in Seoul, South Korea. On her downtime, Cerina loves cheerleading, playing music and skating!
As Communications Coordinator for the delegation, Isabelle Duchaine will be drawing on her considerable experience explaining complex institutions and economic policies.
In her role as the Communications Officer for the Business Council of Canada, a non-partisan organization composed of the chief executives of 150 of Canada’s leading companies, Isabelle coordinates media relations and contributes to policy development on issues ranging from international trade priorities, pension reform, energy infrastructure and tax rates.
Previous to this, she was a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), focusing on the reconciliation of cross-border financial institutions. She also worked as a Democracy and Governance Intern at The Carter Center, the human rights NGO founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
During her undergraduate degree at Queen’s, Isabelle advocated on behalf of students to the senior university administration, the University Senate and the Government of Ontario on issues including tuition, quality of education and academic freedom.
In recognition of her service, she was awarded the Agnes Benedickson Tricolour Award, the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the university.
She completed her MA in Global Governance at the University of Waterloo. A 180-second presentation of her major research project, “Babies Beyond Borders: Regulating the Transnational Surrogacy Market”, won second place in the Canadian Political Science Association’s 3-Minute Thesis competition.
A frequent commentator on national post-secondary and youth employment issues, Isabelle has been featured in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, CTV and CBC.
Specializing in outer space law, Andrej is completing a joint law degree and masters in economic policy. His research has been published in several journals, including with Princeton University. He is currently investigating the suitability of Canada’s entry into the space mining sector, following the United States, the EU, and China. He previously served as advisor for four years to a Member of Parliament and the Chair of the Parliamentary Aerospace, Space, and Cleantech Caucuses.
Andrej currently serves the Department of Science, Innovation, and Economic Development Canada as a policy analyst, specifically investigating the efficacy and development of innovation clusters. He recently interned as a summer law student with Norton Rose Fulbright, a global commercial law firm, and will return there in late 2017 to complete his articles in order to become a lawyer. It is Andrej’s ambition to practice and assist in the development of outer space law in Canada, particularly in regard to commercial interests.
An active member of the Ottawa community, Andrej has helped organize galas to raise money and awareness for the city’s underprivileged youth and founded and operated an NGO focusing on the challenges faced by families with a member impacted by autism spectrum disorder. For years, he has volunteered at his local shelter, preparing and serving meals to the homeless.
He holds a masters degree in political science from Carleton University, completing his undergraduate studies in political science and history at Nipissing University.
Daniel Sorek is looking forward to combining his work experiences in principal investing and financial advisory with his interest in international economics and finance to advocate on behalf of youth at the IMF/WB Annual Meetings. Raised in Toronto, Daniel currently works in New York within TD Securities’ Leveraged Finance practice, advising corporations and institutional investors on strategy, M&A, and capital structure alternatives. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Ulysses Management, and Onex Corporation, Canada’s largest private equity firm.
Daniel attended McGill University, where he majored in Honours Investment Management and minored in Chinese and Russian languages. As part of his studies, he co-managed Desautels Capital Management’s global portfolio of equity and fixed income investments, where he was responsible for macroeconomic, allocation, and other leadership decisions, such as liaising with board advisors and investors in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and New York. As a student, Daniel was one of 30 students awarded the inaugural Li Ka Shing Foundation Scholarship to meet with business and academic leaders in China, culminating in the submission of a business plan for introducing a western product to that market. At McGill he was one of twenty students recognized at graduation for excellence in academics and community leadership that included chairing and playing an executive role in fundraisers collectively raising $70,000.
Daniel speaks eight languages: English, French, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, and Hebrew.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys learning new languages, training for half-marathons, reading biographies and volunteering within his community.
Nicholas Schiavo is a public policy advocate, community organizer and communications enthusiast. Inspired by his travels, Nicholas has spent the past seven years studying diplomacy and engaging in global affairs.
He recently completed his Honours BA in International Relations at Western University. While at Western, Nicholas developed a keen interest in current national security challenges and the role of globalization in state sovereignty. This interest led him to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO where he helped develop the 2013 Man and the Biosphere Conference and Biosphere Reserve best practices.
Following his academic career, Nicholas was selected as an Ontario Global Edge Fellow to work with a start-up in Nairobi, Kenya. After returning home, he started working with the Green Party of Canada as part of the fundraising team during the 2015 federal election where he contributed to the party’s highest fundraising year yet. Following the election, he travelled to Malta where he represented Canada as a Youth Ambassador at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.
In his spare time, Nicholas volunteers with the Canadian International Council, the Canadian Youth Think Tank and has recently been involved with the United Nations Association of Canada. He is currently working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans working as a Senior Analyst on behalf of the Minister’s Office.
Nicholas is hoping to pursue a master’s degree in public policy in the coming year and looks forward to advocating for young Canadians at the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings this year.