2019 YOUTH 20 SUMMIT
Reema Bazzi grew up immersed in an environment where discourses on the movement of people, through displacement or immigration of family members and others alike, was central to shaping her passions, and her sense of purpose. She spent many years working in the immigration sector both with the federal government at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a Minister’s Delegate and Case Processing Agent, and with the not-for-profit organization Immigrant Services Society of B.C., working to resettle refugees during the Syrian refugee crisis.
During her time with the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., she worked as part of a team to design and conduct the first ever Syrian Refugee Youth Consultation that aimed to discern service provision gaps in Canada that youth in particular were facing. The design and intention of this consultation was to develop a report for the IRCC that was based in youth-centered input, and recommendation design.
Reema is a Master of Global Affairs and Public Policy Candidate (2019) at the University of Toronto. By leveraging her academic and professional experience she hopes to support the building of a future where the voices of vulnerable communities are amplified. In doing so, she hopes that collaboratively we will create a Canada that is strong in its address of environmental degradation, and its disparate impacts on migrant and other vulnerable communities. She is looking forward to bringing her expertise and passion to the Y20 summit, and to represent the youth of Canada as part of the 2019 Delegation.
Ali has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy with concentration in International Relations. He also completed his Master’s in Public Affairs and Co-operative Education with a focus on the implication of remittance and labour migration in the economic stability of Eurasia. The professional training he has acquired include Financial Management, Fiscal Crises and Multilateral Negotiations. Similarly, he has completed an extensive Business Continuity Planning training at Department of National Defence and Certificate of Expertise in Pivot Table and Dashboard creation provided by Global Affairs Canada. In these courses and trainings, he acquired operational experience in policy evaluation as well as data analysis on various issues and subjects. Aside from his education, he has been employed in the capacity of Assistant Project Manager, Policy Researcher, Trade Policy Officer, and Business Program Analyst. He is fluent in a number of languages including, Persian, Russian, Uzbek and English and has recently completed French language training.