Published on CBC
Written by Haweya Fadal
Five hundred people from various sectors will converge on the Art Gallery of Ontario Monday to look for solutions to some of the biggest urban challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Rising and established leaders from the business, government, academic and community sectors will attend Canvas, CivicAction’s 2019 Summit.
Alyssa Lai, a communications professional and a volunteer for CivicAction, will attend the summit, which will be live-streamed on CivicAction’s website starting at 9 a.m.
She moved to Canada from Malaysia in 2008 as an international student, and says she has encountered challenges with inclusion and diversity throughout her work.
“Being a person that is under 30, a person of colour, as well as a woman, I see and hear a lot of barriers when it comes to leadership or access to positions of power or authority,” Lai said.
Inclusion and diversity happens to be one of the five issues that CivicAction is tackling at this year’s summit, which is held every four years. The others are: the future of work, affordable housing, sex trafficking, and natural disasters and extreme weather.
Going into the summit, Lai is looking forward to being challenged and collaborating with a wide range of people to exchange ideas.
“It’s an opportunity for me to be immersed in civic issues on a regional level,” she said.