Panel Moderator: Brady Wood


Brady is a trusted communications leader, known for assisting organizations through difficult reputation challenges. As Chief Communications Officer at Niagara Health System, Brady is a key leader in the organization's ongoing reputation recovery. A member of the organization's Executive Team, Brady is the lead for both the Communications and Patient Relations teams. Previously Brady held leadership roles at St. Joseph’s Health System, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and with the St. Joseph’s International Outreach Program in Haiti and Uganda. Brady has also been a member of Ministerial review teams in Ontario, examining and aiding challenged hospitals across Ontario for consecutive Ministers of Health. Currently enrolled in the Masters of Communication Management program – an Executive Education degree offered by the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in partnership with the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University – Brady also holds degrees from Western University Canada and from York University.

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee,kamal_Soyalee.jpg an associate professor and undergraduate program director at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a theatre critic at The Globe and Mail. He has written features and reviews for numerous publications, including the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Literary Review of Canada, Xtra!, Quill & Quire and Toronto Life. Al-Solaylee holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Nottingham and has taught at the University of Waterloo and York University.  He’s the editor of Tonight at the Tarragon: A Critic’s Anthology (2011) and co-editor (with Alex Boyd) of Best Canadian Essays 2010. His first book, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and is currently on the shortlist for the Toronto Book Awards. He lives in Toronto.

Lama Aggad

lama_new.jpgCurrently a media producer and television presenter of Lama TV, a weekly Canadian/Arabic talk show in Toronto on Omni Television. Lama TV was created online in December 2011 as a media platform initiative to create bridges and share knowledge between Arabs in North America and the Middle East in the hope of facilitating dialogue on issues that matter to people from different backgrounds. Lama TV has given a voice to Canadian Arabs who have been left out of the Canadian discussion. Through Lama TV, I have produced two short videos for the West Asia and North Africa forum (chaired by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan) about Canadian Arabs and their views on how they integrated into Canadian society whilst maintaining their Arabic identity and heritage. Lama has also interviewed HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of the Hussein Cancer foundation in Canada, who spoke about Cancer care in Jordan and the Middle East. In addition, Lama received great media attention where she appeared in many Arabic & Canadian media sources such as: AlArabiya TV, MBC TV, Jordan TV, Roya TV, Radio Canada International, Dolce Magazine, Vancouver Observer
newspaper, Addustour newspaper & many others.


Pacinthe Mattar


Pacinthe came to the CBC in 2009 after a lifetime of growing up between the suburbs of North York, the heat of Saudi Arabia, and the humidity of Dubai, where she began as a contributor to a career magazine published across the Middle East. She was the University of Toronto at Mississauga's valedictorian, graduating in 2008 with a degree in Political Science in French before enrolling in Ryerson's Master of Journalism programme. There, Pacinthe created a documentary on the niqab that has since been screened at various venues in Toronto. She started as an associate producer with CBC Newsworld, and moved to As It Happens in February of 2011, where she helped cover the uprisings across the Arab world including her native Egypt, occasionally providing on-air translation for Arabic interviews and bursting into a mess of happy tears of joy when Hosni Mubarak resigned. She joined CBC’s The Current in August of 2011.


Bessma Momani

Besma.pngDr. Bessma Momani is Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs and a senior fellow at both the Brookings Institution and the Centre for International Governance and Innovation. In  2012-2013, she is a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She has authored and co-edited over six books and  over 40 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, regional trade agreements in the Middle East and economic liberalization throughout the Arab Gulf and the Middle East. Dr. Momani has received a number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awards and prizes for her research on global economic governance and political economy of the Middle East. Dr. Momani has been a public commentator and analyst on the Middle East and the Arab Spring. She is a regular contributor to CBC radio and is a Middle East analyst on CTV News, CBC The National, Al-Jazeera English, Bloomberg TV, BNN and TVOs the Agenda. She has also published numerous op-ed articles on the Arab Spring in Canadian and international news outlets as well maintaining her own Huffington Post column.