The Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA Canada) is a member of ICA International, a global network established in 1960 and now implementing social change in over 36 countries. ICA International holds consultative status II with the United Nations.
Since 1976, ICA Canada, under its own elected Board of Directors, has been part of this global network.
We are a non-profit organization primarily supported by volunteers and donors. Our revenue comes from individual and institutional donations and partnerships, as well as from our publications, course royalties, special events and learning forums. This revenue is used for education, publishing, research and social development projects. Tax deductible receipts will be issued for your charitable donation.
For almost four decades ICA Canada has promoted, supported and enabled positive social transformation through teaching and practicing ToP™ methods of participation.
In 1999 the organization took new shape with two separate, but complementary, bodies: ICA Associates Inc., and ICA Canada. ICA Associates Inc. provides training and consulting and ICA Canada will continue to work, on a not-for-profit basis, with communities, societies and individuals to contribute to positive change.
Currently serving on our Board of Directors:
Suzanne Jackson – Chair, Board of Directors
Suzanne Jackson, Ph.D. has been Chair of Board since 2013. She is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto with a specialization in participatory planning and evaluation in health promotion. She has been part of ICA Canada since 1984 and served previously as Chair of the Board of Directors in the early 1990s.
Christine is a CTF Group Facilitator Trainer and ICA Associates master trainer of Group Facilitation Methods. Her interest in joining this Board is to increase the capacity of institutions to welcome immigrants and refugees to their decision making tables. She enjoys walking and travelling and conversations about cultural diversity.
Bill Staples was one of the founding staff of ICA Canada from 1976-1999 before moving to ICA Associates Inc. He is a facilitator, trainer and Technology of Participation consultant and is the current ICA Associates Inc member to the ICA Canada board.
Hodan Ahmed Mohamed has over 10 years of professional experience in the fields of community outreach, facilitation, governance and youth advocacy. This encompasses community development, research and youth engagement. As an experienced facilitator and counselor, she developed and facilitated educational and employment workshops geared towards underserved racialized communities, youth and newcomers to access government and community resources.
Ekta Bromley is a facilitator – and alumna – of ICA Canada’s Courage to Lead program, and a member of the organization’s Leadership Community of Practice. She possesses over 9 years’ experience in Education & Human Resources management, and is a firm believer in the power of education & community to transform self & society. With her work in the fields of organizational development, leadership training, instructional design & adult learning, Ekta aims to help ICA Canada as it continues disseminating targeted resources to empower a cross-section of Canadian communities – with a special interest in youth and marginalized groups.
Wayne Rideout – Treasurer
Wayne is a certified financial planner who specializes in finance, investment, and insurance and is associated with the investment planning council of Canada. He brings 28 years of financial experience to his role as treasurer on the board. Wayne is interested in ICA’s long history of community development in Canada and the current work with Indigenous language reclamation in Ontario (ILLI).