DFL Gala 2018

DFL Gala 20182018-10-10T15:59:47+00:00

The 6th Daughters for Life Gala Dinner 2018

Join us for an evening of hope, inspiration, and empowerment.

The Daughters for Life Gala Dinner 2018 supports the empowerment of young Middle Eastern women to achieve their potential through education.

The Daughters for Life Gala 2018 will honour a number of prominent and influential individuals who have made significant contributions toward the betterment of the world we live in.

Gala Sponsors

The Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award 2018

Christiane Amanpour

The Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award will go to Christiane Amanpour, she is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning, flagship global affairs program “Amanpour,” which also airs on PBS in the United States.

The Trailblazer Luminary Award 2018

Vera Baboun

The Trailblazer Luminary Award will go to Vera Baboun, she was elected Mayor of the City of Bethlehem in October 2012, to be the first woman Mayor of the city since its inception.

The Leadership Luminary Awardee 2018

Michael Dan

The Leadership Luminary Award will go to Michael Dan, A committed philanthropist, he is a model of social responsibility and generosity. A former neurosurgeon, he created the Paloma Foundation to fund organizations that assist marginalized people in Toronto.

Master of Ceremony

Cristina Tenaglia puts her passion for live field reporting to work as Remote Reporter/Host for CP24 since July 2012. Cristina has covered high-profile stories such as the 2016 Tim Bosma murder trial, but she also enjoys fun TV moments, like chatting with stars like Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Gosling, and Jennifer Aniston at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, she was the recipient of the RTDNA Canada President’s Fellowship, an award which allowed her to attend the acclaimed Poynter Institute for Journalism in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cristina is an Honours graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Radio and Television Arts.

Exclusive Performance

Canadian singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez was born to a South African mother and a Mexican father; her music blends the spirit of these cultures with a swirl of Latin soul. Her upcoming album, Libre, (2019) means “free,” and celebrates her eclectic roots and inspiration. Martinez has been recognized with nominations such as Latin Jazz Artist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and Best World Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. She is also a musical ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages Canada and was awarded Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Minister of National Revenue. Martinez’s passion is empowering Artist Entrepreneurs through her workshop series The Artist Office.

Honorary Chairs

Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University, the top-ranked university based startup incubator in North America and third in the world by UBI Global. His professional background includes the Canadian Armed Forces, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management.

Suleiman Rashid is a chartered accountant, from Haifa in Palestine. He is a partner in the firm Rashid & Quinney Professional Corporation in Vaughan, Ontario and until recently, served as a director of the public auto manufacturing company, Martinrea International Inc.

Dr. Douglas Kneale is currently Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor, where he has served as Provost and Vice-President, Academic since 2015. He is an award-winning teacher and widely published scholar of English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He was previously Dean of Humanities at Brock University and Chair of English at Western University.

Dr. James Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as one of the world’s leading scholars and scientists in global health. He is a veteran of many of the world’s most disturbing and complex humanitarian emergencies. He is a founding member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Canada and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization in 1999.

Dr. Roberta Bondar, is globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research. For more than a decade with NASA, Bondar headed an international space medicine research team. She is the author of four best-selling photo-essay books for her photography of earth. Dr. Bondar is a recipient of 28 doctorates from Canadian and American Universities and was honoured with her own star at the Canadian Walk of Fame. In 2014, Dr. Bondar was presented with the Daughters for Life Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award in recognition of her outstanding career achievements and for promoting the professional advancement of women in neurology.

Heather Reisman is the founder, Chair and CEO of Indigo, Canada’s largest book, lifestyle and specialty toy retailer, and co-founder of Kobo, a leading global eReading company. Reisman was Managing Director of Paradigm Consulting, the strategy and change management firm she co-founded in 1979. Paradigm was the world’s first strategic change consultancy and pioneered many organizational change strategies still in use today. Heather is a former Governor of McGill University and served on many North American boards and continues to serve as a Director on the board of Onex Corporation, and as an Officer of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Gerald Schwartz received his B.Comm. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Manitoba and his MBA degree from Harvard University. He founded Onex in 1984, one of oldest and most successful private equity firms. Onex acquires and builds high-quality businesses in partnership with talented management teams. It also manages and invests in various credit securities. Gerald is also the Chairman, Director or Governor of a number of civic, philanthropic and business organizations. In 2004, Gerald was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and in 2006 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Gervan Fearon began a five-year term as Brock University’s President and Vice-Chancellor on Aug. 2017.  Before Brock, he served at Brandon University as President and Vice-Chancellor and also as Provost and Vice-President Academic. Dr. Fearon received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, after having received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. He is passionate about the role of post-secondary education in supporting regional development, and has served on numerous community boards and helped champion significant community development initiatives.

Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. A long time advocate for greater diversity on corporate boards, she is a member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency and former member of Hydro One’s Board of Directors. In 2015, Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance.

Dr. Susan Mumm became Principal of Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university, in July 2016. She was Dean of Arts and Science at Queen’s University, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand, Dean of Arts and Science, Mount Saint Vincent University, Senior Lecturer/Department Head at the Open University, United Kingdom, and Assistant Professor of History at York University. She received her doctorate in History as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University Sussex, and studied for her BA and MA at the University of Saskatchewan. Her publications have engaged with a number of aspects of women’s history (religious and philanthropic leadership) in Victorian Britain.

The Honourable Nancy Ruth, C.M. is a former Canadian Senator, a founding mother of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and one of Canada’s leading feminist philanthropists. A strong proponent of constitutional rights for women, Ruth has led gender equality initiatives in the Canadian Senate and spearheaded the successful campaign to restore gender neutral wording in the Canadian national anthem. She is a noted benefactor of hospitals, art galleries and immigrant women’s organizations and was named to the Order of Canada in 1994.

Salah J. Bachir is the Chancellor of OCAD University, President of Cineplex Media, Publisher of Cineplex Magazine, and Member of the Order of Canada. He is also one of Canada’s most influential philanthropists and a champion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, having helped raise millions for such causes, including AIDS research and equal rights and support for LGBTQ individuals in Canada.

Collège Boréal’s 5th President, Daniel Giroux, has worked for the institution for close to 22 years. he has been Manager of Budgets and Special Projects, Manager of Business Development, Dean of the School of Trades and Technologies, and Vice President of the Workforce and Business Development Department. Giroux has successfully managed a number of federal, provincial, and municipal partnerships and contracts. He has played a key role in the construction of Boréal’s main campus and its Trades and Applied Technologies Institute in Sudbury as well as the institution’s Timmins campus. Giroux is passionate about post secondary education, economic development, and of contributing to a bilingual skilled workforce.

Rhonda L. Lenton is President and Vice-Chancellor of York University. She joined York in 2002 as Dean of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, served as Vice-Provost Academic and then Vice-President Academic & Provost. A champion of community engagement and innovative partnerships, she has significantly expanded York’s institutional collaborations with other post-secondary education partners. A sociologist by training, her areas of teaching and research expertise include gender, family conflict, sexual harassment, research methods and more recently, higher education.

Dr. Miller completed his chemistry degree at Trent University and a M.Sc. the University of Manchester in Science Policy. He worked for Health Canada as Health Policy Analyst and then completed his medical degree and residency in family medicine at McMaster University. There he was an active member of the Health of Children in War Zones research group (HEALTH REACH) and was the Principal Investigator of the Gaza Child Health Survey, conducted in 1996. He has taken a leadership role in health system changes and quality improvement and is a recipient of the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation. He continues to be involved with health and human rights and facilitated the acceptance of the first Daughters for Life students at Trent University.

Leslie Lewis Dan, CM OOnt, is a Canadian businessman and a pharmacist. The founder of the CANMAP – Canadian Medicine Aid Program –  in 1984, which charitable organization has been donating each year millions of dollars’ worth of medicines to the sick and poor patients in the underdeveloped third world. He is a noted philanthropist, he has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Dan is well known as a philanthropist. His perspective on helping others is formed out of faith in truths from the Jewish Torah and Talmud. From the latter, Dan has noted writings in the Bava Bathra chapters, including: “Charity is equal in importance to all other commandments combined.” And, “Who gives charity in secret is greater than Moses.”


Join us for an evening of hope, inspiration and empowerment. All proceeds go to supporting education opportunities for young women in conflict regions.

Approximately 75% of the ticket value is tax deductible.

The fair market value could vary by several dollars.



The Daughter for Life Gala would not be possible without the generosity of our corporate sponsors. Sponsorships are vital to the success of the event and the continued empowerment of women.