DFL Gala 2018

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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.

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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.

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.

Roberta L Bondar, is globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research. For more than a decade with NASA, Dr. Bondar headed an international space medicine research team. She is the author of four best-selling photo-essay books for her photography of earth. Roberta 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. Roberta 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. Ms. 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.

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. 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, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance.

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.


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.