WHO WE ARE
We are Inclusive Leaders: an exclusive equity and diversity consulting firm based in Toronto, Canada. Through a wide range of services and expert facilitators; we provide strategic guidance and training on how to build workplaces and organizations that reflect and celebrate the diversity of communities you serve. We believe that it takes leadership to create spaces that truly embrace anti-oppressive principles and we want to help you get there. We have worked to support equity and inclusion initiatives for various labour unions, public sector agencies, not-for-profit organizations, universities and school boards. Our approach is consultative, principled and always rooted in principles of anti-oppression.
Our Lead Consultant
Gilary Massa is a proud Afro-Latina Muslim who lives in Toronto Canada with her husband and two young children. She has a long-standing history in community engagement, public education, and activism related to equity, human rights, and social justice. With roots in both the labor movement and Student movement, Gilary has spent the last 15 years supporting school boards, advocacy organizations, labor unions, government agencies, and private enterprises through organizational change work that centers human rights, equity, and inclusion.
She has worked as the Equity and Campaigns Organizer, and Executive Director of Communications and Outreach at the Ryerson Students’ Union - one of the largest student advocacy organizations in Ontario, where she played an integral role in establishing the organization as the equity and human rights advocate on campus and was successful in pushing the university to adopt several policies to rectify issues of racial profiling, gender-based violence, and student poverty.
Gilary spent 3 years working with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), supporting their efforts to respond to the rise in racism, white supremacy, and Islamophobia across Canada. Through her work, she successfully secured a grant from Ontario’s Ministry of Education to train and support educators across the province in better understanding and supporting the needs of Muslim Students in Ontario. She trained over 3000 educators, principals, and superintendents in anti-oppression and challenging Islamophobia, and has supported over 15 public and public Catholic school boards in Ontario in developing best practices concerning human rights and equity legislation, and has advised on policy positions and programming priorities. In addition to working directly with school board administrations, Gilary is the author of a community-based research project focused on amplifying the voices of Muslim students in public schools- the report that came out of this project has been used system-wide to inform teacher training and changes within the school boards across Ontario.
Gilary is driven by her own experiences as a black, immigrant, Muslim woman, and her practice is rooted, first and foremost in the community. She has a deep commitment to
creating institutional and government policies and programming that are informed by the people that are impacted the most.
Gilary has served as the equity officer for CUPE 1281, is a founding board member of the Black Muslim Initiative, an organization that supports the needs of community living at the intersection of Muslimness and Blackness. She sits on the board of the Parkdale Centre for Social Innovation, an incubator focused on developing the skills and networks of entrepreneurs who are living on the margins. Gilary holds a Masters in Leadership and Community Engagement where she completed a major research project entitled: Beyond Diversity Training: Road Map for Human Rights and Equity Organizational Change Work.
Our Team of Consultant
Pascale Diverlus is an award-winning community organizer, storyteller, communications specialist, digital strategist, and social justice educator. She is a co-founder and former lead organizer for Black Lives Matter -Toronto, the first international iteration of the Black Lives Matter movement. She brings to our team a wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting organizational transformation rooted in anti-oppressive frameworks, with a focus on unpacking and unearthing anti-Black racism, misogynoir, cissexism, and other systems of oppression.
Sara Mohammed holds a BEd in social justice and urban diversity and a Masters of Leadership and Community Engagement; she comes to our team as a policy and community engagement specialist with expertise in strategic planning and policy development in the non-profit and public sectors. Sara has spent over 10 years working with organizations to develop approaches to program development and evaluation that centre the voice of marginalized communities. She currently develops policy and community programming for Canada’s largest social housing provider. Sara is a first-generation Canadian of Indo-Caribbean descent. She lives in Toronto with her husband and her newborn son.
Diana holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Leadership and Community Engagement where her research explored the intersection of community engagement and equity in education, examining parental involvement and activism. Diana and has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector working directly with social grassroots movements and coalitions supporting their efforts in influencing policy with informed community–based research. To our team she brings a wealth of experience in research, policy design and development, inclusive design and, facilitation. Diana is Latinx, lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children and enjoys puzzle marathons.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Corey Scott, CESAR - Executive Director
Gilary was a fantastic presenter and facilitator that walked our organization through principles of equity, anti-oppression and power dynamics in a social justice environment. She was able to clearly articulate issues and frameworks with a limited amount of time and a team with various levels of experience. In a short period of time Gilary was able to connect theory to practice through scenarios and discussion questions.
I was particularly impressed by Gilary’s capacity and attention to understand a workspace and tailor a training and conversation on the workplace needs. Gilary is our go to presenter when it comes to issues of unionized workplaces, anti-Black racism and misogyny, and building healthy communication systems. Our team was extremely impressed by Gilary’s facilitation and we would strongly recommend Gilary as facilitator for future workshops
Loveleen Kang, Trustee Hub Coordinator
No matter what the request, Gilary Massa always exceeds expectations. She draws from her vast professional, academic, and personal experiences to enrich any conversation that she is part of. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise in successfully developing equity-enhancing projects and campaigns is an asset to any organization that she works with. Gilary’s passion for creating a more just world is infectious and creates an atmosphere where those who usually feel excluded - feel comfortable in joining the conversation.
Gilary Massa is Toronto’s best kept secret and exactly what this city needs for a more equitable future
Ixchel Bennet, York University-Seconded Faculty Member & Practicum Facilitator
Gilary Massa has been a guest speaker in my classes with pre-service teachers at York University. The class that I was teaching addresses equity, social justice, and Indigenous issues in education. Gilary's presentation focused on Islamophobia in schools, explicitly addressing teacher's biases, curriculum, current data, etc. She also provided teacher candidates (TCs) with resources to further learn from Muslim leaders and organizations. Her presentation style is very energetic, informational and down to earth! TCs and I learned so much from her and are forever thankful for her engagement in being comfortable in having courageous conversations. Tlazocamati! Thank you Gilary!