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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Standing Committee


Dr. Sinead Earley


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Andrea Rishworth


Andrea Rishworth is a Research Associate in the Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment at the University of Toronto Missisauga. Her background is in health geography and her research centers on global environmental change, migration and health inequities and gender and health. 


Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Ackom

Dr. Emmanuel Ackom’s work intersects energy transitions, bioenergy, climate action and urbanism with a special interest in marginalized societies.  He integrates academic scholarship with 11 years of policy experience from the United Nations (UN) - where he was a Senior Scientist - to promote sustainable communities.  He critically examines sustainability challenges and develops solutions that are distributive and fair.   He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.


Dr. Craig Coburn

Dr. Craig Coburn is a broadly trained physical geographer with research interests fundamental aspects of remote sensing science. Dr. Coburn is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Lethbridge. He has served the CAG for decades through the Western Division serving as President and Secretary/Treasurer and as an elected Councillor on the CAG Executive. Dr. Coburn is committed to forwarding the goals of the EDI committee to ensure that all geographers have an opportunity to engage in our discipline by creating an environment that respects diversity and inclusion.

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Asma Khanani

Asma Khanani uses her creative background to explore relationships between health, identity and place. Her research and creative work draws heavily on relationship, storytelling and connection to place, and her approach encourages decolonizing approaches to research marginalized and gendered experiences of displacement and resettlement. Asma’s current research seeks to narrate and humanize displaced women’s experiences by detailing the relationships between place-making, creativity and resiliency. She is a health geographer and PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario.

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Sohail Majoka

Sohail Majoka(he/his) received his B.A and M.Sc. from University of the Punjab, Lahore. Where he specialized in Human Geography and his areas of interest are Political and Economic Geography. He served as Lecturer Geography at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) Lahore for 13 years and was part of Pakistan Geographical Association there as well. After immigration to Canada, he is associated with University Canada West and Alexander College, Vancouver as geography sessional faculty ,his research interests are ,Socio-political dynamics of religious minorities situation in South Asia and Canadian cultural diversity and challenges to new immigrants.

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Dr. Sheika Henry

Sheika Henry is an interdisciplinary Geographer who uses Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and stakeholder engagement methods to address socio-environmental and climate change issues to aid in the building of resilience capacity development and sustainability of key resources. She obtained a PhD in Geography from the Federal University of Parana in Brazil and conducted Postdoctoral Research at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada. Sheika has worked as an Instructor at The University of Winnipeg and as Assistant Professor at Brandon University (where she is currently employed). Sheika is a champion for EDI initiatives and the disintegration of systemic barriers in education in general. 

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Yihang Zhang

Yihang Zhang is currently pursuing a master's degree in Nature Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research explores the possibilities of virtual tourism and its opportunities to enhance both visit experiences and accessibility in Tumbler Ridge, northern BC. Before moving to Canada, Yihang worked in technology as a User Experience and Operations Manager with accessibility in mind. As a professional woman with minor disabilities, she has actively championed diversity and equity, demonstrating a solid commitment to fostering an environment that values and respects all individuals.

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