Current term concludes June 2023

Mohamed Huque, Chair

Mohamed has spent his entire career advancing social change, from grassroots organizations to global charities. He is presently the Director, Community Impact at Toronto Foundation where he mobilizes the organization’s vast philanthropic resources towards equity-driven priorities.

Previously, he was a strategy consultant advising some of the world’s leading NGOs on projects ranging from supporting LGBTQ+ groups in the Global South to establishing women-led co-operatives in rural Sudan. As a former nonprofit executive, he’s also led an advocacy organization to develop Canada’s first national reading strategy and a frontline social service agency that supports low-income communities. At the heart of all his work has been a commitment to justice and equity to ensure those closest to any social problem are centred when designing solutions.

In 2015, he was selected to be an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow at the University of Cambridge, specializing in social entrepreneurship. Beyond Amnesty, he serves on the board of the Inspirit Foundation dedicated to promote pluralism in Canada.

Current term concludes June 2022

Sarah Damberger, Vice Chair

Sarah has been involved with Amnesty Canada for more than a decade in a variety of volunteer, staff, and leadership roles. Based in Calgary, AB, she joined the organization in 2009 as a student activist and eventually hired part time after graduating as a Southern Alberta Organizer. Sarah then moved into the role of Local Organizer and joined the Fieldworker program before being elected to the Board in 2016. During her time on the Board, Sarah has been involved in several committees and liaison roles, including the Finance and Audit, Board Evaluation, AGM Planning and Evaluation committees and serving as youth liaison for the Board.

Sarah works as a change management consultant specializing in organizational design and transformation, stakeholder engagement, and communications planning. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary and is an active UCalgary alumna. She currently serves as a UCalgary Senator and volunteers with the Alumni Board and Faculty of Arts.

Current term concludes June 2022

Tara Vicckies, Treasurer

Working as a professional accountant (CPA CGA) in her hometown of Ottawa, Canada on the Algonquin Anishinaabeg lands, Tara has over 20 years of experience in various sectors and industries, including operating her own businesses. Through this varied work experience, she’s come to embrace the principles of ‘best practices’ and that employee satisfaction is at the essence of how successful organizations are run. With 9 years of Board experience with local not-for-profit organizations, she is most interested in supporting health care, education and inclusive community.  Tara sees her work as an accountant as a supporting role — taking care of the organization’s fundamentals of policy, procedures, processes and solid financials — ensuring resources are available to support the work with as few impediments as possible. As a long-time supporter of Amnesty, Tara was involved in organizing the first local Amnesty Yoga Marathon in 2006 and continued to be involved until it eventually became a national event in 2012.

Current term concludes June 2023

Sarah Koch-Schulte, Director

Based in Toronto, Sarah began her involvement with Amnesty in New York City in 2007. She has served in a variety of capacities from a staff role as Senior Major Gift Officer participating on the team leading campaigns focused on prisoners of conscience, to her current volunteer role as a Board Director. Sarah has collaborated with Amnesty leaders and activists from 20 sections around the globe and organized Amnesty projects involving CNN, Kerry Kennedy, Stephen King, Lincoln Center, Politico, Sotheby’s, Gloria Steinem, Sting, and Cornel West. Sarah sits on numerous committees aimed at strengthening Amnesty’s policies and strategies in Canada (English). She believes that Amnesty’s 400,000 activists, members and supporters in Canada are key.

Sarah has two decades of experience in human rights research and fundraising. She co-authored the book “Can Anyone Hear Us? Voices from 47 Countries” (Oxford University Press). Raised on a family farm on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba, Sarah strives to be a friend to the Indigenous community on Turtle Island. Sarah has designated Amnesty for a planned gift in her estate and encourages others to consider a current or planned gift.

Current term concludes June 2023

Agapi Gessesse, Director

Agapi Gessesse is an Award-winning change maker who was named a 2020 top Black woman to watch in Canada. Born and raised in Toronto to a refugee mother, Agapi’s commitment to mentoring marginalized youth stems from her lived experience, and belief in community development. 

Agapi has captivated audiences on local and national stages as a commentator on anti-black racism, workforce development and youth engagement. 

Agapi Gessesse serves as the Executive Director of CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, and lives in Toronto.



Current term concludes June 2022

Leanne Flett-Kruger, Director

 Leanne is Cree Métis. As a trailblazer for Indigenous women in the investment industry, Leanne became a licensed stockbroker and played an instrumental role in opening the first brokerage firm on a First Nation Indian reserve in Westbank First Nation in BC.

With extensive experience in Investment and First Nations Trust Development and Management, Leanne speaks at conferences such as the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association, the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, and the Pacific Business Law Institute. 

As Director of Indigenous Services at Jarislowsky Fraser Global Investment Management (JFL), Leanne works for First Nations and Indigenous peoples across Canada. Prior to joining JFL, Leanne provided Indigenous Trust and Investment Services and worked as Investment & Wealth Advisor for Brokerage firms. She holds a diploma in Community Economic Development from Simon Fraser University.

Leanne is a member of the Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents and is most proud of her children. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to be a foster parent to Indigenous children.

Current term concludes June 2023

Bruce McIvor, Director

Dr. Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is a partner at First Peoples Law LLP, a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous People’s inherent and constitutionally protected title, rights and treaty rights. His work includes both litigation and negotiation on behalf of Indigenous Peoples. Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada.

Bruce is dedicated to public education. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law where he teaches the constitutional law of Aboriginal and Treaty rights. His collection of essays entitled Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to Fix It will be published in the fall of 2021 by Harbour Publishing.

Bruce holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. His great-grandparents took Métis scrip at Red River in Manitoba. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.

Current term concludes June 2022

Geneviève Thériault-Lachance, Director

Geneviève Thériault-Lachance is a lawyer based in Quebec that specializes in corporate accountability. She is particularly interested in corporate’s ethics and the connection between corruption and human rights violations. She worked for several years in London for an organization that sought to bring justice to victims of corporate abuses in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to leaving for London, she practiced as a trial lawyer in Montreal. She appeared regularly before the highest provincial and federal courts. She also acted as a legal consultant for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where she drafted applications on behalf of victims and amicus curiae brief to ensure the protection of the rule of law in impeachment procedures in Latin America.

Geneviève has a Master of Laws (LLM), with distinction, from London University College (UCL), where she was the sole recipient of the Sir Frederick Pollock scholarship. She regularly writes legal blogs for the legal publisher Éditions Yvon Blais of Thomson Reuters, is a founding trustee of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) UK and a board member of the Quebec Human Rights League. 

Current term concludes June 2023

Elaheh Sajadi, Director

Elaheh has been volunteering with Amnesty since 2014, supporting the organization’s growth in many different capacities. She has written countless letters, marched for missing rights defenders, organized activism events, and facilitated conversations about Amnesty’s past, present, and future.

As one of the original members of the National Organizers program and the National Youth Action and Advisory Committee, she has and continues to work with incredible youth across Canada to further Amnesty’s prerogatives and ensure youth can mobilize and advocate on issues that warrant their passion.

In addition to her experiences at Amnesty, she has a background in fundraising and development. She has worked as a Fundraising Leader at Public Outreach, a Special Events Clerk for SickKids Foundation and currently works at Human Rights Watch Canada where she supports the office in its development and outreach efforts.

Elaheh holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree double majoring in Human Rights and Criminology. She is also attending the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, working towards her goal of becoming an international human rights lawyer.

Current term concludes June 2022

Laurin Liu, Director

Laurin Liu was a Canadian Member of Parliament between 2011-2015 and served as the youngest female Parliamentarian in Canadian history. While in office, she served as deputy critic for Environment, Science and Technology and International Trade and tabled multiple bills, including Bill C-409, for the automatic enrolment in the guaranteed income supplement for low-income seniors and Bill C-620, to expand health and safety protections for interns in federally regulated industries. She also pushed for a responsible and ethical foreign policy on various Parliamentary committees, including action on climate change, stopping the use of cluster munitions and arms exports to repressive governments, and ensuring the inclusion of human rights and environmental protections in trade deals.

For years, she has also worked for international philanthropies and NGOs, where she has played a behind-the-scenes role in strategic communications, supporting activists defending basic rights around the world and campaigns for international justice and accountability.

She holds a master’s degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. Raised in Montreal, Quebec, she speaks English and French.