Join us for the QED Launch Event & Dinner on February 8th, 2017

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You are invited to join experts, academics and community leaders to hear about issues we address in the Ontario education and health care systems on a daily basis.

Join us as keynote speakers, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, President and Founder of the Al-Qazzaz Foundation, and Professor Turhan Canli, Founder of The Mind/Brain Centre on War on Humanity, speak about social cognition, war trauma, and healing.

At the launch event, QED will present its vision and planned projects in education and development.

Our programs are informed by researchers and those working on the ground with disadvantaged communities.

After a long and difficult journey, and their eventual safe return to Canada, the Al-Qazzaz family created QED (Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education and Development) in September 2016.

The organization quickly grew to include among its founders and advisors a group of prominent and well respected members of the community.

In collaboration with educators, community partners and stakeholders, QED aims to build relationships and foster coordination with like minded individuals and organizations in promoting shared values and positive social change.

Program details and speaker bios are presented below.

Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Venue: Mississauga Convention Centre, Salon A
Address: 75 Derry Rd. West, Mississauga

We would be honoured by your presence.

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QED Team

Speaker Bios

Professor Turhan Canli

The Refugee Mental Health Crisis and the Importance of Anticipating Individual Differences
After completing a Ph.D. in biopsychology at Yale University and a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive and affective neuroscience at Stanford University, Dr. Turhan Canli, joined the faculty of Stony Brook University as a professor of Psychology and Psychiatry.

Dr. Canli is an internationally renowned expert in psychology, neuroscience and genetics and is the Founder and Director of The Mind/Brain Center on War and Humanity.

His research aims to identify psychological and biological variables that predict mental health outcomes in response to experienced war trauma.

The center plans to use telemedicine to offer expert consulting services to medical professionals working globally with target populations.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Channeling Personal Struggle into Positive Social Change

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is the President of QED and an education consultant specializing in education technology and innovation in academic institutions.

As a Masters student at the University of Toronto, Khaled helped start The Orphan Sponsorship Program, The Students for World Justice Committee and organized interfaith events in collaboration with the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office.

In 2005, Khaled moved to Egypt and established an international school fulfilling his vision of positive social change through education.

During the Arab Spring, Khaled joined thousands of youth marching in Tahrir Square dreaming about Freedom and democracy for their country.

In 2012, he was appointed as the Foreign Relations Secretary of the Egyptian Government. During his year of service, Khaled established committees for human rights and women’s empowerment.

In 2013, with the rising political turmoil in Egypt, Khaled was forcibly detained without charge, and there began a long and difficult personal struggle.

After a successful advocacy campaign, and the active involvement of thousands of Canadians, and the Canadian government, Khaled returned to Canada in August 2016 and founded QED.

Mark Cameron

The Urgency of a Community Response to the Refugee Mental Health Crisis: Stories from Syria

Mark Cameron is an internationally certified Flight Paramedic and Professor with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center.

Mark is the Co-founder and Vice President of CIMRO (Canadian International Medical Relief Organization). CIMRO coordinates medical missions in Syria, helping with direct front line combat medicine, and training of doctors, nurses and paramedics.

CIMRO also provides clothing for children, supports hospitals, educational programs, and vaccination and chemical weapon response training.

CIMRO also coordinates missions inside China, Cambodia, and Guyana. Mark is the recipient of the Medal of Bravery, awarded to him by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.

Currently, Mark is enrolled in the prestigious Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Program at Harvard University.

Sarah Attia

From the Campaign to the Foundation: a Success Story in Community Mobilization

Sarah Attia completed her MASc at The University of Toronto, Faculty of Engineering. She spent over 10 years working on providing quality international education to children in Egypt as a principal, teacher and founder of an international school in Cairo, Egypt.

She has particular interest in curriculum development, character education and community building. Following her husband’s forcible detainment in July 2013 in Egypt, Sarah led a successful international campaign calling for his freedom.

After returning to Canada, Sarah co-founded QED and hopes to contribute to a better world by providing education solutions to developing and underprivileged communities and supporting families experiencing similar ordeals.

Sarah is also currently an education consultant developing programs for private schools in Canada.

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Q. What is the dress code for the event?
Business formal.

Q. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
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Q. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
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