Board of Directors

Yasir Naqvi

Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Yasir Naqvi

Yasir Naqvi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), Canada’s leading voice on citizenship and inclusion. Prior to joining the ICC, Mr. Naqvi served as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for almost 11 years, representing a downtown, urban, and diverse community in Ottawa, Ontario. In that time, he served as the Attorney General of Ontario, Government House Leader, the Minister of Labour, and the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Mr. Naqvi is a lawyer, and has served as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and a guest lecturer at Carleton University. A first-generation Canadian, Mr. Naqvi is recognized by his peers as a strong community leader. He is the 2019 recipient of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award from the Law Society of Ontario. He is married to Christine McMillan, and is proud of his children, Rafi and Elliana.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Danya is a passionate volunteer and philanthropist in our community. She is currently the Emerging Generation Division Campaign Co-Chair for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Annual Campaign. She has been an active fundraiser for local initiatives, serving as the Sponsorship Lead for ConnectOttawa’s inaugural young professional networking event and raising money for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation through the Ultimate Run for Men’s Cancer and the EPIC Walk for Cancer Care. She has also volunteered on multiple provincial and federal political campaigns. Danya’s family received the United Way Community Builder of the Year Award in 2014.

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