The Anima Leadership team each have over a decade’s worth of experience working in North American and international contexts. We have developed expertise in areas as diverse as public sector programming; peace-building and conflict resolution projects; equity, diversity and gender issues; international development work; and personal growth trainings. Our innovative and interdisciplinary approach draws on elements of emotional intelligence research, neuroscience, quantum physics, psychology, social justice, experiential education and eastern spirituality.
Shakil Choudhury (M.E.S., B.Ed., B.P.E.), Senior Partner
Shakil Choudhury is a diversity and leadership consultant with more than 20 years experience leading and building teams locally, nationally and internationally. An award-winning educator and author, he specializes in anti-discrimination and equity issues, conflict resolution as well as emotional intelligence. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Europe and South America. Shakil’s book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them is now available for sale. For more about Shakil.
Annahid Dashtgard (M.Ed., B.A.), Senior Partner
Annahid considers herself an organizational therapist. She has a Masters in Adult Education specializing in organizational development and learning. She has over twenty years experience in the non-profit, public sector as organizer, educator and most recently consultant. Her passion is to help organizations bridge the gap between vision and reality, walk and talk, knowing how crucial this alignment is to organizational success. Annahid weaves together her background in psychology with adult education principles, organizational development theory, social justice awareness and body-mind practices to help people move out of whatever rut they’re in toward their full potential! She won’t just help you change, she’ll ask you to be the change. For more about Annahid.
Eddy Nason, Senior Consultant, Research and Evaluation
Eddy Nason is an experienced researcher, analyst, evaluator and manager with a decade of experience in research and public policy from think tanks, universities and private non-profit corporations. Eddy is well-versed in a wide variety of public policy issues and contexts in Canada, the UK, the US and Europe, and an acknowledged international expert in research evaluation. In his work over the years, Eddy has provided evaluation and policy research, support and advice on equity issues including youth justice, disability and independent living, accessibility and equity in the workplace. A dynamic thinker able to combine complex issues from varying disciplines to provide effective policy solutions, Eddy is committed to providing an evidence-base for equity and diversity issues. Eddy is currently the Assistant Director at the Ontario SPOR Support Unit, working to create a more patient-oriented approach to health research in Ontario..
Donna Todd (Masters Online Teacher Cert., B.F.A.), Associate, Online Learning and Facilitation
Donna enjoys using her passion for design, teaching, UX (User Experience*), and the latest technology trends to make a real and positive influence in the lives of others. Relying upon her 28 years entrepreneurial experience within the design field and 4 years as a continuing education instructor, she builds effective learning tools, online courses, and marketing collateral for companies and non-profit organizations. She is a co-organizer of Ladies that UX – London, Ont. Chapter, a group that aims to build a positive space for woman (and men) in the UX community to share, collaborate and build their skills. The group’s desired outcome is to bridge the gender/diversity gap in the industry and increase the amount of women and minorities working in the field, especially in senior and leadership roles.
*User Experience (UX) is the set of emotions that a person feels while interacting with a product. Whether it’s intentional or not, somebody makes the decisions about how the human and the product will interact. Good UX Design happens when the decisions made fulfill the needs of both the users and the business. At the end of the day, a person’s experience is what determines the success of the products, services and relationships created.
James Beaton (M.A., B.A.), Office Manager
James is a writer who has held a number of positions prior to becoming the Office Manager for Anima Leadership. James came to to Toronto to work on a PhD in Sociology after he completed a Master’s of Arts in Sociology at the University of Victoria focusing on the privatisation of education. He has worked as a researcher at both the National and Provincial level for the Canadian Federation of Students. James has worked with the Centre for Research on Work and Society as well as on the Gender Work database at York University. James brings administrative experience from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Education where he most recently worked prior to Anima Leadership. He plans to balance his work life at Anima Leadership with his creative writing which he hopes to develop over the next couple of years.
Victor Reyes (M.E.S.), Web Manager
Victor is an engineer by education, but has spent most of his professional career working for non-profits immersed in varied fields such as marine mammal conservation, environmental education, Aboriginal relations, diversity issues and international development. Several years ago, he discovered his passion for designing and creating websites and has not looked back since. He is also an avid runner and can be seen running around Toronto, fair or foul weather.
Associates – Europe
Christien Oudshoorn (Bachelors and Masters in Communication Sciences), Associate
Christien has been working with groups and individuals for almost a decade. She has a background in communication and a strong commitment to helping both youth and adults, find authentic ways of developing their leadership skills. She has been actively involved in designing and leading programs for integration and leadership in the context of Europe, Canada and Latin America over the past years. She has extensive experience in both the profit and the not-for profit sector. Participants describe Christien as committed, knowledgeable, respectful and engaging. They appreciate her ability to challenge in a way that is both stimulating and empowering.