Upcoming ICC AGM 2023: Agenda and Instructions

The upcoming Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) annual general meeting (AGM 2023) will be held online on April 9, 2023, at 1:00 pm ET. A video call link to attend the meeting will be shared with the members through email in future communication. The agenda of the meeting is as follows:  

  • Call to order  
  • President’s report  
  • Treasurer’s report and review of the 2022 financial statement
  • Q&A   
  • Announcement of the board election results    
  • Adjournment  

Please note that an election is also held for the seven available seats on the board of directors of the ICC. The election will be held by online voting which has started on Sunday April 2nd, 2023 and will end on April 9th, 2023, at 2:00 pm. The election will be conducted through a platform called Electionbuddy and you have received an email from Electionbuddy with instructions for voting.   

The nomination window for the upcoming election was closed on March 23rd, 2023, at 11:59 pm ET and the following candidates (ordered alphabetically) will run for the upcoming election:  

You can find information about the candidates by visiting the above links as well as watching this introduction video 

Thank you for being a valued member of the ICC.  

Iranian Canadian Congress

جلسه معرفی نامزدهای هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا برای مجمع عمومی سال 2023

ویدیوی کامل جلسه معرفی نامزدهای هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا برای مجمع عمومی سال 2023 در تاریخ یکشنبه 2 آوریل


بیانیه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در مورد اتهامات بی پایه و تعرض به فرایند انتخاباتی دموکراتیک این نهاد

اکثریت اعضای هیات مدیره کنونی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در انتخاباتی که آزادترین، دموکراتیک ترین و گران‌ترین انتخابات یک نهاد اجتماعی در جامعه ایرانی کانادایی بود و تحت نظارت قاضی بی طرف کانادایی برگزار میشد، انتخاب شده اند. 

اما در طی دوسال گذشته،‌ گروهی با انگیزه های سیاسی از طریق انتشار انواع اتهامات و اخبار بی اساس در حال گمراه کردن اعضای جامعه نسبت به این نهاد بوده اند. اکنون این گروه با زیر پا گذاشتن اصول دموکراتیک، خواهان تعیین تکلیف دستوری برای کنگره ایرانیان کانادا شده اند. غافل از این که عضویت در این نهاد برای عموم باز و غیرگزینشی بوده و تک تک اعضا با داشتن حق رای مساوی در انتخاب اعضای هیات مدیره و تعیین سرنوشت و جهت‌گیری کنگره نقش بازی می‌کنند. 

هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا ضمن رد تمامی موارد مطرح شده به اطلاع میرساند که کنگره ایرانیان کانادا یک نهاد کاملا عضو محور با شیوه ای کاملا دموکراتیک بوده و در چهارچوب اساسنامه خود فعالیت می کند. عملکرد کنگره در راستای خدمت به جامعه ایرانی  کانادایی در سال های اخیر، از جمله فعالیت هایش در حمایت از دادخواهی خانواده های قربانیان پرواز اوکراینی، بیش ازهر چیزی گویای رویکرد هیات مدیره کنگره است،‌ نه فرضیات و ادعاهای بی پایه.   

اکنون نیز جمعی از اعضای کنگره ایرانیان کانادا برای عضویت در هیات مدیره این نهاد داوطلب شده اند و روند انتخابات این سازمان مطابق اساسنامه و قوانین، به دموکراتیک ترین روش و بر طبق روند سالیان گذشته برگزار خواهد شد.   

لذا افراد امضا کننده بیانیه منتشر شده را دعوت به احترام به اصول دموکراتیک و آرامش کرده و برای تمامی اعضای جامعه ایرانی کانادایی آرزوی سربلندی و موفقیت داریم. 

هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا 

Introduction of AGM 2023 candidate Dr. Arezou Khadir

Saïdeh (Arezu) Khadir was born in Tehran in 1970. At the age of five, her family migrated to Montreal in 1975, where she received her primary and secondary education. Subsequently, she was admitted to the University of Montreal medical school, where she graduated and obtained her specialization in Family Medicine in 1998.
Ms. Khadir has been interested in social and political issues since her university days, during which she volunteered to spend a stage period in Bolivia, assisting homeless and underprivileged young people. Following her graduation, she became a founding board member of the Québec Physicians for Medicare (MQRP) and a board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. Since then, she has remained actively engaged in numerous social and political activities, participating in various organizations, such as Physicians for Global Survival (PGS), Collectif Échec à la guerre, and Mouvement Québécois pour la Paix, while concurrently practicing Family Medicine.
Ms. Khadir's involvement with the Iranian community dates back to 1998 when she became an active member of the Iranian Center for Cultural and Social Collaboration. In 2016, she became involved with Norouz Land, a social and cultural organization dedicated to encouraging peace and cultural collaborations between the countries that celebrate Norouz as their official new year. From 2016 until the present, she has been involved with the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), with her main objective being to promote peace and prosperity for her motherland and to encourage peaceful transformations in Iran while respecting the integrity of Iran and the rights of its citizens. She once stated, "Deep in my heart, there has always been a special place for my country of origin and the Iranian community here in Canada."

Introduction of AGM 2023 candidate Mona Borghei

Mona Borghei is a Montessori teacher in Victoria British Colombia. 

Mona graduated from Allmeh Tabatabai University with a Major in Persian Literature, which was her passion. She worked as an editor at Amir Kabir publishing institute for a few years and worked at different schools as a teacher.

Mona immigrated to Canada in 2008. She decided to follow her dream of working with young children and obtained a certificate in Early Childhood Education in Montessori.

Mona loves children and believes that children and young people can make big changes not just in their communities but also globally. Children are the only hope for humanity to secure a better future.

As an Iranian-Canadian who has dedicated her professional life to educating children and building a better future, Mona strives to help Iranian Canadian children stay connected to their cultural roots and work toward a better and brighter future.  


منا برقعی معلم  مونتسوری در ویکتوریا کانادا است.

همیشه عاشق فرهنگ و ادبیات فارسی بود و تصمیم گرفت این علاقه را در دانشگاه دنبال کند. بعد از فارغ التحصیلی از دانشگاه علامه طباطبایی، در انتشارات امیرکبیربه عنوان ویراستارمشغول به کار شد.  همزمان تدریس در مقاطع مختلف آموزشی را دنبال کرد.

در سال 2008 به کانادا مهاجرت کرد و از آن زمان، با اشتیاق کار با کودکان را انتخاب کرد.

 کودکان را تنها سرمایه و راه نجات بشریت در آینده  می داند و معتقد است که با آموزش ارزش های انسانی و تمرین آن ها در دوران خردسالی، شاهد آینده ای زیبا ترخواهیم بود.

کودکان مهاجر ایرانی پلی میان فرهنگ ایران و کانادا هستند.منا به عنوان یک ایرانی کانادایی که زندگی حرفه ای خود را به آموزش کودکان اختصاص داده است امیدوار است که بتواند در زمینه رفع مشکلات خانواده های ایرانی و دشواری هایی که تفاوت های فرهنگی ایجاد می کنند، گام های سازنده ای بردارد تا کودکان ایرانی با حفظ ریشه های فرهنگی بتوانند آینده روشنی در پیش رو داشته باشند.



Introduction of AGM 2023 candidate Dr. AmirHassan Ghaseminejad

I, Amir-hassan Ghaseminejad-Tafreshi, am a faculty member at School of Business at Capilano University. I have taught News Media, the Public, and Democracy, Political Communication, as well as research methods courses at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and computer science, machine learning, and business courses at other universities. 

As a researcher at SFU, I have developed statistical and process models of criminal justice system, have participated in healthcare modeling; and have researched the impact of broadband Internet on rural and remote communities in BC. My publications are about society and technology interrelationships, voting systems, citizen engagement in democracy, media effects, modeling social systems, science and technology studies, and high dimensional data analysis. I received my PhD from the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at SFU in 2019. I have a Master’s in Computer Hardware, and a Bachelor’s in Electronics, both from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. 

My civic engagement includes public lectures on the theories and practices of democracy for Canadian and Iranian communities in Vancouver, and I have advocated for proportional representation as the voting system in BC.  

I believe in seeking win-win solutions in international rivalries among regional powers and superpowers, and the formation of closer economic relations while respecting and understanding social realities through establishment of closer economic and cultural interchange. Use of diplomacy (instead of coercion) encourages solidarity, peace, fairness, and integration. I advocate this strategy as the moral path to solve the injustices within societies and worldwide. I believe that expansionism of military blocs and use force in the multipolar world that is being formed can have undesirable consequences of separation of inhabitants of this tiny planet, reduction in peaceful production, and a decline in cooperation among the humanity to solve fundamental challenges we face. 

While creating an environment of intimidation and threat has been used by various political players to silence the diversity of opinion, freedom of expression is one of the fundamental requirements of democratic discourse in a healthy public sphere. I believe that observations during the past year have shown that one of the most urgent roles ICC should play for Iranian-Canadian community is to provide the missing platform for practicing peaceful, respectful, realistic, and rational dialog among the community members with diverse ideological goals.  

I believe, as a Canadian, I should not invite other countries to interfere with Canada's political affairs; and as an Iranian, I should not invite other countries to interfere in Iran’s political affairs. The Iranian Canadian Congress, which is a Canadian institution, must protect the interests of Canadian Iranians and try to facilitate their performance, and solve their problems, in Canada. Given that the names of the members of the congress are public and that ICC is not registered as a political organization, it should remain non-partisan regarding political issues within Iran or Canada; and let the political institutions pursue those endeavors. 

Introduction of AGM 2023 candidate Laleh Rouhani

As an expert and savvy businesswoman, with an MBA degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management, I can bring strong, solid and focused organizational and communicational skills to ICC.

As a director of the board I would like to not only serve the Iranian community but also create a better and stronger relationship for the community with the government of Canada.

I have strong ties with Iran and our culture and would like to engage our community and make a positive impact in representation of the Iranian Canadians while having their interest as a top priority.

Introduction of AGM 2023 candidate Narges Jamali

I have studied IT and worked as a Freelance Web developer. Recently I join to a well-known Retail Company. 
I've been living in Canada since 2017. Since I arrived in Canada, I have dedicated part of my time to volunteer work. I have volunteered in youth programs and in several immigration society organizations.
I have strong ties to our culture, and I like to focus my volunteer activities on Iranian immigrants and help them to improve their situation in Canada. Therefore I decided to nominate myself.

Introduction of AGM 2023 candidate Arvin Zokaie

With more than decades of experience in Iranian Canadian community and as an active entrepreneur in engineering research and industry, I believe that I can contribute to the organization's efforts in achieving goals and promoting positive progress.
I understand the importance of engaging with diverse communities, and I am committed to ensuring that their voices are heard and their needs are addressed.
Furthermore, I am well-versed in the issues affecting Iranian Canadians, including the challenges that come with navigating the complexities of living in a new country while maintaining a connection to one's cultural heritage. I find myself eager to work with the ICC to address these issues and to find solutions that will benefit all Iranian Canadians.
In conclusion, I am honored to submit my nomination for a position on the ICC's board of directors. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute my skills, knowledge, and passion to the organization and to work alongside fellow board members.

Introduction of AGM 2023 candidate Mona Ghassemi

Currently employed in the software industry, Mona Ghassemi received a Master’s of Cultural Anthropology from Concordia University for ethnographic thesis work regarding gender issues within the Iranian-Canadian community. Living in Montreal since the age of two, Mona has been actively involved in the Iranian community there for many years.

Mona spent two years on the Board of Directors of QPIRG Concordia, gaining experience in consensus-based decision-making. Their experience as a peer support volunteer at the Centre for Gender Advocacy, including a one-year training period in active listening and workshops on topics such as racism and indigenous solidarity, increased their perspective and empathy. Mona has also volunteered as the Montreal host for #BecauseWeveRead, an international book club started by Iranian-American activist Hoda Katebi, which included outreach to the Iranian-Canadian community. Mona has also had several media appearances where they have taken a position against war and foreign influence in Iran.

Mona is passionate about anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia, dialogue and bridge-building within the community, and solidarity with other racialized and marginalized groups in Canada.  

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