Meet our Team
ELISA HATEGAN – Executive Director, Program Facilitator
Elisa is an author, public speaker, journalist and Regional Coordinator for Central Canada and the United States for Against Violent Extremism (AVE), a global network of former extremists and survivors of extremist violence. As a teenager, Elisa was the inspiration behind the 1998 CBC film White Lies, which starred Sarah Polley as Elisa and reached millions of viewers. Her story has since been published in the bestselling 2014 memoir Race Traitor: The True Story of Canadian Intelligence’s Greatest Cover-Up.
Elisa is a renowned public speaker, educator and subject matter expert on anti-racism initiatives, extremist political movements and terrorist recruitment tactics. She has been interviewed by CBC, CTV, CityTV, BBC, Global TV, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Metro News, Macleans, National Post, Newsweek Magazine, Now Magazine, Xtra, Vision TV, Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Jewish News and various international media. She has been featured globally in numerous press features and documentaries, and appeared as a keynote speaker for Toronto City Hall, LGBT, Jewish and community groups, high schools and universities across North America.
Elisa is a co-founder of the Changemaker Project and the founder of a Toronto LGBT writers’ group. Her articles have appeared in prominent newspapers such as Canadian Jewish News and NOW Magazine, while her poetry and prose have appeared in prominent literary journals such as The Fiddlehead, Grain Magazine and CV2. She is a multiple grants and awards-winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.
A magna cum laude University of Ottawa graduate with a double major in Criminology & Psychology and a creative writing facilitator, Elisa has provided art workshops to teenagers and female prison inmates and is dedicated to promoting artistic expression in the community, particularly among low-income women and at-risk youth.
Tracy Lamourie – Director, Program Facilitator and Media Rep
Tracy Lamourie is the President and Creative Director of Lamourie Public Relations & Marketing. In that world, she represents clients as diverse as politicians, entertainment figures, newsmakers, ethical businesses and not for profit groups whose aims she supports.
Tracy knows how to work both sides of the media – in the mid nineties she was co-host of 89.5FM Toronto CIUT’s “Uppercut”, along with husband Dave Parkinson and others; more recently, she and her husband co-hosted and produced weekly news and community segments that aired on television in the Southwestern Ontario market before her return to Toronto. She’s worked at various times as a television host, television producer, and radio host. Tracy and her work has also been featured on television broadcasts as varied as CBC’s The Fifth Estate, Court TV, A&E, CTV, and more across North America.
She’s also a human rights and social justice activist with a long history of work on various international and local issues. She has advocated on behalf of the rights of Canadians imprisoned abroad, she has organized actions in support of the LGBT community that made international media, and she has been involved in advocating on behalf of medical marijuana patients. She was instrumental in unionizing one of the first call centres in North America – and is well-known on the international stage for her work in prisoner justice issues, wrongful convictions and fighting the death penalty. She is a Director of the Canadian Coalition Against The Death Penalty, which she co-founded in 1998.
Claudia Ferryman – Director, Programs Developer and Workshop Facilitator
A recipient of the University of Toronto Excellence in Teaching Award, Claudia is an instructor at the University of Toronto and Managing Director of a national learning and development company. Claudia is a passionate advocate for social justice, community and organizational development and is a director of the Changemaker Project. She brings a wealth of knowledge on effective communication, conflict resolution, leadership training, and adult and youth education. She has over 20 years of experience working directly with non-profit organizations, school districts and youth organizations – developing and facilitating learning and development programs in communication & negotiation, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and leadership development.
A graduate of Organizational Psychology from York University, Claudia is certified in Project Management, Behavioural Analysis, Psychometrics Assessments, The Leadership Challenge, Compassion Fatigue and Open Space Technology Facilitation, and has direct, hands-on entrepreneurial and management experience in creating cross-functional teams though various business and corporate roles.
As a curriculum and program developer, Claudia has developed over a hundred courses and programs for universities, colleges and school districts. She is passionate about creating and implementing practical tools that are easy to learn and apply, and that allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their environment, self-leadership and stress reduction, improved ways of self-expression and conflict management, and greater success in their endeavours.
She is the author of the bestselling communication textbook The Communication Chameleon.
Coming Soon – List of additional workshop facilitators and program managers