We are an entirely Student run non-profit with a dedicated team constantly moving us forward. Get to know the driving force behind the aegis vision, our executive.
Founder & President
Adam studies Peace Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. While his research interest focuses on the Qatari migrants’ working conditions, he has participated in multiple projects surrounding the treatment and abuse of workers across the gulf. Former work experience at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, developing business unit strategies, has equipped him with an analytical and strategic toolkit that has been instrumental in defining Aegis’s approach to organizational development, growth and expansion.
Jordan is currently studying Economics and International Relations at the University of Toronto. His interests lie in incentive structures as they affect working conditions, specifically in South-East Asia and the Middle East. Following his interest in working conditions. He has taken a lead role in several Toronto-area not-for-profits. His previous experience with project-management in the not-for-profit sector will assist aegis as it continues to expand across the Gulf region.
Denys is a thoughtful and innovative Computer science student at the University of Toronto. He is a nationally ranked debater and has worked in the tech industry for three years, designing and developing mobile applications. His ability to problem solve, lead by example and analyze situation from many perspectives will serve Aegis in current and future operations. Denys is also an avid participator in sports and is sometimes funny.
Research & Development
Emily Thorburn-Winsor is a National Biology Scholar studying Life Sciences at the University of Toronto with a concentration in the social impact of health science. Emily has extensive experience in research projects such as assisting in two of the “Spatio-Temporal Targeting and Amplification of Radiation Response” lab’s projects. Emily provides insight into the structure and design of the cooling vests, their biological impact, and how to maximize their positive health impacts.
Benjamin Rudolph is studying Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He is responsible for the design and management of Aegis's online and social media platforms. Ben has professionally designed a host of websites for clients under his company Distilled Designs. He works on an array of projects ranging from logos to brand design and website creation.
Darby is currently studying Political Science and Criminology at the University of Toronto. She was born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E. where she witnessed on a day to day basis the struggles migrant workers face in the Gulf. Darby brings to Aegis her knowledge of companies in the Gulf, as well as her strong interest for improving health and safety conditions for workers worldwide.
Graphic Design & Social Media
Sophie is currently going into grade eleven at Iroquois Ridge, is particularly interested in economics and human rights, and debates regularly as a hobby to promote her understanding of global issues. Having had previous experience in web graphics within her e-commerce site and work for other organizations such as Legally Inc. and StudWoe, she looks forward to making graphics to promote Aegis' cause.
Calahan studies Linguistics at the University of Toronto, is interested in identity and sociolinguistics, works with research in modelling of discussions for software engineering, designs for the web, and has interned with ParseHub: a Toronto-based startup for innovative data mining software. With aegis, he works on gathering and analyzing data about workers issues in the gulf leveraging his experience with web scraping. Cal can also speak Old English (the language from 540–1066) and writes about it sometimes!
Darcy studies International Relations as a Loran Scholar at the University of Toronto’s Trinity College. Darcy has an extensive background in volunteering and the non-profit sector including founding the St. John’s High School Social Justice Coalition in 2013. The coalition was responsible for the donation of close to $25,000 to local charities. Due to his substantial experience in the non-profit sector, Darcy is well versed in the areas of event organization and fundraising.
Stanley is a student of International Relations and History at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Within the North American Model UN circuit, he has won several awards for his team as a delegate on top of having served as a chair and co- conferences director for his university. He writes for Synergy: The Journal for Contemporary Asian Studies and enjoys playing the piano for his college. Since he likes to reach out to people to talk about cooperation and collaboration, he hopes to engage with the wider community interested in addressing social issues.