Meet the Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

Manvi is an MSc candidate in Public Health & Health Systems with a research focus on climate-related health risks, a published scientific researcher and a guest lecturer on Environmental Racism and Justice. She was recently an expert reviewer on the Federal government report on climate change & health.


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MANVI BHALLA
(She/Her)

DIRECTOR, SECRETARY & CO-FOUNDER

Janaya is a co-founder of Shake Up the Establishment and a member of the Board of Directors. She has her BA in Art History from the University of Guelph. Currently studying to be a teacher, she hopes to bring the same SUTE-inspired passion and energy to the classroom.

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JANAYA CAMPBELL
(She/Her)
DR. KOMIL BHALLA
(She/Her)

DIRECTOR & TREASURER

Dr. Komil Bhalla received her dental degree (B.D.S.) in 1997 and completed her Masters in Prosthodontics in 2001, both at GDCH Ahmedabad, in India. She then obtained her D.D.S. degree to practice Dentistry in Canada at the University of Western Ontario, in 2007. Dr. Komil Bhalla has also been certified by the University of Toronto in Moderate Sedation for dental procedures. Together with her husband, the Drs. Bhalla opened their dental offices, MM Family and Sleep Dentistry, in 2007. Over the years, Dr. Bhalla has continued to maintain her deep interest in empowering women and increasing representation of women of colour in leadership. As a business owner, she puts community at the heart of her work and often holds events benefitting the health & wellbeing of children and families.

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

CHRISTINA DI CARLO
(She/Her)
Head of Research
JOHN O'CONNOR
(He/Him)
Head of Media and Design
SAMANTHA CASEY
(She/Her)
Head of Funding and Outreach

RESEARCH TEAMS

SCIENCE 

With the guidance and foresight of our Department Head, Christina, our Science Team works diligently and collaboratively to research and provide factual reports on the ever-changing global climate crisis. Their work supports the development of educational resources and keeps our Learning Centre up to date. Find the team’s recent fact-based articles here.

ROSE ​DUNCAN
(She/Her)
Science Team Lead
HOLLY GIACOMODONATO
(She/Her)
Science Content Researcher
ISAAC BELL
(He/Him)
Science Content Researcher

POLITICS 

Department Head Christina Di Carlo leads the conscientious change-makers who make up our Politics Team. This active team works tirelessly to keep you updated on all things concerning climate in the Canadian political space. By maintaining a non-partisan stance, their work aims to help keep voters informed while holding politicians accountable for their platforms and actions. Read some of their work here

ANNA HUSCHKA
(She/Her)
Political Content Researcher
MEAGAN PARMASSAR
(She/Her)
Political Content Researcher
RACHEL HOWLETT
(She/Her)
Political Content Researcher

MEDIA & DESIGN TEAM

Our Media and Design Team is responsible for keeping you up to date and informed on all social platforms. Led by John O'Connor, this creative group consistently provides accessible, inclusive, and aesthetic content to help disseminate all things climate science.

Check it out on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook! Send them an email here.

MARY DADA
(She/Her)
Media Content Designer
ALENA BLANES
(She/Her)
Media Content Designer
UDESHI​ SENEVIRATNE
(She/They)
Media Content Designer

FUNDING AND OUTREACH TEAM

Lead by the effervescent Sam Casey, SUTE’s Funding and Outreach team develops and maintains our community partnerships, while ensuring SUTE has the resources necessary to continue our mission. From grant writing and community fundraisers to creating partnerships with multi-national organizations, these women work diligently for us and the climate. You can support their work here.

STEPHANIE ROSEN
(She/Her)
Outreach Team Lead
MEGAN ALLEN
(She/Her)
Outreach Coordinator

Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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