Meet the Anti-Racism
Data Committee

On September 23, 2022, the Province announced the 11 members, including the chair, of the Anti-Racism Data Committee.

Committee Members

June Francis LLB, PhD

Committee chair, Co-founder, Co-Laboratorio (CoLab Advantage Ltd.) and Director of the Institute for Black and African Diaspora Research and Engagement, Cofounder of the Black Caucus at SFU and an Associate Professor in the Beedie School of Business at SFU

Francis is an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion for racialized groups. She is chair of the Hogan’s Alley Society, whose mission is to advance the social, political, economic and cultural well-being of people of African descent through the delivery of housing, built spaces and programming. She is also director of SFU’s Institute for the Black and African Diaspora Research and Engagement, whose mandate is to strengthen the links between scholarly research, policy and practice related to multicultural and diaspora communities and their role in building innovative, sustainable and inclusive initiatives. Her research focuses on the intersection between racism and the academy and markets and marketing, diversity, inter-culturality, leadership and participatory engagement approaches and community impact, Covid-19 with vulnerable and excluded groups as well as the advancement of non-traditional intellectual property law, including traditional knowledge related to community well-being and cultural and human rights.

Shirley Chau

Associate professor, school of social work, UBC Okanagan

Donald Corrigal

Cultural wellness manager, Métis Nation BC

At Métis Nation BC, Corrigal is responsible for liaising with the health-care industry on a variety of issues, including the implementation of the In Plain Sight report, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report, and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action report. He has worked in environmental public health since 1976 and worked with various committees in the B.C. Interior during the COVID-19 pandemic on issues of access and discriminatory and racist incidents at COVID clinics.

Marion Erickson

Research manager, Health Arts Research Centre

Erickson is a Dakelh woman from the community of Nak’azdli and is a member of the Lhts’umusyoo (Beaver) Clan. Erickson also is a master of education candidate at Thompson Rivers University and earned a bachelor of public administration and community development from the University of Northern B.C. Erickson is currently serving on the B.C. Health Regulators Indigenous Student Advisory Group and has served on the trust development committee for the Nak’azdli Band and the City of Prince George Student Needs Committee.

Daljit Gill-Badesha

With more than 25 years of senior leadership in the non-profit and public sectors, Gill-Badesha brings expertise in executive management, research, knowledge mobilization, and policy development for children and youth, seniors, immigrant and refugee settlement, and accessibility and inclusion portfolios. She has developed award-winning, large-scale initiatives and strategies for long-term community planning and led changes in policies to make data collection and reporting more accessible within local government and add accountability measures on data related to racism and hate.

Jessica (t’łisala) Guss

Ellen Kim

Equity and inclusion consultant

Originally from Korea, Kim has worked with governments, businesses and not-for-profit organizations with a focus on anti-racism. She co-leads a grassroots collective of Asian women who collect, analyze, track and share community-sourced data on anti-Asian racism and its impacts. Prior to this, Kim spent 10 years working in community development and frontline social service delivery with global communities experiencing injustice.

Zareen Naqvi

Director, Institutional Research and Planning, Simon Fraser University

Naqvi completed her PhD in economics at Boston University and worked as an academic and international development professional at the World Bank. She leads the equity, diversity and inclusion data working group at SFU and co-chairs the data governance council and other related projects. She is passionate about improving data access to ensure vulnerable groups are well represented in public services and higher education.

Smith Oduro-Marfo

Lead author and researcher, Black in B.C. report

Oduro-Marfo holds a PhD in political science from the University of Victoria. His area of academic interest since 2016 has been in issues of privacy, data protection, surveillance and identification systems. He is the lead author and researcher for the Black in B.C. report funded by the B.C. government and released in February 2022. He has been on the advisory committee for Ending Violence Association of B.C.’s anti-racism and hate response program and is a member of the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee.

Jacqueline Quinless

Sukhi Sandhu

Co-founder, Wake Up Surrey; master’s student, diversity, equity and inclusion, Tufts University

Sandhu is a community activist and a founding member of Wake Up Surrey, a grassroots community organization formed in 2018 in response to increasing gang violence and targeted shootings involving South Asian youth. He has spearheaded the group’s outreach by participating in more than 150 meetings with all levels of government, policing authorities, community stakeholders, educators, mental health experts and victim families. Sandhu also has many years of experience in global sports management.