who we are

HER Startup is a joint venture between the Syrian Canadian Foundation and Jumpstart Refugee Talent. HER Startup aims to empower refugee women by providing them with the opportunity to own and operate their own business ventures. Participants are provided with training, access to mentors and business consultants, funding, as well as an incubation period in order to sustain their startups.

SCF works to empower newcomers and people of diverse backgrounds through cross-cultural exchanges within Canadian society. SCF engages with partners and volunteers to build welcoming communities and culturally customized services for Syrian newcomers and other diverse communities.

Founding
Partners

Jumpstart Refugee Talent is a refugee-led organization that exclusively serves refugees seeking meaningful employment. Jumpstart began as an organization focused on working with Syrian newcomers in Toronto and has since grown into serving refugees from all backgrounds across Canada and works to address underemployment inclusion.

Founding
Partners

SCF works to empower newcomers and people of diverse backgrounds through cross-cultural exchanges within Canadian society. SCF engages with partners and volunteers to build welcoming communities and culturally customized services for Syrian newcomers and other diverse communities.

A refugee-led organization that exclusively serves refugees seeking meaningful employment. JumpStart began as an organization focused on working with Syrian newcomers in Toronto and has since grown into serving refugees from all backgrounds across Canada and works to address underemployment inclusion.

Meet The Team

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Marwa Khobieh
Executive Director, Syrian Canadian Foundation
Malaz Sebai
Malaz Sebai
Director of Operations, Jumpstart Refugee Talent
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Mustafa Alio
Managing Director, Jumpstart Refugee Talent
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Jasmine Hawamdeh
Project Manager, HER Startup
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Menahil Nauman
Communications Coordinator, HER Startup
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Rahima Paiman
Project Coordinator, HER Startup
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Rand Al Jammal
Director of Programs and Communications, Jumpstart Refugee Talent

Our Experts

Our Advisory Board

Darrell Pinto’s previous experience spans both large global corporations and startups, for-profit and not-for-profits. He grew up in the Middle East and besides Toronto, he has worked in London, New York and Shanghai so has developed a good handle on inter-cultural communication. In his roles he has had to communicate with very diverse stakeholders: media, the public, regulators, senior executives, governments, boards of directors, investors, academics and students.

Darrell Pinto

Danielle Graham is a Principal at Dream Maker Ventures, the first Canadian Venture Capital Fund founded by people of colour and women, focused on investing in diverse, underrepresented, underestimated entrepreneurs. Previous to DreamMaker, Danielle oversaw the Market Readiness Fund, Ontario’s most active seed-stage investment fund.

Danielle Brewin Graham​

Omar is the Chief Client and Product Officer at Bonfire Interactive. He has built the Client Experience department from a team of one to a dynamic group of 20+ team members comprised of client success managers, implementation specialists, support agents, and trainers. The team has consistently delivered industry-leading customer experience; achieving NPS scores of 70+, retention rates of 98%, and consistent net-negative churn rates.

Omar Salaymeh​

Questions?

If you have any questions, or wish to learn more about the program, please reach out to the HerStartUp team: herstartup@syriancanadianfoundation.ca.