WHAT IS UNLEARN.?

unlearn. is a powerful tool that challenges individuals to think about their unconscious biases.

WE EDUCATE

Our workshops help participants to explore various equity issues and examine how they can be reinforced by the media, their experiences and their relationships.

WE'RE A HUB​

We have created a resource developed to help educators and managers create a path to identity and eliminate discriminatory practices. We strive to empower everyone to have transformational dialogue about equity and human rights.

PROGRESSIVE DESIGN​

We create thought-provoking designs and workshops that provoke thought and inspire positive change around important social issues and strives to start global dialogue.

ABOUT US

Team unlearn.

Abhi Ahluwalia

Founder & CEO

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Abhi Ahluwalia

Founder & CEO

With Sikh roots in Punjab, India, Abhi was born in Leicester, United Kingdom to parents born and raised in East Africa Uganda.  In 1974, Abhi’s family emigrated to Canada and settled in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Abhi Ahluwalia is the founder of unlearn. Abhi is also the co-founder and past president of YOUCAN, Youth Canada Association. YOUCAN is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building a culture of peace among youth.  Abhi is the recipient of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award and the Anne and Ed Mirvish Achievement Award which recognizes individuals that have made a significant and innovative contribution towards eliminating racial prejudice and discrimination in our society.

Carine Clemente

VP of Operations

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Carine Clemente

VP of Operations

Equity and inclusion are central themes in Carine’s life. During her career as an Environmental Engineer in companies such as Bosch, Unilever and Siemens, Carine was responsible for the implementation of management systems, stakeholder relations and team management. She had the opportunity to work with a number of different cultures while leading inclusive practice and policy. Aligning her professional and personal background; Carine currently works to support operations with unlearn. Her style is open and engaging. Carine is focused on breaking down barriers and encouraging critical thinking to inspire positive change.

Ravi Ladwa

Creative Manager

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Ravi Ladwa

Creative Manager

Ravi is a Pre-media Professional with over 15 years of experience in the Retail Print and Digital pre-media space. Previously working with Sleemans Brewery, Scholastic Canada, The Home Depot, Staples and The Hudson Company, Ravi has a keen eye and ear to the retail creative space. Ravi believes that we should all do our part in making this world a better place and standing up for equity and social justice.

Paul Smith

Web Developer

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Paul Smith

Web Developer

Paul is a Software Engineering Technology student at Conestoga College with a BA in Art History. He’s passionate about arts, technology and how those two spheres intersect in the digital realm. He believes that an openness to being wrong and healthy skepticism are the keys to a brighter future

Mohammed Najarali

Communications Specialist

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Mohammed Najarali

Communications Specialist

Mohammed attends/graduated from the University of Waterloo for Arts and Business, majoring in Legal Studies with minors in Economics and Political Science. He enjoys a variety of sports and has a terrible sense of humour. Mohammed is grateful for his role at unlearn which involves promoting products and services that help create and inspire positive change around the world. 

Holly Phipps

Graphic Designer

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Holly Phipps

Graphic Designer

Holly is a graduate from the Bachelor of Design program at Conestoga College. She’s passionate about equity and social change and uses design to communicate meaningful messages. She loves the creative process and believes great design is strategic and purposeful.

Catherine Cardino

Graphic Designer

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Catherine Cardino

Graphic Designer

Catherine is a graphic designer from Edmonton, Alberta. She’s a Digital Media & IT graduate from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology specializing in Visual Communications. She believes keeping an open mind is essential for continued learning and personal growth in design and other aspects of life.

Samantha Zimmerman

Graphic Designer

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Samantha Zimmerman

Graphic Designer

Sam is a graduate from the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts program at The University of Waterloo. She’s passionate about human rights and using design as a way to promote social and environmental change. She appreciates thoughtful design and believes that with storytelling and creativity, we can help change the world.

Livia Karklins

Graphic Designer

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Livia Karklins

Graphic Designer

Livia is a graduate from the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts program at The University of Waterloo. She loves creating designs that are able to positively impact her community and the world. With her passion for human rights, she loves to create digital illustrations that evoke thought and tell stories. 

Riann Kempt

Graphic Designer

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Riann Kempt

Graphic Designer

Riann is a high-energy, passionate, creative, and detail-oriented self-starter. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, event management, web design, marketing and brand management. She has excelled in coordinator, brand ambassador, and team lead roles where she has led innovative and impactful marketing strategies. 

She has experience in a wide variety of industries including education, associations, small to medium businesses and the not-for-profit sectors where she has strengthened her attention to detail, communication, and ability to adapt to diverse work environments and situations. 

Riann’s educational background includes business entrepreneurship, event management, and brand management and she’s pursued additional training in graphic design, social media strategies, google analytics, web design, and photo editing. In her spare time, she enjoys helping others live a fulfilled life through sustainable healthy living while inspiring others through leadership and business. For fun, you can find her dancing in the studio, hiking in the mountains, on the beach or cuddling with her cat Mr. Sir Charles Odin Winston. 

Erica Blesa-Novatio

DEI Specialist

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Erica Blesa-Novatio

DEI Specialist

An education professional for almost 20 years, she is excited to have joined the team at unlearn. Based in Toronto, Erica grew up in Ottawa, with strong ties to her Spanish and Italian settler heritage. She earned a B.A. from Carleton University, and both her B.Ed. and M.Ed. from OISE/UofT; her research focused on sociology and equity studies in comparative international development education.  A lover of travel, cultural connection, and art, Erica engages fully – no matter the activity. Her commitment to improving the learning ecosystems of marginalized youth and to her own lifelong (un)learning is demonstrated in her centering participants’ voices and experiences, deeply engaging with challenging perspectives. When not working to inspire change, you can find her meandering through urban and natural landscapes or sweating it all out on the dancefloor.

Anisha Oza

Customer Service Assistant

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Anisha Oza

Customer Service Assistant

Ashina is currently in school for social work. The work unlearn does has truly impacted the way she thinks and she’s so glad to be a part of a team that is making a real difference. She believes it’s critical to teach the importance of accepting people for who they are. Anisha is committed to making the world a more accepting and understanding place, one small step at a time.

Hanieh Khoshkhou

Training and Development Specialist

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Hanieh Khoshkhou

Training and Development Specialist

Hanieh has 16 years experience as a senior instructor, curriculum and program developer and project manager in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors in Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec and internationally in the Middle East, Oman. As an educator through and through, she believes in constantly making a difference in the face of injustice and inequity. She also holds a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto.

Devonna Munroe

Training and Development Specialist

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Devonna Munroe

Training and Development Specialist

Devonna is a Multidisciplinary Artist and Educator from Scarborough, Ontario, with Guyanese roots. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and was actively involved in her community as a performer, mentor and activist. Devonna earned a Master of Education from Brock University, where she specialized in the social and cultural contexts of education. After earning her teaching certification from York University, she launched her career with the Toronto District School Board. As a classroom teacher, she blended her passion for equity, performance arts and mindfulness to provide meaningful learning experiences for her students. Committed to their well-being, she challenged herself to address her biases to see the gifts in every child she served. Devonna enjoys creating spaces of love and respect wherever she goes. She strives to honour her ancestors by showing up authentically and actively invites others to do the same.