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Special Guest Panel

Sheikh S. Y. M. Suleiman

Sheikh S. Y. M. Suleiman

As a Senior Corporations Field Tax Auditor with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), with well over 25 years experience in results driven, progress and career development, Sheikh Suleiman is also an Imam and a religious scholar in about 3 Mosques/Islamic centres where he leads the congregations and also teaches religious studies.

Sheikh Suleiman studied accounting and finance and obtained his professional qualifications both as a Certified General Accountant (CGA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is currently pursuing his MBA. He is a senior corporations’ field tax auditor and leads a team of auditors in conducting medium to large corporations’ tax audits.

He also studied Islamic Sciences in major renowned international Islamic Institutions (including the prestigious Al Azhar) and holds a postgraduate diploma in Jurisprudence.

Sheikh Suleiman currently also leads a project aimed at establishing a credit union for the Muslim community.


Ms. Amy Haynes

Ms. Amy Haynes

Amy Haynes is a biracial/Black mother of two, an Artist, an anti-oppression Activist, Podcaster, and a Master’s student at the Vancouver School of Theology. She is also a candidate for ordained ministry with the United Church of Canada.

Amy began her working life in the hospitality industry. Throughout a fifteen-year career, she worked her way up through the ranks as a hostess, barista, server, bartender/mixologist, manager, and finally a restaurant consultant and trainer. During this time, she honed and refined inherent gifts for empathy and communication. In the fast-paced, guest-oriented hospitality industry she learned tenacity, the value of hard work, the integrity of service, and mental flexibility. It is here that she was also able to come to terms with what it is to be on the margins and thus often overlooked and underestimated. This is something she experienced in an intersectional way because of her gender, race and class, and led her to reflect on the stereotypes associated with persons in the hospitality industry.

Skills in being observant and empathetic were learned as a child, improved on as a young, working adult and an integral part of her call to service.  She also trained as a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practitioner. During her training she started a family, becoming pregnant with her first child, while studying and treating patients in conjunction with their primary care physicians. She appreciated the integrative nature of acupuncture as it is based in a cosmology of the Tao, which in its foundation is understood to mean “the way”.  Because of this work, she came to embrace a deep conviction that we are not separate, discrete beings but integrated: body, a mind, a soul, and we are not separated from creation, one another, or our Creator.

She loves hiking, bird-watching, poetry and is excited to start painting classes. In addition, she is interested in womanist theology, pneumatology, and doing work that feeds her soul and contributes to a world that points to the glory and abundance of God.

Ms. Julie Smith

Ms. Julie Smith

Julie Smith - grew up in Upper Hammonds Plains but now resides in Middle Sackville with her husband Cyril who she has married to for 31 years. They are blessed to have a beautiful adult daughter.

She is now retired from the Provincial Government after working there for 30 years in the Insurance division as an Administrative Assistant/Claims Officer. Since her retirement, which will going on 5 years, she has been working with Primerica Financial Services on a part-time basis as a Division Leader, providing financial services and solutions to families. In the last 2 years, she has returned back to working for the Provincial Government, on a casual basis, as an Executive Correspondence Coordinator for the Premier’s Office.

She is s faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church: The Meeting Place in Upper Hammonds Plains under the leadership of the well renown, dynamic and charismatic Senior Pastor, the Reverend Dr. Lennett J. Anderson.

She is grateful to have served in many leadership roles such as Deacon, Chairperson of the Finance Team, Chair of Women of Influence and many more ministries.

Sis. Julie is a God-fearing woman who lives her life through one of her favourite scriptures, “as we(she) walk by faith and not by sight”. As a woman of faith and action, she loves to serve and to do the work of the Lord. She strives to live a life pleasing to God and displays her faith daily by showing others God is real. He also loves to encourage people and takes advantage of every opportunity, and over the last 3 years, she has been doing this on Sunday mornings on Facebook live.

She is always grateful and humble to be used by God and to bring glory to His name.

Paul Callaghan

Professor Paul CallaghanDirector, Manning School of Business

Professor Paul Callaghan is the Director of the Manning School of Business, Acadia University.

He teaches Business Analytics Modelling

His research interests are:  Management of Technological Innovation, Operations Strategy, New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Project Management and New Product Development

Katherine Morton Richards

Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology

Katherine Morton Richards

Assistant Professor Katherine Morton Richards lectures in the Department of sociology, Acadia University.

She teaches courses on:

Fall 2022
Writing in the Social Sciences
Ethnic & Race Relations
Class, Gender, Indigeneity, Race
Writing in the Social Sciences

Her research and teaching interests are:

  • settler colonialism
  • colonial violence
  • social theory
  • sociology of culture
  • memorial and cultural heritage
  • gender and sexuality
  • gendered violence
  • race, ethnicity, and identity
  • social justice
  • power, law, and settler colonial societies
Hassouna Moussa

Professor, Department of Economics
Hassouna Moussa

Professor Hassouna Moussa is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Acadia University.

He teaches courses in

  • Economic Development
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • International Finance
  • Advanced and Graduate Macroeconomics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Manpower and Employment
  • Econometrics

His research interests are Financial Structure and Economic Development