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Join CIFAR on Nov.23, for an exclusive conversation with our new President and CEO Stephen Toope and journalist Angela Saini. They will discuss Saini’s latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, and explore how race science and created race hierarchy still affect ideas, policies, and systems in society and the economy.


  • Welcome from CIFAR’s VP, Communications, Hannah Yakobi
  • Overview of EDI at CIFAR with CIFAR’s Head of EDI, Ekua Quansah
  • In Conversation: CIFAR’s President & CEO Stephen Toope and keynote speaker Angela Saini
  • Questions from the CIFAR community

If you have a question for Angela or Stephen, please submit it by November 18 to edi@cifar.ca.

Race & Research will be hosted virtually and is free to join. CIFAR will be providing live closed captioning as well as ASL interpreters.



Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author, and broadcaster. She presents radio and television programs for BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, Prospect, The Sunday Times, Wired, and National Geographic.




Stephen Toope OC, FRSC, LLD is President & CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Previously, he served as the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first non-UK national to hold the post. He was also Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, President of the University of British Columbia, President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and Dean of Law at McGill University.



Ekua Quansah holds a B.A. (Hons.) in African Studies and Sociology and an M.A. in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the University of Toronto, as well as an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009. In 2021, she was named one of the Top 25 DEI Persons of the Year by The Canadian Multicultural Group.




Hannah Yakobi is Vice-President, Communications at CIFAR. An award-winning communications executive, she has spent the last 22 years driving transformational change at organizations in Canada and abroad. Yakobi’s past career highlights include Public Policy Forum, Plan International Canada and Canadian Cancer Society.