Canada’s Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia

Amira Elghawaby

Amira Elghawaby is a journalist, an expert on issues of equity and inclusion, and a human rights advocate. A frequent media commentator, she has delivered keynote presentations and workshops to a wide variety of audiences.

Ms. Elghawaby currently works as Director of Strategic Communications and Campaigns at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and is a contributing columnist for the Toronto Star. Prior to this, she held communications roles in Canada’s labour movement and at the National Council of Canadian Muslims, where she helped promote the civil liberties of Canadian Muslims and worked on issues of human rights. She started her career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she worked and freelanced as a reporter and associate producer over the span of 14 years.

Ms. Elghawaby has extensive experience supporting initiatives to counter hate and promote inclusion, including as a past founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and a past board member at the Silk Road Institute. She has served two terms as Commissioner on the Public Policy Forum’s Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression. She currently sits on the National Security Transparency Advisory Group, an independent, arms-length committee that advises the Deputy Minister of Public Safety.

Ms. Elghawaby holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism and Law from Carleton University.


The Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia serves as a champion, advisor, expert, and representative to the Canadian government, for the purpose of enhancing efforts to combat Islamophobia and promote awareness of the diverse and intersectional identities of Muslims in Canada.

The mandate for Canada’s Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia is multifaceted and includes:

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