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Who  We  Are

The New Humanity Initiative's work is centered on respect, action, empathy, mindfulness and engagement in developing the next generation of leaders in 'Our Home and Native Land' across all sectors through our guiding principles:


  1. We believe that equity, access and fundamental human rights are cornerstones of a democratic society.

  2. We build an engaged community that values respect, integrity and an ethic of service in serving our communities to engender well-being, self-actualization and achievement.

  3. We build on the energies of leaders who are passionate about community engagement and foster open dialogue, collaboration, and truth.

  4. We build sustainable futures for people through civic engagement, ownership and responsibility to engender equitable community actions.

  5. We engender shared sense of duty through a commitment to collaborate to deconstruct systemic barriers to inclusion by collective empowerment of individuals through professional practice, growth and development.

Meet The Team


Hugh Anthony, PhD

Co-Chair & Head of Strategy, Culture and Inclusion

The New Humanity Initiative®

Hugh Anthony is a storyteller, speaker and strategist who is a tri-sector athlete with professional engagements and experiences in higher education, not-for-profit and the services sector.  Prior to being part of the leadership team at The New Humanity Initiative® he was a Teaching Faculty at Ryerson University, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and the University of Waterloo. He also served as Executive Director for a regional non-profit organization in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Dahlia Bateman

Corporate Secretary, The New Humanity Initiative

Lawyer, Bateman Law P.C.

Dahlia is so committed to giving back to several causes that she was recently inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society, presented by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Induction into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society requires an alumnus or alumna of the school to have made significant contributions in areas such as non-profit or charitable organizations, the legal profession, and their communities.

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Dave D’Oyen

Director, TNHI

Dave is the National Lead at Export Development Canada for Black exporters. He is currently a Fellow, Schools of Cities, University of Toronto Leading Social Justice Initiative.  Prior to joining Export Development Canada, Dave worked as the  Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Corus Entertainment, the City of Toronto, Shopify and the Independent Street Checks Review, which examined Ontario’s regulation on street checks or carding, as it is sometimes called. 

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Sharon Barnes-Simmonds,

Director, TNHI 

Sharon Barnes-Simmonds, CPA, CGA, FCCA, MBA is passionate, driven and caring. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Action Against Hunger, Canada a global organization that eradicates hunger and fight poverty on a world wide scale.She is a qualified accounting professional with a penchant for giving back, Sharon has worked in the for-profit and non-profit sectors for more than 15 years. Her senior-level experience has taken her to organizations such as the Region of Peel, the Toronto International Film Festival and Children Believe.

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