About Us

Who We Are

The United Nations Association in Canada Toronto Region Branch (UNACTO) is a division of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) which is a historic, national charitable organization, established in 1946.


UNA-Canada is a founding member of the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA) and today holds its elected Vice-Chair representing global civil society.


UNACTO is dedicated to elevating the principles of the UN Charter and to accomplishing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through innovative programming. Our work is guided by three core principles: integrity, inclusiveness and compassion.

We believe in building a better tomorrow by engaging the youth of the Greater Toronto Area and in growing global citizens through knowledge of the UN and its initiatives.



The holding of public meetings either by itself or jointly with other organizations.


The designing and conducting of programs aimed at encouraging interest.


The preparation, collection and dissemination of publications and materials.


The raising of funds, including donations, to enable UNACTO to work effectively.


Staci Benny

Secretary & Treasurer

Shubdeep Randhawa

Board Chair

Irene Kashelsky

Board of Directors


Sharmin Hassaniani

George Lepine

Maria Marchyshyn

Melissa Perrier

Jean Pilaprat 

Amna Raza

UNACTO Operational Team

Director of Governance

Marya Salhab

Governance Coordinators

Chad Milbrandt

Amir Soltaninia

Partnership Officer

Harjas Grewal


Project Coordinators

Idil Omar

Impact Analysts 

Tehseen Rana

Arsh Randhawa

Sponsorship Officer

Sandeep Sharma

Director of Communications

Sharmin Hassaniani

Graphic Designers

Tariduni Hathurusinghe

Laila Zabaneh


Ali Shahrukh Pracha

Contributing Writers

Liz Harris

Dana Shamlawi

Angel Xing

Shatabdy Zahid


Social Media Coordinator 

Riffat Ali


Winston Tang