Who We Are

Eagles of Tomorrow

 

Board Members

Rahael Koshy JalanRahael received her PhD in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. She arrived in Canada in 1983. Rahael has designed and created programs at the postsecondary level to help Aboriginal students gain access to math and science based careers and professions. She created the “Math Yes We Can” program and the “Language of Mathematics” workbooks to help increase graduation rates of Aboriginal students from high school with Academic Math.

Pradeep JalanWith a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and a Ph.D in Finance from the University of Alberta, Canada, Pradeep has acquired strong technical and management skills over the course of a varied career that spans more than 35 years. He is able to view the issues relating to education, social and economic development with a critical eye that is attuned to the values that prevail in developed and developing nations. He served as a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross for 18 months as the Finance & Administration Delegate overseeing the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC, Geneva) refugee operations in Uganda.

Kory WilsonKory Wilson is a Lawyer and the Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives & Partnerships at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Kory is a descendant of the Musqamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples and comes from a long line of political leadership. Her father is Chief Bill Wilson and her sister Jody Wilson-Raybould was BC AFN Chief and is now the Justice Minister of Canada.

Ashok AbhyankarAsh Abhyankar is a Management consultant and Business Advisor. Ash graduated from IIT Bombay in Engineering, received his Master’s degree in Saskatoon. He is a graduate of IBM’s advanced Executive Management Development program at Harvard University. His 40+ year career spans senior management positions at IBM across North America, AT&T Canada, Business Development roles at Teldon, ecMarket, Burntsand and Fujitsu in Vancouver. Currently he is on two not for profit boards.

Prof. George Bluman George Bluman is Professor and former Head of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. He was a Vice President and Chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS). He received the inaugural PIMS Education Prize (2000) and the CMS Adrien Pouliot Award for outstanding achievement in mathematics education (2001). He has given over 125 math workshops to BC students in about 75 BC elementary and high schools. He has served as an appointed member of the BC Ministry of Education Board of Examiners. George Bluman is the author or co-author of five mathematics books. Three of his books have also been published in China.

Alexandra BellaAlexandra Bella is a recent graduate of UBC's Dual Degree Program in Math and Education. Her interest in supporting Aboriginal students in math education began when she was placed in 8J/9J Alternative Learning Program classroom by Dr. Jalan. There, Alexandra became involved as a math tutor, eventually branching out into the main school's First Nations Success Club as well as the Summer Math for Aboriginal Learners course hosted at the Native Education College.

Former Board Members

Melissa VanvlietMelissa is a teacher at the Outreach Alternative Program for Aboriginal Youth in grades 10, 11 and 12 at Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver. This is Melissa’s 5th year teaching the “Language of Mathematics” program. She has also taught at the Summer Mathematics Camp created by Rahael Jalan and hosted by the Native Education College.

 

Eagles of Tomorrow Africa

Vimbai NyatsamboVimbai grew up in Johannesburg, moved to Cape Town in 2004 to study at the University of Cape Town and has a Post Grad degree in Social Development. Vimbai writes: “In my second year at UCT, the reality of what life is hit me. I was placed on this earth to fulfill a purpose. This lies in being an individual who helps create opportunities that allow people to live lives that they value. My hunger for self-development and empowerment made me realize that my purpose is to extend what I got from my opportunities to those who don’t have access to the same.”

Tshiamo MolefeTshiamo has a Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise Mangement from the University of Cape Town (“UCT”) and also holds a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (“WITS”). Tshiamo writes: “I am a budding entrepreneur with a keen interest in not only creating wealth for myself, but also inspiring those around me to realise their capabilities and the opportunities that surround them. I aim to bring together young like-minded individuals and ultimately help to build networks across the African continent. Through these networks, the potential that the continent has to offer can be unleashed and we can inspire others to learn more, dream more and become more. I, personally, am inspired by Africans as a people and the spirit and potential of the continent and I believe that Africa’s ‘rawness’ is one of its unique selling points for positioning within the global arena.”

Ntabiseng NcholuNtabiseng has over 8 years' working experience in both the legal and financial services environment which has enabled her to build-up an understanding of compliance management. Ntabiseng writes: “Before joining Leaf Capital as a Compliance Officer, I worked for various Investment Banks and Asset Managers in South Africa and London including, Investec, Merrill Lynch, HSBC and the Bank of New York.”

Jessica BoehrsJessica has been working as an actress for over 20 years now. Based in Munich, Germany, she took over the role of the wedding-planner in the movie series called „Kreuzfahrt ins Glück“, which is taking place on the well-known „Traumschiff“. She has played in programmes like „Der Bulle von Tölz“, „SOKO 5113“, „Sturm der Liebe“ and „Rosamunde Pilcher“. In addition, she showed her comedic talent in „The Marco Riema Show“ and „Zack! Comedy nach Maß“. With Dreamworks‘ movie „Eurotrip“ she gained international success, alongside Matt Damon and Michelle Trachtenberg. Alias „Fat Lucy Munich“ she currently establishes her works as a photographer in the street art scene.

 

To offer the “Math Yes We Can” program in schools or communities, contact us

In Canada: info@eaglesoftomorrow.ca

In Africa: vimbai@eaglesoftomorrow.co.za