The interVivos Mentorship Society of Alberta (interVivos) provides a welcoming, respectful forum to openly discuss issues that affect our community, province and country’s current and future social, political and economic well-being. We're nonpartisan.
We bring together students and young professionals with Edmonton’s business, political and community leaders to develop the relationships and the skills to assume positions of leadership within our community. interVivos features a variety of events and programs to facilitate these connections.
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The Canadian Unity Council Young Leaders' Committee was formed in Edmonton in late 2003, the first of its kind in the country. Its main role was to facilitate the Young Leaders' Dialogue Series, which featured luncheons that brought together members of the business, political, and non-profit sectors with students and young professionals to discuss issues such as post-secondary education and Aboriginal concerns. The committee organized four of these events in both 2004 and 2005, and also played a role in the Canada Conference held in Edmonton in October 2005. These events were generously sponsored by EPCOR, Maclab Enterprises and Enbridge, with support from the Canadian Unity Council. In early 2006, the committee began discussing the possibility of expanding its mandate. Shortly thereafter, the federal government ceased funding to the Canada Unity Council. The members of the Young Leaders committee in Edmonton wanted to continue to provide an opportunity for Edmontonians to come together to discuss various issues and, in the process, create a stronger leadership presence in our community across all age groups. As a result, interVivos was launched in November 2006.
Zohreh Saher, President
Zohreh, interVivos President since 2009, was raised by penguins following a childhood boating accident. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta which she attended on a full football scholarship through an administrative error. She also obtained Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. At grad school, she learned that not all issues can be reduced to black or white.
Thereafter, she worked for four years as an associate at a public policy firm in Edmonton. The highlight of that job was making a PowerPoint for former Prime Minister Joe Clark. Currently, she works as a Policy Analyst for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. She enjoys swimming, despite the painful memories.
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Charlotte is a budding communications strategist and wannabe novelist. She joined the interVivos board in January 2013 upon moving back to Edmonton after stints in London and Camrose. She’s currently working on a Communication Studies degree after deciding that her Bachelor of Commerce degree just hadn’t been enough torture for her. She also sits on the board for Habitat for Humanity Camrose. In her spare time she enjoys drinking wine and puttering around in her garden like an 85 year old woman.
Rene Ziorio, Treasurer
With interVivos since 2012, Rene holds the position of Treasurer . Over the years she has developed a passion for matching up mentors and proteges. During the day, you can find her honing her project management skills as the Content Development & Delivery Manager for GO Productivity. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying a swim, a bike ride or killing it at crossfit.
Tyler Sherard, Vice President
Tyler is an arts administrator with a passion for event planning and relationship. His work connecting different audiences to art in Edmonton with Latitude 53 is what introduced him to interVivos in the first place. He recently was hired by the Friends of University of Alberta Hospitals to help manage the McMullen gallery and hospital art collections and looks forward to bringing his energy to a new context. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Alberta so he definitely knows how to make lots of things and likes karaoke acrobatic yoga and hip-hop dancing.
Yulia Korzhenna, Vice President
interVivos Vice President and a chair of Issues Committee, Yulia's been involved with the organization since 2011. She holds her Masters with Honours in International Relations and Foreign Policy from Lviv Franko National University in Ukraine. She came to Canada few years ago as an exchange student and fell in love with a handsome Canadian man. She then decided to make Edmonton her second home. Yulia is always keeping up to date on international news and policy trends. She spends her spare time enjoying Alberta's wildlife by biking or hiking.
Kassie is passionate about community engagement and social responsibility. She is an active volunteer within her community and a strong advocate for equitable participation of women in politics and government. Kassie has had the opportunity to to be in many leadership positions within Alberta, worked on political campaigns and has spoken at numerous events. Kassie currently works in communications.
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