Award Presenters 2021
Anita Sharma is a national television news anchor for CTV’s prime time program, seen nationally from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
The live newscast focuses on issues of the day including politics, business, current affairs, and of course, the pandemic.
Anita started her career with Bell Media in 2016, working for all three news networks: CTV News Channel, CP24 and BNN Bloomberg, where she hosted Canada’s most popular business news program, Market Call Tonight – a daily deep-dive into the stocks/companies making headlines.
Anita started her journalism career in 2001 as a national network news anchor for CBC Television, hosting business news on the national, network morning news program. She also anchored the provincial newscast in New Brunswick on behalf of CBC Television. Anita has interviewed news makers from around the world including heads of state, finance ministers and global business leaders.
Community is very important to Anita. Her parents immigrated to Canada from Punjab, India, instilling in Anita a deep sense of pride for her parents’ homeland and the way of life they created for Anita and her siblings in Toronto.
Anita speaks fluent Punjabi, has working knowledge of French and makes a point of staying connected through community events and social media to ensure the news her team delivers daily is what matters most to viewers.
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
The Honourable Maryam Monsef was first elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha.
Minister Monsef is a dedicated community organizer, a former Peterborough mayoral candidate, and a co-recipient of the YMCA’s Peace Medallion.
A passionate volunteer, Minister Monsef has sat on the boards and committees of several high-profile organizations. She was the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough and Haliburton Board of Directors, and a former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group as well as the New Canadians Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions.
Minister Monsef was also the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, which has successfully raised over $150,000 to date to help support women in Afghanistan.
Minister Monsef has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.
Anita attended York University, majoring in political science and languages.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, cycling, and travelling – when allowed to do so!