At Mosaic Institute, we believe that everyone has a right to be free from prejudice & discrimination.
We equip people with the tools to dismantle prejudice in their own communities through four pillars:
Our office, located in Tkaronto/Toronto, is located on the ancestral and traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat (Wyandot), and Mississaugas of the New Credit.
Mosaic's team, distributed across what is now known as Canada, celebrates the ancestral and traditional lands of the Algonquin, Anishinaabe, Blackfoot, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat (Wyandot) Mississaugas of the New Credit, First Nations.
We amplify the voices of Canadians to inform policy changes that will provide equitable solutions to prejudices faced in your communities.
We conduct community-grounded research through our post-secondary fellowship and student research programs that identify prejudices experienced in Canada.
We facilitate meaningful conversations that centre core issues of prejudice in your communities through campus dialogues and informative panel discussions.
We develop innovative resources for educators, community leaders, students and policy makers to increase equity, diversity & inclusion.
Reached over 200,000 people in Canada and around the world
75+ undergraduate and graduate student interns
90,000+ people reached by UofMosaic Program
100,000+ people reached by Next Generation
10,000+ people reached by our public engagement initiatives
Won the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Community Award of Excellence (2012)
CharityVillage Awards Winner "Best Nonprofit Employer (Under 20 staff) Workplace Mental Health" (2021)
Mosaic Institute was founded in 2007 to train people of all ages to address the root causes of prejudice and become leaders for a more peaceful and just world. Over the past 15 years, we have:
Charity Village Awards Winner 2021
Best Nonprofit Employer (Under 20 staff) Workplace Mental Health
My desire to dismantle prejudice stems from my experience growing up in an Armenian family in Toronto, with my parents and sister. Because of the perpetrated mass atrocities and genocide against Armenians, and ongoing issues between modern day Turkey and Armenia, I was conditioned to dislike Turkish people. I saw the same prejudice among other ethnicities in my adopted country of Canada, where immigrants, in addition to the challenges of establishing their new lives, faced exclusion, at times subtle and at times overt.
A message from Vahan Kololian, the Founder and Board Chair of the Mosaic Institute.
As I matured and my world evolved, I eventually had a “lightbulb moment” where I knew I didn't want to hate Turks. I then wanted to do something that would help others in their journeys of understanding and societal change.
In the early 2000s, my wife Susie and I created dialogue groups between Armenian and Turkish university students in Canada and the United States. The unique nature of these initiatives eventually led to our creation of the Mosaic Institute in 2007. This was our way to contribute to a more peaceful, inclusive, and just society and to help others of all ages have their “lightbulb moments”.
This foundation of respectful dialogue is an essential part of who we are and how we go about our work today – focusing as well on education, policy, and training to offer tangible solutions and meaningful skill-building to advance social change. Mosaic has evolved over the last 15 years to become a leading voice with the know-how to help create a more equitable and prosperous society for everyone. These polarized and increasingly divided times we live in now make it clear that this work is more vital than ever.
Canada, comparatively, has stood as a beacon of inclusion in the world. Today, Canada is facing the tough truth about its past with Indigenous peoples, while at the same time maintaining a largely unchanged and potentially expanding immigration policy. To unlock the true potential of these efforts, imagine what we can achieve as a nation as we promote respect and inclusiveness.
We need to continue to work together. Thank you for doing what you can to dismantle prejudice.
We couldn't do this work without the support of our amazing donors. Thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity in supporting our mission of dismantling prejudice across Canada.
BMO Financial Group
Royal Bank of Canada
Griggs Family Foundation
Decision Point Research
Chadha Family Foundation
Aventine Investment Council
Debra & Barry Campbell
Susan & Laurence Dime
Louis & Maureen Favretto
Blake & Belinda Goldring
Carolyn Keystone & Jim Meekison
Bill & Sue Kidd
Vahan & Susie Kololian
Michael MacMillan & Cathy Spoel
Sasha & Michael McCue
Susan Ormiston & Keith Harradence
Abigail Shakespeare & Sarah Woodland
Dundee & Patricia Staunton
Michael & Jade Warf
The Honourable Senator Yuen Pau Woo
Kathryn Wyatt Cottingham