Umeeda Umedaly Switlo is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur and community activist with more than 15 years of marketing and event management experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. She works as outreach officer for Western Canada and Western US for the international development organization CUSO-VSO. Her international experience includes working in Rwanda with disability groups.
Ms. Switlo’s NGO experience includes the Canadian Cancer Society, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Barkervillle Heritage trust where she served as CEO. Her previous positions also include: Director of the Vancouver International Storytelling Festival and Taste of Health, Co-Producer and Business Manager for the New Music West festival, and Executive Producer for the opening of the World AIDS Conference. She founded and operated the largest privately owned childcare facility on the North Shore and a central ticketing agency for concerts and community events ,Community Box Offices. She has managed Canadian recording artists and served as executive producer for several albums.
Born in Uganda, Ms. Switlo moved to Canada at the age of 16, and began her career in marine biology, following studies in this field at University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. She worked for the Ministry of Environment and federal Fisheries. She has volunteered her time to community organizations such as the Ugandan Cultural Society of BC, the Re-Generation Youth Music Festival and Conference, North Shore Arts Commission, the North Shore Environmental Task Force, Habitat Acquisition Trust and North Lonsdale Ratepayers Association. Umeeda is an Ismaili Muslim.