Bayanihan at Work

Introducing our third panel… Bayanihan at Work! In this eponymous theme panel, we present our passionate speakers: Chaya Ocampo Go, Dr. Leonora C. Angeles, Paul Jonathan Saguil and Ms. Petronila Garcia.

Moderated by Karla Atanacio.

Chaya Ocampo Go is a transnational Filipina scholar working in the field of critical disaster studies and social-ecological justice. She served as a former humanitarian worker at the wake of super typhoon Haiyan. Her doctoral dissertation examines the politics of community-based disaster management as practiced by grassroots women leaders in the Philippines. A short film series on Chaya’s case studies can be viewed here:
Dr. Leonora C. Angeles is the National Pilipino Canadian Cultural Centre president and an associate professor at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and the UBC Social Justice Institute. In addition, she’s president of the Canadian Council on Southeast Asian Studies.
Paul Jonathan Saguil is Deputy Head of TD Bank Group’s Sanctions Compliance and Anti-Bribery / Anti-Corruption Program as part of the Global Anti-Money Laundering Department. He previously practised as Senior Counsel in TD’s Legal Department and at Stockwoods LLP. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and various regulatory bodies. He received his Hons. B.A. (Philosophy) from York University in 2004 and LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007. Before being called to the Bar of Ontario in 2008, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honourable Justice Phelan of the Federal Court. He is a member of the Board for the Ontario Justice Education Network and the 519 Community Centre; past Chair of the Law Society of Ontario Equity Advisory Group and of the Board of Directors for Start Proud; and served on the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for the GTA.
Ms. Petronila P. Garcia is a career diplomat with the rank of Chief of Mission I who has served the government for 40 years. She previously served as the Philippine Ambassador to Canada from January 2014 to September 2020, becoming the first female Philippine Ambassador to Canada. She also served as the Philippine Ambassador to Israel from 2007 to 2011 and the first woman Ambassador assigned by the Philippines to an Arab country, with concurrent jurisdiction over Sudan from 2004 to 2007, amongst a diverse and numerous resume. Ms. Garcia joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1981, after passing the Foreign Service Officer’s examination.


Karla Atanacio is a policy assistant, community organizer, and writer who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A 1.5 generation Filipino-Canadian immigrant, Karla preserves Filipino culture through her work as the Cultural Affairs Director at the Filipino Canadian Students’ Association (FILCASA) and the Human Resources Director of Aksyon Ng Ating Kabataan (ANAK) Inc. She was a cabinet minister at Youth Parliament of Manitoba and now engages in a range of policy issues in her work as a Program and Policy Assistant with the Government of Manitoba. She leads the Young Liberals of Canada-Manitoba’s engagement strategy and advocates for students as a Student Life Ambassador with the University of Winnipeg Student Association. 

Karla is currently in her 2nd year of International Development Studies at the University of Winnipeg.