Ayla is a social entrepreneur and spoken word artist. Growing up in Toronto, Canada, Ayla had strong feminist role models: her mother, an endocrinologist who fought for equal pay, and her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor without formal education who insisted on working while raising a family. Ayla grew up in a Jewish household and attended Jewish day school and summer camps, which is where she got her strong sense of morality and dedication to social justice. At McGill University, Ayla studied philosophy and women’s studies, developing a passion for combating gender-based/sexual violence. As training coordinator at McGill’s Sexual Assault Centre, she led trainings on consent and systemic oppression. Ayla spoke out against athletes’ sexist behavior by publishing a widely-read article, discussing sexual violence prevention training strategies with the sports administration, and leading campus presentations on rape culture. While working towards her M.Sc. in health, community and development at the London School of Economics, Ayla became increasingly passionate about combating health inequalities and investigated the barriers transgender youth face when trying to access health services. Her research was published in the academic journal Health and Social Care in the Community. After returning to Toronto, Ayla co-founded CANVAS Arts Action Programs (CANVAS), a nonprofit that uses arts programming to educate on gender, sexuality, consent and body image. CANVAS aims to create a culture free from sexual violence, homophobia, and transphobia. Ayla coordinates program development, organizes public promotion, oversees evaluation strategies, and leads organizational growth. Through innovative arts programming, Ayla inspires youth to prepare for real-life scenarios and has created a powerful platform for social action projects.