Solange Guberman is an accomplished civil servant, businesswoman, public speaker and author whose career has spanned many years and served many respected organizations in Canada and around the world. Frequently recognized for her commitment to justice, human rights and education, Ms Guberman’s story reflects in many ways the struggles and triumphs of skilled and ambitious immigrants who succeed in making a better life in Canada—for themselves, and for the people around them.
Solange Guberman is an accomplished civil servant, businesswoman, public speaker and author whose career has spanned many years and served many respected organizations in Canada and abroad. Frequently recognized for her commitment to justice, human rights and education, Ms Guberman’s story reflects in many ways the struggles and triumphs of skilled and ambitious immigrants who succeed in making a better life in Canada—for themselves, and for the people around them.
Solange Guberman arrived in Canada with her family in March of 1960, after fleeing from Stalinist Romania. Her parents, whose values centered around civic duty, integrity, hard work and the pursuit of higher learning, inspired her to go to McGill University, where she earned a University Scholarship in 1963 and graduated with a B.A. in Honors for French and Italian in 1968. A year later she would earn her M.A. from McGill as well, eventually going on to complete a PhD at Washington University in 1975 and her Post-Doctoral work at Aix-en-Provence in France in 1976.
Guberman’s education in languages helped to pave the way for the next stage of her career, which she spent as the founder and chief administrator of the CAMLI Corporation. Beginning in 1987, the CAMLI Corporation provided consulting services on electronic language training tools to many school boards, universities and private institutions. The technological expertise Guberman would develop through her work with CAMLI would eventually lead her back to Romania in the late 1990s, when she became a high-level NATO Director. Working on several significant Romanian initiatives, Guberman was responsible for a wide variety of essential tasks, including the construction of various committees and the management of considerable funds. During this time, she was responsible for administering a $150,000 grant to augment research and development for the infrastructure of Romanian computer networks. She continued her work with NATO until 2005, four years of which she also spent working as Director of Conferences and Services for the Canada School of Public Service. Her work brought her into contact with influential personalities from around the world including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev.
For the next year, Guberman worked as Coordinator for Protocols and Special Events at Environment Canada’s Conference on Climatic Changes in Ottawa and Montreal. Then in 2007, she was contacted by the Attorney General of Ontario, who appointed her a Justice of the Peace. Between 2007 and 2012, Guberman would be responsible for administering justice at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, working on a vast scope of different cases.
Guberman is also a highly-accomplished speaker and author, having given over 30 presentations and published 25 articles. Much of her work in this capacity has focused on the potential applications of technology in improving literacy and quality of life for future generations. Additionally, she has participated in a great deal of pro-bono community work, involving herself in causes such as the Campaigns to End Violence Against Women and Girls and the University of Ottawa’s Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Program. Her ongoing commitment to social justice, humanitarianism, and global development makes Solange Guberman a truly inspiring individual and an exemplary Canadian.