Current Board of Directors

As an organization, the Spiritual Heritage Education Network Inc. (SHEN) came into existence on September 15, 2000 as Ontario Corporation Number 1434906. The board of directors of SHEN are responsible for the conduct of its business and keeping it focused on the objectives to which SHEN is dedicated.

Our directors receive no renumeration and serve purely for the love of spiritual values. There lives are dedicated to promote, develop and deliver education to bridge bridges across the hearts and minds of diverse humanity.

This listing includes all those who are currently serving SHEN as its directors.

Barb Bedford

SHEN ( Spiritual Heritage Education Network) is happy to have Barbara Bedford join the SHEN Board of Directors. Barb retired in 2013 from an exciting career in the Travel Industry as National Sales and Marketing Manager for a well-known Canadian cruise wholesaler.
Barb has been a meditator for over 30 years starting with Transcendental Meditation and then a student of an intense Buddhist meditation practice since 2001. She has been actively teaching courses on Spiritual Living and Living in Oneness throughout the KW community. Currently, she is also the founder of Spirit Quest Café on Meetup offering both the Beginner and the Adept a space to share with like-minded Spiritual Seekers utilizing the practice of meditation to experience Oneness and Insight. In addition, Barb is on the Board of Directors for the organization Humanity’s Team Canada which promotes Oneness.
Rabbi Hillel, a renowned Babylonian Jewish scholar, philosopher and teacher asked
“ If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I?”
These words of profound wisdom have become Barb’s personal mantra giving her strength and courage to be a Light for others to become aware of their own power and Oneness.

Sanjeev Bedi

Dr. Sanjeev Bedi is Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo for the past 28 years. At University of Waterloo he was a key player in the design and implementation of the Mechatronics Engineering program. Since its inception in 2003, Mechatronics program has evolved into a premier program of the Faculty of Engineering. In addition, Prof. Bedi has authored many research articles and supervised graduate students, many of whom are leading their own initiatives in different universities and companies all over the world. Prof. Bedi has been involved with SHEN from the very onset and is proud of its goals and achievements.

Ingrid Brand

Dr. Ingrid Brand has worked as a senior administrator, in higher education, in Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait. Her seven years of international experience has afforded a view into higher education management through different cultural lenses and these have fortified her commitment to building bridges between cultures by fostering cultural and intercultural awareness, understanding, and intercultural empathy. Toward this end, she earned a doctorate in organizational leadership, policy, and development, with a specialization in comparative international development education, from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral program focused on internationalization and Intercultural Effectiveness Programming. Her dissertation is entitled: Toward Global Leadership: Factors Influencing the Development of Intercultural Competence Among Business Students at a Canadian University.
Ingrid is a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph-Humber where she teaches a course she developed, entitled: Intercultural Communication and Understanding. She is also an adjunct professor at Yorkville University where she teaches a course at the graduate level. She is truly passionate about her work and finds it immensely rewarding to work with learners to raise cultural and intercultural awareness, and assist them in developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities they require to communicate effectively in culturally diverse settings.
Ingrid has recently started her own consulting business, Brand Consulting, to foster the development of intercultural competence at the individual, group, or organizational levels.

Fred M. J. Lawlor

Fred is a seasoned hotel industry professional with a background and experience in all aspects of the business. A charismatic leader with over 30 years of results and relationships built from progressive leadership roles in the hospitality industry, active academic and community board memberships.

He has held senior portfolios with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts which have included managing hotels from as small as 185 rooms to the largest hotel (1430 rooms) in Canada, Director of Acquisitions and Development, global Director of Training. In his career with Fairmont he was seconded to Avendra as VP and GM, to manage and develop operations in Canada. Avendra is the largest hotel purchasing company in North America. The company was founded jointly by Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels and Club Corp. Under Fred’s management, a number of hotel/contract food service operations were added to Avendra Canada’s structure including HMS Host, Accor Hotels, Four Seasons, Centennial Hotels, and Silver Seas Cruise Lines etc.

Fred was promoted by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International to Vice President of Procurement worldwide. He set up a procurement/purchasing structure for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Fred is a graduate of Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) with a B.Comm and BAA in Hospitality and Tourism Management and has undertaken specialised skills development throughout his career at Cornell University (US), University of Guelph (Canada) and the in-house Canadian Pacific Hotels corporate training programmes.

He presently sits on the advisory committee for Ryerson University Hospitality and Tourism Program and is a member of innovation committee for George Brown College’ hospitality management Chef’s school. He is a board member and passed executive on the board of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association.

Fred is presently part of a North America hotel advisory group member called G7 Hospitality Inc.

Dr. Kamran Mofid

Prof. Kamran Mofid is Founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (founded at an international conference in Oxford in 2002) and Co- founder/Editor, Journal of Globalisation for the Common Good, hosted at Purdue University, USA, member of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the World Public Forum, Dialogue of Civilisations, and Founding Member, World Dignity University, and Global Advisory Board, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. Mofid received his BA and MA in economics from the University of Windsor, Canada in 1980 and 1982 respectively. In 1986 he was awarded his doctorate in economics from the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2001 he received a Certificate in Education in Pastoral Studies at Plater College, Oxford. From 1980 to 2000 he was Economic Teaching Assistant, Tutor, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Universities of Windsor (Canada), Birmingham, Bristol, Wolverhampton, and Coventry (UK). Mofid's work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on Economics, Business, Politics, International Relations, Theology, Culture, Ecology, Ethics and Spirituality. Mofid's writings have appeared in leading scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers. His books include Development Planning in Iran: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic , The Economic Consequences of the Gulf war, Globalisation for the Common Good, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Globalisation for the Common Good , Promoting the Common Good (with Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, 2005), and A non-Violent Path to Conflict Resolution and Peace Building (Co-authored, 2008).

Dr. Vijay Solanki

Dr. Vijay R. Solanki is a 1976 graduate of dentistry from the University of Toronto. He has been in private practice in Kitchener, Ontario for 22 years. Born to devout Hindu parents in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was sent to India at the age of 11 years to escape the oppressive system of apartheid. Eight years in India formed a basis for his interest in the universal message found in Indian scriptures. Married to Brenda L. Hutton in 1971, the couple have four lovely children...Jay, Raj, Ram and Jyoti.

Spiritual Heritage Education Network (SHEN) comes at a time when the world has shrunk to a truly Global Village. Instant communication and supersonic travel have made the once remote cultures of the world take a closer look at each other and indeed a gradual reappraisal is under way of one's value systems to accommodate the larger global human community. SHEN will help this worthy cause leading to a world full of respect for all life and harmony amongst the 5+ billion humans inhabiting our Planet Earth.

Dr. Solanki is spiritually inspired by the teachings of Brahmarishi Vishwatma Bawra

Dr. Shiv D. Talwar

Dr. Talwar is a founding member of SHEN. He also has served on its Board of Directors in the capacity of its President since its very inception in year 2000.

Dr. Shiv Talwar received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh, Punjab in India, and his postgraduate degrees from Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA in the U.S.A. and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON in Canada. During his career, he has taught at Thapar College of Engineering, Patiala, Punjab in India and served as the Coordinator of Civil Engineering at Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON in Canada.

Shiv's education in spiritual and ethical direction began informally in India on early morning walks when his parents used to engage him in discussion on such matters. This informal introduction was followed by some excellent formal education in scheduled courses at school. It is still continuing, thanks to his spiritual friend Brahmarishi Vishwatma Bawra. Shiv says that this education continues to enrich his life and shape his values in a significant way. He would like to see SHEN develop content for formal courses for students of different backgrounds and offer them on the Internet. The educational resources developed by SHEN can also be used for inclass presentation at different schools that may be interested.