Nika Naimi

Co-Founder Cyber Respect

Nika Naimi

Co-Founder Cyber Respect

Biography

Nika Naimi became interested in the topic of cyberbullying back in 2007 when she started working as a researcher at McGill University. It was there that she completed a Master of Arts in Culture and Values in Education and focused on Quebec’s law on bullying in her thesis. An avid lover of teaching, she worked as a spiritual care and guidance and community involvement animator at the Lester B. Pearson School Board before starting to lecture at École Polytechnique de Montréal as part of the Certificates in Cyber Fraud, Cyber Investigation, and Cyber Security in 2012. Ms. Naimi went on to work as a consultant for Action jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l’île, the West Island Women’s Centre, Prima Danse, ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity, and eventually the Quebec Ministry of Education on projects related to the topic of cyberbullying. To put her knowledge into action, Nika decided, in conjunction with her brother Nima Naimi, to start a consultancy entitled Digital Respect (digitalrespect.ca) to help individuals, groups and the working world engage in respectful and healthy online communication.

She has also been working on developing a cybercrime response team with Dr. Gilles Ouimet and Gervais Ouellet entitled “Cyber Stop” (cyberstop.ca). Since 2008, Nika has had many partnerships, worked on projects with, and been featured on websites of likeminded organizations such as Media Smarts, McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education office, and most recently YWCA Canada’s Project Shift that specifically focuses on alleviating cyberviolence against women. While her home is Canada, where she regularly gives talks to large groups regarding youth culture and bullying in digital media, she also loves to present at conferences around the world – and has been invited to present at conferences as far as Czech Republic and Australia. As the topic of cyberbullying is becoming a growing concern in the media, Ms. Naimi has progressively appeared in radio and television shows and news articles throughout the years. Nika loves writing and has been a blogger at McGill’s Grad Life blog, the National Film Board’s Citizenshift blog, and has most recently contributed articles with tips for parents on how to prevent cyberbullying to Mitsou Gélinas’ blog (mistou.com).

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