Pause and Effect Collective

We are a growing collective of dreamers and designers, guided by a unified vision for decolonized, liberated futures. When you work with us, you tap in to a breadth of practiced and lived experience – the value that we bring to the table together, is the business case for inclusion.

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Sabrina Meherally

(Sah-bree-nah Meh-hair-rah-lee)


Founder and Equity Design Thought Partner

Sabrina Meherally (she/her) is an inclusive design thought leader residing as a settler and daughter of refugee and immigrant parents, on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ y̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ x̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) andSəl̓l̓ í lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

Her passion for racial equity and socio-economic inclusion brought her around the globe, learning and unlearning the ways in which well-meaning Western Societies contribute to the oppression of marginalized people around the world.

She founded Pause and Effect with the belief that thoughtful, inclusive, and planet centered solutions are the bi-product of slowing down.

Her experience as an HR business partner, UX designer and product manager provides her with a unique and holistic understanding of the way equity and inclusion intersect through every facet of an organization. Through her Inclusive Design Podcast, she explores ways in which responsibleinnovation creates a better world for everyone.

Sabrina believes that change requires our ability to self reflect, contemplate colonial thought, and imagine alternative, liberated futures. She is a wanna-be dog mom and hobby experimenter, energized by science fiction, travel adventures, and a good cup of decaf coffee.

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Clementina Consens

(Kle-men-ti-na Con-sense)



Clementina is an artist, researcher, and environmental scientist that is driven to imagine and implement radical visions.

They were born and raised in Tkaranto (Toronto) on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, andWendat peoples to Uruguayan parents. Their holistic views on research and the natural world translate into a unique understanding of design.

They have a degree in Environmental Geoscience and a minor in Geographic Information Systems, which brings a geospatial perspective to their understanding of data. Receiving a "Rooted and Rising" Youth Climate Leadership certification in 2020, Clementina is passionate about cultivating an environmentally conscious and community-mindeddesign ethos. They are a proper cowboy bruja (witch) and are as passionate about good food and new moon ceremonies as they are about thriving global ecosystems.

Throughout their career, Clementina has worked with and for Indigenous-led organizations in Ontario and they are committed to decolonization through collective healing.

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Teshyla Bailey

(Ti-shy-lah Bay-lee)


Operations and Research Assistant

Teshyla is a community builder and social researcher dedicated to amplifying the voices of historically marginalized groups, predominantly across the youth sector.

She resides on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat peoples.

Her background spans across social innovation and grassroots organizing, with a focus on intersectional and trauma-informed practices. Her efforts are heavily inspired by her engagement in community development and her experiences navigating the world as a Black woman.

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Cherrie Lam

(Chair-ee Lam)


Product Inclusion Consultant

Cherrie is a product designer, strategist, researcher, and maker, who loves nerding out inclusive and community-centered digital tools and experiences.

She is a first-generation Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong (home of the Punti, Hakka, Hoklo and Tanka indigenouspeoples) and settler on the unceded homelands of the Sḵwx̱ x̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓l̓ í lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh(Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓ y̓ əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Cherrie has helped design digital tools to support new immigrants, co-founded a community storytelling project ons ustainability from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) perspectives, and is co-facilitator of the Vancouver node of the Design Justice Network. She is fuelled by the intersections of tech, justice, intergenerational storytelling, and imagination.

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Mandy Bhullar

(Man-dee Phoo-lahr)


Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Design Consultant

Mandy resides on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

She is a disabled, South Asian daughter of immigrants with a background in Psychology and Human Resources.

Mandy's lived experiences and passion for mental well-being and design justice, and advocacy for racialized communities, is practiced through consulting and writing.

She is a dog mom, an outdoor enthusiast and a professional troublemaker.

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Eman Salem

(E-man Sail-em)


Anti-Oppression Coach and Consultant

Eman is an Afro-Queer Egyptian settler on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. They are an empowerment coach, public speaker, meditation teacher and DEI facilitator. Eman uses the art of compassion and vulnerability to foster radical system change, creating a more just, beautiful, joyful, and magical human experience for all. They are highly skilled at creating spaces that encourage authentic and raw dialogue, supporting folks with finding the right language to articulate their experiences and reframing for the individual and the collective. After 10 years in the corporate world, they shifted their focus to building a strong and compassionate community through their business, IronSelf. Fun fact: Eman loves waking the body up by jumping in the cold ocean in the winter.

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