As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday we can take some pride in the country in which we live. But the past is an imperfect predictor of future performance. Technology has made the world both a bigger and smaller place and the boundaries between (and the definitions of) the public square and the private sphere are becoming increasing blurred. What comes next?
A public policy analyst, Shachi Kurl directs research, communications, partner development and operations at the Angus Reid Institute. She brings 15 years of experience to her role, spending the first part of her career as political reporter and as a representative for the small business community. Shachi is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster award for Best TV Reporting. A frequent columnist and commentator, she holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa and serves on the boards of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.
Like many others, I am working towards an inclusive world where people are engaged as valuable and deserving individuals, who can use their agency to lead the changes they wish to see. As a child of immigrant parents, I am forever in-awe of the capabilities of individuals to adapt and re-define themselves. Because of this, I believe that it is within the power of each of us to initiate creative and long-lasting change that benefits us all.
I am fortunate to hold a Masters in Social Policy and Development, a Bachelors in Development Studies and Economics, a Certificate in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design, and Inclusive Leadership Training. Using this education, it is my aim to engage in meaningful dialogue, and encourage the development of ideas that result in creative solutions to complex issues. As program coordinator, volunteer, youth worker, evaluator, and researcher I work with the best and brightest talent.
From the Vancouver School Board, the Canadian Red Cross, the Centre for Democratic Development in Ghana, Krypa and Manavya in India, I have been inspired by global examples of leadership in social change. Together, we ask ourselves if we are being relevant and effective and if our work is being informed by those we wish to support. I look forward to the future for opportunities to learn from and contribute to the efforts of individuals and communities that drive global leadership and innovation in social change.