Andrew Parkin

Bryant_20080202_#074Andrew Parkin is the Director of the Mowat Centre, an independent public policy think tank located at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (formerly the School of Public Policy & Governance) at the University of Toronto and is Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. The Mowat Centre undertakes collaborative applied policy research, proposes innovative research-driven recommendations, and engages in public dialogue on Canada’s most important policy issues. Andrew has previously held a variety of positions including Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada.

Michael Valpy

MVMichael is a journalist and sessional instructor at the University of Toronto’s Book and Media Studies program. He began his journalistic career on The Vancouver Sun and later became their associate editor and national political columnist. At The Globe and Mail he has served as a member of the editorial board, an Ottawa political columnist, an Africa correspondent, deputy managing editor and columnist on social and political issues.

He has produced public affairs documentaries for CBC Radio (Sunday Morning), written for Macleanʼs, Elm Street, Shambhala Sun, Policy Options and Time (Canada) magazines, and contributed chapters to several books on public policy issues. Michael has won three national newspaper awards (two for international reporting and one for the impact of children from dysfunctional families on the public education system), and has been nominated for a fourth (for a profile of Michael Ignatieff). He has co- authored two books on Canadaʼs Constitution — The National Deal (1982) and To Match A Dream (1998) — and one on Canadaʼs emerging generation of adults — New Canada: Report on the Next Generation (2003).

Michael was awarded an honorary doctorate in Literature in 1997 by Trent University, as well as the Queenʼs Golden Jubilee Medal for his journalism contributions in 2002. He is a senior fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto, a fellow at U of Tʼs Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the 2011-2012 Canwest Global Fellow in Media at the University of Western Ontario and the 2012-2013 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, during which he carried out an 18-month inquiry into the state of social cohesion in Canada.

Gave Lindo

Gave Lindo is currently the Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival and Foundation. He has over 10 years of experience in the media sector as a lawyer, executive and board director having worked as a former Deputy Director and Manager of Business and Rights with CBC/Radio Canada and as a media lawyer at Fasken Martineau LLP. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Laidlaw Foundation, a board member of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Story Money Impact Foundation, Canada’s Top 10, and an advisor to the Centre for Social Innovation’s Solutions Media Accelerator and the MaRS Studio [Y] program. Previously, he served as Chair of CBC/Radio Canada’s Diversity & Inclusion committee where he led the formulation of the public broadcaster’s policies and initiatives to create more representative programming across the country. He has served as a board member of numerous arts organizations such as the Obsidian Theatre Company, ArtsSmarts and blackandblue dance projects, and was selected as a DiverseCity Fellow by CivicAction. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toronto.

Julia Drydyk

For over 10 years, Julia has been involved in research, community engagement and progressive policy development at the neighbourhood, municipal and provincial level. Throughout her tenure at Public Interest, Julia supported dozens of non-profits and community-based agencies by conducting qualitative and quantitative research and community engagement to support effective program development and high impact organizations. In her role as Manager of Research, Public Policy & Evaluation at United Way Toronto and York Region (UWTYR), she conducted a range of research and evaluation activities toward the successful implementation of UWTYR’s strategic priorities. This included supporting UWTYR’s Youth Success Strategy and Community Services Strategy.

Julia was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, where she provided strategic policy advice toward the transformation of Ontario’s social assistance programs.

Julia is currently Managing Director at Public Interest Strategy & Communications Inc.

She has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from York University.