Originally from Lévis, QC, Emilie Nicolas is a Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Using the context of Francophonie, she researches the role of a shared language in social inclusion and international solidarity. Emilie’s academic interests are directly connected to her engagement with public affairs. More specifically, her involvement in youth politics led her to coordinate a provincial consultation on cynicism and democracy and to act as policy director and spokesperson for a political convention on Quebec identity and cultural diversity.
Since that time, she has contributed to various non-profit organizations in Montreal and Toronto, and has completed an Action Canada Fellowship. She is also a founding board member and the President of Québec Inclusif, a movement that unites active citizens from across the political spectrum of Quebec society to promote respect for religious diversity and intercultural understanding. Currently a Junior Fellow at Massey College, Emilie holds a Harry Jerome Award for Leadership along with a Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. She speaks French, English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.