Staff

Michael Penny

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Michael Penny brings a unique and valuable skill set to the role Development Officer.

Michael earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. He brings years of service of professional experience in policy and market research data collection in the private sector.

Posts & Activities by Michael Penny




  • Progress Gala Sponsor Survey 2015

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    Thank you so much for your generous support of our 2015 Progress Gala. With your help, we were able to host nearly 1,000 guests at the Royal York to hear the inspiring words of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

    This was our third annual gala, and each year we've set ourselves a goal of making next year even better. Your feedback is important to us.

    We can't wait to see you in 2016!

    Take the survey

  • Towards a More Equal Canada

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    This spring, we released powerful data confirming what so many already knew to be true: a majority of Canadians see income inequality as a "serious problem" and want to take part in government-led solutions to ending it. Our report created a lot of buzz.


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    Download: Towards a More Equal Canada



  • Emilie Nicolas

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    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.