Kate Graham, PhD
Kate Graham, PhD
Senior Fellow, Canada2020
Kate Graham researches, writes, speaks and teaches about politics in Canada. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Kate teaches in the Political Science departments at Western University and Brescia University College, including two courses on women and politics. She was an associate producer of the 25% documentary (see: 25percent.ca) about the underrepresentation of women in Canadian politics.
Before entering academia, Kate spent a decade working as a public servant. Most recently she served as the Director, Community & Economic Innovation at the City of London where she was responsible for the City’s government relations, strategic initiatives, culture and economic partnerships portfolios.
Kate is an active community member and volunteer and was named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2015. Kate has also dabbled in politics herself, including running in the 2018 Provincial Election in Ontario. It was through the experience of knocking on tens of thousands of doors in London North Centre, and hearing many perspectives about then Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, that the idea for No Second Chances was born.
Senior Producer, Canada2020
Sarah Turnbull is Canada 2020’s Senior Producer for the 2020 Podcast Network. She spent the last three years working in communications and marketing, both at the association and agency level. At the end of last year, Sarah decided to give political reporting a go, working for Ottawa-based iPolitics. She focused primarily on innovation, science, and technology reporting. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University and an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and gender studies from Queen’s University. Notably, Sarah is a proud mental health advocate. She currently acts as youth engagement speaker at Jack.org, a national mental health network inspiring young people to add their voices to the discussion.
Aaron Reynolds is a humourist, professional speaker, and the man behind the @EffinBirds and @swear_trek Twitter accounts. When he’s not on Twitter, you can find him producing a series of podcasts and at ComicCons dressed as George Lucas. He has been a baseball writer, a fine art printer and a mall Santa Claus photographer. Aaron was raised in Mississauga, Canada, a suburb where they cut down all the trees and named the streets after them. He currently splits his time between Toronto and Ottawa.
Executive Director, Canada2020
Alex Paterson is the Executive Director of Canada2020.
Alex has worked in the Canadian public policy community for over 10 years. Prior to joining Canada2020, Alex worked as a producer for CBC News Network, a communications strategist for Greenpeace, a policy assistant on Parliament Hill, as well as a consultant for various government departments, companies and NGOs.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Carleton University and an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Western Ontario.
Coordonnatrice, Communications et fonctionnement
Communications & Operations Manager, Canada2020
Mira Ahmad is Canada2020’s Communications & Operations Manager. Mira has over five years of experience working as a political strategist and activist. She has served as the President of the Young Liberals of Canada and currently sits on the party’s National Board of Directors as its Vice President. Mira has also provided strategic advice and managed campaigns for a number of candidates running for federal office. She has worked for the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, a non-profit educational and leadership development organization in Montreal, as well as Data Sciences, a data analytics and digital marketing firm. Mira has a Bachelor’s degree with a Specialization in Communications Studies from Concordia University. She has long been active in a number of volunteer causes and leadership initiatives, including the Climate Reality Project Canada and the Austrian Leadership Program.
Videoprapher, Webisodes, Canada2020
Adam Caplan is Founder of web.isod.es, a London, Ontario-based Story Studio that creates authentic stories for social and interactive experiences. Previously, Adam was Creative Director at Cineplex Digital Networks, Executive Site Producer at hsn.com, and has lectured on e-commerce strategy at Western University for over a decade. Prior to that, Adam worked in emerging media in Los Angeles, California.
Adam currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Creates (OMDC) and its Audit and Strategic Planning Committees; he is also chair of the Screen Based Industries Strategic Working Group for the City of London, and a member of London’s 2018 JUNOS Host Committee.
Previously, Adam served on the Board of Directors for London’s Grand Theatre and Museum London. Municipally, Adam was a member of London’s Mayor’s Economic Council and Emerging Leaders’ Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Adam has a BFA – Film & Video from CalArts in 1995. He lives in London, Ontario.