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2007/2008 Fellows

Tim Coates

Raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Tim Coates is the Executive Director of 21inc, an action tank that is creating the capacity for change in New Brunswick by incubating new leaders and engaging provincial stakeholders in a process that translates ideas to action. In 2007, Tim completed a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in political advocacy and leadership from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received his BA in economics from St. Thomas University. Tim’s experiences are wide-ranging. They include working with an emerging network of grassroots organizations and NGOs that are trying to revitalize New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; working on regional economic development with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; publishing research and advocating on refugee policy; and participating in a Canada International Development Agency internship in India to evaluate micro-finance projects.

He also spent one summer as a tree planter. In 2005 Tim was named one of New Brunswick’s 21 leaders for the 21st Century. He moonlights as an occasional print journalist, with work appearing in The Boston Globe, The Daily Gleaner and The Telegraph Journal. A music lover, traveler, athlete and political junkie, Tim also enjoys playing volleyball and guitar and listening to funk.

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Rebecca Comley

Physician Rebecca Comley’s medical practice experiences in remote Nunavut communities and inner-city Vancouver left her with a keen interest in public health and health care delivery in Canada’s remote and Aboriginal communities. Rebecca grew up in Smithville, a small agricultural community in southern Ontario. She earned a BSc in biochemistry at Queen’s University before completing an MD at McMaster University. After completing her residency in family and emergency medicine, she worked in a variety of clinical settings, including urban emergency medicine, general practice in the Canadian Arctic, and out-post medicine in Antarctica.

Her most rewarding experience was her clinical work in Nunavut, where she became increasingly aware of population health issues and the impact of public policy on communities’ health. This interest motivated her to complete a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University, where she specialized in health policy and management. She has acted as a consultant to the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding pandemic planning in remote communities in Nunavut. She is an emergency physician currently living in Hamilton with her husband and very energetic daughter.

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Justin Ferbey

Justin Ferbey is the CEO of a First Nation-owned economic development corporation. He is a previous federal fiscal advisor in BC treaty process, and a former executive of a self-governing First Nation. Justin was born and reared in the Yukon and is a citizen of the Carcross Tagish First Nation. He holds a bachelor degree in neuroscience and a MBA from the University of Liverpool. He is also an alumnus of Action Canada (2007) and the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (2013). His professional efforts resulted in the 2013 Innovator of the Year award from the Yukon's Tourism Industry Association and CTMC was a national finalist in the Tourism Industry Association of Canada's Innovator of the Year award in 2014.

Justin is also a director on Yukon's public utility (Yukon Energy Corporation), president of the local first nation Friendship Centre, vice-chair of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce and is a federal appointee on a North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation related board.

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Ben Fine

Ben Fine is a social entrepreneur and engineer-turned-physician. He is currently a Resident in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Toronto with an interest in improving the way healthcare is delivered. As a medical student he helped redesign various patient-care processes in radiology departments and on general medicine wards, and he has published lessons of Canadian hospitals implementing Toyota-inspired improvements for health care leaders.

During his engineering studies at UWO and MIT he founded and led Stand Canada (www.standcanada.org), a national student organization which makes it easy to act against genocide in Darfur. Ben learned about Darfur’s plight in summer 2004. It reminded him of the Polish concentration camps he visited in high school and he decided to act, founding STAND in February 2005. In his advocacy for Darfur since 2005, Ben helped create 1-800-GENOCIDE, a toll-free hotline that has connected thousands of Canadians to political leaders. In addition, he has met with MPs, cabinet ministers, senators and former Prime Minister Paul Martin, authored op-eds in the Toronto Star and National Post, spoken at rallies and appeared on MTV Live. Six years after its founding, Ben continues to be involved in Stand as it works on 25 university campuses and 40 high schools across the country.

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Marc Fournier

Marc Fournier obtained his PhD degree in computer science from Strasbourg European University in France in 2008. Since then, he is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at l’École de technologie supérieure in Montreal. His research addresses the improvement of reconstruction techniques from three-dimensional scanned objects acquired with specialized scanners. Marc obtained research grants and fellowships from organisations such as the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Marc carried out research projects at l’Institut national d’optique, l’Institut de recherche en électricité du Québec and l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique. His research has been published in international conferences and journals. He received distinctions such as the best paper award at the 2007 Computer Graphics International Conference, the young researcher award from l’Association francophone pour le savoir and the applied science and technology award from Forces Avenir organisation. Before starting his PhD, Marc worked as project manager at the Centre de photonique de Montréal. Marc also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer vision systems technology. For his Master’s thesis, he received the Academic Gold Medal from the Governor General of Canada and the university’s annual best master’s thesis award.

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Nicholas Gafuik

Nicholas Gafuik is the Managing Director for the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. He holds a MA in history from McGill University, where his thesis focused on Canadian cold war foreign policy and the origins of peacekeeping. He also holds a BA in history (first class honours) from the University of Calgary. His interests include Canadian identity and historical memory and Canadian federalism. He is also interested in developing conservative approaches to social justice, education, and the environment. He was a founding director of the Alberta Environmental Stewardship Coalition, which worked to advance stewardship as a principle and in practice for government, business, and private citizens in Alberta.

Nicholas was a 2007-2008 Action Canada Fellow, and a 2003 finalist in Magna International’s As Prime Minister competition. He served as an international election observer for the Ukrainian parliamentary elections (March 2006), the Ukrainian presidential elections (December 2004), and the Cambodian parliamentary elections (July 2003). Nicholas is a contributor to The Mark news, and has been published in the National Post and Calgary Herald. Nicholas lives in Calgary with his wife and daughter.

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Oliver Madison

Oliver Madison is president of Me to We Style Inc., a social enterprise committed to providing ethically manufactured, quality apparel for socially-conscious consumers. It also financially supports a charity partner, Free the Children. Oliver was previously a principal at Octavian Capital, a Toronto-based, boutique corporate finance firm specializing in small to mid-size enterprises. His responsibilities included business development, raising equity and debt capital, and advising management on growth opportunities and business strategy.

Prior to Octavian Capital, Oliver worked in corporate finance at Brown Brothers Harriman’s New York office, where he advised the principals of private and closely held public companies about mergers and acquisitions and analyzed potential investments for the firm’s mezzanine and private-equity funds. Oliver graduated cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in economics and a citation in German. He completed his Level III Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams in 2004.

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Jane McDonald

Jane McDonald is a Senior Business Analyst at Manitoba Hydro. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the environmental economics think-tank Sustainable Prosperity and a negotiator for the Canadian government delegation to the UN climate negotiations. She was recruited to government from her role as Associate Vice-President of international carbon brokers CO2e.com—Cantor Fitzgerald. She has served as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Finance at the University of Toronto and as a board member for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Clean Air Canada and the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.

Jane holds a BA in North American studies from McGill University and an International MBA from York University and l’École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales in Paris.

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Shauna Mullally

Shauna believes passionately in engineering’s capacity to drive positive social change. She is pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering with a focus on international development policy. For her master’s thesis she is developing a model for the sustainable acquisition and diffusion of medical technology in developing countries. As part of this experience, she worked at the Medical Research Council (U.K.) in the Gambia, West Africa in the summer of 2006. Shauna, who is co-president of the Carleton chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), also served on the executive committee for the 2006 EWB national conference, the largest, annual, international development gathering in Canada. She represented Carleton at the 2006 United Nations conference on youth and UN reform, and participated in the African Union Summit 2006 Women’s Forum on gender-responsive governance in post-conflict societies.

As part of her work in the engineering community, Shauna co-founded the Engineering Outreach and Recruitment program at Carleton. Building on this, she founded and chaired the Go Eng Girl! event, which connects young girls with female role models in engineering. She also helped design a new course at Carleton about technology and international development. A powerful role model to youth, Shauna frequently presents her views on engineering and international development to elementary and high-school students. She has also tutored at-risk, pregnant teens. In 2006 she was a YMCA Women of Distinction Young Trailblazers award nominee. In 2007 she received the Carleton University Board of Governors’ award for Outstanding Community Achievement. Shauna is happiest when travelling and meeting new people, and spending time at her cottage on Prince Edward Island.

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Tayor Owen

Taylor Owen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford where he is both a Trudeau Scholar and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Scholar. Prior to this he was a Graduate Fellow in the genocide studies program at Yale University and holds an MA from the University of British Columbia. He has been the co-editor, and is currently on the editorial board of Security Dialogue, is associate editor of the St. Anthony’s International Review, and has worked as a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, the International Development Research Centre and the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

He has served in numerous policy advisory roles and authored policy reports on issues that include small arms, landmines and peace-building. His academic work focuses on the definition, measurement and implementation of human security policies and initiatives. He writes widely on the causes and consequences of conflict and peace-building, and on Canadian, American and European foreign policy. He writes online daily at oxblog.com, ranked the second-best blog on international affairs by the Washington Post.

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Emily Paddon

Emily Paddon is a graduate student in international relations and Trudeau Scholar at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Her interest in international relations, and specifically, Canada’s role in the world, stems from a concern for human security and its relationship with social, political, and military power in the modern world. Her current research explores the limits and validity of the principle of impartiality in UN-authorized interventions. Emily is the former managing director of The St Antony’s International Review, Oxford’s graduate journal of international affairs, and a tutor of international relations at Exeter College’s Oxford Academy.

She holds a BA from Brown University where she concentrated on the history of art and architecture, and international relations. In addition to her studies, she has worked at Goldman Sachs, the International Crisis Group, The Watson Institute for International Relations, and World Affairs Television. Her interest in human security and development also led to research projects and volunteer work in West and North Africa. In September 2007 Emily will begin a year at McGill University in Montréal as a Sauvé Scholar.

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Benjamin Perrin

Benjamin Perrin joins the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law as an assistant professor in August 2007. His teaching and research interests cover domestic and international criminal law, international humanitarian law, comparative constitutional law and human trafficking. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Madam Justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada, and was senior policy advisor to the Hon. Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. He was the assistant director of the Special Court for Sierra Leone legal clinic which assists the Trial and Appeals Chambers, and completed an internship in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Benjamin founded The Future Group, a non-governmental organization that combats human trafficking. He served as its executive director from 2000-2006 and led its inaugural project in Cambodia.The organization works with victims overseas, assists with the extraterritorial prosecution of offenders, and conducts public policy research. Benjamin holds an LL.M. (honours) from McGill University, a J.D. from the University of Toronto, and a B.Comm. (with distinction) from the University of Calgary. He is the recipient of the Governor General’s Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the YMCA International Peace Medal, the “Graduate of the Last Decade” award from the University of Calgary, and was named one of Canada’s “best and brightest” by Maclean’s magazine. Benjamin enjoys camping, canoeing, and cooking.

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Tom Rand

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation & commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom is Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures, a Senior Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. Tom also developed Planet Traveler, a low-carbon hotel project in downtown Toronto. Tom's first book Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit was published in early 2010 and his second - Waking the Frog - became a bestseller in Spring 2014.

It is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunites afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy. Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering (U of Waterloo), an MSc in philosophy of science (University of London and LSE) and an MA and PhD in philosophy (U of Toronto) is an Action Canada Fellow, was recently appointed to the Government of Ontario’s Climate Action Group, and is a regular contributor on CBC’s The Exchange.

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Gino Reeves

Gino Reeves is managing director of Place aux Jeunes du Québec (PAJQ), an organization that seeks to counter the exodus of young Québeckers by helping them to find employment or establish businesses in regional Québec. Today, PAJQ has 70 service points throughout the province and its activities extend to the Yukon, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It has also inspired similar initiatives in several regions of France. Originally from Gaspé, Gino has a master’s degree in regional development. He is very interested in youth entrepreneurship and wrote his thesis on the subject of developing youth entrepreneurship for endogenous regional development.

His past work experience includes stints as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Québec in Rimouski, as a researcher at the Service d’Aide aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs in Rimouski, as a rural development officer for the MRC La-Côte-de-Gaspé, and as a development officer for the Fondation de l’Entrepreneurship. He has also been involved in a number of committees, including a working group on community school development, the advisory committee for the Québec government’s Défi de l’Entrepreneuriat Jeunesse; the Alliance de Recherche Universités-Communautés; and the INRS’s Insertion et Participation des Jeunes en Région. His principal areas of interest include youth issues, land use, the environment, ethical consumption, entrepreneurship, globalization and information technologies.

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Andrew Sniderman

Andrew Sniderman co-founded the Washington-based Genocide Intervention Network (GI-Net) to provide citizens with tools to prevent and stop genocide. GI-Net aims to change the way the United States and the international community respond to genocide by creating an active and powerful political constituency. While working for GI-Net, Andrew delivered speeches across the United States and helped oversee a national lobbying, mobilization and fund-raising effort. In the fall of 2005, Andrew interviewed executives of private military firms and researched the option of private intervention in Darfur.

Andrew was born and raised in Montréal and graduated with a BA (highest honours) in philosophy and political science from Swarthmore College, Philadelphia. Andrew is also a two-time provincial badminton champion, an avid Argentinean tango dancer, and a balloon artist. In 2007/08 Andrew will work in Ottawa as a Fellow in the Parliamentary Internship Programme. Andrew is currently studying International Relations at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship.

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Irvin Studin

Irvin Studin spent several years as a policy strategist and senior policy analyst for the Prime Minister at the Privy Council Office in Ottawa. He also worked as a senior policy advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, Australia, and as a director in the Canadian Department of Public Safety. Studin has advised on issues as diverse as foreign policy, democratic governance and national security — and was a key developer of both the Canadian and Australian national security policies.

Irvin holds degrees from the Schulich School of Business at Toronto’s York University, the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. In 2000, Maclean’s magazine named him among 50 Canadians under 30 to watch. He is the editor of What is a Canadian? Forty-Three Thought-Provoking Responses (Douglas Gibson Books, McClelland & Stewart, 2006). In his past life, Irvin was an all-Canadian university athlete and dabbled in professional soccer in several countries. He and his wife recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy, Noah.

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