The Angus Reid Institute was founded in October 2014 by Dr. Angus Reid, Canada’s best-known and longest-practicing pollster. He’s spent more than four decades asking people what they think and feel about top social, governance and economic issues. From 1979 to 2001, he was founder and CEO of Angus Reid Group, which grew into the largest research firm in Canada, with revenues of $60 million. It was sold to Ipsos SA in 2000. From 2004 to 2013 Angus was CEO of online panel company Vision Critical. He retired from the VC board in May 2014.
Angus has written numerous columns on economic, social and governance issues and well as the best-seller; “Shakedown: How the New Economy is Changing our Lives” (1996). He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, and in 1974 he received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.
He is the recipient of a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends (2010).
Shachi Kurl, Senior Vice President
A public policy analyst, Shachi Kurl directs research, communications, partner development and operations at the Angus Reid Institute. She brings 15 years of experience to her role, spending the first part of her career as political reporter and as a representative for the small business community. Shachi is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster award for Best TV Reporting. A frequent columnist and commentator, she holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa and serves on the boards of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.
Mag Burns, Senior Research Consultant
Mag Burns brings over 30 years of research experience to the table. She first joined Angus Reid in the early 1980’s, fresh from completing undergraduate studies at the U of T. Mag spent the next 20 years managing national polling programs and syndicated public policy studies for the Angus Reid Group. After 2000, Mag’s focus migrated to Ipsos-Reid’s international operations, directing a team specialized in offshore data collection. She retired from Ipsos Operations in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Global Research Services. At the Angus Reid Insitute, Mag lends her expertise as needed to regular and ad-hoc polling endeavours.
Allison Bystrom, Research Associate
Allison Bystrom is a Research Associate at the Angus Reid Institute. She works on creating, analyzing and reporting on polls about issues that matter to Canadians. Allison studied market research in university but was always more interested in public policy and politics and enjoys her role combining these fields. In her past life she specialized in getting jobs that allowed her to travel, interning in Washington DC and Ghana and working on the Olympics in Vancouver, London and Sochi. Allison has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.
Ian Holliday, Research Associate
Ian Holliday is a Research Associate at the Angus Reid Institute. He holds a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College, and recently completed an master’s degree in journalism at UBC. Ian grew up in Rhode Island, where he worked as a reporter and editor for local newspapers before moving across the continent and north of the border to return to school. He has worked as a writer, researcher and editor for several news outlets, including CTV News Vancouver, The Tyee, The Westerly Sun and the Mystic River Press.
Dave Korzinski, Research Associate
Dave Korzinski is a Research Associate at the Angus Reid Institute. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, and is currently completing a Masters of Public Policy program at Simon Fraser University. Dave grew up in Kelowna BC and spent time volunteering and studying abroad in Guatemala before settling in Vancouver. He brings experience in research, and a background in survey design and qualitative statistics to the ARI team.