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, Executive Director
As Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl can be found offering analysis on CBC’s “At Issue,” Canada’s most-watched political panel, as well as in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and other influential forums. At the Institute—one of North America’s premier nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and public opinion polling organizations—she works to further public knowledge, debunk myths, and contribute to debate and discussion in meaningful ways, enhancing the understanding of issues that matter to Canada and the world. She brings nearly two decades of public policy expertise to her role, spending the first part of her career as political reporter.
Kurl is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award for Best TV Reporting. Along with former Australian and UK Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Margaret Thatcher, she is an Alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Her expertise has been sought by policymakers who have invited her to testify before parliamentary committees at the House of Commons. She holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University.
John Wright, Senior Fellow
John Wright is an independent consultant who previously served as Senior Vice President of the Ipsos Public Affairs Opinion Research Division (1989-2015) and Managing Director of the Ipsos Global @dvisor international polling group. He was the lead media spokesperson for the company in Canada and only one of 150 out of 17,000 global employees to receive the Ipsos “Expert” designation for his craft. Prior to joining the Angus Reid Group (bought by Ipsos in 2005), he spent eight years as Executive Vice President at a public affairs firm/media relations/advertising firm, as Government Relations Coordinator for the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company. He’s also co-authored three national best-selling books: What Canadians Think About Almost Everything, We Know What You’re Thinking and Canuckology.
A Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (F.R.C.G.S.) and an Honorary Colonel for the RCAF, he is an Arbor Award recipient from the University of Toronto and has served on various boards including the Woodrow Wilson Institute for Scholars, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies and the Canadian Association for Public Opinion Research.
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 Institute, 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 a master’s degree in journalism at the University of British Columbia. 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 Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from 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.