Our Team

Dr. Angus Reid, Chairman

Angus Reid

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

Shachi Kurl

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.

Heather Bastedo, Vice President


Heather Bastedo holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Canadian politics and political behaviour. Dr. Bastedo is a former Skelton-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carleton University and visiting assistant professor at Memorial University. Her work during that time focused on political engagement among young people, but she has also conducted research on support for war, and the health of democratic politics and media more broadly. Heather is co-editor of “Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up: Perceptions and Performance”, a book that measures the health of Canadian democracy. She has also published work in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Youth Studies. 

Mag Burns, Associate

Mag Burns

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

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

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.

Dr. Daniel Savas, Associate

Daniel Savas

Daniel Savas is a research and public affairs specialist. Daniel’s professional and academic background includes 18 years experience with Ipsos Reid, one of Canada’s top market research companies, where he led the firm’s public affairs practice as Senior Vice President from 1992 – 2006. In 2009, Daniel set up his own research consulting practice – Infuse Creative Insights, working with Canadian and international clients seeking research advice and consulting services. He has more than 25 years of expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.

He holds a PhD degree in Political Science from UBC, an M.A. from Université Laval in Quebec City, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. Daniel also studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, where he received a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies, and Essex University in England, where he studied data analysis. Daniel is a Visiting Professor in Simon Fraser University’s Master’s of Public Policy Program, teaching research methods and survey design. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada providing advice and guidance on a variety of polling research projects.

Dr. Judy Zaichkowsky, Associate

Dr. Judy Zaichkowsky is a professor of marketing in the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in marketing, with minors in psychology and statistics. She holds a Masters degree in Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and received a Centenary Alumni award from the University of Guelph in 2003 for outstanding contributions to research. Dr. Zaichkowsky’s 1985 Journal of Consumer Research article on the involvement construct is one of the most cited articles in consumer behaviour and one of the most influential articles in the field of advertising. She is the author of The Psychology Behind Trademark Infringement and Counterfeiting (2006).

Gérald Grisé, Associate

Student of business administration, psychology, and a Master’s graduate in sociology from the University of Ottawa, Gerry is fluently bilingual. A global research methodologist, Gerry has been involved in field and operations relating to market research and public opinion polling since the mid-eighties when he co-founded and managed the Price Waterhouse National Survey Center, working in parallel as a senior consultant in their marketing division. Gerry joined the Angus Reid Group as Vice President Operations in 1991, managing and overseeing all field operations, keypunch, coding, Data, and IT. In 1994, Gerry joined the Ottawa team as Vice President Public Affairs, designing, managing, and conducting qualitative and quantitative studies for public and private sector clients. Gerry later developed international research capabilities for the Group, and in 1996 Gerry launched the global research division of the Angus Reid Group. Promoted to Senior Vice President Global Research Operations for Ipsos, Gerry managed hundreds of major international studies for large blue-chip clients spanning well over 80 different countries around the globe. Member of ESOMAR and the AMA for over twenty years, Gerry brings unparalleled methodological expertise and research experience to the Angus Reid Institute.

Christina Colenutt, Associate

Christina is a senior marketing, research and planning leader with 20 years of experience helping clients make better decisions by understanding their key stakeholders. Christina has done pioneering work in the use of online communities to drive in-depth, real-time market insights. She has extensive experience in consumer behaviour through her roles as a marketing and research leader at WestJet, and Shaw Communications, along with energy companies Tervita Corporation and ENMAX. She is currently a Client Engagement Director at Chaordix, a global crowdsourcing company. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of Waterloo.