Angus Reid, Chairman

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. In 2003 he joined his son Andrew’s research software start up, Vision Critical, as CEO. When he retired as executive chair in 2014 Vision Critical had 600 employees worldwide and revenues over $100 million.

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

Shachi Kurl

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.

Mag Burns, Senior Research Consultant

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 Institute, Mag lends her expertise as needed to regular and ad-hoc polling endeavours.

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 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

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.

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