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 is often found offering analysis on CBC’s “Power and Politics”, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and on the editorial pages of the Ottawa Citizen, among other places.

At the Institute—Canada’s non-profit foundation committed to independent research —she works with public opinion data to further public knowledge and enhance the national understanding of issues that matter to Canada and the world. She spent the first part of her career as political reporter and holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University.

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.

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.

Dave Korzinski, Research Director

dave korzinski

Dave Korzinski is Research Director at the Angus Reid Institute. Dave joined the Institute in 2015 after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, and Master’s degree in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University.

Dave grew up in Kelowna, BC before settling in Vancouver, and brings experience in research and writing as well as a background in survey design and qualitative statistics to the ARI team.

Andi Jordan, Research Associate

Andi Jordan is a Research Associate at the Angus Reid Institute. She assists in the development, analysis and execution of the Institute’s surveys and news releases. Andi holds a B.A. (honours) in Political Science with International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and has studied at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. She has extensive experience in conducting research and writing on political and international affairs, served as an editor for a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal, and has worked with leading scholars in Canada and abroad.

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