Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, in United States studying presidential election

November 6, 2016 – In these last days of the U.S. Presidential campaign, a select group of Canadian politicians and political observers has been invited to visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (ILVP). From Oct. 30 to Nov. 9, participants will observe up-close how political parties and candidates respond to interest groups, and learn how demographic shifts and polarization have influenced interest groups’ political impact.

Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, is one of the participants and is available to speak with media on the following topics as Election Day approaches:

  • The mood of the American voter
    • The many things on which supporters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton find common ground as Americans
    • The acrimony and partisanship around the things on which they don’t agree
  • Identity politics
    • Public opinion on religion, values, and minority identities in Canada and in the United States
    • The ways in which identity informs and shapes policy discussions in both countries
  • Gender: Women in Politics
    • The significance of Hillary Clinton as the first woman to be nominated for the presidency by a major U.S. political party
    • Public opinion on women in leadership positions, especially in politics and business
  • U.S./Canada Relations
    • The impact of the election on North American – and global – trade agreements
    • Public opinion in Canada and the U.S. and the areas where it diverges

As the Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute (ARI), Ms. Kurl is directly engaged with prominent bilateral policy issues such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone pipeline. ARI is Canada’s foremost non-partisan, not-for-profit public opinion polling organization, where Ms. Kurl analyzes public policy and directs research. To that role she brings nearly two decades of experience, having spent the first part of her career as a political reporter, and later working as a representative for the small business community.

A frequent columnist, commentator, and public speaker, she regularly appears on “At Issue”, Canada’s most-watched political panel on CBC. Because Ms. Kurl has her finger on the pulse of Canadian thinking, she hopes the IVLP experience will broaden her network with American professionals working on identity politics, and to significantly enhance her perspective on key issues about which ARI conducts public opinion polling, and on which she is regularly interviewed.

About the Angus Reid Institute
The Angus Reid Institute is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan public opinion research organization established to enhance and encourage better understanding of issues and trends affecting economic, social, governance, philanthropy, public administration, domestic and foreign policy in Canada and its world.

The institute commissions, conducts and disseminates original, publicly accessible and impartial statistical public opinion polling research and policy analysis. The institute’s public education program makes this information available primarily through, as well as through publications, news media, consultations and presentations via social media channels and through media partners.

For further information and to arrange for an interview with Shachi Kurl, please contact:
Shachi Kurl
Angus Reid Institute

604.908.1693 (mobile) @shachikurl

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