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, President

Shachi Kurl

Shachi Kurl is President of the Angus Reid 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.

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. In October 2020, she moderated BC’s only televised provincial election debate, presented by the British Columbia Broadcast Consortium.

She spent the first part of her career as political reporter and holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University. She returned to Carleton University as an Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication in 2022.

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. She is a national Vice Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Kurl moderated the 2021 English language leaders debate during the 44th federal election. She also won the Industry Marvel Award from Darpan Magazine in October of that year.

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 Angus Reid Institute team.

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.

Jon Roe, Research Associate

Jon Roe is a Research Associate at the Angus Reid Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in 2021, Jon was a journalist with the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun, including an extended stint as an editor with the Herald’s weekly arts and life magazine, Swerve.

Jon has lived in Calgary for most of his life and graduated in 2011 from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Ed Morawski, Senior Fellow

Ed has spent the past two decades in leadership positions at Market Research companies. Before launching Angus Reid Group with Dr. Angus Reid, Ed launched the research and consulting practice at Vision Critical in 2006. A position he held for 10 years and included 4 years as co-CEO (with Dr. Reid) of Vision Critical Communications. In 2016, Ed led the successful sale of the Vision Critical’s research and consulting practice for $60 million to UK based Primary Capital Partners LLP.

Prior to joining Vision Critical, Ed worked for Ipsos North America as Senior Vice President and became a leading expert in pharmaceutical brand equity and brand management research for global companies. Prior to Ipsos, Ed worked with Angus Reid at the original Angus Reid Group in Vancouver where he was responsible for marketing research, advertising research and public affairs research and forecasting.

Ed has a BA in Economics from Queen’s University in Ontario and an MA in Public Policy from the University of British Columbia. He has appeared on BBC Television, BBC Radio and CBC Television providing insight and commentary on public opinion with regard to a variety of issues. He has also written several whitepapers and opinion pieces in a number of publications.