Board of Advisors


Andrew Parkin

Andrew Parkin is the Director of the Environics Institute for Survey Research, a not-for-profit organization that promotes relevant and original public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change. Andrew has previously held a variety of senior positions including Director of the Mowat Centre, Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC), Associate Executive Director and Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada.


Michael Valpy

Michael is a former columnist, foreign correspondent and deputy managing editor with The Globe and Mail and has been a sessional instructor at University of Toronto for several years. He is a senior fellow at Massey College and senior fellow in public policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He holds an honorary doctorate from Trent University and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his journalism. He is co-author of two books on Canada's Constitution and one on Canada's emerging multicultural generation of adults.


Gave lindo

Gave Lindo is the Executive Director of OTT Programming for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he leads the content strategy for the public broadcaster’s over-the-top streaming service, CBC GEM, and oversees its slate of original digital content for all platforms. Prior to his appointment, he served as Senior Director and Chief of Staff of Programming where he oversaw CBC’s programming operations and content partnerships. Previously, Gave has served as the Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival, as a business executive at CBC, and began his career as a corporate media lawyer. Gave currently serves on a number of boards including Ontario Creates, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, and Laidlaw Foundation. He holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Toronto.


Julia Drydyk

For over 10 years, Julia has been involved in research, community engagement and progressive policy development at the neighbourhood, municipal and provincial level. Throughout her tenure at Public Interest, Julia supported dozens of non-profits and community-based agencies by conducting qualitative and quantitative research and community engagement to support effective program development and high impact organizations.

Julia is currently Managing Director at Public Interest Strategy & Communications Inc.

She has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from York University.


Essyn Emurla

Essyn has 15+ experience in the higher education sector, focusing on student services for professional graduate programs. She currently leads the development and implementation of internship and career development programs for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. In this role, she develops strategic partnerships with internship organizations from across sectors and advises students on professional and career development. Essyn holds two Master degrees from Central European University in Budapest and the University of Bucharest and speaks four languages. She is on the Advisory Board for the Public Good Initiative, a pro-bono consulting organization run by MPP students, and serves as a mentor to recent immigrants through the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership.