As Co-founder of Anima Leadership, an internationally renowned consulting company specializing in issues of diversity and inclusion, I’m regularly in front of audiences across sectors— government, education, union, non- profit and corporate — leading a learning process on belonging. Over the last twelve years in this capacity, I’ve had the privilege to work with thousands of people across Canada, the US, and Europe—and I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous commitment to creating a world where everyone matters and belongs. Most of us want this, but don’t always know how to make it happen. Here’s where I come in.
I started my career in the 1990s as a political organizer, managing several national political campaigns and frequently referred to as one of the top activists to watch. After 9-11, hitting the limits of change at the barricades, I moved into the slower and deeper work of shifting consciousness. I’ve received certification in numerous psychology and personal growth disciplines, including Process Work, Deep Democracy Conflict work, Somatic Experiencing Trauma training, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and mindfulness meditation. I’m versed in both outside-in and inside-out approaches to change, and unique in my ability to weave them together.
These days, I spend my time educating, facilitating, writing and speaking on topics related to democracy, discrimination, and belonging. Some of my writing credits include the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Briarpatch magazine, a book chapter in the anthology “Notes From Canada’s Young Activists: A Generation Stands Up for Change” and CBC Radio First Person recorded essay. My short films Buy-Bye World: The Battle of Seattle and Bread were both award-winning documentaries. I believe in using stories to foster empathy, the oldest recipe for inclusion on the books. Breaking the Ocean is my first book.