Meet the Elephant Thoughts Board of Directors
Read Shakir's Bio
Prior to consulting, Shakir spent time at Queen’s Park advising two Leaders of the Official Opposition. During his time at the Ontario Legislature, he led on priority policy files, including, infrastructure, transportation, municipal affairs and housing. As a policy advisor and scripter during the 2018 provincial campaign, Shakir contributed to crafting the winning Ontario PC election platform.
Shakir began his career on Parliament Hill in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) before becoming a policy advisor to the federal Minister of International Trade. His private sector experience includes serving as Manager of Public Policy at a major telecommunications company.
A sought-after political and public policy commentator, Shakir’s analysis is featured regularly on television, radio and print. He is a weekly panelist on CBC’s Power and Politics, has been featured on CBC’s Metro Morning and The House, and is a regular contributor to The National Post. He also sits on the board of The Empire Club of Canada.
As an advocate for the Black community, Shakir is passionate about mentoring Black youth with an interest in politics and public affairs. He holds two Masters’ degrees from Western University and pursued his Ph.D. in Canada-China relations at Carleton University.
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Deborah Keep, BSC Hons, MBA
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Read Jillian's Bio
Since leaving the Public Service in January 2019, Jillian has focused on freelance projects that include support of Indigenous owned and directed production company, RedCloud Studios Inc. as a researcher and production assistant; board member and co-facilitator with Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life Promotion; member of the Unity Collective for the Town of Collingwood; guest speaker in support of Indigenous events hosted by the Town of Collingwood; among other support roles for town and local events. In recent months Jillian has dedicated time to the craft of fiction writing in hopes of writing her first novel.