Meet our staff

Next Up coordinators come from a wide range of backgrounds: public policy, community activism, labour, the non-profit sector, and research. We are all involved in social and environmental justice work. We’ve created this program because we believe that a better world is not just possible, but an imperative.

We believe that good solutions to the biggest issues are out there, and can be realized. We have different approaches to teaching and learning, but we all believe that a new generation of progressive leaders is needed and should be supported.

Our staff:

The Next Up Partnership

Next Up is a growing network of social change leaders across Canada.

Each Next Up program city has its own advisory committee made up of great people in that community who are working to make a better world. Advisory committee members come from community organizations, the public andprivate sectors, not-for-profits and trade unions. The amazing people on the advisory committees volunteer their time to help with program design and delivery in their region and help make community connections between participants and leaders in the community. 

The Network

One of the goals of NU is to build and  support a network of young social change leaders across the country. NU grads are  working on inspiring and amazing projects across Canada and around the world. The network is a way for the alumni to stay in touch, to work with each other and to support current program participants. The network currently consists of over 275 graduates.


The host and founding organization for Next Up is genius (the global youth education network society). genius is the art of non-habitual thinking, and that’s how we approach social change work. genius is a charitable not-for-profit that works in four areas: leadership, civic engagement, project incubation and cross generational collaboration.


In BC, Next Up partners with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)– BC Office. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute focused on social and economic justice. It is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates. 


In Alberta, we partner with The Parkland Institute. Parkland Institute is an Alberta-wide, non-partisan research centre situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Parkland Institute studies economic, social, cultural and political issues facing Albertans and Canadians, using the perspective of political economy. 


In Saskatchewan, we partner with the CCPA – Saskatchewan office.


In Manitoba we partner with the CCPA-Manitoba office and CCEDNET Manitoba. 


In Ontario, we partner with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – National Office and the Broadbent Institute.

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