Who we are

Next Up staff 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.

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Next Up is a project of our host and founding organization, 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.


Next Up’s staff are supported by region-specific Advisory Committees, made up of great people from the public sectors, not-for-profits, community organizations and trade unions. Advisory Committee members volunteer their time to support the program's design and delivery and connect Next Up with local communities. We also partner with organizations in each region where we have a program. The regional partners help us with fundraising, local content design and overall program development.


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 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 Calgary we also partner with the Arusha Centre and the Alberta EcoTrust Foundation. The Arusha Centre inspires and supports communities to connect, gather, and create a socially, economically, and environmentally just future. The Alberta EcoTrust Foundation supports environmental groups in Alberta through grants and capacity / collaboration building programs.


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.