Merlin ChatwinMerlin Chatwin, Senior Graduate Fellow

Merlin Chatwin is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Western Ontario in the Geography Department. His research area is urban policy and local governance with a specific focus on the civic exclusion of marginalized groups in diverse geographies. He was previously the Co-Founder and Director of Amplify Governance International Inc. and has over 10 years of domestic and international community development. With an MA in Organizational Development and Leadership, he has a keen interest in the development of individuals to reach their full potential. He has significant experience in developing strategic alliances in governance, education and food security sectors. Merlin has expertise in project management and in leading cross-sectoral groups through strategic planning and collaborative processes. Further, he has led multiple monitoring and evaluation projects across diverse sectors and geographic and cultural contexts.

Kate GrahamKate Graham, Fellow

Dr. Kate Graham has more than a decade of experience working in local government, most recently as the Director, Community & Economic Innovation at the City of London. She is an engaged community member and volunteer, including serving as the Chair of the Pillar Nonprofit Network, and was named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2015. Her research interests include local government, urban politics, public policy and city competitiveness. Her dissertation Leading Canada’s Cities? A Study of Urban Mayors examines the political leadership of Canada’s cities (see: MayorsProject).