As Director of Communications, Olivia is responsible for managing YDC's internal and external communications, and for developing YDC's communications strategy.
As Research Director, Daniel is charged with building the thought leadership component of YDC, the Young Diplomats Forum blog, and leading the research efforts on the Y20 Accountability Report, in partnership with the G20 Research Center in Toronto.
As a Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, where he served as student body President in his graduating year, Robert has been a part of the Young Diplomats of Canada team for the past four years. Robert co-founded YDC in 2013, and served as Vice-President Operations and Vice-Chair of YDC from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this, Robert graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Specialist Degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto. He is currently a freelance blogger for The Huffington Post and the Times of Israel, with a variety of op-eds published around the world.
As the Executive Director and Co-Founder of YDC, Robert is charged with coordinating and overseeing all operations, furthering the organization’s mission and mandate, and communicating with external partners. Robert also serves as the Chief Legal Counsel for YDC, handling all legal affairs.
Currently, Colin works for Sticks & Stones Communication performing marketing strategy, visual design, videography, photography, and everything else needed for the Web 2.0 generation. Working with a number of businesses, educational institutions, and not-for-profits, he has a variety of work to his name. Entrepreneurial at heart, he particularly enjoys working with start-up companies, helping them expand their business and look globally.
As the Creative Director, Colin creates visual marketing content, promotional materials, and monitors what brand message is communicated. He is to credit for the new, modern and sleek YDC logo and website.
Matthew Thomas is founder and managing director of Prospect Madison, a cross-sector leadership advisory firm aimed at enhancing collaboration across the business, government and non-profit sectors to address society’s most pressing issues. He is also a co-founder and faculty member of the flagship Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program, which develops the capacity of 24 high potential leaders in the United States each year. Matthew chairs the boards of Young Canadians in Finance, Young Diplomats of Canada, and CanLeads – which are aimed at developing Canada’s next generation of leaders in finance, international affairs, and politics, respectively. He serves as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, and is a member of the World Economic Forum and Banff Forum communities. Matthew has published his work in the Harvard Business Review (“Triple Strength Leadership”), delivered remarks on leadership to audiences at the White House, Maytree Foundation and Corporate Executive Board, and led the Canadian youth delegation to the 2013 G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. Previously, Matthew served as the co-founder and executive director of The Intersector Project, a consultant with McKinsey & Company, an economist with the Department of Finance Canada, and an analyst with Morgan Stanley. You can reach him at @talktomatthew.
Professionally, Kevin practices lean six sigma innovation within the context of banking and capital markets. Outside of the workplace, his voluntarism includes leading council engagement at the Toronto Youth Cabinet, the official advisory body to Toronto City Council representing over 330,000 young Torontonians; serving on the advisory board for Success Beyond Limits, a non-profit community organization working with at-risk youth; advising his alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, on the President’s Advisory Committee for Environment and Sustainability, and as chair of the Dan Management Alumni Advisory Council.
Most recently, Kevin was recognized by Ascend Canada as Canada’s top under-30 Pan-Asian leader.