Public Interest builds unique teams for each new project with members of our staff and our frequent collaborators. We frequently partner with other not-for-profit organizations and consultants, ensuring that the right mix of experience and knowledge is brought to each new endeavour.
Kevin Beaulieu is a veteran of Toronto City Hall, community engagement, and project management. He served for 8 years at City Hall as executive assistant to two city councillors whose offices he managed, and as chief of staff to the Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission. In these roles, he was responsible for public engagement, policy development, communications and media relations, and community engagement in diverse fields such as development and city planning, transportation and transit, environmental initiatives, governance, innovation, and access to government, among others. He was often the liaison between senior city officials, councillors, and the community.
Following his time at City Hall, Kevin took on the role of executive director of Pride Toronto, where he successfully managed all aspects of the production of three Pride festivals and WorldPride, one of the largest, most complex, and most visible cultural festivals in the city, in one of Toronto’s most vibrant and diverse communities.
Kevin will be taking on the role of project lead, overseeing the progress and strategic approach throughout the project, ensuring the deliverables are met on time and on budget.
For the past ten years, Neemarie Alam has worked in the non-profit sector in Toronto. Her experiences range from implementing and developing pre-teen sexual harassment programs to housing advocacy. She is keenly interested in developing community-driven policy and is an avid supporter of grassroots youth-led initiatives. With Public Interest, Neemarie is working on advocacy project with faith groups regarding their garbage collection, improving health access for low-income residents in St. James Town, and better understanding South Asian women’s nutrition needs in Peel Region.
Chantal manages Public Interest's office and finances, as well as providing project support.Outside of working at Public Interest, Chantal volunteers as a Community Health Ambassador with Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, delivering workshops on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health, to marginalized women in Toronto. Through these workshops, she has contributed to solution-based outcomes by sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas with community members. Chantal has just completed a Certificate in Gerontology with Ryerson University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business administration.
Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) Team
Chad Andrews has been a fundraiser and researcher with Canadian Doctors for Medicare since 2013. He is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing the organization’s fundraising initiatives, as well as facilitating the involvement of its generous supporters. Alongside this, he contributes to research projects on health care policy, which focus on shifts in health care practice and the creation of policy guidelines to help regulate such shifts.
With a background in community engagement in the non-profit sector, Chad has experience fostering community activism as a means of affecting progressive change. He is also finishing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Trent University, where he studies culture, politics, and technology in the West, and the curious ways that these intersect to create asymmetrical relations of power.