It is with deep appreciation that we announce the departure of Ravi Joshi from the Council of Canadians.
Ravi joined our Council family in 2019 as the Director of Communications, bringing a wealth of passion and expertise in storytelling, advocacy, and clear and accessible communication. A year into his tenure, he assumed the additional role of Co-Executive Director, overseeing the planning and execution of the Council’s operations.
As Director of Communications, Ravi helped reshape the organization’s visual identity, refreshing the look of our website, logo, and how we talked about our mission and history. His work on revamping our annual Canadian Perspectives magazine won the publication an award for its impact and design. And he harnessed modern organizing tools to help us enrich, grow, and personalize our relationship with members and supporters.
Thanks to his work as a Co-ED, Ravi leaves us with much greater confidence in our internal planning processes and structures. As for so many, 2020-2023 has been a time of significant transition for the Council. Ravi’s leadership helped see us through the early days of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, multiple changes to our governance and membership structure, measurable updates to our equity and diversity policies in hiring and training, and more.
We will miss Ravi and his characteristic optimism and grace, and we’re grateful for everything that he gave of himself for the health of our organization. We are fortunate for the lasting impact that his contributions leave behind and look forward to building on the forward momentum he brought to the organization.
We are pleased to share that Robin Tress will be rejoining the Council of Canadians on an interim basis as Co-Executive Director, as well as leading responsibilities with the Communications Team, Climate Campaign, and Pharmacare Campaign. You’ll recognize Robin from her recent term as Co-Executive Director while Christina Warner was on leave. Robin lives in Punamu’kwati’jk, Mi’kma’ki (currently known as Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) and has previously worked with the Council as the Climate and Social Justice Campaigner.
We are grateful to Robin for her passion, leadership, and commitment to the Council of Canadians.
Welcome back, Robin!