Our Fellows

Shreya Kalra

Shreya Kalra is an independent journalist based out of Toronto who focuses on gender, climate change and social issues. She moved to Canada from India, where she was working with a not-for-profit media organisation working towards amplifying the voices of rural Indians. Her experience of living in 7 countries has shown her that there is actually more uniting the world than dividing. That’s why she focuses all her grassroots efforts are towards building communities and bridging divides. Her work has been published in openDemocracy, VICE, Ricochet, and National Geographic Traveller, among others.

Colton Kasteel

Colton is from the BC Coast, where he has lived, studied and worked on unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh territories. His past work has been focused primarily on climate-related policy and activism, including internationally with the BC Council for International Cooperation, leading youth delegations to United Nations conferences such as COP23 & COP24, and domestically as a Research Fellow at the UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing. He is deeply passionate about climate action, social justice and democratic empowerment, and excited to embolden youth in the 2019 Federal Election.

Kirsten

Kirsten is a recent graduate of the environment and business program at Waterloo who has had an interest in sustainability and social justice for her whole life. Before becoming a fellow with Future Majority, she canvassed with the Wilderness Committee and has been active in educating social circles on many of the issues we face today such as climate change, plastic waste, and fast-fashion. Since high school she has been teaching dance at various levels and is excited to employ those leadership skills to mobilise young voters in the upcoming election!

Bushra Asghar

Bushra Asghar was born to an expat family in Saudi Arabia and identifies as part of the South Asian diaspora. She became a Canadian immigrant at 10 years old when her family moved to Mississauga, Ontario.

She is passionate about race relations and identity politics and is an MSc Candidate at theLondon School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focus is on the intersecting links between decolonization, migration and nationalism in Western democraticnation-states.

She had the privilege of studying Political Science and International Relations at the undergraduate level in Northern Ontario. Since graduating she has been travelling the world working remotely for a tech-startup tackling the housing crisis based in San Francisco.

Payton Mitchell

Payton Mitchell is a 20 year old climate activist from rural Ontario studying political science and first peoples studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. A founding member of LPSU Quebec and Climate Strike Canada, Payton is passionate about building strong connections and empowering other young people to take a stand against the climate crisis. Outside of activism, Payton enjoys road trips, being a ‘local tourist’ in Montreal and spending time with her family on the Lake Erie coast.

Emmett

Since completing a degree in Sustainability, Emmett has worked as a fundraising professional and campaigner. He has helped organisations raise the money they need to do their work and run campaigns that win big changes. But helping build a big, hopeful, and powerful community of humans ready to take on climate injustice shoulder-to-shoulder has always been his north star. With 11 years to halve greenhouse gas emissions globally and climate catastrophes likely to pile up before his hair turns grey, he is especially excited to be working to build political power among young Canadians this fall.

Kiki Cekota

Kiki Cekota is a Toronto-based journalist with a preference for political and climate reporting. She graduated in June 2019 from Ryerson University with a major in journalism and a minor in history. Her past leadership experience includes being the managing editor of a Ryerson newspaper and helping to organize a week-long conference about energy storage. Kiki hails from Victoria, B.C. where her environmentalism was born among the ocean and mountains. In her spare time, she enjoys going on adventures with friends, reading and practicing yoga.

Sarah Hassanein

Sarah Hassanein is a Human Rights and Equity Studies graduate from York University, she is passionate about mobilizing young people, watching the city of Tkaronto thrive, writing and documenting her own narratives, and creating an equitable Canada through community based work. In her free time you can find Sarah creating visual and digital art and celebrating the many cultural varieties that Toronto has to offer.

Nika

Nika is a 21 year Torontonian and one of Future Majority’s Election Fellows this fall. This past April Nika graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax with a BA Honours in Political Science and Contemporary Studies. Nika is a former summer camp counsellor, community arts worker, and urban gardener. Nika is passionate about refugee politics, knitting socks and Britney Spears.

MK

MK is a conservation geneticist and proud Maritimer. Before completing her BScH in biology at Queen’s University, she spearheaded campaigns to update PEI’s Climate Change Action Plan, protect Ontario’s mountain lions, and acted as an external researcher to national conservation bodies. As a Schulich Leader Scholar and organizer of student mentorship programs, MK is a proponent of youth empowerment and innovation. In her free time, she can be found dancing, hanging out with her dog, and drinking bubble tea (not mutually exclusive).

Maeve Sharkey

Maeve Sharkey is an Ontario resident with a passion for community organizing and political activism. Maeve believes that getting youth to vote needs to go way beyond this election; it needs to become a new social movement that challenges youth to step up as the next generation of Canada’s leadership. As a result, this fellowship is a version of her dream job, integrating youth issues, political engagement and social action into one focus. Maeve has a long history of volunteering in her community of Halton Hills and has travelled extensively across Canada on Via Rail to celebrate Canada 150. In her spare time Maeve channels all things Joni Mitchell.

Arielle Lessard

Arielle has successfully avoided getting “real job” and worked as a garbage organizer in festival waste diversion and sustainability advocacy. This often takes the form of teary laughter and yelling about ‘the principle’ a lot. She’s absorbed with ideas for shared renewables and gross happiness alongside full-on equity or bust. She cares about arts, lit and music indiscriminately.