I collaborate in partnership with social innovators, small business owners + large organizations
to achieve their unique goals + make a global impact to benefit diverse groups + communities.
With a triple bottom line of planet + people + profit, co-creative solutions and big changes are possible.
My areas of expertise include: active listening, outreach + engagement, strategic planning,
program development + coordination, applied research, communications, training + mentorship.
Highlights

2009 - Present: Developing policy to build welcoming communities and empower newcomers to fully participate in Canadian life.

I work as an Analyst in the Integration Branch at IRCC to support programming on Community Connections through 200+ service providing organizations across Canada. This has involved liaising with a national network of partners (municipalities, provinces and territories, health and resource centres, school boards, libraries, academics, front-line workers, immigrants and refugees) to undertake research and develop frameworks, briefing materials, presentations, as well as set plans and priorities.

2004 - Present: Creating sustainability strategies for clients to maximize the triple bottom line. This work has involved supporting start-up enterprises and heart-based businesses; building educational frameworks and coordinating advanced training programs; assisting in the creation of a non-profit dedicated to accessible wellness education; copywriting and editing books for publication and grant applications to secure project funding; and developing communications and marketing plans.

2002 - 2016: Organizing accessible learning programs to promote positive outcomes. I mentored recently arrived resettled refugees in adjusting to life in Canada; coordinated activities for a connecting cultures group for people from diverse backgrounds; recruited and trained 100 volunteers to act as student leaders for a post-secondary orientation program for 1,000 new students; and led Yoga and Meditation classes for marginalized populations.

 

2011 - 2012: Writing reports, work plans, fact sheets, and web content to support a community-wide partnership. I helped to evolve the work plans and priorities of a broad-based partnership of 60 organizations including the City of Ottawa, social and health service providers, school boards, universities and colleges, employers, and regional planning bodies to build capacity, leverage current assets, and mobilize new resources for responding effectively to challenges.​

Education

2007    Dalhousie University – Halifax, Nova Scotia: Master of Arts (MA) in International Development Studies

 

2005    Brandon University – Brandon, Manitoba: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Publications

 

Burr, Kathleen.  “Building Welcoming and Inclusive Communities through Multi-level Governance”.  Horizons: Innovative Communities: Agents of Change.  v 11.1.  Policy Research Initiative.  2011.

 

Burr, Kathleen.  Social Protection for India’s Informal Sector Workers: The Role of Women’s Civil Society and the State.  Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2008.

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