We are excited to welcome Gabrielle Bardall to the team as our new Vice-President for External Relations!
Dr. Bardall is a leading voice in transformative, people-based solutions to democracy support. Her work on feminist approaches to democratization has made landmark contributions to the field, including ground-breaking research and programs on gender-based political violence. She has advised and trained diplomats, legislators and civil servants from Parliament Hill to Capitol Hill. An educator, advisor and activist, Gabrielle has worked in over 60 countries worldwide for the past two decades.
Gabrielle leads EngageParlDiplo, the Parliamentary Centre’s flagship orientation and dialogue program for Canadian MPs and diplomats, in cooperation with Carleton University. As Vice President of External Relations, she advances the Parliamentary Centre’s role as Canada’s global leader for democracy by nourishing strategic partnerships, designing state-of-the-art programmes and zeroing in on the human impacts of the Parliamentary Centre’s global programs. Gabrielle is responsible for the Parliamentary Centre’s applied research and innovation initiatives.
Prior to joining the Parliamentary Centre, Gabrielle established her own consultancy, Herizon Democracy, where she provided elections and democracy advising grounded in gender equality and empowerment to clients worldwide. She has worked with leading organizations in realizing this vison, including the Carter Center, the Council of Europe, DRI, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, IFES, International IDEA, the InterParliamentary Union, IRI, NDI, UN Women, UN-DPKO, UNDP, USIP and Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Gabrielle is a prolific author and public speaker. She holds degrees from McGill University (BA), Sciences-Po Paris (MA) and l’Université de Montreal (PhD). She received the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship for her work in comparative democratization.
Gabrielle’s favorite and foremost title is “mom” to her infant twins. She is currently based between Ottawa and Halifax. @gbardall