From top left: Kaitlyn Shannon, Jamil Jaffer, Karin Poldaas, Christopher Mylde, Benjamin Dachis, In-Leng Ng, Christine Cail, Dominique Hamel, Shannon Hale
Working closely with CFLSE President Usman Sheikh and our National Executive Committee, your chapter presidents bring local alumni together to participate in a cross-section of events that appeal to both recent graduates, retired alumni, and everyone in between. Please meet your leadership team in each city chapter, from Vancouver all the way to Halifax:
Kaitlyn Shannon, Co-President, Vancouver
Kaitlyn Shannon (MSc International Relations, ’14) is co-chair of the Vancouver chapter of the CFLSE. She has been volunteering with the CFLSE for nearly two years, and is honoured to play a role in building an LSE alumni community in Vancouver. In her professional life, Kaitlyn is the Manager for International Research Awards at Mitacs, a national non-profit that supports innovation in Canada. She is an avid ultimate Frisbee player, and spends her spare time hiking and exploring the beautiful west coast.
Jamil Jaffer, Co-President, Vancouver
Jamil Jaffer is Co-Chair of the Vancouver chapter of the LSE Alumni Association, along with Kaitlyn Shannon. After completing his MSc in Comparative Politics (Empire) in 2004 while a resident of Goodenough College, Jamil went on to work at Accenture in London a Management Consultant. Many years on, Jamil now resides in his hometown of Vancouver where he is Business Development Officer at Bhatt Holdings Inc., a certified sustainable group of companies that provides energy supplements to North American dairy farms and edible oils to food manufacturers. Jamil is keen to connect returning LSE alumni to the right people in Vancouver where possible. Professionally, Jamil is a Business Development Officer at Bhatt Holdings, Inc. Should you be visiting Vancouver and interested in meeting our alumni here, please do get in touch.
Karin Poldaas, Co-President, Calgary
Karin has been active with the Calgary chapter for several years. Born in Toronto and raised in Calgary, she crisscrossed the country while building a journalism career. Along with her husband and their dog, she went to London in 2013 where she graduated with an MSc. in Political Communication. She supports several organizations with her time, skills and enthusiasm, including her undergraduate alma mater. When not working in the finance sector, she puts her political strategist skills to work, currently serving as the campaign manager for a municipal candidate.
Chris Mylde, Co-President, Calgary
Chris is a founding member of the Calgary chapter, launching it with Mish Chadha in 2011. The school has a special place in his family as both Chris and his wife graduated from LSE in 2001 (with a BSc. in Environmental Policy with Economics and an MSc. in European Political Economy, respectively.) Originally from Norway, Chris enjoyed stints in the energy and finance sectors in London, Hong Kong, Toronto, Oslo and Aberdeen after graduating from LSE. He moved to Calgary 6 years ago and currently spearheads the international growth of an employee-owned energy consulting firm. Through his role, he feels privileged to be able to connect with many LSE alumni around the world on a regular basis.
Ben Dachis, Co-President, Toronto
Benjamin Dachis is associate director of research at the C.D. Howe Institute. He started with the C.D. Howe Institute in 2006 as a research fellow and also has experience with a major U.S. think tank. He returned to the C.D. Howe Institute as a policy analyst in January of 2008, and became a senior policy analyst in 2011 and associate director of research in 2016. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Regional Science from the LSE. He received the George and Hilda Ormsby Prize for the top MSc dissertation in the Department of Geography and Environment at the LSE. He worked at the Centre for Economic Performance, an interdisciplinary research centre at the LSE. He was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Insight Grants Economics Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has written on municipal finance, infrastructure, tax, energy, environmental and labour policy. Ben began organizing events with the CFLSE in 2014 because he always had a blast at the Consul General’s summer garden party!
In-Leng Ng, Co-President, Ottawa
In-Leng received her MSc Health, Population, and Society from the LSE in 2009. She began volunteering with the Ottawa CFLSE chapter in 2010 in various positions. She previously interned at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva and worked as a consultant for the Government of Canada. Presently, she is a Business Analyst at an IT startup. Volunteering with CFLSE and working with other local alumni groups has allowed her to meet many people from diverse backgrounds. She has also developed some skills in event planning. Aside from volunteering with CFLSE, she has too many hobbies to name including running and cooking.
Christina Cail, Co-President, Ottawa
Christina graduated from the LSE in 2011 with a MSc in Human Rights with hopes of someday working at the United Nations or in Canada’s foreign service. Since completing her studies at the LSE, she has held various positions. For the past 3.5 years, she has worked at the Senate of Canada, first for a former Speaker, followed by a role in the Office of the Clerk and then as a senator’s parliamentary affairs advisor. She now works for the current Speaker focusing largely on international relations and the parliamentary diplomacy aspect of the Speaker’s role. The LSE prepared her well for working in a political environment. Everything done in her office must be analyzed from top to bottom and given careful, critical thought. Her favourite part about studying at the LSE – apart from living in London, which she misses every day, and the lifelong friendships she made – were all the “eureka” moments she had. There were a number of concepts in human rights and international relations and criminal law that she did not fully grasp until she got to the LSE. That experience has helped her understand other complex issues that have come up since, especially at work. She has only been part of the CFLSE Ottawa chapter for a short time but is excited to see what can be done with the group!
Dominique Hamel, President, Montreal
A graduate from the MSc in Accounting and Finance (2010), Dominique has been involved in the Montréal chapter since 2013, becoming President in 2014, shortly after the birth of her daughter. She loves coordinating events for the chapter, meeting alumni and engaging in passionate discussions on almost any subject (and London!). Trained as an accountant, Dominique divides her time between academia and the corporate world. She has collaborated on various research projects at LSE, Harvard Business School and HEC Montréal, worked as an auditor for a Big Four company and in the financial markets department at National Bank. She loves teaching as well as sharing her passion for accounting.
Shannon Hale, President, Halifax
Shannon Hale is the President of the CFLSE Atlantic chapter. She is a rising second-year student at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law where she co-founded the Schulich Chapter of the Runnymede Society, a national organization at law schools across Canada that fosters free and fair debate on the rule of law and constitutional issues. Prior to law school, she worked as a senior advisor to various federal Cabinet Ministers, including the federal Finance Minister. Shannon graduated with Distinction from the LSE in 2012 with an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations. She will have the opportunity to return to her old stomping grounds in London, UK this summer as a Pamela and Andrew Brands International Law intern where she will work for Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading global law firm, as well as Fair Trials UK, an NGO that promotes access to fair trials around the world. In her spare time, Shannon is an avid golfer, enjoys surfing in Hawaii and Australia, and fundraises for Cystic Fibrosis Canada through Lawn Summer Nights.