Karim Bardeesy is a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Special Adviser to the President at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he is launching the new Ryerson Leadership Institute. He was previously Deputy Principal Secretary for the Premier of Ontario, the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, and served as Executive Director of Policy for Premiers Wynne and Dalton McGuinty. He has worked as a journalist, as an editorial writer at The Globe and Mail and as an editorial assistant at Slate magazine, and was a DiverseCity fellow with the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. He has taught narrative and leadership at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance, and has a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.