Ilona Dougherty

Youth Advocate, Public Policy Innovator and President & Co-founder of Apathy is Boring

Ilona DoughertyFor proof of Ilona's lifelong commitment to being a social and public policy innovator, look no further than her diverse experiences, ranging from being a Canadian delegate at a United Nations conference at 17 years old to working with youth in a small community above the Arctic Circle.

In January 2004, Ilona co-founded Apathy is Boring (www.apathyisboring.com), a Canadian non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy and encourage them to vote. With Apathy is Boring, she has accompanied the Governor General of Canada on the 2009 State Visit to the Ukraine and Norway, been featured in the national media over 600 times and worked with rock stars.

Ilona is a regular commentator on CTV News Channel and Ipolitics.ca and a published author. She speaks to international audiences about redefining intergenerational relationships, changing the way we think about young people and encouraging active citizenship.

Ilona has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Volunteer Canada (Chair from 2013–2015), the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Sierra Club of Canada, and emerging artist support organization Studio 303 (President from 2011–2015).

Ilona recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, named a BMW Foundation Young Leader in 2012 and received an Ashoka Fellowship in 2009 and a Yukon Women's Award in 1999. Ilona was raised by socially-engaged parents in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and Whitehorse, Yukon, and currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her partner Danny.

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