New Trudeau Scholar Charlie Wall-Andrews
New Trudeau Scholar Charlie Wall-Andrews

SOCAN Foundation's Charlie Wall-Andrews Named Trudeau Scholar

Charlie Wall-Andrews has added yet another impressive feather to her cap: that of Trudeau Scholar.

The Newfoundland-born composer and executive director of the SOCAN Foundation is one of 16 new scholars announced by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and will immediately embark on a leadership program based on experiential learning.

"I'm honoured to be named a Trudeau Scholar," said Wall-Andrews, who is currently engaged in studying for her Ph.D. at Ryerson University, which nominated her for the honour. "Such an accolade will support me in expanding my capacity of being an engaged leader in our society that is committed to making a positive impact in our community, and the broader public."
Wall-Andrews, an Edmund de Rothschild Foundation Legacy Fellow who is also the Vice-Chair of Music Canada's Advisory Council,  teaches two hours a week at the University of Toronto and sits on the boards of WorkinCulture and Telus Community Investment, says her three-year program as a Trudeau Scholar will help her research engaged citizens and human rights and dignity.
"Year One is really from an individual perspective, networking and understanding your pitfalls and building resilience," she explains. "In Year Two, it's about giving back, so all of us will work together to create some sort of conference and then in Year Three, we'll do some sort of creative project that's to be determined. We'll get together and figure that out."
Wall-Andrews says her new position will enable her to conduct "meaningful research."

"I'm really interested in equity creation: how corporations and how government can simply be more mindful of equity, diversity and inclusion in their practices because that's something that's missing."

She also has an end-goal in mind.

"I"m very passionate and dedicated towards personal development. I really want to  learn about global policy and admin and how to be a change-maker and influence policymaking and design."

Wall-Andrews is also a composer who has been recognized as a ‘Top 30 Under 30’ from Corporate Knights and holds degrees from Laurentian (A B.A. in Music), York ( A M.A. in ethnomusicology), Ivey Business School (MBA) and is completing her Ph.D. at Ryerson University. 

For her life as a Trudeau Scholar, she'll receive up to $40K per year to cover tuition and living expenses; $20K per year for research and travel, leadership training from Trudeau Foundation mentors and fellows, and membership in a community of scholars, mentors and fellows.

"I'm still processing how this is happening - it's pretty cool," says Wall-Andrews.

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