Idil Burale is a community advocate and change agent. In her day job with the Ontario Public Service, she works to support community-driven transformation to address barriers that impact outcomes for disadvantaged youth across Ontario. Bridging policy, program and service changes across sectors, she brings a user-centered lens to public service and the policy-making process. Prior to joining the public service, she was a Senior Associate at the MaRS Solutions Lab, a public and social innovation lab. While there, she developed policy solutions to complex issues facing governments, including the sharing economy, modernizing transfer payment, and promoting public sector innovation.
In her spare time, Idil serves as a strategic advisor on a number of local task forces and committees ranging from the modernization of the Toronto Police Service to developing a framework for Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Idil effortlessly tackles divisive policy issues in a neutral and constructive way that has made her approachable and trusted by a diverse group of people. She brings a critical and intersectional lens to her work by carefully evaluating how individuals, groups, and institutions understand and resolve complex issues. A frequent commentator on urban issues who’s been featured in print, radio, and on TV, she has been recognized as an emerging youth leader in the GTHA, profiled as a ‘Torontonian to Watch’ and featured as a future leader by the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.