As a first generation Canadian of Afro-Caribbean decent, Calyssa Burke (she/her/hers) is a driven, hardworking young professional and global citizen that obtains a keen interest in project management, international development, and diversity, equity & inclusion work. She is from the East end of Toronto, Scarborough, and has grown up surrounded by diverse cultures and community resilience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Honours International Development from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Project Management from George Brown College. Calyssa has worked on the ground in Tanzania and Kenya where she focused on women and youth inclusion, women’s economic empowerment and monitoring and impact measurement practices. Currently, she is a Master of International Development Practice (MDP) candidate at the University of Waterloo.
Specifically, Calyssa is passionate about globalization and the future of international development with respect to decolonization, power, and privilege and how said dynamics can be implemented at the core of development projects and practices, locally and globally.