Laura Chapman is the President of Isuma Consulting Inc. The company's mission is to develop strategies for effective governance, policies and programs through its five business lines - knowledge transfer, community engagement, planning and development, communications and marketing, and organizational change. Laura has thirty years of experience in policy and research in the Government of Canada, much of it as a senior official. As Executive Director, Policy Research Initiative (PRI) at the Privy Coucil Office, she created and led a unique organization to strenghthen Canada's policy research capacity. Under her leadership, the PRI examined emerging issues related to Sustainable Development, North American Linkages, and Social Cohesion and created a network of almost 10,000 people in Canada and internationally. Laura also conceived and published both a series of books on emerging policy trends edited by outstanding academics, and Canada's first policy research journal which included issues on, Sustainable Development, Social Capital, the New Economy, and North American Integration. She also created Canada's first policy research awards, involving leading Canadian journalists, researchers and community representatives.
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