Leah Levac is an Interdisciplinary PhD graduate from the University of New Brunswick. She is a Trudeau Scholar and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Scholar. Leah competes in triathlons, and loves cycling, skiing, cooking, and camping. As part of her PhD, she lead a research team that studied the New Brunswick Poverty Reduction Process, and collaborated with a group of young mothers who studied the experiences of young mothers with child protection and housing in the province. Overall, her research focuses on questions such as: (a) How can public engagement processes be designed to facilitate the meaningful engagement of marginalized young women? (b) How do participants’ experiences in public engagement processes vary by age and gender? (c) How does participation in public engagement processes contribute to youth leadership development?
In addition to Leah’s research, she teaches a course about critical self-assessment and personal growth at Renaissance College, the interdisciplinary leadership faculty at UNB. As a passionate advocate of gender equity, she serves as the Vice-Chair of Youth in Transition Inc., a residential program for 16 – 19 year old young women who at risk of homelessness, and as a member of Equal Voice. As well, she is a member of the liaison committee that supports NB2026, a citizen forum designed to “promote engagement and develop broad consensus around the province's long term self-sufficiency objectives, priorities, and strategies”. After being named one of New Brunswick’s 21 Leaders in 2005, she became a founding member of 21inc., an organization that draws on the collective knowledge and experiences of established leaders and members of the 21inc. community to develop the country’s best leaders.