Craig Carter-Edwards

Strategic Advisor

Craig is a changemaker with expertise in public affairs, communications and community building.

He created the Language Advocacy Day Coalition, a partnership of more than 20 organizations advocating for increased awareness of language access barriers and policy changes to overcome them. Canada’s first Language Advocacy Day happened on February 4th, 2021, welcoming 230 participants from around the world, and included meetings with 12 MPPs and staff from across the political spectrum. Craig is a founder of WelcomeHomeTO, a not-for-profit that has held more than 50 events connecting settlement sector partners, grassroots groups and newcomers to Canada; created more than 60 stories of settlement for the Hearts and Minds Library; and produced three summary reports that have been referenced by the New York Times and presented as case studies before the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

An active member of Canada’s Open Data/Open Government Community, Craig has co-organized Open Data Days, the 2014 Open Government Tour and served as a producer on Open – World’s first short film on Open Government, Open Data, and Open Source.

Favourite City: Otavalo, Ecuador. A confluence of history, both good and bad; the Plaza de Ponchos and all the chromatic chaos that comes with it; friends, and a lot of good memories. The mountains, the Lechero, and salchipapa.

Guilty Pleasure: Dark chocolate. Food for the soul…

My role at Youthful Cities: To support the team with strategic advice on program development, capacity building, and long-term planning. I also have the privilege of mentoring some pretty amazing young leaders as they harness their maximum potential.