New Members on the BICYN Steering Committee!

One of our partners in basic income activism, the Basic Income Canada Youth Network, has recently expanded their steering committee to include new and diverse perspectives on basic income. We are excited to begin working with them! This is a critical time for basic income advocacy, and youth engagement is critical to maintain the movement’s momentum and to promote intergenerational learning.

Introducing the BICYN Steering Committee:

Kendal David (Calgary, AB/Treaty 7 Territory) is one of the co-founders and co-chairs of BICYN. She is a Master of Social Work student at Carleton University with experience in the disability sector, community development and organizing, and critical social research.

Melanie Davis (Thunder Bay, ON/Treaty 3 Territory) is a BICYN Steering Committee member. Her Master’s research at the University of Guelph focused on the relationship between advocacy efforts and ideas in the development of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Melanie is a Policy Analyst at the Northern Policy Institute.

Shelby Kendra Downe (Epekwitk, Mi’kma’ki/Charlottetown, PEI) is a member of the BICYN Steering Committee. They are a former staff member and current collective member of Cooper Institute. Shelby studies Environmental Studies, Diversity and Social Justice Studies, and Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island. Shelby’s pronouns are she/they.

Chloe Halpenny (Ottawa, ON/unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe land) is one of the co-founders and co-chairs of BICYN. She is a researcher at the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, and completed her Master’s research on the experiences of participants in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot. 

Walid Herzallah (Toronto, ON) is a member of the BICYN Steering Committee. He is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, and began advocating for basic income while completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University.

Hannah Owczar (Winnipeg, MB/Treaty 1 Territory) is a member of the BICYN Steering Committee. She is a writer and communications specialist at the University of Manitoba, and is co-authoring a book with Dr. Evelyn Forget titled, Radical Trust: basic income for complicated lives.

Kanishka Sikri ( is a member of the BICYN Steering Committee. She is a post-de-colonial feminist and scholar-activist, known for her writing and cultural critique, public and academic talks, collaborative workshops and trainings, and critical development consultancy.

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