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Current Cohort

Twelve young, Canadian, Christian leaders have become this year’s cohort of the NextGEN Fellows Program.

NextGEN is a year-long, leadership development opportunity for those aged 25 – 34 created and run by think-tank Cardus. The NextGEN fellows will explore the relevance and resources of the Christian faith for their vocations and for public life today.

The Fellowship is designed to create a supportive learning community for intellectual and spiritual growth. Fellows will engage in discussions with leading Christian academics and practitioners, as well as receive one-on-one mentorship. Over the course of a year, fellows will participate in four weekend events, one week-long seminar in Ottawa, and monthly Zoom Connects.

Alexandra Hebert

Alexandra Hebert

Alexandra Hebert is a lawyer with a keen interest in public policy issues. She is based in Montréal and enjoys hiking, live jazz, and flat whites. Her legal work has focused on appellate advocacy and defending complex class action lawsuits. Alexandra has also served as a Fellow of the Global Leadership Initiative of the Oxford Character Project. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa, her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University, and her Master of Public Policy from Oxford University.

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Amanda Achtman

Amanda Achtman studied political science in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta; the life and legacy of John Paul II in Lublin, Poland; and, the resurrection of the dead throughout Jewish tradition in Rome, Italy. In Toronto and Ottawa, she did a mix of journalism, crowdfunding, politics, filmmaking, advocacy, and events addressing the most passionate and underserved issues of our day. Currently, Amanda is especially focused on preventing euthanasia and encouraging hope.


Andrew Clubine

Andrew Clubine is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (BKI) and McGill University (BCL & JD), and is currently a student of canon law at KU Leuven. He is a lawyer for social sector organizations, and has served on a variety of boards for religious and educational not-for-profit organizations. Andrew and his wife share an eclectic bookshelf that includes classic literature, social theory, modern Canadian art, contemporary poetry, and a chess set.

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Christine Poopalapillai

Christine Poopalapillai is currently the Manager of Stakeholder Relations at the Ontario Medical Association. Christine is an experienced public policy professional who enjoys travelling, community building, and serving in AWANA & children’s ministries at her church. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.

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Clancy Bouwman

Clancy Bouwman is a Senior Consultant at Wellington Advocacy. He served as Executive Assistant to former Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for 3 years and as a political advisor on Parliament Hill in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. Clancy has experience in political campaign management and stakeholder relations, and recently managed a province-wide leadership campaign.

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Hayden Regeling

Hayden Regeling is a follower of Jesus, husband to Tracey, Father to Auston, Rylea and Levi and Pastor of First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. He is a graduate of McMaster Divinity School (M.Div.) and Redeemer University (B.A., Music and Theology). Hayden is passionate about helping people connect with God and integrate their faith with their life and vocation. He enjoys spending time outside with his family, hiking and biking the trails of Hamilton, as well as drinking a good cup of Chemex coffee.

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Janice Lee

Janice Lee is from Vancouver and has recently returned after spending ten years living in Dubai and Hong Kong, where she immersed herself in the dynamic cultures of both cities. She earned her law degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has experience working in both financial services and management consulting. She is currently working at KPMG in Technology Risk Management where she provides advice and guidance on effectively managing risks with using technology.

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Joel Agarwal

Joel Agarwal is an Albertan, a lover of the Rockies, and will be living in New York City to begin work conducting cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center. His previous roles as the President of the University of Alberta Students’ Union, Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center, and Data Analyst at World Relief, a Christian humanitarian organization, have shaped his interests in healthcare and leadership. He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Boston University, specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a BSc in Biology with a minor in Christian Theology from the University of Alberta.

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Levi Minderhoud

Levi Minderhoud serves as the British Columbia Manager for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada. He specializes in engaging with provincial political issues and educating, equipping, and encouraging Reformed Christians in British Columbia to political action. Prior to joining ARPA Canada, Levi earned a bachelor’s degree from Dordt University in political science, business, and economics and a Master of Public Policy degree from Simon Fraser University. Levi, his wife Jillian, and his daughter Aria live in Mission, British Columbia, and when off the clock, you’ll find him dabbling in recreational hockey, tickling the ivories, and playing every board and card game imaginable.

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Mariam Gagi

Mariam Gagi was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2021. She practices in civil litigation with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (“MAG”). Her practice focuses on public law matters, chiefly indigenous law, administrative law, negligence, class actions, public inquiries and Attorney General interventions. At MAG, she serves as a director of the Association of Law Officers of the Crown and is a member of Voices for Mental Health. Mariam is also Canada’s Representative on the Young Commonwealth Lawyers Association.

Rebekah Mc Neilly

Rebekah McNeilly

Rebekah McNeilly holds an honors Bachelor degree in Sociology, a Master’s in Criminology and is currently a PhD candidate in Criminology at the University of Alberta, with a focus in youth justice. She holds the Alberta Graduate Excellence scholarship for outstanding academic achievement. Rebekah also works full time for The Salvation Army in Canada in two departments, Women’s Ministries as a content creator, podcast host and producer, and Social Mission as an associate consultant for corrections and justice. Rebekah is a pastor’s daughter and the eldest of four girls. Family dinners are never dull.

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Ryan Khurana

Ryan Khurana has spent several years working in various aspects of Artificial Intelligence, from policy research to startups to technical management in Fortune 500 companies. His driving force is encouraging technological innovation that increases prosperity while being consistent with the values and virtues society ought to care about. He has published in numerous outlets including Scientific American, Toronto Star, and the Financial Post. He holds a Master’s in Management Analytics from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor’s in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Manchester.