Meet the Research Team

In the same way that City Councillors receive research briefs before council meetings, the Youth Councillors receive research briefs prepared by the volunteer research team before our weekly council meetings. Our meeting topics are very diverse, ranging from street checks, to food trucks, to drug stigma. The work of the research team ensures that all councillors can be informed on the issue, which allows for more meaningful conversation. The research department also supports councillors by providing information for focus groups, community projects, and meetings led by councillors.

Ellen.jpgHead Researcher: Ellen Altpeter

1) Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’m a researcher here in London, working in fundraising. While I’m originally from beautiful Peterborough ON, I came to London in 2014 to do my Masters of Library and Information Science at UWO, and now call London home. I love reading, snuggling with my cat and learning about almost anything.


2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to get involved?

What drew me to LYAC was the opportunity to meet and support interesting, diverse, passionate young Londoners. I also hope to learn more about what makes London tick, and make a positive impact on the city and its people.

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Researcher: Jean-Marc Metrailler – @JM_Metrailler

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:    

I am a lawyer-in-training here in London, and a recent graduate from UWO. I have a passion for the outdoors, for cycling, and for politics.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

Unlike some of the political organizations I have previously volunteered for, there are no limits on critical thought at the LYAC. I hope my research work for the Council helps engage more young people to think openly about the issues of our time.

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raghad ebied.pngResearcher: Raghad Ebied

1) Tell us a bit about yourself:    

I am a transformational speaker; writer; life coach; education and training consultant and the founder of  My passion for positive transformation enabled me to pursue a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the U.K, preceded by a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelors in Education in addition to certifications in leadership, life coaching, and relationship coaching from Canadian and American universities and institutions. I have over 10 years of experience in Canada, the U.S., and the Middle East in program development and management as well as speaking, training, teaching, coaching, and consulting with individuals, schools and universities, non-profit organizations, as well as government in the fields of education, promoting social, emotional and moral well-being, and leadership development and diversity.

2) What is it about the LYAC that made you want to be involved?

I have worked with for youth for many years throughout my career and am passionate about empowering them to increase their civic engagement and be well informed socially responsible citizens who contribute to the betterment of our society. I think it’s essential to have the voices of our youth heard and given my academic background and interest in research, I wanted to contribute to LYAC’s vision of cultivating community leaders.

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Researcher: Alexandra Reurink

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Researcher: Diyin Deng 

Researcher: Urvi Prajapati

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