Avery Johnstone

Avery is a researcher, project manager and digital strategist. Having graduated on the Dean’s List from Queen’s University, Kingston with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies, Avery works at Kite Insights to conduct research, facilitate debate and drive inclusive and intersectional progress across ESG for her clients.

Avery’s areas of expertise lie in the intersections of gender, health and climate research, thought leadership and engagement strategy. Currently, Avery project manages the Editorial Team for the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society – a global platform highlighting women’s voices and vision to shape a more inclusive economy and society, and supports The New York Times Climate Solutions series, leading up to COP26.

Previously, Avery has served as a Youth Ambassador to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on topics of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and has sat on the Board of Directors for a regional branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. She has also worked with Queen’s Health Outreach to develop mental and sexual health curriculum for students in Georgetown, Guyana, and spent two months implementing this initiative alongside the Guyanese Ministry of Education and Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association in May/June 2019.

Avery is currently a Youth Advisor to Canadian Senator Marilou McPhedran and sits on the Canadian Council of Young Feminists / Conseil canadien de jeunes féministes. She is also a Young Leader with Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Programme, an award-winning, international youth leadership programme focused on gender and health equity, and in the inaugural cohort of Apolitical’s Gender Equality Collective – an education initiative for civil servants, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.