Emilie Nicolas


  • Program Year
  • 2017-19
  • Country of Current Residence
  • Canada
  • City/Town of Current Residence
  • Montreal
  • Current Position
  • Sauvé Fellow
  • Organization
  • Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
  • Profession(s)
  • Anthropologist, Advocate, Researcher

  • Sector(s)
  • Non-profit / Philanthropy, Public Policy, Research
  • Language(s)
  • French, English, Spanish, Haitian Creole
  • Interest(s) / Expertise
  • advocacy, diversity, human rights, Language, policy
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Impact Statement

Emilie Nicolas is dedicated to building more inclusive societies in Canada and abroad. Her work promotes anti-racism, intersectional feminism, active citizenship, research-based policy making, and the empowerment of marginalized voices.


Emilie Nicolas is a PhD candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and the co-founder and president of Québec inclusif, a movement that actively unites citizens against racism and social exclusion. Her research focuses on the role of a shared language in the connections between Quebec and Haiti. She has contributed to various organizations in Canada and internationally. She sits on the boards of the Broadbent Institute, an important progressive think-tank, and the Quebec Women’s Federation, the largest feminist organization in Canada. An active bridge-builder, Emilie has co-initiated a coalition campaigning for equality and against systemic racism in Quebec. Her work has been published in several journals, magazines and newspapers, and she is a frequent media commentator, analyst and public speaker on human rights issues.

Emilie is currently a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the same institution, as well as a B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Montréal.

Emilie’s academic potential has been supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a Barbara From Memorial Award Canadian Scholarship, and SSHRC M.A. scholarship, and a Massey College Junior Fellowship. She is also the recipient of a Harry Jerome Award for leadership along with a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.