W. Y. Alice Chan, Ph.D., Executive Director, Co-Founder

Alice has worked in large multinational corporations, and international religious and non-religious non-profits. These experiences inform her work at CCRL and raise her desire to foster religious literacy among industry professionals, an understanding that was lacking in her corporate environments. Her work at the Centre is also inspired by her teaching experience as a middle school teacher, McGill University and OISE/University of Toronto lecturer, and her research on religious bullying, religious literacy, and religious discrimination, such as violent extremism. She has worked with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), the Interfaith Youth Core in the US, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the Hindu American Foundation, the Islamic Circle of North America, and the Religious Freedom Center in the US on various internal and external publications, research projects, program evaluation, and guest speaking engagements.

This atypical career trajectory aligns closely to her educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Queen’s University in Sociology and Economics, a Masters of Teaching from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and is a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers. She completed her Ph.D. from McGill University’s Faculty of Education under the supervision of Dr. Ratna Ghosh, C.M., O.Q., F.R.S.C.

In 2020, she was awarded the Dissertation of the Year Award by the American Education Research Association‘s Religion and Education Special Interest Group, which welcomes submissions internationally. If you would like to learn more about her research on religious bullying and religious literacy or review her recent publications, please visit:  www.alicechan.org.

Alice is deeply committed to ensuring research (especially related to religious literacy) is shared in an accessible, relevant, and tangible way to all members of society and would be happy to discuss any of the work at CCRL with you directly via ac@ccrl-clrc.ca.