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Amanda Shatzko

2022 Fellow

Director and Vice-Chair


Amanda Shatzko is an award-winning artist, politician, athlete and scholar. Working at the intersection of creativity and leadership, her PhD research focuses on Canadian politicians and the role of creativity in decision-making to address wicked policy problems and impact social change. Prior to studying politics, Amanda worked notably as an artist and athlete for media and events, creating artistic projects and presentations in over 30 countries. She has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, a Top 40 Young Global Cultural Leader, Top 40 Under 40 in BC, and globally distinguished as a Top 100 World of Difference Award recipient for women’s economic empowerment.

In 2018, Amanda was elected as Director of BX/Silver Star and appointed Vice-Chair of the Regional District of North Okanagan. She is one of Canada’s youngest females elected to a mayoral position. An advocate for more women to have a seat at the decision-making table, she serves as a Senator at UBC, and sits on the board of directors of the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture, United Nations Association in Canada-Vancouver branch, Impact Toolbox, BC Municipal Finance Authority, North Okanagan/Columbia Shuswap Regional Hospital District and Okanagan Regional Library.