Kimberley Manning Principal, Simone de Beauvoir Institute
Associate professor, Department of Political Science
Specializing in Chinese politics, women and politics, and the rights of transgender children and youth, Kimberley Manning analyzes family ties and politics through the lens of feminist theory.
Manning is currently participating on two SSHRC-funded projects: one working with parent advocates of transgender youth and a second study with transgender youth in Quebec. She is also the faculty lead on C-FAR (Critical Feminist Activism and Research), a Faculty of Arts and Science-funded initiative to improve equity and diversity at Concordia through social action research projects.
Manning received her doctorate from the University of Washington, spent 2003-2004 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, and has previously held grants from SSHRC and FQRSC.
Sue Montgomery Borough mayor, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Sue Montgomery is award-winning investigative journalist with extensive experience reporting from Canada and abroad for the Toronto Star, the Canadian Press and Montreal Gazette.
She has covered social justice issues from homelessness to poverty, as well as the justice system. Montgomery is the co-creator of the Twitter hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, which sparked a global discussion about sexual violence.
She is also an experienced public speaker, addressing audiences from a variety of backgrounds and age groups on many issues.
Eva Nassif, BA 05, MA 09
A native of Lebanon, Eva Nassif is currently pursuing a certificate in women's studies at Concordia. Nassif is a mother of 24-year-old triplets and has been living in Laval with her family for more than 20 years. She is a former Member of Parliament for the riding of Vimy in the House of Commons of Canada from 2015 to 2019 as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada — the first person to be MP in that riding. Nassif has been involved with many charitable organizations and activist for women's rights, and social and youth affairs.
Nassif was a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, and the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. She was also a cofounding member of the new Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians.
Amanda Kline, BA 11
Reporter, CTV News Montreal
Amanda Kline joined CTV Montreal as a freelance reporter in 2016. Quickly adding to that skill set, Amanda is now a reporter (sometimes covering the National Assembly in Quebec), video journalist, fill-in anchor and fill-in assignment editor.
Kline has been on the frontlines of some of the biggest stories in the province, such as the march against climate change that drew hundreds of thousands of people to Montreal, the amber alert triggered by accused double-murder suspect Ugo Fredette (prompting a province-wide manhunt) and the spring floods in both 2017 and 2019.
She is part of the team at CTV Montreal that won the RTDNA award for long-term coverage of asylum seekers crossing the border irregularly via Roxham Road in 2017.