Ige Egal

photo: Ige Egal

Ige is a public policy, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy specialist who champions collaborative, values-driven approaches to address complex challenges. He is a builder with a career spanning local grassroots activism and global multilateral consensus building initiatives. 

As a Maytree fellow, Ige will be developing an initiative aimed at driving systems change within Canada’s sports and physical activity landscape. Using a human rights-based approach, this effort will establish a national platform for collaboration to shape and realize a vision for an inclusive sports and physical activity ecosystem in Canada. This means creating opportunities where everyone can play, participate, and compete to the best of their abilities. Additionally, the initiative will emphasize promoting individuals’ health and well-being while protecting their human rights. 

Ige’s international public policy work has focused on supporting efforts to address systemic challenges in the digital economy. At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Ige supported the work to transform the century-old global tax system to cope with digitalization. He focused on policy analysis and engaging stakeholders across government, business, civil society, and academia. Likewise, his work at the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Advisory Council centred on creating the enabling conditions for a thriving and inclusive digital economy across the Asia-Pacific region. Collaborating closely with C-suite leaders from across the Asia-Pacific, Ige co-developed work-plans and facilitated their execution with an international team from 21 countries. He published research papers and organized events and symposia to drive public and government awareness on digital economy issues.  

Prior to working internationally, Ige was the founding executive director of the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation where he built pathways for youth in sport, education, employment, and leadership development. 

Ige serves on the Board at the MLSE LaunchPad. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in Public Affairs from SciencesPo, Paris.