The Carold Institute announces the recipient of the 2016 $60,000 Alan Thomas Fellowship

The Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Alexa Conradi is the recipient of the 2016 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual $60,000 award enables leaders in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society. First awarded in 2008, there are now a dozen recipients of the Alan Thomas Fellowship. Past fellowship holders continue to be connected to The Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

image-1Alexa Conradi served three terms as president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (2009-2015). The FFQ, founded in 1966, is the main feminist umbrella organization in Québec. During these six years, she played a leading role in some of the major social debates in Québec society, such as the disappearance and murder of aboriginal women, unreported cases of sexual abuse, the impact of austerity on women and the now-defunct Charter of Values.

With the support of the Alan Thomas Fellowship, Alexa is writing a book on her experience, to be published by Les Éditions du remue-ménage. She will address issues such as the increase in income inequality, sexism and rape culture, Islam and islamophobia and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Further background on Alexa Conradi

Aware of the criticisms made of feminism by women of color, immigrant, indigenous, lesbians and trans people, Alexa guided a three-year process of renewal of feminist analysis and activism within the FFQ. This process used an innovative, participatory democracy approach designed to allow women historically kept at the margins of the movement to have significant influence over the process and the results. The outcomes, adopted by a thousand women at a final forum will inspire the feminist movement in Québec and elsewhere for years to come (

Alexa is currently living in Germany where she continues to develop new perspectives on her experience. She also acts as an expert on gender issues and democracy with a Canadian NGO working in the Maghreb (Northwest Africa).

For more information on this award and on the work of The Carold Institute:

visit or contact Tatiana Fraser, President of The Carold Institute (tel: 514 948-5596; email with Alexa Conradi may also be arranged by contacting The Carold Institute Secretariat: tel: 613-376-3391; email: