Claudia R. Hepburn

Claudia Hepburn Claudia Hepburn is the founder of the Children First: School Choice Trust, the only program in Canada to have won the Templeton Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Claudia was the founding Managing Director of The Fraser Institute, Ontario Office (2003-2008), and founded and directed the Institute's department of education policy research (1999-2008). She is the co-author of many education studies including Low Incomes, High Standards: Can private schools make a difference for low income families? (2008), Why Canadian Education Isn't Improving (2006), The Canadian Education Freedom Index (2003), the editor of Can the Market Save Our Schools (2001), and the author of The Case for School Choice: Models from the United States, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden (1999). She founded and hosts the institute's popular cocktail series, Behind the Spin: Fraser @ The Fifth , and its new dinner series, DIALOGUES . As the director of education policy, she was a frequent media commentator on education issues for a decade and her articles appeared in newspapers across Canada. She has a BA in English from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and an MA and B.Ed from the University of Toronto. Ms Hepburn was named one of Canada's Ten Most Inspiring Women of 2006 and one of the 2008 Top 25 Canadian Women of the Year by the Women's Post.