Kai Nagata

Kai Nagata – Energy and Democracy Director – ext. 32

A fourth-generation British Columbian, Kai’s roots are in the Shuswap, Gulf Islands, and Lower Mainland. His last name translates roughly to “everlasting rice paddy,” which was probably a lot to hope for in feudal Japan. In his spare time he enjoys archery, camping, fishing and hunting.

As a journalist he covered an all-out mafia war, the rise of the Orange Wave, and a blind British lute virtuoso’s quest to set a world record jumping motorcycles. Having held positions at CBC and CTV, he can confirm that some reporters you see on TV are, in fact, not wearing pants. His writing appears in the Toronto Star, the Tyee, DeSmog Canada, the Vancouver Sun and elsewhere.

Moving into digital content and strategy in 2012, Kai has advised candidates or elected officials across the political spectrum, as well as clients in advocacy, education, First Nations government and the private sector. So far only one of those gigs has led to being growled at by grizzly bears.

Kai is committed to building democracy through nonpartisan citizen engagement. He believes in fact-driven debates and speaking truth to power. If you find he’s slipping in any of these departments, call him at the number above – or put it in a tweet to @kainagata.

2 Responses to “Kai Nagata”

  1. Carolyn Bateman says:

    Hi Kai:
    Always get so much from your emails from Dogwood. You explain things so well, with depth and clarity.

    I was wondering if you would consider writing on the difference between elected indigenous chiefs and hereditary chiefs in one of your Dogwood emails and what affect this has on the whole issue of indigenous resistance to fossil fuel projects such as Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink. I like to think I am somewhat informed but this is an issue that continues to confuse me.

    Many thanks,

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