Kyle Sholes ‘12
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Where is he now: Policy Director, StrategyCorp political consulting firm
"Meadowridge taught me to take risks. To speak up, share ideas, and engage in debate. The confidence to have my voice heard and, more importantly, hear others’ voices, is a skill I use every day"
While at Meadowridge, Kyle was an active member of the school community serving as the President of Senior Gryphon Council. After graduating in 2012, he moved back east to study Political Science at Huron University College in London, Ontario where he continued giving back to his school community by serving on the Huron College University Students’ Council as the Vice President of Communications. During his summer breaks, Kyle continued to give back to the Meadowridge community by working in the school’s Advancement Office helping to reconnect with other Meadowridge alumni.
After graduating from Huron in 2016, Kyle’s passion for government led him to participate in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme, a non-partisan program that provides interns the opportunity to work in the offices of Members of the Provincial Parliament from both sides of the aisle.
Following the 2018 election of Premier Doug Ford in Ontario, Kyle went on to work in the Office of the Minister of Finance. Throughout his two years in the Ministry of Finance, Kyle held many positions including serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Issue Management. In his role, Kyle helped lead the policy development and strategic communications rollout of Ontario’s fiscal and economic plans like Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
Kyle is currently working for StrategyCorp, a political consulting firm as the Policy Director for their Institute of Public Policy and Economy and a consultant in the Public Affairs department. Kyle utilizes his public sector experience with the Ontario government to help clients achieve their goals. He currently works with a variety of municipal, Indigenous and post-secondary clients across a range of policy areas. In addition, he recently wrote an opinion piece in the Toronto Star on how the government can help support businesses as we reach a post COVID world.
Although Kyle now lives across the country, his impact on Meadowridge remains through his creation of the original Mini Gryphon stuffy as a part of Entrepreneurship 12 which serves as the inspiration for the most sought-after prize at Spirit Day, the House Mini Gryphon.