Emil Briones, MA, BMus

Senior Associate, KBRS

Skilled in anti-oppressive organizational development, change management, and supporting organizations in their journey to be more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.


As a Senior Associate with KBRS, Emil Briones, (en: they/them, fr: iel/ael), brings a wealth of experience as an organizational development consultant, community-based researcher, facilitator, mediator, and social justice educator, based in Tiohtià:ke, unceded Kanien'keha:ka territories (Montréal). As a humbled settler and member of the Filipinx diaspora, Emil has been entrusted with guiding groups through learning journeys and addressing organizational challenges since 2009.

A skilled practitioner in group facilitation, proven education methodologies, and conflict mediation, Emil has worked with organizations in a variety of sectors, with extensive experience in non-profit, community, health care, and higher education.

During Emil's academic and professional journey, they served as an active student organizer and later as the Academic Affairs Administrator at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry, discovering a passion for health justice and education in healthcare contexts. Emil later shifted focus towards community-based anti-oppressive research and anti-racism education at the Centre for Community Organizations (COCo). Emil has supported numerous groups in the non-profit and community sector on socially just organizational development, group dynamic challenges, and change management.

Fluent in both English and French, Emil was a Canada Graduate Scholar and P. Lantz Fellow at McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education and completed their Master of Arts thesis on social justice education in healthcare training programs.


Education, Certifications, and Awards:

  • Master of Arts, Education (Education & Society), McGill University

  • Bachelor of Music, Schulich School of Music of McGill University

  • Outstanding Researcher-Practitioner Award, Faculty of Education, McGill University (2017)

  • Community Engagement Award, Faculty of Education, McGill University (2017)

  • Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s), Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016)

  • Award for Equity and Community Building, Staff Category, Office of the Provost, McGill University (2016)

  • Conflict Mediation, TNG Community Services and Lewis Method of Deep Democracy

Passions, Community Involvement, and Personal Interests:

  • Musician with a deep appreciation of the arts and literature with a special focus on BIPoC and 2SLGBTQ+ creators

  • Active community leader and volunteer with an affinity for grassroots, group-led efforts, ranging from campus organizing to civic engagement

  • Sports enthusiast with a love of Olympic-level figure skating and tennis

Sector Specialty:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion consulting.

  • Coaching