Annand is a father of two daughters, a husband, an engaged citizen, an optimist, and a Strategic Foresight Analyst with the City of Edmonton. As a first generation Canadian who was born, raised, and continues to live in Edmonton, he has become comfortable with both fitting in and not quite being a part of the mainstream all at the same time. His experiences have shaped his capacity to be a bridge builder and through his work, he uses a holistic perspective that encourages collaboration and empowers organizations to apply new frameworks, methods, and tools for greater impact. He cares about social innovation because the field places a focus on bringing together many perspectives and doing the messy work of digging in and discovering what is holding complex challenges in place. He believes that through this work what is discovered newly is our collective human capacity and know-how to build solutions that shift and transform systems for the better. He has been a key contributor to ABSI Connect since 2016, when he joined as a Journeyman Partner.