Gera Villagrán was born and raised in Mexico. His family immigrated to Canada in 2006 and before settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Treaty 1 Territory, he lived in Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto. Gera has a Master of Arts in Philosophy and is especially interested in questions of intergenerational democracy and climate change. Upon finishing his graduate degree, he joined Global Affairs Canada and the Young Lives Research Lab (UPEI) in southern Chile to support the creation of an Indigenous-led intercultural school on the Island of Chiloé. As a Latin American man, Gera is committed to using his privilege as an academic and Canadian citizen to support the capacity-building goals of vulnerable communities in Latin America. His other passions include minimal-running, intelligent electronic music, developing emotional intelligence though mindfulness practice and camping with his dog, Barley.