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 National Board Election

Would you consider taking your support for proportional representation to the next level? We need six passionate and energetic individuals to join our national Board of Directors! If you are a member of Fair Vote Canada, you can stand.

Are you good at teamwork and establishing relationships with allies? Are you interested in strategic planning? Are you 18 or older, computer-literate and able to use Google Drive and Zoom? Do you have time and energy to devote to overseeing the organization that has advocated for fair, proportional elections in Canada for more than 20 years? This is your chance to influence our direction, set priorities and build the movement. It can be very rewarding!  

Fair Vote Canada is guided by a volunteer Board of 15 Directors. Six Directors are to be elected this year: the first five elected will serve three-year terms, the sixth will serve a two-year term.

The team of Directors meets monthly via Zoom, plus once a year at the online Annual General Meeting. Board committee work (e.g. Governance, Human Resources, Finance) is a chance to contribute further, depending on your skills and interests.

Board members need to understand teamwork, the importance of establishing relationships with allies, and be interested in strategic planning. You need to be computer-literate and able to use Google Drive and Zoom. Experience facilitating meetings and/or previous experience on a governance board is an asset. As a national Board, we’d like to have members from all provinces and territories. We especially encourage people from equity-deserving groups e.g. women, Indigenous Peoples, Black Canadians, other racialized communities, people with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQIA+ as well as young adults and those of disadvantaged socio-economic background to consider participating in this election.  

Find out more about what’s expected of Board members at our online Information Session for Prospective Candidates on April 3, 2024.

Candidates may self-nominate by completing this form.

Candidates must demonstrate a willingness and commitment to support Fair Vote Canada’s purposes and proportional representation.

If the number of eligible candidates exceeds 15, candidates will be selected by the board members whose terms are not expiring, based on their skills, involvement with Fair Vote Canada, experience, and the current needs of the board.

The election will be conducted online using the Single Transferable Vote, a proportional voting system (of course!) In 2023, candidates elected to the Board all had at least 12 first preferences on the first count. Serious candidates may want to help sign up new members by March 17. All members are encouraged to participate, and to join us as well on Saturday, June 8 for our AGM (mark the date!)

Thanks for supporting proportional representation in Canada, and thanks for considering this opportunity! Feel free to forward this email to others who might fit the bill.

Important Dates:

March 15 last date for new members to join in order to be eligible to run or vote. To be a member, you must have donated $25 to Fair Vote Canada over the year (or $5 if you are a low income/youth/equity-seeking group) or donate at least $5 monthly. Donate here.

April 3 Online information session for prospective candidates. Sign up here.

April 15 deadline for nominations. (candidates are self-nominated). Candidates stand for election by completing this form.

May 11 Online Q&A with candidates. Members can sign up here to attend.

May 15 voting begins. New members who contribute by March 15 are eligible, as are all existing members in good standing as of March 15. We use an easy online voting service at opavote.com.

May 25 voting closes. Results announced.

June 8 Election results are ratified by members at our Annual General Meeting (by Zoom). Details of the speakers and discussion will be posted on our website.

Valerie Brooks & Steve Hindle, Co-chairs
on behalf of Fair Vote Canada National Board

 

Élection au conseil d’administration national

Pourriez-vous envisager de porter votre soutien à la représentation proportionnelle à un niveau supérieur ? Nous avons besoin de six personnes passionnées et énergiques pour rejoindre notre conseil d’administration national ! Si vous êtes membre du Mouvement pour la représentation équitable au Canada, vous pouvez vous présenter.

Êtes-vous doué.e pour le travail d’équipe et l‘établissement de relations avec des alliés ? Êtes-vous intéressé.e par la planification stratégique ? Vous avez 18 ans ou plus, vous maîtrisez l’informatique et vous êtes capable d’utiliser Google Drive et Zoom ? Avez-vous du temps et de l’énergie à consacrer à la gestion de l’organisation qui milite depuis plus de 20 ans en faveur d’élections justes et proportionnelles au Canada ? C’est votre chance d’influencer notre orientation, d’établir des priorités et de faire progresser le mouvement. Cela peut être très gratifiant !  

Le Mouvement pour la représentation équitable au Canada est guidé par un conseil d’administration composé de 15 membres bénévoles. Six directeurs doivent être élus cette année : les cinq premiers élus auront un mandat de trois ans, le sixième aura un mandat de deux ans.

L’équipe de direction se réunit tous les mois via Zoom, et une fois par an lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle en ligne. Le travail au sein des comités du conseil d’administration (par exemple, gouvernance, ressources humaines, finances) est une occasion d’apporter une contribution supplémentaire, en fonction de vos compétences et de vos centres d’intérêt.

Les membres du conseil d’administration doivent comprendre le travail d’équipe, l’importance d’établir des relations avec des alliés et s’intéresser à la planification stratégique. Vous devez maîtriser l’informatique et être capable d’utiliser Google Drive et Zoom. Une expérience de la facilitation de réunions et/ou une expérience antérieure au sein d’un conseil d’administration est un atout. En tant que conseil national, nous aimerions avoir des membres de toutes les provinces et de tous les territoires. Nous encourageons tout particulièrement les personnes appartenant à des groupes en quête d’équité, tels que les femmes, les peuples autochtones, les Canadiens noirs, les autres communautés racialisées, les personnes handicapées et les 2SLGBTQIA+, ainsi que les jeunes adultes et les personnes issues de milieux socio-économiques défavorisés, à envisager de participer à cette élection.  

Découvrez ce que l’on attend des membres du conseil d’administration lors de notre session d’information en ligne pour les candidates et candidats potentiels le 3 avril 2024.

Les personnes intéressées peuvent se porter candidates elles-mêmes en remplissant ce formulaire.

Ces mises en candidature doivent démontrer une volonté et un engagement à soutenir les objectifs de Fair Vote Canada et la représentation proportionnelle.

Si le nombre de candidatures éligibles dépasse 15, les personnes  seront sélectionnées par les membres du conseil dont le mandat n’arrive pas à échéance, en fonction de leurs compétences, de leur implication au sein du Mouvement pour la représentation équitable au Canada, de leur expérience et des besoins actuels du conseil.

L’élection se déroulera en ligne à l’aide du vote unique transférable, un système de vote proportionnel (bien sûr !) En 2023, les candidates et candidats élus au conseil d’administration avaient tous au moins 12 premières préférences lors du premier décompte. Les candidates et candidats sérieux voudront peut-être aider à inscrire de nouveaux membres d’ici le 17 mars. Tous les membres sont encouragés à participer et à se joindre à nous le samedi 8 juin pour notre assemblée générale annuelle (notez la date !).

Merci de soutenir la représentation proportionnelle au Canada et de considérer cette opportunité ! N’hésitez pas à faire suivre ce courriel à d’autres personnes susceptibles d’être intéressées.

Dates importantes :

Le 15 mars est la dernière date à laquelle les nouveaux membres doivent s’inscrire pour pouvoir se présenter ou voter. Pour devenir membre, vous devez avoir fait un don de 25 $ au Mouvement pour la représentation équitable au Canada au cours de l’année (ou 5 $ si vous êtes un groupe à faible revenu, un groupe de jeunes ou un groupe en quête d’équité) ou faire un don d’au moins 5 $ par mois. Faites un don ici.

3 avril Session d’information en ligne pour les candidates et candidats potentiels. Inscrivez-vous ici.

15 avril Date limite pour les nominations. (les candidates et candidats se présentent eux-mêmes). Ces personnes se présentent à l’élection en remplissant ce formulaire.

11 mai Questions-réponses en ligne avec les candidates et les candidats. Les membres peuvent s’inscrire ici pour y assister.

Le 15 mai, le vote commence. Les nouveaux membres qui ont cotisé avant le 15 mars sont éligibles, de même que tous les membres existants en règle au 15 mars. Nous utilisons un service de vote en ligne facile à utiliser sur opavote.com.

Le 25 mai Clôture du vote. Annonce des résultats.

8 juin Les résultats des élections sont ratifiés par les membres lors de notre assemblée générale annuelle (par Zoom). Les détails concernant les orateurs et les discussions seront publiés sur notre site web.

Valerie Brooks et Steve Hindle, coprésidents
Au nom du Bureau national du Mouvement pour la représentation équitable au Canada

Q+A Session with Board Candidates – May 11, 2024

Watch a recording of the Q+A Session with Board Candidates here or by clicking the picture below.

Note: Nasser was unable to attend, but submitted a video (watch here – we realize the sound is low).

Candidate Statements

Ryan Campbell

Municipality and province of residence

Vancouver, BC

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

I would like to continue my work supporting Fair Vote Canada’s efforts to bring proportional representation to Canada by providing board-level leadership and strategic direction to the organization.

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

I have served 6 years on the board, from 2012-2015 and 2021-present. I am also particularly active on efforts to persuade Liberals to support proportional representation and dissuade them from supporting single-winner ranked ballots.
 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

I have a great deal of board experience both within the organization and for other organizations such as the University of Toronto Governing Council, the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, the University of Toronto Engineering Society, and the University of Toronto student union.

My primary focuses on the board have been:

High-level strategic planning Provide proper financial oversight


Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

I would note that the board is currently working on a new strategic plan, so this may be somewhat out of date, but I feel the most important task for Fair Vote Canada is to have the resources in terms of supporters, volunteers and finances to capitalizing on opportunities as they arise. We cannot dictate terms to political parties, but when parties show an openness to our ideas, we need to be able to capitalize on that.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I’ve chaired both the University of Toronto Engineering Society board and the board of the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, and a great deal of my professional life has included chairing and facilitating project team meetings in the construction industry.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

My experience in this regard is limited, but I am willing to fill in and take media calls when necessary. I have done this on a small number of occasions on behalf of Fair Vote Canada to date.
 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

Nasser Dean Chalifoux

 Municipality and province of residence

Saskatchewan

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

I can not help but acknowledge the elephant in the room when it comes to our way of government and its endless bounds of interference, corruption and systemic failures. A new and modern electoral format would bring a new energy and life to our electoral system. I got involved in politics and became a politician in 2020 running in a federal election and during that time became more aware of the history of our system and its downfalls. I found that political model we have is more suited to an establishment that exercises very little accountability and transparency. I find it completely debilitating for us to progress a people’s government where those particular elements are systemic and creating mass apathy and disillusionment.

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

No contributions to date

 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

Out of the tasks listed, I will be able to mostly contribute in the departments of strategic planning and enhancing the organizations standing with various communities, which I have already disposed myself to over the last two years. Promotion of PR to the public would provide the credentials and knowledge needed to be able to be more convincing to a weary voting public and political officials over the need for democratic reform.
 


Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

Constructing meaningful and voter friendly dialogue on the principles and possible outcomes of other forms of electoral reform would be complementary and beneficial in the promotion of PR. Citizens action committees on PR is not a priority and should not be promoted by bias Politician’s or parties with conflicting policies. Therefore, I believe we are barking up the wrong tree in trying to influence political figures to play ball on PR when time is of the essence.

 

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

 

 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I gained most of my public speaking skills of late by participating as a candidate in the 2021 federal election as member of the Green Party of Canada. In 2022 I tried to trade in my soapbox for a podium as I made a bid for Leader of the GPC and subsequently the Federal Council. Public speaking will peak in the upcoming elections, as I will be attempting to reach out to as much of the public as possible.

 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

Indigenous Person.

Tom James Hart

Municipality and province of residence

Moncton NB
 

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

As a current serving member of the Board I would like to continue to work with a group that wants to change how we vote.
 

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

I am involved with FVNB and have delivered 4000 door hangers personally as well as set up information kiosks in my community.
 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

I am passionate about the need for change. I want my children to have a voice in our political process. I can work on any committee but am on Governance at the moment.
 

Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

Currently I want to help the provincial Liberals to live up to setting a possible CA if they should get elected in the province.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

My most significant experience is from being an Officer Commanding Area Rank and Trades School (Maj) in the CAF. It included leading 1000 students and staff.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I participated in a National Debate Final and ranked in the top 10.
 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

 

Helen McDonald

  Municipality and province of residence

Victoria, British Columbia

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

I retired from the federal government over a decade ago, and felt that I needed to do something to make Canada a better place. I was elected to the board of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority and for learned a great deal about the role of a governance board, how to best manage the relationship with a CEO, how to improve the effectiveness of board operations, how to deal with disagreements among directors, and how to assess organizational performance against strategic goals. I retired from this position in 2021 but shortly after began to volunteer my “governance” experience to the board of my local community association, and more recently to a non-profit music organization. I strongly support the PR cause and would like to help if my talents and time would be of use to you.
 

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

Little I am afraid, except donations this year and last.
 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

I oversaw strategic planning and how to measure progress at CIRA. I learned the financial basics needed for a board overseeing a non-profit with annual revenues of $30 million. I have led orientation sessions for new board members which stress the role, responsibilities and liabilities of directors, and what they do versus management. As board chair and head of the HR committee at CIRA I became very familiar with how to support, assess and help a CEO further develop.
 

Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

Increasing public understanding of PR, by framing it as a key part of a larger debate or set of initiatives to bolster democracy in the Canadian political system. Reaching new audiences and forging new partnerships with possible allies. FVC needs to be able to foresee and ready to pounce on opportunity which means insightful analysis, great contacts and a strong set of troops in communities. I am not sure that being recognized as the national institution for PR is as important.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

Team building would happen annually with all members of a team, division or sector in my time in government. Conflict resolution is unavoidable if you want a team to function effectively. Perhaps a personality conflict, or strongly opposed beliefs about the best way forward. We talked it out and used outside facilitators on occasion. Every new board needed to incorporate the strengths and weaknesses of the new and existing directors and tus we used board orientation and retreats to do this.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I had to make speeches to hundreds of employees, to get them working in the same direction, or at conferences to explain what we were doing, or to pitch an idea to Cabinet ministers, or answer questions from parliamentary committees. I have had media training but have had limited ability to put it into practice.
 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

 

Christopher Mohan

 Municipality and province of residence

Toronto, Ontario.

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

I am running to become a Board member of FVC because I want to see more involvement from youth in the push to reform our electoral system. I am 23, and a recent university graduate. In school, I was heavily involved in student government at local, provincial and federal levels. Through years of meeting passionate young people across this country, I can confirm that few are genuinely satisfied with the direction we are moving as a nation. Among youth, electoral politics is regarded with cynicism, distrust, and apathy. Our antiquated First Past the Post electoral system is unable to tackle the national and global challenges we face. I hope that as a FVC Board member, I can establish connections with youth organizations so we can amplify the urgent call for electoral reform.
 
 

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

– Flyering in London, Ontario in 2022 leading up to the Provincial Elections
– Canvassing in Toronto and in Vaughan in support of M-86
– Tabling at the OSPEU Convention 2024
 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

As a board member for provincial and federal engineering societies, I provided financial oversight for $500,000+ operating budgets, spearheaded strategic planning process as our member societies were recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic, and worked closely with the executive teams of each organization to support them, and hold them accountable to the mandates they were elected upon. I believe I can transfer these experiences to the FVC Board to become an effective team member.
 

Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

I think the most important strategic priority is continuing to grow FVC’s supporter base. Particularly, I think that more resources should be allocated to engaging youth who need to see the connections between ineffective governance and the critical issues they face (climate change, housing, affordability, etc.). I think the least important strategic priority is supporting our ER partners in Quebec, as I believe francophone advocates are best equipped to rally for change in the province.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

As the President of my Student Union, I chaired executive council meetings; this included agenda preparation, ensuring orderly discussion using Robert’s Rules, and assisting in note-taking. I led a team of diverse executives. Leading this team required that I foster a positive team culture, and service as a mediator when disagreements arose within our team. I also served as Board Chair of a provincial engineering society where I took on similar responsibilities for the organization’s Board.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

 

In my time as a student leader, I have made in-person speeches to audiences of 100+ people, and written public statements that were seen by 2,000+ members of the community. At times, these public statements were reported on by media outlets such as the Toronto Star. As a climate activist, I have experience developing friendly relationships with media outlets in order to receive adequate and fair coverage of the causes I bring attention to.
 
 
 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

 

Robert Morris

 Municipality and province of residence

Toronto, Ontario

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

I fundamentally believe that electoral reform is the only path forward for Canada to improve its democratic institutions, address growing economic inequalities, and face the numerous environmental crises we face as a society. Democracies with proportional electoral systems are outperforming Canada on numerous objective metrics. Political apathy and divisiveness is exacerbated by our current first past the post system leading to further apathy and anger at a seemingly broken system. I want to support the work of Fair Vote Canada and more directly advocate for electoral reform at the federal and provincial levels by engaging directly with like minded groups and championing candidates that commit to proportional representation.
 

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

I have volunteered for Fair Vote Canada in the past distributing information at community events, and using FVC materials to advocate for electoral reform with elected officials via direct correspondence and social media campaigns.
 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

I have experience with government department strategic planning in large organizations and developing training materials and staff reports for a Board at an administrative tribunal.
 

Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

I feel the only effective means to grow the movement is to strengthen a web of chapters and local teams. With a strengthened grassroots movement it will be harder for political parties to ignore demands for electoral reform. This would strengthen the complementary strategy of growing the supporter base. Success with these strategies will enable progress on the other strategies in the strategic plan.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I have over ten years of policy development and project management experience working collaboratively with technical advisors, external stakeholders, and direct public engagement at various government departments and agencies. As a project manager I had to facilitate numerous working groups to build consensus on contentious environmental policy matters amongst competing interests.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I have led numerous public engagement open houses, Indigenous consultation meetings, and public presentations to Committees and municipal Councils. I also have experience running for political office, participating in televised debates.
 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

2SLGBTQIA+

Kieran Szuchewycz

 Municipality and province of residence

Winnipeg, Manitoba
 

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

I am seeking election to FVC’s national board because I support the demands and strategy of FVC. I have considerable experience in administration, law, and grassroots organizing and I think my skills and energy would be an asset to FVC. My thoughts mirror author D Moscrop when he said “I feel abandoned by governments at every level. And I have a feeling millions of others throughout the country feel the same way. When that happens, some people turn to charlatans for answers. Out of desperation, they’ll listen to anyone who is selling a promise for something better. That way lies dangerous stuff.” There is a void when voters no longer trust their institutions and I believe it is up to FVC to fill that space with our positive and clear demands for citizen led democratic renewal.

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

I have attended some meetings in Winnipeg but our chapter hasn’t been too active recently.
 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

I have so far spent my working life in law and administration and believe the skills I have gained in these professions would suite to the needs of the FVC board.
 

Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

I have read through the strategic plan to me all items included are well thought out and belong there. I’m pretty new to FV and I don’t think I can really speak to whether one or the other is more important at the moment.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I have spent my working life in law and administration and believe the HR skills I have gained in these professions would suite to the needs of the FVC board.
 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I spearheaded 3 “Longest Ballot” campaigns, which succeeded in attracting a great deal of media coverage. I was one of the individuals who provided statements and interviews to different types of media (TV, Radio, Print etc) on behalf of the Longest Ballot Committee.
 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

Michael Smith


Municipality and province of residence

Montreal, Quebec

 

Do you understand what proportional representation is and commit to supporting the purposes of Fair Vote Canada (FVC)?

Yes.

Please summarize your reason(s) for seeking election to FVC’s national Board (max 800 characters).

Generally I believe in the cause. I think the Canadian voting system is broken, this is the solution. I do lead a busy life, but I make it a point to want to give back to one or two causes. This is one of the causes I care about.

I also have now lived serving on the FVC board by appointment. I enjoy the role and team, the mandate we are fulfilling as a board. I think I still have a lot more to help and give to the cause.

I am not an activist, more a corporate, governance type. I believe in nose in, fingers out. So as a board member, I think some of my value add is to be a neutral vote on questions and issues. I’d like to think in the past months, I’ve helped on some decision making and brought some perspective to certain discussions.

 

Please list past contributions to FVC, including any activities with FVC chapters, FVC working groups, and the FVC Board (max 300 characters)

I have been serving on the board of FVC, by appointment since Aug. 2023. I’d love to get a 2-3 year term. I also serve on the finance committee and while I have limited time, I do try to comment or add to discussions sent by electronic means.

 

FVC’s Board is a governance board tasked with oversight of the organization. The basic roles and responsibilities of the board are:

· High-level strategic planning
· Provide proper financial oversight
· Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
· Recruit & orient new board members, and assess board performance
· Enhance the organization’s public standing with various communities
· Support the Executive Director and assess her performance

How do you see yourself contributing to these tasks? What skills, connections, experience, resources, and/or expertise do you have that would help you with this? (max 500 characters)

I am an attorney, with a background in technology and finance. I also have additional background as an entrepreneur and marketing/communications. I’ve also gone through a board governance program (C.Dir/ASC) from the University of Laval. Prior to FVC I served on a few smaller boards and an ethics research board at McGill. I also mentor start and scale ups. While I believe as a board member supporting the ED and FVC is primordial, I do have experience through the above in all described above.

Which strategies from FVC’s 3 year strategic plan do you feel are most important or urgent? Which do you feel are least important or urgent? Please explain your answers with as much detail as possible. (max 500 characters)

I think growing our supporter base is the most important. Less concrete, but the more people understand and believe in the cause – MP, citizens, soon to be citizens, young soon to be voters, the more the momentum builds. A lot of the other options are acute and precise. We should back them, no question, but over a mid term horizon, they may drop in importance (example PL 39 in Que.). Overall I like the plan and look forward to discussing new targeted goals.

If applicable, please describe your experience in meeting facilitation, team-building, and/or conflict resolution. Please explain where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I negotiate for a living, or tend to, which is about building consensus between opposing sides. I’ve worked on boards, with start and scale ups and at corporations large and small. I have survived by finding ways through conflicts and am solution focused. I also view my role as having a lens of what is best for the organization. As a consequence, I don’t get emotionally vested in decisions or outcomes. I’d like to think I bring that to discussions and thus treat every perspective with respect.

 

If applicable, please describe your experience with public speaking and/or media relations, including where and when you gained this experience (max 500 characters).

I am not a good spokesperson. I am good and have crafted speeches, PR strategies, public statements. My strength lies in having time to think and frame. I worked in PR for the federal government at the beginning of my career along with tech companies. I do however guest lecture, speak in a teaching capacity. I’ve done so for the CDN bar association, McGill, Concordia University.

 
 

As members of FVC’s board are spread across the country, all of our work is done collaboratively online using Google Shared Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Zoom. Do you have experience with these tools?

Yes.

Can you commit to spending 10-20 hours per month on Board duties: preparing for and participating actively in monthly Board meetings (1.5 hours each, held weekday evenings or weekends), attending committee meetings, and working in shared Google documents?

Yes.

Do you commit to informing yourself about Fair Vote Canada’s policies and positions using the package that will be provided to all candidates? Estimated time: approximately 4 hours.

Yes.

Fair Vote Canada seeks to ensure the diversity of Canada is represented on our Board, so we are asking members of equity-deserving groups if they wish to self identify. Please indicate if you wish to self-identify as one of the following groups. (Note: If you wish to keep the group that you self-identify with private to the Board only, please send an email with this information to [email protected] and it will not be posted publicly).

Religious minority, blended visible minority in some cases (n.africa/arab), and linguistic minority in Quebec (Anglophone who speaks French).
 
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