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National Board

Fair Vote Canada is governed by a democratically elected National Board of 15 persons. Five people are elected each year to a three-year term using the Single Transferable Vote (STV), a proportional voting system. The current members and officers of the FVC National Board, with term expiry dates, are listed below.

Ryan Campbell, Member-at-large on exec (2024)

Ryan Campbell, Member-at-large on exec (2024)

Ryan also served on the National Board from 2012 to 2015 and has been a board member at Fair Vote Vancouver for the past few years. He has lobbied MPs, given presentations, volunteered on social media, knocked on doors for PR, produced advertising, coordinated volunteers, organized town halls and other events for PR, and worked diligently for the YES side in the BC referendum. Ryan has been a Liberal member for more than a decade and will continue to use that connection to advocate for PR.

Dolly Cepeda Montufar (2023)

Dolly Cepeda Montufar (2023)

Dolly has been zealously promoting civic engagement since she learnt about democracy in grade 6. She’s especially passionate about proportional representation because she believes that democratic governments should accurately represent how citizens vote. In an effort to increase youth civic engagement, she co-founded Civic Ottawa, a website that provided youth with succinct and accessible information from every candidate in the Ottawa-Vanier and Ottawa-Centre ridings for the 2019 federal election. Dolly first became a member of FVC when she saw the gross discrepancy between how Canadians voted and what they got, and she sees the inextricable intersection between issues like climate change, intersectional equality and poverty and proportional representation.

Brad Chambers (2022)

Brad Chambers (2022)

A former educator and Director of Policy, Planning and Communications, Brad lives in Iqaluit Nunavut. Living in Canada’s largest riding, he always has in mind the interests and perspectives of the many and diverse non-urban areas of the country. Brad loves analysing and creative problem-solving and in particular loves finding win-win solutions to divisive issues. He has directed this passion to electoral reform over the past five years, looking to bring competing interests together. Brad also brings previous experience chairing two non-profits and holds a Master’s in Leadership.
Michelle Clifford, Co-Chair (2023)

Michelle Clifford, Co-Chair (2023)

Michelle is deeply concerned about the future of our planet. She believes the first step toward government policies that guarantee a safe and sustainable future for all is an electoral system that honours all our voices equally. She knows that proportional representation will deliver governments that truly represent a majority of Canadians, practice increased cooperation among legislators, and enable us to make progress together as a nation. Michelle is an entrepreneur who lives in Toronto and is active with Fair Vote Toronto’s action team. She believes the most effective way to electoral reform is mobilizing citizens to push for change.
Kaisha Cunningham (2024)

Kaisha Cunningham (2024)

Kaisha is a teacher from Ontario that has a passion for championing change through education, and through supporting a new generation of leaders. Her work is guided by her commitment to human rights, including the right to democracy, and equality under the law. Her focus as a boardmember is to work on connecting FVC with other community changemakers, including marginalized and underrepresented groups. She wishes to use her experience and insight with these demographics to bolster the effectiveness of FVC outreach, while harnessing the immense potential of group collaboration. It is her hope that together, we can give people a reason to believe in democracy again — a reason to dream bigger and better, and demand a bigger say into how our collective society is run.
Wilf Day, Secretary (2022)

Wilf Day, Secretary (2022)

Wilf has been a lawyer since 1971 (recently retired) in Port Hope, Ontario. Elected as a school board trustee for 12 years, Wilf joined FVC soon after it was formed and chairs its local action team in Northumberland—Peterborough South riding. He was elected to FVC National Council in 2004, and is National Secretary, as well as Secretary of the Fair Vote Ontario Committee. He served on the Ontario Bar Association Council and its Family Law Section Executive, on the Ontario Public School Boards Association provincial Policy Committee, chaired the local community legal clinic board, chaired the municipal Planning Board, and was a board member of the local community credit union.

Jean-Sébastien Dufresne (2022)

Jean-Sébastien Dufresne (2022)

Jean-Sébastien has been heading the electoral reform movement in Québec for the past 9 years, first as President of Mouvement Démocratie Nouvelle (MDN), then up to recently as its Executive Director. In 2016, he initiated a consultation between civil society organizations and all major political parties that led to the first transpartisan agreement. It was signed by several party leaders and resulted, in 2019, in a bill on MMP. He founded and heads several social enterprises and a not-for-profit organization, which develop intercultural education programs, promotes local businesses throughout Canada and represents publishers and authors internationally. Jean-Sébastien is currently completing a Masters in Intercultural mediation from Université de Sherbrooke.

Steve Hindle (2022)

Steve Hindle (2022)

Steve’s experience with elections began with twice serving on student council in his early days.  He moved on to union politics shortly after joining the federal public service, from which he is now retired.  His interest in electoral reform started when he ran in an election involving three candidates for two positions.  He finished second and lost out to the third place finisher.  He didn’t think that was right.
Emerson Howitt (2024)

Emerson Howitt (2024)

Originally from New Zealand, Emerson never thought much about electoral systems. It wasn’t until he moved to Toronto that he noticed the stark differences in Canadian politics compared to his home country. Since then, Emerson has been heavily involved in the movement, volunteering with Fair Vote’s Toronto chapter, contributing several articles to their bi-weekly newsletter and being active on social media. He has a background in journalism and communications with a strong interest in urban issues such as transit, housing, and more pedestrian and cycle-friendly cities. Emerson believes the best way to achieve proportional representation is getting more Canadians to connect the dots between first past the post and the problems impacting our country today.
Jeffrey Nieuwenburg, Member-at-large on exec (2024)

Jeffrey Nieuwenburg, Member-at-large on exec (2024)

Jeff is committed to the accountability, strength and resilience of our democratic institutions. He has been an advocate for electoral reform since members of the BC Citizens’ Assembly attended his high school in 2004. His passion for democratic reform grew as he studied political science at the University of Victoria, and later attended law school in Australia. Jeff currently serves as the treasurer of Fair Vote Vancouver and is an active member of 123 Vancouver. He practices law in Vancouver, and also enjoys spending time in Kelowna.

Kate O'Connor (2024)

Kate O'Connor (2024)

(2024) Kate strongly believes that we need an electoral system that represents voters fairly if we are to achieve climate and social justice. She first learned about proportional representation in 10th grade and later that year volunteered during the BC provincial referendum on PR. She has since become involved with the BC Greens: working and volunteering on provincial and federal campaigns; running as an MLA candidate in the 2020 BC Provincial election; and working as a constituency assistant. Kate is passionate about youth engagement in politics and believes that young people would more actively engage in politics under an equal electoral system where they could truly see their vote count.
Brenda Oslawsky, Treasurer (2023)

Brenda Oslawsky, Treasurer (2023)

Brenda Oslawsky resides on PEI and was actively involved in the 2016 Plebiscite campaign on the Island. She continues to work with the incredible local grassroots activists to prepare for the Referendum on MMP to be held in conjunction with the next provincial election. She is deeply committed to the idea that if citizens have the right to vote they should have the right to have that vote count!

Gisela Ruckert (2022)

Gisela Ruckert (2022)

Gisela was a leader of the pro-PR side during BC’s 2018 referendum on electoral reform. She works as a grassroots advocate for more resilient local communities, and firmly believe that proportional representation is a necessary stepping stone to achieving lasting progress on the critical issues of our time: climate change, income inequality, zenophobia… you name it. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science and has lived abroad several times, experiencing life in proportional countries firsthand.
Tara Shushtarian (2023)

Tara Shushtarian (2023)

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