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.
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Valerie Brooks, Co-Chair (2025)
Valerie lives in rural Saskatchewan and has been passionate about electoral reform since her first Political Science class in University. Even though she didn’t fully understand it at the time, years of teaching Social Studies, a master’s degree, and many professional development opportunities later, Valerie has come to realize that our Colonial legacy of Government in Canada has been flawed from the start; never truly representing the diversity of people living within it. She believes collaborative work, with people of diverse ways of knowing and being, will make for stronger policies and laws that stand the test of time. PR demands governing bodies work across party lines constructively for all constituents and Valerie believes this is a natural evolution in a healthy democracy.
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 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 (2025)
Michelle Clifford, Co-Chair (2023)
Wilf Day, Secretary (2025)
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.
Steve Hindle (2023)
Emerson Howitt (2024)
Michele Kading, Treasurer (2025)
Michele is a prairie girl who has lived in Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Winnipeg. Her university studies – culminating in an M. Sc. in biogeography – prepared her for a career as an interpretive naturalist, program manager, and executive director of an environmental NGO. Michele never questioned Canada’s electoral system until she noticed that our governments (seat count) rarely reflects the will of the voters (popular vote). She believes that Canada’s electoral system is outdated, discriminatory, and contrary to Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It leaves millions of voters without any political representation. This inequity impacts every aspect of Canadian life (environment, society, and the economy). Michele is a supporter of the Charter Challenge and believes that Fair Vote Canada will be instrumental in achieving Proportional Representation in Canada.
Mimi Lee (2025)
Mimi Lee is a multitasker – we also call it “slash”. She is a Social Influencer / Financial Advisor / Officiant / Human rights activist / Photographer / Mentor at TIREC / UX Designer / Author / Publisher. Mimi is an energetic person, when she got an objective, she can stay up for a long time, never stop until it’s completed. She is a passionate and persistent person.
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.
Lynn Oliphant (2023)
Lynn is a retired professor having taught at the Universioty of Saskatchewan for nearly 30 years. He has had a life-long commitment to the idea of sustainability and lives in a self-built, strawbale house, powered by solar panels, drives an electric car and with Rhonda grows much of their own food. Lynn has run both federally and provincially for the Green Parties in previous elections. He holds a PhD in Zoology and has been involved in many conservation and environmental groups both locally and internationally and has been the recipient of several conservation awards. He believes that Canada is in a unique situation to model “sustainability” for the rest of the world given our huge land base, abundant resources, a relatively small population that is well educated, and a growing awareness of a need to change direction and believes electoral reform is a major prerequisite to achieving this goal.
Brenda Oslawsky (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 (2025)
An organized, driven person who never seems to pick the “easy” causes, Gisela 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. She has been active in the PR movement for a decade, both at the chapter level and as a board member (since 2019). She was a leader of the pro-PR side during BC’s 2018 referendum on electoral reform, and lived to tell the tale.
Tara Shushtarian (2023)
Ever since I came to Canada , twenty years ago I have been a strong advocate for climate, social justice, indigenous rights and electoral reform and have been a core team member with the many local ENGOs . I have worked on several campaigns like the BC Poverty Reduction Plan, which has been adopted into legislation; Climate Emergency Declaration in Municipalities and the Fossil Free Non- Proliferation Treaty in Burnaby; All On Board Campaign for accessible, affordable transit; and the referendum on electoral reform in BC. My involvement with Fair Vote Canada has amplified the need for a Citizen’s Assembly advocating for proportional representation and PR at the federal, provincial and municipal level.
With the various crises the world faces, be it climate catastrophe, burgeoning inequalities, changing world orders and the dire pandemic we are living through, we need urgent action and renewed energetic trajectory changes. PR will offer us better governance and a better democracy.