National Council

Fair Vote Canada is governed by a democratically elected National Council 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 Council, with term expiry dates, are listed below.

Chardaye Bueckert (2019)

Chardaye Bueckert (2019)

Wilf Day (2019)

Wilf Day (2019)

Secretary

Jean-Sébastien Dufresne (2019)

Jean-Sébastien Dufresne (2019)

Chris Durrant (2020)

Chris Durrant (2020)

Bruce Hyer (2019)

Bruce Hyer (2019)

Bruce Hyer is a dad, husband, biologist, forester, bush pilot, former adjudicator, and owner of an ecotourism business near Thunder Bay in Wabakimi Wilderness Park. As a former Member of Parliament, he remains hopeful that someday Canada will have Proportional Representation, will end parties controlling and muzzling MP’s, and that we actually become a real democracy.

Anna Keenan (2020)

Anna Keenan (2020)

Anna Keenan is a facilitator, campaign strategist and community organizer. She has worked for over 10 years on democracy and climate change campaigns, including roles with Greenpeace International and 350.org, and serving as the Campaign Director in PEI’s 2016 Electoral Reform vote, in which MMP was supported over FPTP by a 10-point margin of victory. She has first-hand experience with a variety of electoral systems, being originally from Australia where she earned her BSc/BA, Anna lived in The Netherlands for 5 years before moving to Montreal in 2013, before ‘settling down’ in PEI in 2015.

Ehab Lotayef (2020)

Ehab Lotayef (2020)

Ehab Lotayef has been IT Manager at McGill since 1999, and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (1981) from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He moved to Canada in 1989. He is a father of two (engineers, as well) and has two grandchildren. Ehab is deeply involved in social and community work, and has worked for many causes including the BDS movement, Native Rights in Canada, opposing the sanctions and war on Iraq, and opposing the blockade of Gaza. Over the years he served on many boards and is currently on the Board of Governors of McGill University. Also a poet and a writer, he contributes OpEds to many Canadian papers. Email: lotayef at gmail dot com.

Réal Lavergne (2021)

Réal Lavergne (2021)

President

Réal Lavergne has been a member of Council since 2014. A retired academic and policy analyst in the field of international development and cooperation, Réal is now dedicating those professional skills to helping secure the reform of our electoral system in Canada in the expectation that this will lead to better policy all around in a wide range of spheres. Email: real dot lavergne at fairvote dot ca.

June Macdonald (2021)

June Macdonald (2021)

June Macdonald has been a long-time supporter of FVC and was one of the first people involved in the start up of the Toronto Chapter. She started Women for Fair Voting to draw attention to the benefits of PR in getting women and other underrepresented groups nominated and elected. Retired, she brings transferable skills as a 20-year college teacher and a number of years as chief technologist in a downtown Toronto hospital medical laboratory.

Bob MacKie (2021)

Bob MacKie (2021)

David Merner (2019)

David Merner (2019)

Vice President

David Merner chairs the Charter Challenge working group and the main focus of his work is on the British Columbia referendum. David can be reached at davidmerner at shaw dot ca.

Mark Mitchell (2021)

Mark Mitchell (2021)

Member-At-Large

On leave-of-absence from July 1 to December 1 2018.

Brenda Oslawsky (2020)

Brenda Oslawsky (2020)

Vice President and Treasurer

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!

Vivian Unger (2021)

Vivian Unger (2021)

Vivian Unger experienced 35 degrees Celsuis for the first time this summer. She fears we may be living in the end of days. That’s why she’s on the board of Fair Vote Canada. Without effective governance, we can’t turn back this tide of global warming, and without Proportional Representation, we can’t have effective governance. Vivian is, among other things, a writer. Her latest work is, “Electoral Reform For New Brunswick’s Municipalities,” which she hopes will aid in eventually bringing Proportional Representation to her city of Fredericton.

Colin Walmsley (2020)

Colin Walmsley (2020)

Colin Walmsley has been a member of the National Council since 2017. A Rhodes Scholar, his scholarship delves into the relationship between elites and marginalized groups, and includes research on LGBTQ youth homelessness and state responses to secessionist movements. He is particularly passionate about proportional representation’s potential to alleviate inequalities by providing equitable representation to minority groups. Colin is currently studying French in Bordeaux, France.

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