BC Symposium on Proportional Representation: Participants

André Blais

Professor, Department of Political Science, Université du Montreal

André Blais’ research concentrates on elections, electoral systems, turnout, public opinion, and methodology. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, including Establishing the Rules of the Game: Election Laws in Democracies (with Louis Massicotte) and When Citizens Decide: Lessons from Citizens' Assemblies on Electoral Reform (co-edited). Dr. Blais is the leader of the Making Electoral Democracy Work Project and the chair of the Planning Committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and past president of the Canadian Political Science Association.

 

Maxwell Cameron

Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Maxwell Cameron specializes in comparative politics, constitutionalism, democracy, and political economy. His most recent books include Strong Constitutions and Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom (forthcoming).

As the director of UBC’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Dr. Cameron has been the organizer of the Summer Institute for Future Legislators, which provides mentoring and training for aspiring public servants. He is a frequent commentator on politics in the media, as well as on his blog, “Practical Wisdom”.

 

Eline de Rooij

Professor, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University

Eline de Rooij’s research interests concern aspects of comparative politics, particularly electoral and non-electoral political behavior, political engagement of minority and marginal groups, anti-immigrant attitudes and ethnic prejudice. She also has a specific interest in voter mobilization experiments.

 

Rhys Goldstein

Simulation Researcher, Toronto, ON

Rhys Goldstein is a computer simulation researcher and a voting systems enthusiast. He has contributed to a number of online resources on electoral reform, including the interactive website votingreform.ca and a YouTube video explaining the Dual Member Proportional voting system.

 

Sean Graham

Inventor of Dual-Member Proportional Method, Edmonton, AB

Sean Graham holds degrees from the University of Alberta in math, physics, and political science. He developed Dual Member Proportional with research funding from the University of Alberta in 2013.

 

Alex Hemingway

PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Public Finance Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Alex Hemingway’s work focuses on the state of BC’s public services, including education, health care, social services and regulation, particularly in the face of growing societal challenges that require a collective response. He also investigates the taxation system and its relationship to inequality and the capacity of government to provide high-quality and accessible public services. Alex is finishing a PhD in Political Science at UBC, where his dissertation focuses on the relationship between economic inequality and inequality of political influence.

 

Antony Hodgson

President, Fair Voting BC

Antony Hodgson has been President of Fair Voting BC since 2009 and has been on the board of directors since the 2005 referendum on BC-STV.  During his tenure as president, Fair Voting BC has participated in almost all electoral reform initiatives, both within BC and across Canada.  During the 2015 federal electoral reform process, he worked with Byron Weber Becker and Fair Vote Canada to develop the Rural-Urban Proportional Representation and Local Proportional Representation models.  In his day job, he is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of British Columbia.  

 

Richard Johnston

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Richard Johnston holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation at UBC and is also affiliated with the Institute for European Studies. His research on electoral and party systems involves close investigation of patterns in Canada and the US. On the Canadian side, much of the work is captured in his recent book, The Canadian Party System: An Analytic History. Dr Johnston’s other research interests include communications media and campaigns, as well social capital, diversity and the welfare state.

Marc Kilgour

Professor, Department of Mathematics, Wilfrid Laurier University;

Board of Directors, Center for Election Science

Marc Kilgour has published widely on the mathematical analysis of multi-party decision problems, and has applied game theory to arbitration, voting, and fair division. He was co-editor of the Handbook of Group Decision and Negotiation (2010), President of the Peace Science Society in 2012-13, and President of the INFORMS Section on Group Decision and Negotiation in 2014-17.

 

Seth Klein

Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office

Under Seth Klein’s leadership, CCPA’s BC office has become a prominent and widely respected source of public policy research and commentary. Seth’s research deals primarily with welfare policy, poverty, inequality and economic security. A social activist for over 30 years and a former teacher, Seth is a past co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, and an advisor and instructor for Next Up, a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice.

Grace Lore

Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

Grace Lore is a adjunct professor at the University of Victoria where she teaches Gender and Politics. Her research focuses on electoral systems, institutional design, and the representation of and by women in politics. She has been working alongside Equal Voice to support systemic change initiatives to improve women's democratic participation in Canada, as well as other private and not-for-profit organizations to provide data analysis.

 

Louis Massicotte

Professeur, Département de science politique, Université Laval

Louis Massicotte’s research focuses on constitutions, parliamentary institutions, political reform, and electoral systems, with a particular focus on electoral reform in Quebec. He has published numerous books and articles, including Establishing the Rules of the Game: Election Laws in Democracies (with André Blais) and Comment changer une constitution? Les nouveaux processus constituants. Dr. Massicotte has assisted with the development of democratic institutions in more than a dozen countries, most of them in francophone Africa.

 

Jason McLaren

Vice Chair, Fair Vote Canada BC

Jason has been a volunteer in the electoral reform movement since the 2007 referendum on MMP in Ontario. He is currently on the board of Fair Vote Vancouver, Fair Vote Canada BC, and the Make Every Voter Count Alliance. He has lived in Metro Vancouver since 2009, and works as a software developer.

 

David Moscrop

Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University

David Moscrop is a political theorist who specializes in democracy and decision making. He is also a writer, political commentator, and columnist for MacLean’s Magazine. He is currently working on a book about why we make bad political decisions and how we can make better ones. Dr. Moscrop’s research interests include democratic theory, citizenship, deliberative democracy, political philosophy, cognitive science, neuroscience, affect, Canadian and American politics, multiculturalism and citizenship.

Dennis Pilon

Professor, Department of Political Science, York University

Dennis Pilon’s research has focused primarily on issues of democratization and democratic reform in western countries, in both contemporary and historical contexts. His books (written or co-edited) include The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System,  British Columbia Politics and Government, and Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the Twentieth Century West. Over the past decade, Dr. Pilon has done considerable public speaking and media work commenting on many aspects of politics, particularly on topics relating to elections and political parties. He has also acted as a consultant on election issues for various legal firms, political parties, trade unions, community groups, and the Auditor General of Canada.

 

Gisela Ruckert

Team Leader, Fair Vote Canada, Kamloops, BC

With a background in community development, Gisela Ruckert is a grassroots advocate for sustainability. Having recently returned to Canada after completing a Master's in Sustainability Science in Sweden, she volunteers with Transition Kamloops to build a more resilient local community, and is the team leader of Fair Vote Kamloops in the campaign to win the 2018 referendum on electoral reform in BC.


 

Symposium organizers

Mira Bernstein

Research Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Tufts University

Mira Bernstein received her PhD in pure mathematics from Harvard in 1999, but since 2008 her work has focused on using mathematics to solve social problems -- from exploring the effects of extending health insurance to low-income populations in the US to combating slavery and forced labor throughout the world. In 2017, Dr. Bernstein became a founding member of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group at Tufts University. Her work on gerrymandering has led to her interest in electoral systems more generally.

 

Jameson Quinn

Vice Chair, Center for Election Science

PhD Candidate, Department of Statistics, Harvard University

Jameson Quinn’s academic research focuses on statistical models for evaluating voting methods. He has been involved in voting reform for over 20 years. Among the things he's accomplished in that time is designing the "E Pluribus Hugo" voting method, now used to nominate works for the world's oldest science fiction literary awards.

 

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