David is a resident of West Vancouver, British Columbia who has spent most of his professional career as a trial lawyer; this legal expertise was recognized in his appointment as senior advisor to the BC Attorney-General in 1983.
In addition, he has worked as a public policy advocate and analyst, as well as serving in political advisory positions at both the federal and provincial levels of government including appointments as director of legal services for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (1981-83) and Executive Director of the BC Social Credit Party (1985-86).
Outside of partisan politics, David has organized a number of campaigns, most recently through the organization Medicare for Autism Now! whose board he chairs and for whom he conducted a national speaking tour in the 2011 federal election. This has included a long-term commitment to voting reform, serving as a founding director of Fair Voting BC from 1998 until the 2005 provincial referendum, in which he played a key role. He has also served on various national boards including that of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation.
John is a practicing lawyer who has represented the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom, which he co-founded in 2010 before Canada’s highest judicial authorities including the Supreme Court of Canada, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and Alberta Court of Queens Bench. His focus as legal advocate has been on protecting freedom of expression and eliminating discrimination on the basis of race, most famously in Benoit v. Canada (2001), R. v. Kapp and Whatcott v. Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. His work has resulted in landmark judgements concerning taxpayer rights, university tuition and choice in health care.
Since serving as the CTF’s Alberta organizer a decade ago, he has become a widely-published guest columnist in newspapers and new media across Canada. In recognition of his work in preserving Canadians’ constitutional freedoms, John received the Pyramid Award for Ideas and Public Policy from former leader of the Official Opposition, Preston Manning.
Fluent in English, Dutch and French, John resides in Calgary, where he was recognized by Alberta Venture magazine as one of the province’s fifty most influential people.
Stuart is a lecturer at Simon Fraser University and a historian specializing in Mormonism; he has held previous teaching and research appointments at half a dozen universities including lectureships at the University of Toronto and UBC and a postdoctoral fellowship with the. His forthcoming book History Through Seer Stones will be published in 2014, along with his chapter in Just South of Zion.
In the 1980s and 90s, he was one of BC’s premier environmental activists, serving as a founding director of Save Georgia Strait Alliance, founding the Green Party’s youth wing and serving as the party’s leader for seven years. The fourteenth of 802 arrestees in the 1993 Clayoquot Sound blockades, he was sentenced to forty-five days in jail.
A voting reform activist since 1995, Stuart co-founded the BC Electoral Change Coalition, served three terms as a director of Fair Vote Canada, was the longest-serving director of Fair Voting BC (1998-2013), sat on the YES side steering committees for the 2005 and 2009 BC referenda and the 2007 Ontario referendum on proportional representation and served as proponent and chief spokesperson for proportional representation in the 1996 Vancouver civic referendum on electoral change.
He currently lives in Burnaby with his partner and her two children.
Dr. Amy Salmon of Alberta’s Institute for Health Economics is president of the International Society for the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), serving as editor of the society’s journal. She also holds teaching and research appointments as an assistant professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and University of Victoria Faculty of Human and Social Development. A leading authority on FASD, she has been a key collaborator with activists, service providers, researchers and educators on every continent except South America. As a researcher, she has received grants totaling over half a million dollars as a lead investigator, working on a wide range of subjects involving public policy, mothering, colonialism, addiction, substance use and the behaviour and practices of medical professionals.
Having also worked as a community organizer specializing in collaborative research with marginalized communities, she has partnered with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Vancouver Native Health and aboriginal governments in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, BC and Alberta on a variety of addictions and mental health projects. In the past decade, she has published two dozen peer reviewed articles and book chapters and two books, as well half a dozen reports for government. Her interest in policy development dates back to her candidacy as the then-youngest-ever candidate in the 1996 BC provincial election, followed by two years as deputy-leader of the BC Green Party.
She lives in Burnaby with her partner and two children.
John is a career radio, television and print journalist who worked 25 years as a labour, business and political reporter for the Toronto Star. A graduate in economics from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto, he is the author of three books including the 1993 title Democracy, Eh? A Guide to Voter Action, which makes the case for equal effective votes and proportional representation as necessary preconditions for legitimate law and public policy.
From 2000 to 2002 John was president of the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild. During that time he became the founding Treasurer of Fair Vote Canada. He served in that position until 2010 and remains a member of the board. In the 2007 Ontario referendum on proportional representation, John served as fundraiser, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for electoral reform.
In 2013, he was the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Toronto-Centre byelection, after serving two years as a Liberal Party riding association board member in Pickering. He is retired and has three grown children.
Stephen is a Vancouver computing professional, serving in a managerial role for Absolute Software for the past five years. One of the first New Democrats to formally build ties between his party and the voting reform movement in the late 1990s, Stephen went on to serve as a director of Fair Voting BC and founder of Fair Vote Canada’s Vancouver chapter. He also served as national president of Fair Vote Canada from 2006 to 2008 and as a steering committee member for the YES forces in the 2005 and 2009 BC provincial referenda on proportional representation.
Fluently trilingual, he holds an MA in German literature from McGill University. Stephen lives in Coquitlam with his wife and three children.
Troy has been the CEO and President of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation since 2009, with which he has been closely associated since the 1990s, when he served as the BC spokesperson for the organization. He also serves as a director of Taxpayers’ International, a Stockholm-based federation of groups like the CTF. As president, he has led successful campaigns, such as the campaign against government funding of the Edmonton Oilers’ future arena, that have relied on building broad cross-partisan coalitions uniting progressives and conservatives.
In 1996, he co-founded the BC Electoral Change Coalition, serving as the organization’s president until 1999, based on the same kind of broad cross-partisan organizing, comprising groups from the CTF to the Marxist-Leninist Party. During this time, he also served as an international election observer, including a key role in the 1998 Gabonese presidential election.
Based in Victoria with his wife Erika, Troy has three children and competes in endurance athletics, having completed six marathons in the past five years.
Craig is a Burnaby-based architect and planner who currently serves as a member of the city’s advisory Planning Commission.
Craig became active in the voting reform movement as a consequence of his selection as a member of the government-mandated BC Citizens Assembly on electoral reform, on which he was a key advocate for the BC-STV voting system that the Assembly ultimately proposed to the BC legislature and was subsequently put to referendum.
Craig took a leading role in the second referendum on BC-STV, for which he co-founded
Burnaby-New Westminster Citizens for Voter Equality. He also conducted a provincial speaking tour for the YES to STV campaign.
A federal policy advisor, Andy was elected to Fair Vote Canada’s board of directors where he served as national Vice-President from 2008-2013. His enterprising spirit has has launched successful companies in Ontario and Quebec and he has been active for many years in a number of non-profits and campaigns, including the Vote for MMP Campaign in Ontario and the BC-STV campaign. He currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife Claudia and daughter Maya.
Skye is a student at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He previously attended the University of Toronto where he completed a degree in urban, economic, and social geography. He also serves on the Fair Vote Toronto action team. He currently lives in Toronto.