Democracy Bootcamp: BC 2017


Presentation by Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections BC [PDF] [PPT]

Why Are We Here [PDF] [PPT]

Student Vote Resources [PDF] [PPT]

BC Curriculum Presentation – Brenda Ball [PDF] [PPT]

Student Vote Best Practices [PDF] [PPT]

Student Vote Campaign Tools and Resources [PDF] [PPT]

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CIVIX Programming

  • Student Vote British Columbia 2017 registration page [link]
  • Rep Day [link]
  • Student Budget Consultation [link]
  • Democracy Bootcamp [link]

Complementary Initiatives

  • B.C. Teaches [link]
  • Elections BC Youth at the Booth [link]

Democracy Bootcamp Agenda

Thursday February 23rd

4:00-5:45pm                       Registration

4:30-5:30pm                       MEET & GREET

6:00-6:15pm                       Welcome/Introduction

6:20-6:40pm                       Address from Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections BC

6:40-8:00pm                       The state of our democracy today

  • Commentators share their thoughts about recent international events, emerging trends and the impact they have had on the state of democracy
    • John Ibbitson (Globe and Mail)
    • Kathleen Monk (Earnscliffe)
    • David Moscrop (UBC)

8:30-10:30pm                  RECEPTION

Friday February 24th

7:00-8:00am                       BREAKFAST

8:00-8:15am                       Agenda overview and housekeeping items

8:15-8:45am                       Why are we here

  • Voting trends and research, the importance of civic education and the impact of Student Vote

8:45-9:15am                       Student Vote Resources

  • Review of campaign tools, activity resource updates and links to the curriculum

9:15-10:15am                    Student Vote best practices

  • Overview of best practices and panel discussion with previous Student Vote Team Leaders

10:15-10:30am                                  BREAK

10:30-11:00am                  Small group discussion of Student Vote experiences and best practices

11:00am-12:15pm           Inside a campaign

  • Campaign strategists share their experiences from past elections and provide insight on the upcoming provincial vote
    • Don Guy (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research)
    • Raj Sihota (BC NDP)
    • Jaime Watt (Navigator Ltd)
    • Moderator: Justine Hunter (Globe and Mail)

12:15-1:00pm                    LUNCH

1:00-2:15pm                       Party panel

  • Representatives from provincial political parties discuss major campaign issues
    • Don McRae (BC Liberals)
    • Jinny Simms (BC NDP) absent
    • Andrew J. Weaver (BC Greens)
    • Moderator: Justine Hunter (Globe and Mail)

2:15-2:35pm                       Debrief discussion

  • Large group and small group discussions about organizing debates and interacting with candidates

2:35-3:00pm                       Using media, social media, polls and other campaign tools

  • Ideas for using media, social media, polls and other campaign tools in your classroom during the election

3:00-3:15pm                       Closing remarks


Keith Archer

Keith Archer became British Columbia’s Chief Electoral Officer on September 1, 2011. He brought over thirty years of experience in electoral administration research and education to the position of Chief Electoral Officer.

Prior to his appointment, Keith Archer was Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary (1984) and Director of Research at the Banff Centre. He completed BA and MA degrees in Political Science at the University of Windsor, and a Ph.D. at Duke University. His teaching and research has focused on the study of elections and voting. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of seven books and over thirty articles and chapters in the area.

Keith Archer’s experience and expertise has contributed to a number of projects including the Administration and Cost of Elections projects (a collaborative initiative of the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the International Foundation for Election Systems, among others), the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing in Canada (The Lortie Commission), Bill C-16 (Expanded Voting Opportunities) and he has provided expert opinion involving the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the section 3 “right to vote.”



Kathleen Monk

Kathleen Monk is a senior strategic communications and campaign strategist at Earnscliffe Strategy Group with over 15 years of experience in media, politics and the non-profit sector.

She is trusted by political and business leaders to navigate complex public policy issues, and develops strategies and tactics to target, engage and persuade the public, capitalizing on windows of opportunity to accelerate change. A prominent and highly sought media commentator on politics and public affairs, Kathleen appears regularly on CBC The National’s preeminent political panel, The Insiders, and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in government and politics by The Hill Times

She was the founding Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, a progressive organization focused on public policy and training. Prior to that, she served as Director of Strategic Communications for former NDP leader Jack Layton. Before entering her career in politics, Kathleen worked in newsrooms in Toronto, Ottawa and Washington, D.C.

Kathleen holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics, where she was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the British Council and holds an Honours BA from Trent University. She remains an active volunteer with Equal Voice where she focuses on how to field, nurture and promote more women candidates to every level of political office in Canada.



John Ibbitson

John Ibbitson is a Globe and Mail senior political writer. His latest book is Stephen Harper: A Biography— an insider’s look at how our 22nd Prime Minister changed the country, economically and politically, and for better or for worse. It was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

In a career spanning three decades, John has worked as a reporter and columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, Southam News, the National Post, and, since 1999, the Globe and Mail. He also served as the paper’s Queen’s Park bureau chief, Washington bureau chief and Ottawa bureau chief, becoming Chief Political Writer in 2012 and Writer at Large in 2015.

His novel The Landing won the Governor General’s Award for Best Children’s Book in 2008. In 2014, while on leave from The Globe writing Stephen Harper: A Biography, he served as a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.



David Moscrop

David Moscrop is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of British Columbia, a writer, and a political commentator. He writes a column about Donald Trump for MacLean’s and is currently working on a book on why we make bad political decisions and how we can make better ones.

David studies political theory and decision making. His dissertation (which he will defend in March) is entitled “The psychology of democratic deliberation: From practice to system.” In his research, he asks: Can we be autonomous and rational deliberative citizens? Working towards answering that question, David examines the ways non-consciously processed stimuli and a-rational cognitive processes affect citizen deliberation in liberal democracies. He also theorizes from empirical data the conditions under which such stimuli and processes assist decision making and under which conditions they detract from it. From that data, he develops related concepts that suggest approaches to improving deliberation.

His research interests include: democratic theory, deliberative democracy, political philosophy, cognitive science, neuroscience, affect, Canadian and American politics, multiculturalism and citizenship.



Jaime Watt

Jaime Watt is the executive chairman of Navigator Ltd. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit, and government sectors. He is a trusted advisor to business leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. Jaime was the senior communications advisor for the Ontario PC Party in the landmark 1995 and 1999 election campaigns.

Jaime is immediate past president of the Albany Club, Canada’s oldest political club. He also serves on the boards of many other organizations including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto, the Shaw Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. As well, he chairs the Capital Campaign for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer AIDS hospice, and is past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada’s oldest podium of record.

A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to the CBC, including Sunday Scrum with Carole MacNeil, and on The National.

Jaime was the inaugural recipient of Egale’s Lifetime Achievement Award and has been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals for service to the community. He recently received Out on Bay Street’s Leader to be Proud of Award. Jaime has been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is a Toronto Heritage Companion, and was recently named one of Toronto’s most influential citizens.



Don Guy

Don Guy is an avid listener, learner and innovator in the fields of polling, public affairs and campaign strategy. Because of that, he has been fortunate to help elect more Liberals in Canada than anyone over the last twenty-five years.

When his children were born in 2010, Don began shifting his consulting practice from ‎management to maven, mentor and advisor to allow for more time for family and business.

Don is a founder of GQR Canada, the Canadian arm of global progressive polling and strategy firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and founding partner of KTG Public Affairs, where he brings his passion for positive change and problem solving to a select roster of clients.



Raj Sihota

Raj works with political parties, post-conflict governance structures, NGO’s and indigenous peoples, engaging in government relations, staff training, stakeholder relations, strategic communications and campaigns. She is a veteran of many municipal, provincial and federal campaigns, including the BC NDP’s two by-election victories last year, which included electing the first indigenous woman to the BC Legislature.

She is currently Provincial Director of the BC NDP, where she is preparing the party for the upcoming BC election campaign.

Raj is also a former board member with the Canadian Women Voters Congress, a non-partisan organization dedicated to encouraging and educating women to become strong, effective voices at all levels of government by participating in the political process. Raj has also been a candidate herself. She shares her knowledge to help empower more women to engage in the political process in Canada and elsewhere.



Justine Hunter

Based in the press gallery of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, Justine Hunter is a national correspondent for The Globe and Mail and is a regular media panelist for CBC Radio and Voice of B.C.

She began covering politics in 1988, when Bill Vander Zalm sat in the premier’s office. Hunter followed the ups and downs of seven B.C. premiers – having missed only the brief reign of Ujjal Dosanjh while working on Parliament Hill covering federal politics. After two winters in Ottawa, she returned to Victoria to mine the rich seams of B.C. politics.

She has reported for The Vancouver Sun, The National Post, and CBC TV News.



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