CIVIX Announces new Board Chair and Directors

January 10th, 2019 by CIVIX

January 10, 2019: CIVIX, a non-partisan, national, registered charity dedicated to building the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young Canadians, is pleased to welcome five new members to its Board of Directors and to confirm the election of a new Board Chair. CIVIX founder and President, Taylor Gunn, and new Chair, Francis LeBlanc, made the announcement today.

The additions to the Board of Directors are:

  • Robert Asselin, Senior Director, Public Policy, at Blackberry, and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa.
  • Megan Beretta, Policy Analyst at the Canadian Digital Service, recent graduate of the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, and CIVIX alumni.
  • Rachel Curran, Senior Associate with Harper & Associates and Practitioner-in-Residence at the Clayton H. Riddell School of Political Management at Carleton University, and a former Policy Director to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
  • Elizabeth Dubois, CIVIX alumni, Assistant Professor of Communication and member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa.
  • Kathleen Monk, Principal at Earnscliffe Strategies, founding Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, and former Director of Strategic Communications to NDP Leader Jack Layton.

The new Chair, Francis LeBlanc, is a former MP and currently Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians. He succeeds Chris Wilkins, President and CEO of Edge Interactive, a student recruitment solutions company, who will remain on the Board as Past Chair.

The other members of the CIVIX Board comprise:

  • Peter Donolo, Vice Chair at Hill & Knowlton and former Director of Communications to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
  • Michele Mackenzie, Founding Member of the Associates Consulting Group, former Managing Principal at Ensight Canada, and a former political advisor at Queen’s Park.
  • Bob Medland, CPA.ON, retired, former CFO at CSNX Markets, Inc., and currently is Treasurer and Director of a Canadian foundation and an officer of a U.S. not-for-profit.

Michael MacMillan, Co-founder and Chair of Samara Centre for Democracy and currently founding CEO of Blue Ant Media has stepped down from the Board after eight years and both Taylor Gunn and Francis LeBlanc wish to express their heartfelt thanks for his skillful guidance and loyal service to CIVIX.

Since 2003, the CIVIX team has been carrying out Student Vote parallel elections to coincide with federal, provincial, and municipal elections throughout Canada with the aim of giving young people an opportunity to learn about democracy and experience the voting process firsthand.

CIVIX also offers initiatives between elections, including government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between high school students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp). More recently, CIVIX has developed news literacy tools to help young people navigate information in the digital age (NewsWise).

During the next year, CIVIX will bring together Student Vote, Democracy Bootcamp and NewsWise in an integrated strategy to boost the capacity and commitment of teachers to improve the skills and habits of informed citizenship among Canadian youth. CIVIX expects to engage 7,500 schools and 1.2 million students through these efforts leading up to the October 2019 federal election.


For information call:

Taylor Gunn: (866) 488-8775
Francis LeBlanc: (613) 697-8864

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