Democracy Bootcamp: BC 2015


Why Are We Here – Part 1 [PDF] [PPT]

Why Are We Here – Part 2 [PDF] [PPT]

Student Vote Best Practices [PDF] [PPT]


Student Vote Day: British Columbia Local Government Elections

Student Vote Day at Charles Dickens Elementary School

Student Vote Day at Seaquam Secondary School

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Thursday, February 26th

6:00 -6:55 pm  – Welcome/Introduction

  • Taylor Gunn & Diana MacVey, CIVIX
  • Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections BC

7:00-8:00 – Pundits Panel

  • Description: Commentary from political pundits on the 2015 federal election
  • Host: Gary Mason, The Globe & Mail
    • Hon. Stockwell Day, former Conservative MP and MLA
    • Marcella Munro, WPM Public Affairs Inc
    • Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Huffington Post Canada
    • Scott Reid, Senior Political Analyst, CTV

8:05 -9:15 – Federal Politics Panel

  • Description: A moderated forum with federal party representatives
  • Host: Gary Mason, The Globe & Mail
    • CPC: ​ Wai Young
    • GRN: Lynne Quarmby
    • LIB:  Jonathan Wilkinson
    • NDP: Scott Andrews

9:20 – Opening Night Reception

Friday, February 27th

7:00-8:20 am –  Breakfast

8:30-9:20 – Why are we here? 

    • Description: The basics of elections and voting in Canada, including an overview of voter turnout trends, the national youth survey, and the impact of civic education and Student Vote

9:30-10:30 – Inside a Campaign

    • Description:  Experienced political operatives offer insights into how an election campaign is shaped, fought and won
      • Host: Althia Raj, Huffington Post Canada
      • Brian Topp, Kool, Topp & Guy Public Affairs
      • Jaime Watt, Navigator Ltd

10:30-10:45 – Break

10:45-12:15 – Student Vote Best Practices

  • Description:  Summary of key approaches to a successful Student Vote, including examples from past teachers (e.g., organizing all-candidate debates, school-wide engagement techniques, parental involvement and media engagement)

12:15-1:15 – Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 – Social Media & Technology

  • Description: Real world examples of social media and technology to contribute to Student Vote in your classroom

1:15-2:00 – Twitter

  • Steve Ladurantaye, News and government partnerships at Twitter Canada

2:00-2:45 – Vote Compass

  • Clifton van der Linden, Founder and CEO Vox Pop Labs

2:45-3:30 – Democracy Bootcamp closing conversation

  • Description: A summary discussion of Democracy Bootcamp, goals for the 2015 federal election and closing remarks