In the 2011 federal election, only 38.8 % of Canadians aged 18-24 exercised their right to vote. Despite repeated expressions of concern from elected officials, government officials, and community leaders over the past 20 years, broad and effective action is still needed to address the issue of youth voter engagement. This Council is being convened to ensure that immediate action is taken to engage Canada’s youth in the democratic process.

The Council on Youth Electoral Engagement is a non-partisan group of leading citizens from the fields of government, business, academia, journalism, and philanthropy. The Council members share a passion for youth engagement and democracy, as well as a desire to see action taken on this issue. The founding chair of the Council is Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada and former President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

The objectives of the Council are:

  • To promote awareness and action on the issue of youth voter engagement both during and between elections
  • To convene experts and practitioners in the field with the purpose of sharing knowledge
  • To ensure that effective practices in youth electoral engagement are widely applied and supported
 JEAN-PIERRE KINGSLEY  Founding Chair  Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (1990-2007)   @kingsleyjp

JEAN-PIERRE KINGSLEY

Founding Chair

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (1990-2007)

@kingsleyjp

 THE HONOURABLE LLOYD AXWORTHY  Chancellor, St. Paul's University College, University of Waterloo  @lloydaxworthy

THE HONOURABLE LLOYD AXWORTHY

Chancellor, St. Paul's University College, University of Waterloo
@lloydaxworthy

 ANDRÉ BLAIS  Director, Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies, Université de Montréal

ANDRÉ BLAIS

Director, Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies, Université de Montréal

 THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KIM CAMPBELL  First Female Prime Minister of Canada (1993)   @AKimCampbell

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KIM CAMPBELL

First Female Prime Minister of Canada (1993)

@AKimCampbell

 PIYA CHATTOPADHYAY  Journalist, CBC Radio and TVO  @piyachatto

PIYA CHATTOPADHYAY

Journalist, CBC Radio and TVO
@piyachatto

 PENNY COLLENETTE  Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law  @penottawa

PENNY COLLENETTE

Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
@penottawa

 PHIL FONTAINE  President, Ishkonigan Inc. National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (1997-2000, 2003-2009)   @ishkonigan

PHIL FONTAINE

President, Ishkonigan Inc.
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (1997-2000, 2003-2009)

@ishkonigan

 ROGER GIBBINS  President and CEO, Canada West Foundation (1998-2012)  @CanadaWestFdn

ROGER GIBBINS

President and CEO, Canada West Foundation (1998-2012)
@CanadaWestFdn

 ELISABETH GIDENGIL  Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University

ELISABETH GIDENGIL

Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University

 THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN  Prime Minister of Canada (2003-2006)  @MAboriginalEdu

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN

Prime Minister of Canada (2003-2006)
@MAboriginalEdu

 FRANK GRAVES  President, EKOS Research Associates  @VoiceOfFranky

FRANK GRAVES

President, EKOS Research Associates
@VoiceOfFranky

 ANNE MCGRATH  National Director, New Democratic Party  @OttawaAnne

ANNE MCGRATH

National Director, New Democratic Party
@OttawaAnne

 RICHARD JOHNSTON  Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation, University of British Columbia

RICHARD JOHNSTON

Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation, University of British Columbia

 THE HONOURABLE AUDREY MCLAUGHLIN  Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (1989-1995)

THE HONOURABLE AUDREY MCLAUGHLIN

Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (1989-1995)

 TASHA KHEIRIDDIN  Writer, Broadcaster, and Political Commentator  @TashaKheiriddin

TASHA KHEIRIDDIN

Writer, Broadcaster, and Political Commentator
@TashaKheiriddin

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