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

PETER G. WHITE Former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and lifelong political activist

PETER G. WHITE

Former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and lifelong political activist

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