Sophie Bourgault (PhD, University of Toronto, 2007) is Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa. She served on the Board of Directors of the Société Québécoise de Science Politique (SQSP) for several years (2011-2015); she was part of its scientific committee and was member of the Léon-Dion Prize jury (2013). Sophie is a Research Director at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities at the University of Ottawa; she is also the Vice-President of the American Simone Weil Society and is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Care Ethics Research Consortium. Having dedicated much of her time to the SQSP over the years, she now wishes to invest more of her energy in the CPSA. In particular, she has accepted to stand for election because she seeks to strengthen the bilingual character of the CPSA and of its annual conference; she also wishes to help find ways to promote diversity within the association as well as within the profession.
Her current research focuses on feminist theory, the ethics of care and of hospitality, the history of ideas and the political thought of Simone Weil. Recent publications include an edited volume on feminist care ethics, as well as a special issue on gender and work for Politique et Sociétés. She has also published her research in journals such as Women’s Studies, Recherches Féministes, The European Journal of Women’s Studies, Etica & Politica, and Symposium.
As the Director of Democratic Institutions at the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa, which I co-founded, I leverage the research and analytic tools of political science for problem-solving and decision support in Canada and around the world. From the evaluation of political institutions like the United Kingdom’s Office for Budget Responsibility and Myanmar’s public financial management system to supporting the design and establishment of Jamaica’s Parliamentary Budget Office, my work, at the intersection of money and politics seeks to better understand legislatures, governments, and bureaucracies.
Committed to connecting the practice and study of politics, my participation as panel convener and panelist in CPSA, SQSP and other political science organizations brings together academics and practitioners to explore issues such as legislative fiscal scrutiny and legislative capacity.
To broaden the scope and impact of my applied research, I serve as an expert advisor and work regularly with organizations such as the World Bank, the United States National Governors Association and the International Budget Partnership, as well as scholars in universities in Canada, the United States and Europe. With these and other partners, I actively collaborate on research projects, symposia and professional development activities that integrate academics, practitioners, politicians and their officials. I believe that I fit the role of the practitioner representative having comfortably linked the worlds of academic and applied research and having diligently worked to bring the communities together for common purpose.
Peter Graefe is an Associate Professor of Political Science at McMaster University. He is currently an Associate Editor at Canadian Public Policy.
He has previously served the CPSA as Chair of the Programme Committee for the 2014 CPSA conference at Brock, and as section head for Political Economy in 2009 and 2013. He is currently a member of the 2017 Donald Smiley Prize committee.
This experience has helped him learn how the CPSA remains an important meeting place for nurturing a pluralistic discipline. Combined with sitting on 7 SSHRC and FQRSC grant committees over the past decade, and serving six years on the Aid to Scholarly Publication Program Committee (2008-2014), this experience has also provided a good grasp of the breadth and diversity of interests held by the CPSA’s membership.
Kiera L. Ladner (PhD Carleton, 2001) is an Associate Professor of Indigenous and Canadian Politics at the University of Manitoba. Kiera became a member of the CPSA in 1994. She has remained active within the CPSA since. She is currently serving as a member of the CPSA’s Reconciliation Committee. She worked with other CPSA members to establish Race Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics section at the annual conference and has served on two Annual Conference Programme Committees (Local Organizer and REIPP Section Head). Beyond the CPSA.
Kiera currently serves on the Community Infomatics Research Network conference committee and the editorial boards of the Review of Constitutional Studies and Aboriginal Policy Studies. Kiera has taught at Trent, Western and the University of Manitoba. She held a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (2006-16). In 2013, she received just short of one million dollars in research funds for two distinct SSHRC (insight) funded projects. The first project seeks to construct three digital archives (the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database, the Post-Apology Residential School Database, and the Sex Work Database) and examines the potential for community based knowledge mobilization and decolonization with Dr. Shawna Ferris. Her other SSHRC project examines current efforts in constitutional reconciliation, renewal and ‘recognition’ in Australia and New Zealand and focuses on the potential for Indigenous resurgence and political reconciliation between Indigenous nations and settler states. Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal, co-edited with Myra Tait will be released by ARP in May.
Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega is an Assistant Professor in the Public Administration Division of the Center for Economic Teaching and Research (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE) in México. He is a specialist in comparative public policy and focuses on North American environmental politics, primarily sanitation and water governance, solid waste management, neoinstitutional theory, transnational environmental social movements and experimental methods in public policy. His current research programme focuses on the spatial, political and human dimensions of public service delivery. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS), and sits on the editorial board of Water International, Global Environmental Politics; and Politics, Groups, and Identities.
I am both a former faculty member at The University of British Columbia’s Department of Political Science and a graduate from UBC, and I’ve been trained as a comparative public policy scholar who studies North American environmental issues. I’ve always been interested in contributing to the field of political science both in Canada and globally. I’ve also been part of the Canadian political science community for a long while now, being trained by Canadian political scientists and also teaching and mentoring my own students in Canada. I look forward to continuing my contributions to the field. I also want to help increase visibility of Canadian political scientists’ work in the global arena.
Martin Papillon is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal, and Director of the Centre de recherche sur les politiques et le développement social (CPDS). His research interests focus on the transformation of citizenship and the Aboriginal governance in Canada and around the world. He is the author of numerous articles, notably in the areas of self-government, the implementation of modern treaties, and the negotiation with Aboriginal communities on territorial development.
He has been an active member of our Association for quite a few years. He served on the CPSA committee that released a report on diversity in 2012. He was also a member of the Programme Committee for the 2013 CPSA Conference. Martin is an alumnus of the Parliamentary Internship Programme.
Jonathan was educated at the University of Toronto and Queen’s. He has taught in New York, Japan, the, UK and the Czech Republic. In 2008, Jonathan was a Visiting Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington where he lectured on citizen engagement. He is a regular contributor on citizen participation to the Institute on Governance’s Executive Program. He has written, co-written and edited four books and a number of articles both in the scholarly and popular press. He has provided advice to the Auditor General of Canada on government advertising and sponsorship, and is a member of the Advertising Review Board for the Auditor General of Ontario, a board that enforces legislation regulating government advertising in Ontario. In 2006, he was Academic Director of the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.
With André Blais, R. Kenneth Carty, Patrick Fournier and Henk van der Kolk, he co-authored When Citizens Decide: Lessons From Citizens Assemblies, (London: Oxford University Press, 2011), a book that examined citizens’ assemblies in BC, Ontario and the Netherlands. It was the recipient of Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award, Canadian Politics Section of American Political Science Association. Last year Jonathan was a member of an Expert Panel on Government Communications for Elections Nova Scotia. He also co-chaired the Bank of Canada’s advisory panel that nominated Viola Desmond for its new banknote.
If elected, Jonathan would like to encourage pedagogical innovation in the discipline and would like to establish a channel for colleagues to disseminate their research findings in non-traditional, popular outlets such as mini-lectures on Youtube.
Lorna Stefanick is a Professor in the Governance, Law and Management program at Athabasca University. She is a co-editor (with Prof. Meenal Shrivastava) of Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada, as well as the author of Controlling Knowledge: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy in a Networked World. Lorna co-created national online programs in Information Access/Protection of Privacy and Local Government at the University of Alberta; the latter program received the CAUCE Award of Excellence.
Her multidisciplinary research in digital citizenry, environmental activism and conservation, and privacy protection has reached an international audience. She previously served on the CPSA conference planning committee. Lorna is running for a position on the board of CPSA because she believes that recent national and international events demand that all political scientists embrace a leadership role in promoting the critical analysis of politics and policy.
Jared Wesley (PhD Calgary) is a “pracademic” – a practicing political scientist – whose career path has spanned government boardrooms and university classrooms. At present, he serves as Director of Learning and Development Policy in the Alberta Public Service Commission, having spent five years in senior management roles in several Alberta government central agencies, including Executive Council and Intergovernmental Relations. Jared is also Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Co-chair of the CPSA/CAPPA section on Public Administration of the 2017 CPSA Conference Program Committee, former Chair of the CPSA Graduate Student Caucus, and former Conference Chair and Board of Directors Member for the Prairie Political Science Association.
He is an active member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), and his team has launched several pracademic initiatives including the Public Sector Graduate Internship Program (which places graduate students in rotating, paid positions with various orders of government) and the award-winning Café Pracademique initiative (which invites scholars and practitioners to bridge the traditional gap between their communities by ‘hacking’ today’s most pressing public policy challenges in real-time). Jared’s research interests include Canadian federalism and provincial politics, with a focus on political culture and public policy. He looks forward to the opportunity of building a stronger pracademic culture among scholars and public policy professionals across Canada.