People

Executive

Clifton van der Linden, Founder and Executive Director
Cliff is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He holds an honours BA in economics and political science from McMaster University and an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. He was previously a reporter for the National Post, founder and CEO of an information technology start-up, chair of the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations. He is a junior fellow at Massey College and was a visiting scholar at the Free University Amsterdam and the European University Institute in Florence. Cliff is formerly a Beattie Fellow at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in the Munk School of Global Affairs, a 2012-13 Action Canada fellow, as well as winner of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award, and the Clarkson Laureateship for Public Service. In 2012 he was named one of Toronto’s top young innovators by Post City Magazine. He has written for The Globe and Mail and Policy Options Magazine, and appears regularly on CBC News.

Yannick Dufresne, Director of Communications
Yannick is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a research fellow at Laval University. He holds a BA and MSc from the Université de Montréal and has training in quantitative methods from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research as well as in computational social science from Harvard University. Yannick is the co-author of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on political behaviour, campaign strategies, and voting patterns. He is an experienced political analyst and campaign strategist and is the recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Ken Bryden Scholarship in Canadian Government and Politics. Yannick is a fellow of Mission Leadership Quebec.

Gregory Eady, Director of Analytics
Greg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He holds a BA from the University of Waterloo and an MA from Wilfred Laurier University and has training in quantitative methods from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research as well as in computational social science from Harvard University. He is proficient in both Bayesian and Frequentist reasoning, and specializes in methods for causal inference. He has experience with multi-level modelling for small area estimation, ideal point estimation, time series regression, social network analysis, and data visualization. Greg is currently a Trudeau Fellow at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, winner of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship, and a former Balsillie Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Jennifer Hove, Director of Research
Jen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of International Relations degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Public Policy degree from Simon Fraser University. Jen is formerly vice-president of product development for a Vancouver-based strategic marketing firm and has worked for both the CD Howe Institute and CIDA on matters ranging from BC energy policy to aboriginal issues to access to education in Bangladesh, India, Ghana, and South Africa. Jen has co-authored articles in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and is the recipient of the Beattie Fellowship at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Dr. F.M Hill Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Public Policy, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.

Project Associates

David Houle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science and the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto. He holds an MA in policy analysis and a BA in economics and politics from Laval University. He is a winner of the the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture. He has contributed to several edited books and academic journals.

Devashish Sharma is Project Director for the Indian edition of Vote Compass. Devashish holds an honours baccalaureate in computer engineering from University of Waterloo and is a graduate of the Next36 leadership program at the University of Toronto. His professional experience spans the gamut from Fortune 50 companies to silicon valley startups and non-profit organizations. He speaks six languages and is a member of the Kairos Society.

Academic Advisors

Canada
André Blais, Université de Montréal
Elisabeth Gidengil, McGill University
Richard Johnston, University of British Columbia
Neil Nevitte, University of Toronto

United States
James Fowler, University of California, San Diego
Christopher Dawes, New York University
Christopher Wlezien, Temple University

Australia
Aaron Martin, University of Melbourne
Anika Gauja, University of Sydney
Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney
Rodney Smith, University of Sydney

 
Comments

2 Responses to People

  1. Mike Fisher says:

    The best interactive program ever.
    Well done to everyone on the team.
    By the end of the election,
    THIS WILL BE HUGE
    Mike Fisher

  2. Luke Hayes says:

    Nice system design with Vote Compass Australia, but WOW, those questions are REALLY lame! You really do know how to tightly tie people into focusing on PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF SOLUTIONS!!! Typical political polling. Never asking for any solutions, are you afraid to ask for solutions? Are you afraid that people might work out how easy it is to solve the issues just by asking some creative questions instead of passing the buck to the show pony in political office?
    I laugh at the assumptions politicians make every day. You know, we all make ridiculous assumptions about the general population every day, some do it worse than others. How about we ask people real, direct questions that empower them to be honest, creative and emotional? Stop boxing people into the assumptions the politicians, lawyers, business elite, media, and pollsters estimate is the norm. The average person lies to the aforementioned groups because there is no trust. It has been eroded away after years of lies, mischief, do as I say not as I do, self serving lunacy, and the questions we keep getting asked are trying to force one’s opinion down a ridiculous path that no one really wants but most will vote for because they see no other option.
    Politics Disgusts Me. When you are ready to build a peaceful, prosperous, and thriving participatory society, give me a call and let’s have a chat. I’ll tell you all about it. For now, please view my reply to the August 11 Leaders Debate
    For your reference, I am the guy in front of the green screen.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVusBxo6S1w&list=SPsN0U9hPJHBb18FABMNXOXO1yFGMHo85l




   
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