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Chairperson - Advisory Board

Jean-Pierre was appointed Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Canada in 1990, serving until 2007. As CEO, he was responsible for the administration of elections and referendums in Canada. His accomplishments included the development of a permanent voters list, the National Register of Electors, and the introduction of computer use in all areas of Canadian federal election administration. Jean-Pierre also served as President of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In 2007, Kingsley was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest award the Mexican government bestows on foreign nationals. Most recently, Jean-Pierre served as a Senior Advisor to the Canadian House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

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Chairperson - Board of Directors

John Hollins has been instrumental in the organization’s establishment and direction. He has served as the Chief Electoral Officer for the Canadian Province of Ontario, and prior to that was the Director of Elections for the City of Toronto. He oversaw the implementation of AODA ( guidelines for disabled voters while CEO of Elections Ontario. Past electoral outreach activities include endeavours in Africa and the South Caucuses, with current efforts focused on the Caribbean. In 2004, John was appointed Canada’s Chief Electoral Advisor to the Palestinian Authority (PA), working alongside former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during the 2004-05 PA elections. He continues to be an active lecturer on the topic of democracy and governance.

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