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Data and Democracy: How Do We Keep Elections Free and Fair?

Presented by thePanel in partnership with Manulife

19 NOV



Join us as we welcome top experts and policy thinkers for an evening of networking and policy debate.


Be part of the conversation about what digital technology means for our democracy and how we can keep elections free and fair in an era of big data, social media and cyberwar.

How is digital technology reshaping politics and elections? What can we learn from events in the U.S and elsewhere? What should Canada do to be ready for the upcoming 2019 elections?


Mercedes Stephenson

Mercedes Stephenson

Global News

Mercedes Stephenson is Global News’ Ottawa Bureau Chief and the host of the network’s flagship national political affairs program The West Block. Leading Global News’ coverage from the nation’s capital, Stephenson interviews the biggest names in Canadian and international politics.




Networking and cocktail reception


thePanel discussion

Topic 1

How is digital technology reshaping politics and elections. 

Topic 2

What can we learn from events in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world?

Topic 3

What should Canada do to be ready for 2019?




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Hon. Bernadette Jordan 

MP & Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions

​​Prior to being elected, Bernadette was a Development Officer for the Health Services Foundation in Bridgewater Nova Scotia.

Notably, Bernadette has had the honour of being appointment Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould. As Parliamentary Secretary, Bernadette is responsible for aiding the Minister in delivering positive outcomes for Canadians, and strengthening Canada’s democratic institutions.

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Hamish Marshall

National Campaign Manager, Conservative Party of Canada

Marshall is a strategist, pollster and demographic expert who tells stories with numbers. He served as Research Director for Angus Reid Public Opinion, the Manager of Strategic Planning to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was the pollster for the successful 2008 national Conservative election campaign and has advised political parties from Vancouver Island to Bangladesh.

He is the author of the best-selling book Everyone... but the People, about winning a referendum campaign against overwhelming odds. Marshall has an MBA from the University of Oxford.



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Marlene Floyd

National Director, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Marlene leads Microsoft’s corporate affairs, public policy and advocacy efforts in Canada. As part of this role she has led Microsoft’s efforts in Canada to protect the integrity of the democratic process and institutions through the launch of the Microsoft Defending Democracy Program.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Marlene was responsible for the execution of national stakeholder engagement and outreach campaigns while serving as the Director of Operations and Outreach to the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau in the lead up to the 2015 federal election.  

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Fen Osler Hampson 

Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Professor Hampson is also Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and served as Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG).

​The Commission was established in January 2014, to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future Internet governance. Chaired by Sweden’s former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, the commission offered concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance and  a framework for coordination among the advanced industrial democracies.


Hampson holds a Ph.D. and A.M. degree from Harvard University, an MSc. (Econ.) degree from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hon.) from the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is the author or co-author of 13 books and editor or co-editor of 28 other volumes, including Look Who’s Watching: Surveillance, Treachery and Trust Online (CIGI & McGill-Queen’s Press, 2017) with Eric Jardine. 



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