Nicole presently serves as Research Director at the Centre for e-Democracy with a concurrent appointment as Assistant Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Her current research largely focuses on the impacts of digital technology on Canadian political behaviour and public policy. Internet voting in a Canadian context is one of her subject specialities and she is recognized as the leading expert in Canada. She has co-authored multiple academic papers and reports for EMBs and governments across Canada on the topic. Nicole recently led a study of the Ontario municipal elections to assess the effects of the technology on voters, candidates, and election administrators. She is currently part of two SSHRC-funded research projects to understand the impact of Internet voting and e-democracy technology on municipalities and First Nations in Canada. Findings from these projects will allow us to learn about the effects of this technology on voting behaviour, and also lead to practical policy recommendations regarding the modernization of elections.
Theo Nazary, Research
Theo Nazary is currently completing his Master of Arts in Political Science. He recently received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies. Theo’s research interests include Ontario public policy, women’s legislative representation, First Nations affairs, intergovernmental relations, and topics related to this project such as open government and Internet voting. Theo has served on the Student Representative Assembly and varsity soccer team. Outside of politics, his hobbies include biblical archeology, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family and friends.
Cody Boomer, Research
Cody is currently completing his Master of Arts in Political Science. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice & Public Policy. His MRP examines why local communities choose to adopt or reject the option of Internet voting. More broadly his research involves Internet voting, social media in politics, policy adoption among Canadian municipalities, and multi-level governance. Outside of academia, Cody enjoys camping, documentaries, travelling, and playing sports.
Ed Cabrera, Research
Ed completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University in April 2014 with a double major in Political Science and French. Besides this project, his research interests include the privatization of public services, the crowd-sourcing of public policy as well as immigration policy. Ed’s passion for public policy and the quality of public services in Ontario has inspired him to pursue a career in this field and he will be attending the University of Waterloo this September to obtain a Master of Public Service. Aside from academics, Ed’s interests include health and fitness, music, and Almodovar films.