At the eDemocracy Network,

we focus on making public engagements more fair, transparent, and effective.

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The eDemocracy Network is registered as a non-profit in Canada, as a non-stock (non-profit) corporation in the United States, as well as a Charitable Foundation in Canada.

We help community members achieve fair, accessible and engaging public consultation processes that prioritize making sure all voices are heard. True Democracy means everyone gets a seat at the table, a voice, and proportional sway. 

We are committed to indigenous rights, racial justice and accessibility in our work.

Our Partner Entities

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The eDemocracy Network is the sister organization of Ethelo, the Vancouver-based social purpose tech company behind the award-winning public engagement and decision-making platform that the Network’s research and projects are built on.
The eDemocracy Research Foundation partners with academics and economists to do public engagement research and we are perpetually focused on improving public engagement processes for all community members.

Our Team

Leadership

Tarah Stafford

CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tarah has founded of a variety of non-profits over the years working at the intersection of climate and communications. As a screenwriter, Tarah is dedicated to telling the stories of who we are and who we might become. While her heart lies in solving the climate crisis, the connection between climate and the failure of our democratic process fuels her desire to understand and mend what divides us.

Ben West

Ben West

CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ben has played various roles in the environmental movement in Canada over the last 20 years and has been involved in dozens of public engagement processes over the years as a community organizer and as staff in a First Nations community and uses this experience to help shape the best possible engagements for all community members taking part in our processes.

Katharina Voss

Katharina Voss

Public Outreach Director

Kat is an experienced non-profit professional, designer, and researcher. She is a communications specialist who directs public outreach campaigns, designs creative and effective multi-media materials, and studies their efficacy for constant improvement. She is also currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Sustainability.

The Team

John Richardson

John Richardson

Founder, architect, board member

Andrea De Ascó Cortés

Andrea De Ascó Cortés

Communications Director

Saad Sabb

Saad Sabb

Platform configurist

Ahmed Lelamo

Platform configurist, Impact Metrics Analyst

Laura Williams

Lead Developer

Gabriela Grant

Senior Software Developer

Aileen Gatdula

Aileen Gatdula

QA Tester

Vatsal Chauhan

Vatsal Chauhan

Front End Developer

Dan Hathway

Dan Hathway

Chief Cat Herder

Bradley Roulston

Bradley Roulston

Community Liaison

Academic Advisor

Professor Stephen Sheppard Lead Researcher & partner

Dr. Sheppard is an internationally recognized expert and educator in urban forestry, climate change planning and community engagement, public perceptions, and ethical visualization techniques. He directs CALP (UBC), an acknowledged interdisciplinary center of excellence in applying state-of-the-art visualization tools and engagement processes to developing climate change and urban forestry solutions with municipalities & communities. His recent research focuses on engaging citizens in developing low-carbon resilient communities, urban forest stewardship. He leads UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Media