Stéphanie Plante, (@specialballot on Twitter) was born and raised in Tecumseh, Ontario and has an MA from the University of Windsor. She has been involved in election planning, delivery, and assessment in various capacities since 2005 and headed the Out of Country election observation missions with the Iraqi High Electoral Commission. She is a 2016 Arctic Fellow and a collaborator on a SSHRC study investigating the impact of digital technology on Indigenous communities. She has volunteered in the past with VDay Ottawa and is currently involved with the Refugee Assistance Project at the University of Ottawa and Take Me Outside. She is on the board of the St. George Housing Co-Op, is a proud member of Canadian Parents for French and Equal Voice. Her most important job is being a mother to Ian, 7-years-old and in 2017 she became a surrogate mother to Martina. She enjoys podcasts, cooking, yoga and Beyoncé.
Dr. Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr holds a PhD in English from the University of Ottawa. She has also worked in Canadian publishing for 26 years, most recently as Director of University of Ottawa Press and Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. She teaches essay writing to first-year students; runs her own writing, editing, and translation business; and chairs the Ottawa–Gatineau branch of Editors Canada. Her freelance clients include Archivaria, the Journal of Learning Analytics, and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT). She is presently at work on a special section on the future of university presses in Canada for the Journal of Scholarly Publishing and on a book about the effects of the sale of The Ryerson Press on Canadian cultural policy.
Ellory is from Ottawa, Ontario and is studying international development and globalization with a minor in economics. After graduation plans on going to law school to study trade law. Ellory loves volunteering with CIPS and has a broad interest in international affairs. In her spare time Ellory enjoys cross country running and playing with her pet rabbit Flossy.
Nirene was born in Ottawa, Ontario where she is undertaking her studies in Biomedical Science with a minor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She began her campus life in first year volunteering with the ARUO-RAUO as her building representative and continued working in residence as a Community Advisor for the next 3 years. Here, she explored and deepened her interest in politics and human rights. She has been working with CIPS for the past year, furthering her knowledge and involvement in the world of politics. Nirene also volunteers at the uOttawa and Royal Ottawa Sleep Lab in hopes of pursuing a career in mental health research. In her spare time, Nirene likes to bake and hang out with her pet rats, Clementine and Teddy.