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 is a writer, editor, and publisher, a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, and an independent researcher of Canadian publishing history. She teaches essay writing and Canadian film; runs her own writing, editing, and translation business; and edits for Archivaria and the Journal of Learning Analytics. She has worked in publishing since 1989 and is currently the Editor of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. Her special section, “The Future University Press in Canada” was published by the Journal of Scholarly Publishing in January 2018. She is currently at work on a book about the sale of The Ryerson Press, the Royal Commission on Book Publishing, and their effects 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.