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The Samara Centre for Democracy

Looking for non-partisan, research-based commentary?

The Samara Centre for Democracy has built a reputation as a reliable source for original research and informed analysis and opinion on Canadian politics. We bring a much-needed non-partisan, research-based voice to the discussion. 

If you are a journalist looking for a comment on topics such as citizen partcipation, voting behaviour and influences, candidates for election, Members of Parliament, political parties, Parliament, democratic reform, or political culture, please contact José Ramón Martí at [email protected] or 416-960-7927.

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Our spokespeople


Kendall Anderson

Kendall Anderson
Executive Director

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director in October 2019, Kendall oversaw all the programming and internal work of the Samara Centre, including the production of ground-breaking research reports and educational materials, as well as interactive online engagement projects like the Everyday Political Citizen. Before joining the Samara Centre in 2011, Kendall was an editor for ten years at Random House of Canada where she worked with bestselling authors of both novels and non-fiction. Kendall studied publishing at both Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University, and she has a BSc from the University of Guelph.

Michael Morden
Research Director

Mike is responsible for leading the Samara Centre's program of democracy-boosting research and contributing to its mission of asking critical questions, producing new evidence, and linking knowledge to action. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto. Mike joined the Samara Centre from the Mowat Centre, a public policy think tank at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow in Canadian politics at Western and Wilfrid Laurier Universities, a senior policy advisor in the government of Ontario, and a research associate with the Mosaic Institute.

Mike Morden

Adelina Petit-Vouriot

Adelina Petit-Vouriot
Research Analyst

Adelina helps produce the Samara Centre’s illuminating research on politics, Parliament, and civic engagement. She is committed to demystifying government and making Canadian politics more inclusive, approachable, and appealing. These broad interests led her to study political science at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Toronto, where she completed her MA. Before joining the Samara Centre, Adelina was involved in Toronto’s non-profit sector, managing and developing civic engagement programming and resources for youth at CIVIX.

To request an interview, please contact José Ramón Martí at [email protected] or 416-960-7927.

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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    A Canada Day Message from Samara

    The Samara Centre's Research Director, Dr. Mike Morden, wrote this newsletter to our supporters on Canada Day. Catch up on what we've been up to and what we're planning.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    Samara Speaks at PROC

    Last week, the Samara Centre for Democracy appeared before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) to share recommendations on how Parliament should run during COVID-19. Read our full remarks here.
  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020

    The Samara Centre's 2019 In Review

    We invite you to read about our work last year, and hope it inspires you to support a stronger democracy and to share our impact with others.