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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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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

Paul EJ Thomas

Paul EJ Thomas
Senior Research Associate

Paul has spent more than a decade working in and researching Canadian politics. He completed a PhD in political science at the University of Toronto and was an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University prior to joining the Samara Centre. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on legislative politics in Canada and the UK, and is co-author of the book Religion and Canadian Party Politics. Paul has taught classes in Political Science and Political Management at Carleton University, and is an Adjunct Research Professor with Carleton’s Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Programme in Political Management.

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.

Adelina Petit-Vouriot

Yvonne Su

Yvonne Su
Program Manager

Yvonne is responsible for programming that seek to support active citizenship and stimulate discussions and solutions on how to build a stronger democracy. Before joining the Samara Centre, Yvonne co-founded the Vote Mobs movement, which inspired 45 vote mobs across Canada in the lead-up to the 2011 federal election. She also co-founded the non-profit organization, Vote Savvy, creating a network of over 20 Vote Campuses and launching a series of viral videos that challenged youth to take voting into their own hands in the 2015 federal election. Yvonne completed a PhD in Political Science and International Development at the University of Guelph, and holds a Masters from the University of Oxford.

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

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  • Friday, February 14, 2020

    In Defence of Democracy

    This past November, the Samara Centre for Democracy was proud to present In Defence of Democracy, a fireside chat between bestselling author Anand Giridharadas and acclaimed journalist Nahlah Ayed in front of a live audience in Toronto.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Samara Releases "House Inspection"

    Our new report measures how well the last Parliament scrutinized the Government, the extent of partisanship within and between parties, and the level of civil and constructive debate, and compares it to previous Parliaments.
  • Friday, January 17, 2020

    Is The Reform Act Dead?

    Less than five years ago, Parliament passed The Reform Act with overwhelming cross-party support. But has the Reform Act lived up to its objectives? The Samara Centre investigates.