Michael Crawford Urban was a founding member of RaBIT’s Board of Directors and was elected a Co-Chair in May 2015. Michael wears a number of professional hats including Policy Associate at the Mowat Centre (a public policy think tank) and Visiting Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto. Currently also the Chairperson of the Youth Parliament of Canada, Michael brings years of experience fostering engagement with politics among youth to his work with RaBIT. Having grown increasingly concerned with the poisonous influence of our broken electoral system on our politics, Michael is elated that Torontonians have recognized the need for change and stand poised to undertake Canada’s first major electoral reform in as long as he can remember. Michael also enjoys running and eating, two enjoyments which are likely related out of necessity.
Jeff Dennler is the RaBIT Treasurer and was a founding member of the Board of Directors in 2015. He is a father of three, and a Senior Manager at KPMG's consulting practice. Jeff first became passionate about fairness in voting systems in grade 4 and further explored the theoretical and applied benefits of ranked ballots during his undergraduate and graduate studies in political science and public policy. You can usually find him outside business hours with his children at a playground in Wychwood.
Marjan Farahbaksh was a founding member of the RaBIT Board of Directors in 2015. She is an independent research and knowledge management specialist, and brings her passion for taming information chaos to RaBIT. She is excited to be part of a growing movement to bring civility, diversity, and fairness to municipal elections with ranked ballots. Marjan lives in the east end, where she photographs neighbourhood cats in the street.
Miriam Fine was delighted to join RaBIT's Board of Directors as a founding member in 2015. Miriam is a student affairs and arts administrator, and things that make her tick include education, the arts, Toronto, and building healthy communities. She was born and raised in the Beaches, and looks to bring her experience coordinating volunteers and raising awareness for various causes to connect the city with RaBIT's vision. Miriam is excited for more issues-based campaigns and friendlier elections. When not at her desk, she is usually found on the mat, eating brunch, listening to live music, or in a park.
Rose Kudlac joined the RaBIT board in 2017. Her role in grassroots advocacy includes being a founding steering committee member of Post Carbon Toronto (a public education and energy advocacy group), a board member of the WindShare community power co-operative, a board member of The Atmospheric Fund -- a unique agency of the City -- and roles in neighbourhood groups including Logan Green Field campaign and as the co-chair of a neighbourhood tree advocacy group. She became intrigued by group decision-making processes when she was on a working group of local stakeholders to decide the location for a subway second exit, as well as by members choosing a book each month for her book club. She enjoys hiking and has recently joined a percussion band.
Dr. Carolyn Sealfon joined RaBIT’s board as a new Canadian permanent resident in 2017. As a physics professor and educator with over a decade of experience helping people learn STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through civic issues, she strongly believes in the potential of education to improve democracy and social justice. She also enjoys singing, acting, cycling, and qigong.
Michael Stewart has managed multiple election campaigns and is dedicated to making meaningful change to the way people vote. Michael’s experience in IT project management and directing election coverage for large media outlets have left him with the belief that implementing ranked ballots in Toronto would help to elect people who better represent the city now and as it evolves. He brings over 15 years of experience in elections to RaBIT.