Michael Urban was a founding member of RaBIT’s Board of Directors and was elected chairperson in May 2015. For his day job, Michael is the acting Director for Research and Special Projects on the future skills team at Ryerson University's Diversity Institute. Michael brings years of practical experience with voting reform and fostering engagement with politics to his work with RaBIT. Having grown increasingly concerned with the negative 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 the positive step of reforming the way Toronto votes. Michael also enjoys running and eating, two enjoyments which are likely related out of necessity.
Miriam Anderson joined RaBit’s board in 2018. Miriam is an associate professor of politics at Ryerson University. She believes that electoral reform at the municipal level will open the door to better democracy at all levels of government in Canada, and is excited at the prospect of ranked ballots in Toronto. In her spare time, Miriam enjoys travel, spending time with friends, and pilates.
Miriam Fine was delighted to join RaBIT's Board of Directors as a founding member in 2015 and now serves as RaBIT's secretary. Miriam began working supporting students in post-secondary and arts education, and moved to People Ops in the tech sector to cultivate workplaces where we can all thrive. She is deeply curious about, and committed to, building a better future of work. Miriam 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, with candidates who look like our city. When not at her desk, she is usually found cycling, at a book club meeting, listening to live music, or at a park.
Morty joined RaBIT's Board in 2018, after several years of attending RaBIT events, lobbying officials, and providing informal strategic advice. His commitment to democratic electoral reform builds on 30+ years of operational and policy development work with the Ontario government (Ministries of Labour; Citizenship, Culture and Recreation; Community and Social Services; Solicitor General and Correctional Services) and then the City of Toronto (Intergovernmental Relations). Key portfolios included: City of Toronto Act; disabilities; violence against women, children and vulnerable adults; justice issues – crime prevention, policing, victims of crime, corrections; occupational health and safety, and the environment. When not enjoying family and friends, you'll find him taking continuing education courses, singing in two choirs, or biking around town.
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.
Jesse joined RaBit’s board in 2018 and works in financial engineering. Passionate about education, Jesse has worked and continues to volunteer in the non-profit sector. He has worked on political campaigns at both the provincial and federal levels and is looking forward to seeing ranked ballots become a reality in Toronto.
Rachel Beaupré currently serves as RaBIT’s treasurer and joined the Board of Directors in 2019. By day, Rachel assists individuals with their applications to work and live in Canada. She sincerely hopes that a ranked ballot system will bring more positive messaging to the City of Toronto’s future elections.