RaBIT’s Board of Directors is composed of individuals from various industries, with different expertise, experiences and backgrounds, all united to achieve the same goal: to transform our local elections into a more relevant, inclusive and pleasant experience for all. 

Miriam Anderson

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.

Jesse Barke

Jesse has worked on political campaigns at the provincial and federal levels and joined RaBIT’s board in 2018. Passionate about education, Jesse has worked and continues to volunteer in the non-profit sector. He currently works in quantitative investment management.

Rebecca Chesley

Rebecca joined the Board of RaBIT in 2021. A born-and-raised Torontonian, she is proud to have grown up downtown, and to now be raising her kids in this city. For her day job, she has spent over a decade at United Way Greater Toronto, in the fundraising and marketing departments. She previously worked for other nonprofits and arts organizations after completing an MBA in Arts & Media Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and a BFA from Concordia in Montreal. A self-professed process nerd, Rebecca is proud to be a part of this organization and looks forward to helping advancing its cause to bring ranked balloting to Toronto’s municipal elections.

David Clarry

After becoming a RaBIT supporter during the 2018 municipal election David is delighted to join the Board in 2021.  Through his professional work in climate change, sustainable development and community relations in the metals and mining industries David is looking for ways to foster better discussion of major issues we face.  He believes ranked ballots are an opportunity to improve how some of these discussions take place – and to strengthen our democracy. David has lived in the Toronto area most of his life and has been an active volunteer in Scouts and youth hockey, as well as with professional and industry associations. In his spare time David enjoys being active outdoors, attending a small fraction of the wonderful live theatre productions in Toronto, and spending time with his sons.

Miriam Fine

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 Fine

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.

Carolyn Sealfon

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

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.

Michael Urban

Michael Urban was a founding member of RaBIT’s Board of Directors and was elected co-chairperson in May 2015. For his day job, Michael is the acting Director for Research and Special Projects on the future skills team at the 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 linked.