Provincial Executive Elections

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Every year the party holds internal elections for our governing board, called the Provincial Executive (PE). The PE is responsible for the governance of the Green Party of Ontario and sets the strategic goals, annual plan and budget for the party.

Meet the Candidates

Deputy Leader Candidates

2 Positions Available

Stefan Klietsch

Candidate Withdrawn

Abhijeet Manay


Abhijeet works as an Academic Executive Officer at iREAM, a Mississauga-based non-profit and also sits on it’s Board of Directors. He has completed his Hons. Bachelor of Science at McMaster University and his Masters in Education at the University of Toronto.

Abhijeet was inspired to run for the Deputy-Leader position because of his experience as an MPP-Candidate in the 2018 Provincial Election. He canvassed relentlessly in his own riding, and volunteered any free-time he got in Guelph to help elect Mike, the first Green MPP in history! That momentous election taught him that when ideas, people & hard work are combined, it can change history!

With him as Deputy-Leader he plans to be a staunch spokesperson at all forums & given his professional and personal background, Abhijeet will be able to welcome many more people under the umbrella of the Green Party.

Bonnie North


In addition to the honour of serving as GPO Deputy Leader, Bonnie was privileged to represent the GPO in two provincial elections, increasing votes each time, and in 2018, placing amongst the GPO candidates’ eight highest vote percentage earners.

Bonnie was also the #MikeAtTheMic campaign Chair, is Barrie-Innisfil’s CA President, and served on the Shadow Cabinet, Communications, AGM (Guelph and Barrie), and ED Hiring committees. Bonnie’s also running for city council, to translate her local, community activism into administrative service to Barrie’s residents.

Bonnie rejoiced with us all when we made history and elected our first MPP. Now, all eyes are on us to prove our mettle as a party, but Bonnie feels we’ve got this!

If honoured by re-election, Bonnie will tirelessly support and empower Mike and the GPO’s staff and members to surge confidently into the future.

Please re-elect Bonnie for Deputy Leader in 2018.

Debra Scott

Beaches—East York

Debra Scott is an environmental activist with a strong commitment to research and development on sustainable innovation. She’s contributed to policy seminars on the future of work with McKinsey & Company and the Ontario government and is currently completing a Master’s degree focusing on change management and environmental studies at the University of Toronto.

Debra holds the Science, Research and Innovation portfolio inthe Green Party of Ontario’s shadow cabinet. Debra is a certified Change Agent who actively contributes to her local riding where she’s held the positions of Secretary and President. Her work in Japan and Britain has been extensive.

She has run in two very strong provincial campaigns in her riding and contributes to policy review at the Annual General Meetings. If elected Deputy Leader Debra would work with the Provincial Executive and she’d continue showcasing the Green Party to business, government and academia.


Secretary Candidate

1 Position Available

Lydia West

Ottawa Centre

Lydia Ilona West (née Nyilasi) was raised in Hamilton Ontario and in rural Hungary. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ryerson University in 2011 and moved to Ottawa in 2013. She is trained in technical writing and court transcription, and is also an aspiring visual artist.

Lydia has been an active volunteer and member of the Green Party of Ontario since 2014 and a member of the Provincial Executive since 2015. She served her first two-year term as one of the two Eastern Regional Representatives, and then transitioned into the role of secretary.

Lydia is hoping to continue her work as secretary for the Provincial Executive. She enjoys the varied tasks it entails such as note taking during conventions, PE meetings, making constitutional updates and serving on various committees.  She would very much appreciate your vote.

Northern Regional Representative Candidates

2 Positions Available

Casey Lalonde


Casey is a life-long resident of Sudbury Ontario and a two-time green party candidate in Northern Ontario. She first ran in 2014 for the Sudbury riding and most recently for the Timiskaming-Cochrane riding in 2018. Casey works full time as a Bail Supervisor with the Elizabeth Fry Society and is completing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Casey is an advocate for better mental health services, especially in the North where access to services is limited. She also wants to see changes made to our criminal justice system so that mental illness and addictions are no longer criminalized.

Casey wants to bring more green engagement to the North. Casey’s goal as Female Northern Representative is to help make voters more aware of the effects of climate change in the north and grow the party’s support base in Northern Ontario.

Tim McKillop

Kenora—Rainy River

Tim McKillop is a secondary school teacher in northwestern Ontario. He has served on the Provincial Executive as a Northern Representative for two terms. Tim has been able to help bring attention to northern issues including the ongoing mercury contamination of the Wabigoon River, sustainable resource development and clean drinking water in First Nations Communities.

Tim feels honored in having had the opportunity to work in such a large and diverse section of our province. There are some unique issues in the north that the Green Party of Ontario has championed and incorporated into its policies that have benefited us all. He looks forward to continuing this work by serving as your elected Northern Representative on the Provincial Executive.

Horseshoe Regional Representative Candidates

2 Positions Available

Norbert D’Costa

Brampton North

Pauline Thornham

Brampton Centre 

Pauline has lived in Brampton since 1980, where she was a GPO candidate in the last three provincial elections. Having retired from the PDSB, she continues as a supply teacher. During her whole teaching career, Pauline was her school’s teachersʼ union representative.

She obtained a Certificate in Environmental Conservation from the University of Guelph in January, 2011.

Pauline joined the Green Party of Ontario in 2010. She is the GPO shadow cabinet Women’s Issues Critic, and is the female Horseshoe Region representative on the GPO Provincial Executive.

Pauline’s latest local interests include active transportation. As a member of the Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee, she is proud that Brampton was awarded Bicycle Friendly Community status by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

Pauline would like to see an expansion in the number of GPO Constituency Associations across the province, and growth in the amount of funding available for the next election.

Central Regional Representative Candidates

2 Positions Available

Keenan Aylwin


Jesseca Perry


Jesseca Perry hails from the Town of Beeton, Ontario, a small town in southern Simcoe County. She currently lives in Barrie, ON with her husband, their young children, and their energetic dog. She has spent the last seven years working in the civil litigation industry as a Legal Secretary. Jesseca is keen on living in a rural area and is passionate about the need to protect the natural resources and heritage that surround her community.

Jesseca hopes being a member of the Green Party will allow her to assist in developing policies that will focus awareness on the need to create sustainable lifestyles and ultimately a better future for her family, community and the planet.

Young Greens Representative Candidates

2 Positions Available

Eric Gilmour

Ottawa Centre

Eric has served as one of the Young Green Representatives on the Provincial Executive since the creation of the position at the 2017 AGM. Since the AGM Eric has been leading the effort in creating the Young Greens of Ontario, including organization relationships with clubs across the Province, advocating for youth issues within the Party, representing the Party in youth debates, and running the Young Greens of Ontario social media pages.

While on the Provincial Executive Eric has also served as Chair of the Conduct Committee, and interim committee set up by the Provincial Executive to deal with member conduct issues before and after the election.

Eric currently lives in Ottawa and works for an engineering consulting company, he specializes in road design and traffic engineering.

Lynn Therien


Voting Instructions

Every year the party holds internal elections for our governing Provincial Executive (PE). The PE is responsible for the governance of the Green Party of Ontario, similar to a board of directors, and sets the strategic goals, annual plan and budget for the party.

The successful candidates will be announced at the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Barrie – at the Gala dinner on Saturday September 15th, 2018.

The GPO uses an online, secure company to run our elections – Simply Voting. Learn more at

Who can vote

Current members of the GPO can vote for the Provincial Executive. Not a member? Join by September 1st to be eligible to vote.

Ballots will be emailed to all current members with an active email on file.

Members without an active email on file will be mailed a paper ballot by postal mail. Mailed ballots must be received back at the Toronto office by September 12, 2018.

Members can vote for;

  • Provincial positions available this year (ie Secretary & Deputy Leaders)
  • Regional representatives for the region they live in, if they are up for election this year
  • Young Green Reps if they are under 30
  • The leadership confidence vote

How to vote

There are four ways to cast your ballot (more details below):

  1. Online
  2. In person at convention
  3. By mailing your ballot, or
  4. By sending your ballot with a delegate attending the convention

1.  Vote Online

Current members with an active email on file will receive an email from “” on August 18, 2018, with instructions, a unique voting password, and a link to your online ballot.

2. Vote in person at the Convention

You can vote in person at the convention at the online kiosk, or by paper ballot with your membership number and signature. Ask at the registration desk for more information.

3. Vote by mail

If you are a current member without an email on file, you will receive your ballot by mail. Your ballot will include credentials to vote online, if you choose to do so. Mailed ballots must be received at the GPO office by September 12, 2018.

How to send your ballot by mail

Please seal your ballot inside an envelope (if you’ve received your mailed ballot, an envelope will have been included; place your ballot in this envelope). Sign the front of this envelope and write your membership number above or below your signature. To request your membership number, please email

There should be no other markings on this envelope. Insert this envelope into a second envelope addressed to:

Green Party of Ontario
PO Box 1132 Station F
Toronto, ON M4Y 2T8

Please ensure to include your return address on the second envelope. Your ballot needs to be received at the GPO office by September 12, 2018.

4. Vote by paper sending your paper ballot with a delegate attending the convention

If you know someone attending the conference, you may send your ballot with them.

Please seal your ballot inside an envelope. Sign the front of this envelope and write your membership number above or below your signature. To request your membership number, please email

There should be no other markings on this envelope.

These ballots must be delivered personally to authorized staff at the convention at Barrie in the sealed envelope.

How the ballots will be counted

Overview: Preferential voting for Provincial Executive elections

The GPO uses a preferential ballot for internal elections. When more than one candidate is listed, electors mark their ballots in a way that indicates their first, second, third, etc. choices regarding the outcome of a contested issue or the election of someone to a specified position.

The ballots are initially sorted according to each voter’s first choice.  If a nominee is the first choice for more than 50% of the ballots cast, they are declared elected. If no one person receives more than 50% of the ballots cast, then the ballots for the nominee who received the fewest votes are redistributed according to the second choices marked on them. This process is repeated until one of the nominees has accumulated over 50% of all the ballots cast. This nominee will be declared elected.

If runners-ups are also to be elected, only ballots representing a different gender from the first place winner’s gender are eligible. All eligible ballots are sorted again according to their first choices except the first-place winner ballots, which are sorted according to their second choices. If that doesn’t give over 50% of the total ballot count to another candidate, the smallest of the remaining piles will be resorted according to the next-named choices marked on them, and so on.

If at any point in this process the option of “None of the Above” accumulates more than 50% of the ballots, all of the remaining unselected choices are declared “defeated.”

Deputy Leader and Regional Representative elections

Candidates for Deputy Leader and Regional Representative are elected in pairs of different genders. The candidate for each position with the most votes (as outlined above) is elected. Then, of those candidates of a different gender than the first-place winner, the one with the highest number of votes is also elected.

Accepted vote markings

Where more than one candidate is listed, you can mark your ballot in a way that indicates your first, second, third, etc., choices.

You can abstain from any of the ballot questions.

Some notes on None of the Above (NOTA)

  • NOTA is treated as a candidate
  • You may rank NOTA as #1 if you do not want to vote for any of the candidates, or you may abstain from the ballot question
  • If you do choose to rank candidates after NOTA, and NOTA does not “win” (receive 50%+1 of the votes), your vote will be redistributed to your next ranked candidates

The Provincial Executive positions

The following positions are up for election at the 2018 convention:

  • 2 Deputy Leaders
  • 1 Secretary
  • 2 Central Regional Representatives
  • 2 Horseshoe Regional Representatives
  • 2 Northern Regional Representatives
  • 2 Young Greens Representatives

As per the constitution, there will also be a leadership confidence vote. This is required after a general election where the Party does not form the government of Ontario. A Leadership Confidence Vote shall pass if more than two thirds (2/3) of ballots cast are in favour of the Party Leader.

Provincial Executive (PE) Responsibilities

The PE has the power of the membership between General Meetings. It reports to the membership at each Annual General Meeting and is governed by the Constitution, Bylaws, Directives and other PE Policies. As the elected officials of the party the PE is responsible for making decisions regarding direction of the party. Some of their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hiring staff, approval of spending and budgets, determining dates and locations of GPO General Meetings etc.

PE members are expected to attend monthly tele-conferences and in person meetings twice per year.

PE Duties

The Provincial Executive (“PE”) is the governance and operational board of the GPO. The PE is directly elected by the membership. Accountability is provided at Annual General Meetings and through elections. The PE is the highest decision making body between AGMs, as defined in the Constitution. The PE will set an annual plan and budget for the party.

The PE hires an Executive Director (“ED”) who leads the operational functions of the Party, and reports to the PE.

The Ombuds Committee is appointed by the PE, but operates independently and is responsible for hearing and investigating the appeals of members.

Other ad-hoc committees are created by the PE, especially Election Committees to handle the PE elections and a Leadership Contest Committee to oversee a Leadership Contest when called.

The Regional Reps have an organizational role on the Membership Team and governance role in the organization. They lead regional meetings when held.

You can find full voting rules and positions in the constitution, available online at