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Provincial Executive Elections

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

The successful candidates will be announced during the 2021 Virtual Convention on June 12th.

The following positions are up for election at the 2021 convention:

How to vote Register for the convention

Voting ends on June 4th at 5pm EST

President

1 position available

Ard Van LeeuwenArd Van Leeuwen

Ard joined the Green Party in 2006. He became involved in his local riding, Dufferin-Caledon, where he participated in 2 provincial campaigns and ran as the federal candidate in 2008 and 2011. Ard later served as GPC Finance Critic and as VP English in the GPC’s Federal Council. He has served as GPO President since May, 2017.

In his work life Ard has held various positions in the Information Technology sector including senior management positions in Europe and Asia-Pacific. He has also been an entrepreneur and business owner. Along with his partners he founded 2 consulting companies providing specialty software services to the North American marketplace.

Ard holds an MBA from York University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Now retired, he lives in Toronto with his wife and 16-year-old daughter.

CFO

1 position available

Mike BumbyMike Bumby

Michael Bumby has helped with the management of the GPO’s finances since 2012 and has served as its CFO since 2013. He has an extensive background in international finance, particularly in the life sciences industry, having served as the CFO of four publicly traded multinational corporations based in Toronto and has worked in various finance positions in the US and Europe in the pharmaceutical industry.

Having lived and worked abroad with his family for many years, Michael hopes to bring a global perspective to the GPO. He believes that innovative, ethical, and collaborative politicians can and should play a leading role in ensuring the long-term health of both our economy and the environment, and that these two objectives can be complementary.

He looks forward to supporting the Green Party’s efforts to promote the implementation of sustainable economic and environmental policies. Michael holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Eastern

2 position available

Eric GilmourEric Gilmour

Eric served as one of the Young Green Representatives on the Provincial Executive since the creation of the position at the 2017 AGM until the 2019 AGM. Eric has served as Chair of the Conduct Committee since 2018. Eric has also served on the Policy Processing Committee, and currently sits on the Provincial Nomination Committee for the upcoming 2022 general election.

Eric has served on the Constituency Association boards of Simcoe North and Ottawa Centre, and has volunteered on several campaigns including the Ottawa 2020 byelections, the Steve Dyck 2019 Federal Campaign, and the Mike Schreiner 2018 campaign.

Eric currently has lived in Ottawa since 2017 where he works for an engineering consulting company. He specializes in road design and traffic engineering, and also does work in asset management.

Nira DookeranNira Dookeran

Nira lives in Ottawa and retired in 2019 after a 31-year career in teaching in public, private, and government sectors.

She is a member of both the Green Party of Ontario and the Green Party of Canada.
She ran as candidate in the 2015 general election in the federal riding of Ottawa-Vanier, where she ran again in the spring by-election of 2017. She has served as CEO of the Ottawa South EDA and co-managed the Ottawa Centre campaign in 2019.

Nira has served her first year as one of two Eastern Ontario representatives to Provincial Executive. It has been a steady learning curve, during which she served on the Policy Motion Development Committee, contributed to Council’s feedback regarding the GPO’s revised Safe Spaces policy, and recently joined the PE’s Diversity Committee.
In the coming year, she hopes to continue work begun in her first year, and to facilitate more CA/member engagement in Eastern Ontario.

Toronto

2 position available

Victoria JewtVictoria Jewt

I was born in Canada, and grew up in Scarborough with my parents and younger brother. We grew up near the Rouge Watershed, which is where I currently reside, along with my husband of 5 years. I attended the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, where I graduated with an H.BSc in the Life Sciences program with a double major in Neuroscience and Health Studies, and a minor in Psychology.

Three years ago, I began working part-time for environmental organizations, including The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Environmental Defence, and The Wilderness Committee, where I have and currently hold outreach and team lead positions.

In addition, I volunteer my free time with the People’s Climate Movement, where I have assisted in organizing the People’s Climate March in 2014, the Jobs, Justice, Climate March and the COP21 Toronto March in 2015. I also volunteer with the Bathurst-Finch and Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change, where I have formed community groups such as the Bathurst-Finch Social Action Group and the Branson Community Action Group. In Malvern, I am part of 42 Voices which is a resident group promoting civic engagement, and a Food Security Table, where we work on food security initiatives within the community, and oversee two community gardens within Malvern.

Rahin ViraniRahin Virani

Rahin Virani is a passionate advocate who believes that everyone should have access to health care, including pharamcare and mental health care. Rahin is committed to tackling the climate crisis by supporting the Green Party of Ontario's vision of building a clean economy that ensures that no one is left behind.

In his personal time, Rahin serves as a crisis responder with Canada Suicide Prevention Services and the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto. Rahin was inspired to join the Greens Party of Ontario after learning about the team's priority to invest $4.1 billion into mental health services over the next four years.

Rahin is currently completing a Specialized Honours in Psychology at York University and is on track towards becoming a psychotherapist. Rahin has worked on political campaigns across the GTA and aims to bring his lived experience as a campaigner and crisis responder to the Provincial Executive team.

Calvin WinterCalvin Winter

I'm a software developer and political consultant who lives and works in Toronto. I've been involved with the Green Party since 2015 when I ran in the federal election. Since then, I have founded a CA and EDA in my local riding, worked on Adam Olsen's successful 2017 campaign in BC, served as the Director of Technical Services at the GPO from 2017 - 2020 and most recently have served as a technology advisor for the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

We're in a race against climate change, and time is running out. I believe that the GPO can be an important part of the solution, but it won't be easy. To be successful, the GPO needs to be daring. We must set ambitious targets to ensure we can effectively influence legislation before it is too late. To learn more about my vision for our party, please visit calvinwinter.ca

Southwestern

2 positions

Teresa CornwellTeresa Cornwell

Teresa grew up on a large family dairy farm, in Oxford County. She received a BSc in Environmental Toxicology from University of Guelph. Teresa then studied plant biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey before coming back to Ontario. She has lived in Kitchener with her husband, 2 sons and their dog since.

Teresa has been active on the executives of her local Green Party associations (Kitchener Centre and Waterloo Region), since 2009 and is currently the CFO for Kitchener Centre. During election season she can always be found knocking on doors in Kitchener and Guelph.
Teresa can currently be found knitting shawls, editing math textbooks or working in a fabric shop.

Anees Munshi Anees Munshi

Anees is an engineer, a tech-entrepreneur and the founder-CEO of a telecom company, IPFINITY Inc. IPFINITY provides telecom services to some of the best-known companies in Canada and the US. Previously, Anees was the co-founder and chief executive of Datawire (datawire.com) which was sold to First Data, one of the world’s largest payment processors.

As an engineer, Anees has expertise in telecom, big data, cloud and distributed infrastructure and IP (cyber) security. He has been involved in startups in consumer electronics, data communication, telecom and rapidly scalable computing infrastructures. Anees has board experience in the private, public and non-profit spheres.

Anees and his wife, Rabia Khan, have been residents of Rockwood for about eight years. Rabia Khan is the Lead Physician at the East Wellington Family Health Team.
Together they are involved in several community projects, here are a few:

* University of Guelph’s Multi-faith Resource Team.
* The Guelph Bridging Group – a multi-faith group that advocates for peace and understanding between people of various faiths in Guelph.
* The Rockwood Farmers’ Market – this is a non-profit initiative to create multigenerational community engagement around local food, sustainable farming and local entertainment.
* IFRA (a non-profit cooperative that provides funeral relief within the Muslim community in Guelph-Wellington).
* PeaceRiders.org, a charity that supports world peace.

Anees is an avid cyclist who can be found riding the country roads of Wellington county year round.

Young Greens co-chairs

2 positions

Hannah Conover-ArthursHannah Conover-Arthurs

Hannah Conover-Arthurs is a Toronto based chef and urban farmer. Growing up with a passion for alternative medicine and organics, Hannah got involved with food at a very young age. Cooking lead to an interest in organic agriculture and urban farming. She currently farms at Fresh City Farms a local organic food company operating out of Downsview Park.

Hannah believes in the connection between our food, health, soil, and environment. She is an activist defending the environment, women’s rights, and democracy. She has been helping the Green Party for the past 2 years, volunteering on multiple campaigns across the country. Hannah is running as the Green Party candidate for the Davenport riding in the 2019 federal election. She hopes to advocate for sustainability, corporate accountability, and prosperity of future generations.

Kayne Alleyne-AdamsKayne Alleyne-Adams

Kayne Alleyne-Adams is a Sociology Honours student at York University, who is also continuing to grow as a creative and critical writer. Growing up in an underrepresented community, he has come to learn a simple truth: voices matter. As a young black member of the LGBTQ+ community with a disabled single mother, Kayne has seen the impact of the lack of systemic sources of equitable change in the Canadian political system.

He believes that in order to move forward, we must fight for equity, at the social, economic, and environmental level. None of this can be done without ensuring that voices are heard. Kayne is an activist, fighting for equity in every definition of the term. The climate crisis cannot be solved unless those most disenfranchised by the broken systems are heard and listened to. In order to move forward, we must do so together.