September 24, 2019 from 9h30-11h00 or 14h00-15h30

“Understanding the Canadian Electoral System” with Mr. Mike Donison

In this roundtable Mike Donison will summarize the rules governing the calling and the conduct of a Canadian federal general election. He will also address some of the major developments early in the election campaign.

Mr. Mike Donison

Mr. Donison is a veteran of 20 federal and provincial elections. His political positions in Ottawa since 2001 were Deputy-Director and then Director of Policy and Research in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition subsequently the Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada and then as Senior Policy Advisor for Legislation and Democratic Reform to the Government House Leader.

He has experience working with cabinet ministers - first as Assistant to the Minister of National Defence and Veterans’ Affairs in Ottawa (1979-80), later as Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Industry and Small Business Development in Victoria, BC (1980-82). 

Since 2011, he has served as the Chancellor of‎ the Anglican Network in Canada (ANIC) which is the Canadian Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). 

Mr. Donison is a graduate of the University of Victoria (Honours Political Science) and the University of British Columbia (Law). He practiced law particularly in the areas of commercial, real estate and succession and estate law for 23 years and is still currently a member of the British Columbia Bar. He also taught courses on Constitutional law, the Canadian Legal System and Canadian Government at the University of Victoria.