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Peter McCormick Ph.D

Peter is the Executive Director of Maple Leaf Web and Policy.ca and is a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.

Greg Farries M.A.

Greg is the Project Director and Lead Developer for Maple Leaf Web and Policy.ca. Greg earned his undergraduate in Political Science at the University of Lethbridge in 2001 and recently completed his Masters in Political Science in late 2005. Greg's thesis title was, What Voters Want, What Campaigns Provide: Examining Internet Based Campaigns in Canadian Federal Elections. The thesis examined differences between what voters wanted from a campaign website and what political parties were actually providing on their campaign websites during the 2004 federal election in Canada.

Greg brings a wide range of talents to the Policy.ca and Maple Leaf Web project. Most notably, his experience with web-site development, website usability, information architecture, graphic design, and server administration along with many years of project management experience.

Andrew Tzembelicos M.A.

Andrew serves as the Managing Editor for Maple Leaf Web and Policy.ca. An accomplished writer, editor, and researcher, Andrew has extensive experience in communications, particularly as it pertains to politics and government.

Andrew worked on Parliament Hill, in political communications, over a period of seven years. Outside of Parliament Hill, Andrew’s career experiences include working with the Department of University Communications at Queen’s University, in addition to the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations – also affiliated with Queen’s. He completed internships with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the television program Pamela Wallin Live.

Andrew has written for publications including the Queen’s Gazette, the Queen’s Journal,Centretown News, and University Affairs. Andrew contributed the ‘Chronology’ chapter to two consecutive editions of an annual volume of Canadian politics entitled Canada: The State of the Federation. Set against the backdrop of the 1997 Canadian federal election, his Master’s Research Project, TV or Not TV: Television and Its Role in the Canadian Election, assessed the nature of TV coverage vis-à-vis the electoral process.

Andrew's formal credentials include a Master's of Journalism from Carleton University and an Honours undergraduate degree in Political Studies (with a focus on International Relations) from Queen's University at Kingston. Andrew’s other educational experiences include workshops in online editing, the use of plain language, and HTML, as well as extensive French language instruction, and training in the use of specialized research databases including Lexis-Nexis, Infomart Online, and CP Command News.

Marc-Etienne Ouimette M.A.

Marc is a Research Assistant for Policy.ca. He holds a masters degree in political theory from McGill University in Montreal and a bachelor’s with honors in political science from the University of Ottawa. Ouimette additionally works for President Jimmy Carter’s The Carter Center as an election observer; in this function he has participated in missions to Ethiopia and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ituri region. In 2003 he traveled Eastern and Central Europe as part of a human geography field school, performing academic research in such places as Croatia, Bosnia and Hungary. Ouimette also lived and worked in Australia for over two years, from 1999 to 2001, working for “Cirque du Soleil” and the Canadian High Commission. He is currently a project manager for Montreal International, responsible among other things for a revision of the tax structure and financial incentives necessary to support Montreal's world leading IT and Communications sector.

Mike Painter-Main PhD Candidate

Mike is a Research Assistant for Policy.ca and is completing his PhD in Canadian and comparative industrial politics at the University of Toronto. Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Mike holds a bachelor's and Masters degree in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. His current research focuses on value systems and comparative politics, with a special interest in environmental politics.

Royce Koop PhD Candidate

Royce Koop is a Research Assistant and Database Manager for Policy.ca and is currently completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He holds a B.A. From the University of Lethbridge and an M.A. From the University of Calgary, both in political science. Royce's research focuses primarily on party organizations in federal states. His dissertation examines the federal organization of Canada's federal and provincial Liberal parties.

Tammy McCausland M.A.

Tammy is an Assistant Editor with Policy.ca. She is a talented writer and skillful editor who has worked for CBC.ca, Chatelaine.com and other companies engaged in online and print publication. In addition, Tammy has experience in multimedia production and online course development that she acquired while working at Yale University. She obtained a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University and also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Waterloo. Most recently she studied primary education at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She continues to write and plans to work to advance multimedia in K-12 education.