July 16, 2017 – Canada’s chief electoral officers and other top election officials are gathering in Regina this week for the 2017 Conference of Canadian Election Officials.

This is the third time that Saskatchewan has hosted this annual conference (1989, 2002, 2017), which brings together election administrators from all Canadian provinces and territories, as well as Elections Canada.

“This year’s agenda focuses on two core themes—modernization and collaboration,” says Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan and the host of this year’s conference. “During our two and a half days together, we’ll hear guest speakers on topical matters, receive updates from each jurisdiction and various working groups, and engage in small group discussions on common priorities and challenges. As this year’s host, I welcome my election official peers to Regina for a busy and enjoyable few days.”

The conference agenda includes the following presentations:

  • Modernizing Public Processes by Maurice Chenier, Vice-President, Information, Science and Technology Branch, Canada Border Services Agency;
  • Collaboration in the Canadian EMB Context by Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada from 2007 to 2016;
  • Cyber Security and Elections by Richard Pierson, Director General of Cyber Defence, IT Security Program, Communications Security Establishment;
  • Modernization & Collaboration… and Electoral Reform? by Ken Carty, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of British Columbia.

Next year’s conference will be held in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Elections Saskatchewan is the province’s independent, impartial, professional election management body. Given a mandate from the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, it organizes, manages and oversees provincial electoral events. Information for voters, workers, media, candidates and parties at www.elections.sk.ca.



For more information contact:

Tim Kydd
Senior Director, Outreach & Communications
Elections Saskatchewan
[email protected]
(306) 787-7355