Open Democracy Manitoba

Open Democracy Manitoba builds tools to strengthen our democratic infrastructure.

Our Mission

We empower people, helping them learn about the roles, decisions, and visions of our representatives in order have a more accountable, respectful, and engaged democracy.

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WinnipegElected.ca

Decisions Made by Winnipeg City Council

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WinnipegElection.ca

Citizen Resource for Winnipeg Elections

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ManitobaElection.ca

Citizen Resource for Manitoba Elections

About Us

Open Democracy Manitoba (ODM) is a non-profit organization that builds online tools to foster government accountability, transparency and public education. Our board is volunteer-run and our websites are operated in the spirit of openness and community.

We built WinnipegElection.ca for the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winnipeg civic elections, as well as ManitobaElection.ca for the 2011, 2016 and 2019 provincial Manitoba elections. These sites have helped hundreds of thousands of voters research their candidates and learn about their local democratic process. We take measures to ensure that all candidate and election-related information is retrieved and presented in a fair and unbiased manner. WinnipegElected.ca was launched in 2016 and was built with help from the Winnipeg City Clerk's Department.

Open Democracy Manitoba is run by Kyle Geske, Ken Harasym, Mike Lennon, and Andrew Burton.

We sometimes blog about the technical details of our projects. The source code for all our projects is available for others to view, use and extend.

Open Democracy Manitoba Biographies

Kyle Geske is a computer engineer, web coder, artist and father. He is the Executive Director (and lead programmer) for Open Democracy Manitoba. Kyle has 20 years work experience as a coder and 7 years experience as an open-source contributor. He regularly speaks in public forums to champion open government ideas and open data best-practices. As a programming instructor at Red River College, Kyle challenges and inspires the next generation of Manitoban web and app innovators. Follow Kyle as @stungeye on Twitter.

Ken Harasym works as a multimedia designer, creating digital images to enhance communication. A photographer, videographer and graphic designer, he provides the ODM websites with graphic content. Ken is active with many community organizations and enjoys the vibrant culture of Winnipeg. A self-proclaimed illustrator since the age of five, he continues to make images by pushing a pencil, but more so these days by pushing pixels. Follow Ken as @kenharasym on Twitter.

Mike Lennon brings extensive experience in research, data analysis, and organizational planning to the team. Educated in urban studies, marketing, and management, Mike has over ten years of experience volunteering with non-profit organizations where he has engaged in strategic planning and creative problem-solving. His passion for open data and transparency drive him in his passion towards supporting a more engaged and represented public.

Andrew Burton has spent 20 years in web development, and 25 years watching the Internet change. Currently he is the Open Data Administrator for the City of Winnipeg. Previously, he worked as a full stack programmer at the Winnipeg Free Press. Follow Andrew as @chefquix on Twitter.

History of Open Democracy Manitoba

A history of our websites can be seen through our press releases, our press mentions, and our frequently asked questions.

ManitobaElection.ca press releases, press mentions, and frequently asked questions from 2016 and 2011.

WinnipegElection.ca press releases, press mentions, and frequently asked questions from 2018, 2014 and 2010.

Open Democracy Manitoba Datasets

The data that powers our websites is available as open data:

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All content is Public Domain.