Co-Chair, Open Democracy Project

Chris Cowperthwaite is Co-Chair of Open Democracy Project, a not-for-profit working to empower everyday citizens to drive change through civic and political action. Open Democracy Project programs include:

DemocracyKit - Resource library for planning and running municipal election and other civic campaigns. Resources are donated by campaign practitioners and made available publicly under a creative commons licence at

DemocracyXChange - A summit and platform to connect civic campaign practitioners across borders. Learn more at

Chris holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University), a B.Sc. (Honours) and Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo, and is a Loran Scholar ('99).