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Ilona Dougherty

Managing Director, Youth & Innovation Research Project, University of Waterloo

Ilona is a regular commentator in the national media, and speaks to audiences internationally about tapping into the innovation potential of Millennials and Gen Z. In 2004, she co-founded Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan charitable organization that educates youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network.
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Increasing Youth Voter Turnout: Easier Said Than Done

We need put aside current quick-fix approaches to youth voter mobilization that have limited effectiveness; be it vote mobs (sorry, Rick Mercer) or reaching out to just students -- and ensure that we're focusing on the more difficult to implement strategies that will actually lead to getting youth to the polls in the long run.
11/29/2011 02:51 EST
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Stop Blaming Young Voters

Perhaps the most common misconception is that young Canadians lack faith in democracy. Anyone who believes this simply hasn't looked at the evidence. Youth have just as much (or little) faith in our democratic process as their parents' generations, and it doesn't explain the difference in voter turnout.
10/07/2011 10:28 EDT