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Duff Conacher

Co-founder of Democracy Watch and Director of Consulting

Duff Conacher is an internationally recognized leader in the area of democratic reform and government accountability, and is Director of Consulting. He is a former Ralph Nader's Raider, co-author of Canada Firsts and author of More Canada Firsts (both best-sellers), and has worked as a researcher, community organizer and educator, legal intern and consultant. A
graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, he has a
long-standing interest in democratic process and corporate
responsibility issues and is the Co-founder of Democracy Watch, and its spokesperson. He has led Democracy Watch and its four nation-wide coalitions to win more changes to laws, regulations and government policies than any other citizen advocacy group in Canada since 1993 -- more than 150 changes in total, many of them world-leading. He has also led Democracy Watch to win precedent-setting good government court
cases, and regular national media coverage. He is the author of
three annual good government reports on Canada for Global Integrity. Duff has also designed and delivered dozens of civics education and organizational development workshops since 1993 as Assistant Coordinator of Democracy Education Network.