Independent Election Task Force

The Independent Election Task Force recommended changes to Council concerning the delivery of municipal elections in the city of Vancouver.

Their final report was presented to Council in January 2017, and the Task Force has now disbanded.

Final report

A final report was presented to Council in January 2017.

Terms of reference

Terms of reference were approved by Council on February 3, 2016.

The purpose of the Task Force is to recommend changes to Council concerning the delivery of municipal elections in the city of Vancouver that will lead to improved public confidence in the electoral processes at the municipal level and increase voter engagement – with a key goal being to increase voter turnout to at least 60% by 2025.

The Task Force is directed to produce a final report for consideration by Council in December 2016.

For more detail on the scope of work, read to the November 16, 2015, report Municipal Election – Report Back on Independent Election Task Force (60 KB)

Eligibility requirements

Members need to have:

  1. Strong knowledge of the principles of democracy, effective operation of democratic institutions, and best practices regarding electoral systems and reform
  2. Experience in developing strategies and work plans and achieving success within a political environment
  3. Knowledge of the organization and operation of key provincial ministries
  4. No affiliation with a political party in the City of Vancouver for the past four elections
  5. Not been a City of Vancouver municipal candidate in any of the past four elections


The Task Force consists of 11 members who reflect the diversity of the city:

  • Hilary Farson
  • Shoni Field
  • Mark Friesen
  • Ela Esra Gunad
  • Antony Hodgson
  • Sonu Kailley
  • Cynthia Kent
  • Robert Matas
  • Shona McGlashan
  • Halena Seiferling
  • Jordan Simmons


  • Jessica Nelson, election manager
  • Amanda Mitchell, public engagement specialist
  • Diana Bulley, facilitator

Meetings are closed to the public.

2016 meetings

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 2, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2016 Agenda  Minutes
July 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes
July 27, 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 31, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes

Resources for advisory committee members