Experts available throughout Ontario provincial election campaign

Leading up to Ontario’s provincial election on June 2, the following experts from Western University are available to speak to media on a wide range of topics including voting attitudes, health policy, COVID-19 response, economy and finance, housing and public transportation.

Political Science

Chris Alcantara

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: Collective action and intergovernmental relations in Canada, government relationships with Indigenous communities.

Cameron Anderson

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: Political behaviour, economic voting, political identity and citizen behaviour in a multilevel setting, attitudes towards the practice of democracy at the local and provincial level.

Andrea Lawlor

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, King’s University College

Areas of Expertise: Local campaign in London, public opinion polling, policy announcements and third-party spending.

Laura Stephenson

Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: Elections and voting, possible shift in the dimensions of political debate, political behaviour, both Canadian and comparative.

Health Policy and COVID-19 Response

Lauren E. Cipriano

Associate Professor, Management Science at Ivey School of Business; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Areas of Expertise: COVID-19 response, Ontario Science Table projections, Canada Research Chair in Healthcare Analytics, Management, and Policy.

Maxwell Smith

Professor, School of Health Studies, Co-Director, Health Ethics, Law and Policy (HELP) Lab

Areas of Expertise: Health policy, COVID-19 measures, public health ethics, population-level bioethics, infectious disease ethics.

Housing and Affordability

Mike Moffatt

Assistant Professor, Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey School of Business

Areas of Expertise: Housing and affordability, interest rates, business, economics and public policy; Senior Director, Policy and Innovation at the Smart Prosperity Institute.

Diana Mok

Associate Professor, DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

Areas of Expertise: Housing affordability, real estate markets, urban economic geography and real estate economics.

Provincial Matters

Don Kerr

Professor, Sociology, King’s University College

Areas of Expertise: Population growth, distribution and its implications, population aging, labor market and other economic/demographic changes.

Gordon McBean

Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography & Environment, Former Assistant Deputy Minister in Environment Canada

Areas of Expertise: Climate spending, climate change science and policy, natural hazards-prediction and mitigation, weather and environmental prediction systems.

Mahmood Nanji

Lawrence Centre Policy Fellow, Ivey School of Business; Former Associate Deputy Minister at Ontario’s Ministry of Finance

Areas of Expertise: Budgets and policy, development of budgets, tax administration; 10 years of finance experience in government.

AJ Wray

Doctoral Student, Department of Geography & Environment, Project Coordinator, ParkSeek Canada

Human Environments Analysis Lab

Areas of Expertise: Public transportation, transportation planning, municipal finance associated with property taxes, parks and recreational facilities, post-secondary education and community benefits.

Commentary by Western faculty members reflects their perspectives and scholarly interests and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

MEDIA CONTACT: To reach any of the faculty members listed above, please contact Justin Zadorsky, Media Relations Officer, Western University, 226.377.1673 (mobile),