Stéphanie Plante

Director, Centre for Security, Intelligence, and Defence Studies, and Project Coordinator, Canadian Defence and Security Network, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Elections, Electoral integrity, Leadership contests, Small scale democracy, Referendums, Voter turnout, Barriers to minorities in politics, Election systems and administration


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Stéphanie Plante is a bilingual election expert with experience in all things elections, democracy, voter turnout, and political engagement. She was born and raised in Tecumseh, Ontario and has an MA from the University of Windsor. She has been involved in election planning, delivery, and assessment in various capacities since 2005 and headed the Out of Country election observation missions with the Iraqi High Electoral Commission. Her electoral work has brought her to Tunisia, Ukraine, Haiti and Scotland and she was a 2016 Arctic Fellow while working on a SSHRC study investigating the impact of digital technology on Indigenous communities.

Plante has volunteered in the past with VDay Ottawa and is currently involved with the Refugee Assistance Project at the University of Ottawa and Take Me Outside. She is on the board of the St. George Housing Co-Op, is a proud member of Canadian Parents for French and Equal Voice.


  • Elections
  • Electoral integrity
  • Leadership contests
  • Small scale democracy
  • Referendums
  • Voter turnout
  • Barriers to minorities in politics
  • Election systems and administration