We create websites to promote government transparency and public participation We create websites to promote
government transparency
and public participation

Our Products

  • Citizen Budget

    Governments use our interactive budget simulator to run online consultations that collect meaningful, considered input from residents, inform residents on costs and tradeoffs, educate residents on the budget-making process, and demonstrate commitment to citizen engagement.

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  • Represent API

    Represent is the largest source of elected officials’ contact information and electoral districts for federal, provincial and municipal governments in Canada. Dozens of charities, nonprofits and labour unions use it to connect their members with representatives – millions of times per year.

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Our Services

Data Standards Development

We research and design data models and data formats used by governments, civil society and businesses to make civic data useful and interoperable, including Popolo for legislative data and Open511 for road events. Our work on other standards includes the Open Contracting Data Standard, the Influence Mapping group and W3C linked data vocabularies.

Government
Open Data

We help governments design publication processes and implement best practices. As co-lead of the standards stream of the Open Government Partnership's Open Data Working Group, we are drafting recommended practices for government open data catalogs, in order to promote the use of standards to ease the effective use of open data.

Legislative
Monitoring

Our online tools make it easier for citizens to exercise their political influence and participate actively in decision-making processes. In Canada, we partnered with the Springtide Collective to create OpenHouseNS, and we support OpenParliament. Internationally, Represent Boundaries, our Poplus component, is used by some of the world's most popular democratic websites.

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Our Clients

We work with large and small governments, nonprofits, businesses, schools and media, including:

Edelman
World Wide Web Foundation
City of Montreal
City of Edmonton
National Democratic Institute
City of Markham
Montreal Gazette
City of Surrey

Our Funders

Government of Canada
Government of Quebec
International Development Research Centre
USAID
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Canadian Internet Registration Authority
CDEC Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Société de développement économique Ville-Marie

About Us

James McKinney

Executive Director

Jean-Noé Landry

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Outreach

Joel Ornoy

Business Development Manager

Laurence Harvey Leclerc

Presales Support & Client Relations

Marichelle Leclair

Communications Coordinator

Board

Jonathan Brun

Co-founder of Nimonik and Montréal Ouvert

David Eaves

Public policy entrepreneur and negotiation expert

Emily Harris

Corporate Management and Policy Consultant for the City of Toronto

Kent Mewhort

CTO of Ethelo Decisions

Bernard Rudny

Communications Lead at Pembina Institute