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June 24, 2011

ARDN Key Contact Appointed BC’s New Chief Electoral Officer

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Political science professor at the University of Calgary (U of C) and ARDN’s key contact to the Banff Centre, Keith Archer has been named British Columbia’s new chief electoral officer.

“I am absolutely delighted to have received the nomination,” says Keith, whose appointment was the result of a unanimous recommendation. “With that kind of support to start with, it is very encouraging to take on new challenges of what is really quite a demanding role.”

As the head of Elections BC, Keith will be responsible for the fair, impartial and efficient administration of provincial elections, by-elections, recall campaigns and other electoral events. He will lead a team of 45 full-time election professionals – a team that can swell to over 13,000 employees on the day of an election.

In addition to his professorship at the U of C, a position he has held since 1984, Keith is director of research at the Banff Centre. He has served in a number of senior administrative positions at the university, including associate dean (research) in social sciences, associate vice-president (research) and interim vice-president (research). Keith also played a role as a member of ARDN’s Conference Organizing Committee in 2010 and 2011 and was the vice chair of the key contacts working group for 2010-2011.

Archer will relocate to Victoria, BC for his term as chief electoral officer, which lasts through two provincial general elections plus one year. He will begin in his new role September 1, 2011.

On behalf of ARDN’s board of directors, member institutions, and staff, board chair, Rick Neidig extends congratulations to Keith.

To read the article posted by the U of C, click here.

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