Who We Are

Our Associates and Partners

Our Associates

Building on our historical relationship with the Canadian Parliament and provincial legislatures, we involve acting and former parliamentarians and parliamentary staff in our international work. In addition, our roster of experts includes former elected officials and senior parliamentary staff, including former Clerks and Speakers of the Senate and House of Commons, as well as international experts with a wide range of expertise.

Gabrielle Bardall

Gabrielle Bardall Ph.D. is the founder and principal of Herizon Democracy consulting group and an affiliated researcher with the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa. For nearly 20 years, Gabrielle has worked in over 50 countries worldwide for a variety of UN agencies and international organizations, including UNDP, DPKO, UN Women, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Carter Center. She specializes in elections and democracy assistance, especially promoting women’s political rights in post-conflict and authoritarian states.

Gabrielle holds degrees from McGill University, Sciences-Po Paris and l’Université de Montreal. She received the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship for her work in the area of violence against women in politics. Gabrielle is a prolific author and experienced trainer and advisor.

Laurenne Garneau

Laurenne Garneau is a gender equality and social inclusion specialist with 25 years of experience promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in sectors such as agriculture, renewable and non-renewable natural resources management, entrepreneurship and trade. Her innovative work in Canada and abroad has resulted in better policies and programs that support the ability of women to develop their agency, defend their rights and take part in decision making in both the private and public spheres.

Laurenne represented Canada as Head of Development Cooperation in both Myanmar and the Philippines. She also led the environment and development portfolio while posted to Indonesia. Laurenne’s international work has also taken her to Central and South America, Cuba, Haiti, Tunisia, Egypt and Francophone Africa.

In 2017, she began her work as an independent professional specializing in the issues of gender equality and social inclusion. She brings proven approaches and innovation to projects and policy-making and also contributes to the strategic positioning of organizations on gender equality. The Forum of Federations, Right to Play, the Parliamentary Centre and Développement Desjardins International are among the organizations Laurenne had the privilege to recently work with.

Elizabeth Weir

Elizabeth Weir is a senior international expert with extensive experience training parliamentarians, political party activists, and candidates. As a trainer and conference speaker, she has worked in a wide range of transitional and post-conflict democracies in Central and East Asia, the Balkans, East, West and North Africa, the South Pacific and Northern Ireland.

A former parliamentarian, senior government official, and political party leader, Weir brings an exceptional range of experience to her work as a trainer. She is an expert on gender-sensitive parliaments and internal structures for gender equality in political parties. Her election experience consists of participation in five international election observation missions, including as a member of the leadership team for the 2013 Jordanian election. In 2014, Weir received accreditation as a Parliamentary Development Advisor for UNDP’s Roster of Experts in Parliamentary Development.

Our Partners

We develop our activities in close cooperation with partner organizations to strengthen the intercultural sensitivity of our support to the local communities. Over the years, we have developed many partnerships that have contributed greatly to the success of our programs. You will find below a list of our most recent partners.

Oxford Policy Mangement

Yons Associates

PGF Consultants



Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia