Tom is part of the senior leadership team of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Regional Director for Asia, providing leadership and strategic direction for a growing team in the region. He a democratic governance expert and evaluator with over 25 years of experience in Europe, Eurasia, Asia, the Americas and Africa. Involved in Canadian politics for over a decade, Tom participated in numerous election campaigns and worked as an advisor to several Members of Parliament, including serving as Executive Assistant to a member of the federal Cabinet.
Working internationally for over 19 years, Tom has designed, directed and evaluated numerous projects in a variety of challenging and dynamic transitional political environments to support democratic accountability. The initiatives were designed to provide skills building for elected officials; foster reform of legislatures; strengthen political parties and civil society organizations; encourage peaceful political dialogue about democratic reform; and increase citizen engagement in the democratic process.
Tom has worked on behalf of and in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, ParlAmericas, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Democracy International (DI), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy) among others.
Tom’s international governance and electoral experience includes Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, United States, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Libya, Egypt, Haiti, Myanmar (Burma), Bhutan, Maldives and Philippines.