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Mr. Greg Essensa

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Chief Electoral Officer

Phone: (416) ***-****  
Local Address: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
Background

Employment History

  • Chief Electoral Officer
    Elections Ontario
  • Director of Elections and Registry Services
    City of Toronto
  • Arm's-Length Officer
    Legislature
  • Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer
    Legislature

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • economics
    McGill University
199 Total References
Web References
Chief Electoral Officer Greg ...
www.themeafordindependent.ca, 1 April 2015 [cached]
Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa has made repeated calls for stricter rules around third-party advertising after discovering that political spending by these groups tripled to $9 million - more than the 19 registered political parties combined and three times more than spent in 2007. Essensa also called the current process "completely non-transparent."
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"Mr. Essensa is an officer of this Legislature and the Premieras all members of the House should be mindful of his advice and recommendations," he says. "The Premier has the ability to fix it and bring Ontario in-line with the rest of the country by putting limits on political spending."
Walker says he is not surprised by the Liberal government's lack of response to this issue in today's question period.
"The Premier did defer my question to her attorney general, and that minister did waffle in her response, but I know they heard me clearly when I said we needed to bring free speech back to elections and restore Ontarians' confidence in our democracy," says Walker.
Walker says in his conversation with Essensa, the elections chief made it clear that capping third-party advertising was one of his top three priorities.
"This is a non-partisan issue. It's about bringing Ontario in-line with the rest of the country and making the elections process more transparent and more open," he says.
Chief Electoral Officer Greg ...
www.billwalkermpp.com, 18 Feb 2015 [cached]
Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa has made repeated calls for stricter rules around third-party advertising after discovering that political spending by these groups tripled to $9 million - more than the 19 registered political parties combined and three times more than spent in 2007. Essensa also called the current process "completely non-transparent."
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"Mr. Essensa is an officer of this Legislature and the Premier as all members of the House should be mindful of his advice and recommendations," he says.
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Walker says in his conversation with Essensa, the elections chief made it clear that capping third-party advertising was one of his top three priorities.
40th Provincial General Election More Days and More Ways To Vote
elections.on.ca, 31 Aug 2011 [cached]
Stating that making voting easy was the core driver for Elections Ontario, Essensa took attendees through a review of the voting options available, highlighting the More Days More Ways approach which gives voters more flexibility than ever before to choose how, when and where to vote.
Essensa spoke of the many ways that eligible voters can choose to cast their ballot. New for this election, Ontarians who are eligible to vote will be able to do so by mail using a Special ballot. Voters can also cast their Special ballot at their returning office or satellite office over a period of 28 days.
Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa launches Elections Ontario's plan to make voting easy by offering more days and more ways to vote in the provincial general election.
Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa launches Elections
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"The assistive voting technology is a key part of our commitment to offer more choice to Ontario voters and just one of the ways we're making it easy to vote in the 2011 general election" said Essensa.
Essensa also introduced the recently launched wemakevotingeasy.ca website, which was designed to be accessible, easy to navigate and easy to understand. The website informs voters about acceptable types of identification to bring to the polls, and hosts useful web apps. These allow voters to find which electoral district they live in (Find Your Electoral District), to check to see if they're on the Voters List (Am I On The List?), to find their voting location (Where Do I Vote?, launching September 12) or to apply for election day employment (Election Job).
The companion to all of the options available for this election is the enhanced customer support strategy that Elections Ontario has put into place. Essensa explained how voters can reach frontline communications support workers in both official languages by:
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For additional information or to schedule an interview with Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa or Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Loren Wells, please contact:
AODA - Second Day of Second Reading Debates on Bill 231, the proposed Elections Proposed Elections Reform Legislation, held on March 2, 2010
www.aodaalliance.org, 2 Mar 2010 [cached]
I'd also like to thank our new Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa. He's an officer of this House. This upcoming general election will be his first. He has overseen three or four by-elections-
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Greg Essensa, I think, is just a real champion of fair and efficiently run elections, and we are very glad to have him.
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One of them was that Greg Essensa, the new elections officer for the province of Ontario, is an arm's-length officer of the Legislature.
Greg Essensa, ...
www.cogel.org, 24 Mar 2014 [cached]
Greg Essensa, Past-President
Greg Essensa was appointed Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer with the unanimous consent of the Legislature in June 2008. He is the seventh person to hold the position.
Mr.Essensa has over 25 years of municipal, provincial and international election experience. He began his career as a student worker in the former City of Toronto’s election warehouse. Over the years, he took on positions of increasing scope and responsibility and prior to his appointment he served as the Director of Elections and Registry Services for the City of Toronto.
A dedicated election official, governments of all levels, associations and not-for-profit organizations have sought his election administration expertise. He has advised on municipal elections in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick and primary elections in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mr. Essensa studied economics at McGill University.
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