Brandon joins Maple Leaf Strategies after five years working for the NDP and NDP-affiliated politicians and campaigns at all levels of government. He brings an NDP perspective to our work and connections within NDP governments in Alberta and British Columbia.
A native of Toronto, Brandon holds a B.A. from Ryerson University in Geographic Analysis, with specializations in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), demographics, and data management, with a Minor in Politics. He went on to complete an M.A. in Immigration and Settlement Studies, with an interest in political participation of ethnic and visible minority communities in Canada. His thesis explored the ‘ethnic vote’ phenomenon in the Greater Toronto Area, in the context of the 2011 federal election, looking at patterns of support for political parties in minority communities.
After graduating, Brandon became connected to the NDP through an internship in the constituency office of downtown Toronto MP Olivia Chow. He went on to work for a number of NDP politicians and campaigns in Toronto, and later the Niagara region. In 2015, he managed the campaign for now-Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd as part of the Alberta NDP’s election victory. He returned to Toronto to work for then-MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan in Scarborough-Rouge River, and then moved to Edmonton in late-2015 to work for an Alberta NDP MLA.
Concurrent to his work in politics, Brandon has worked as an independent GIS and data technology consultant. He has worked with a number of clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to solve their needs related to databases, data sources, and mapping.