Springtide is a non-profit, non-partisan charity and social enterprise. Our board, staff, volunteers, collaborators and advisors include young professionals, engaged community leaders, former political staffers and politicians, and citizens of Nova Scotia who love democracy and think it can be done better.

Springtide Team: Staff & Project Leads

Mark Coffin - Executive Director & Founder @ Springtide Collective


Mark is a marine biologist by training, an entrepreneur by necessity, and an educator by calling. He is a Cape Bretoner at heart, a Haligonian for the last ten years, and has recently left Halifax to make a home on Nova Scotia's south shore. 

Mark's interest in politics and democracy stems from an earlier passion for environmental protection and social justice, and a belief that his energy can be best applied to addressing those issues by looking upstream to how decisions affecting those issues are made in the political system. 

At Springtide, Mark curates educational programming and content development, co-hosts the Off Script podcast, moderates public events and periodically teaches public workshops on topics ranging from systems thinking to political communications. 

Some of the services Mark provides through Springtide include: 

- public speaking on a range of topics related to political leadership, civic participation, and democratic reform

- workshop and program development and delivery

- advisory services and support on topics related to our work at Springtide. | @MarkCoffin | Connect on LinkedIn  902.989.3668 ext. 102 


Sandra Hannebohm - Content Developer and Writer @ Springtide Collective

Sandra.pngSandra is co-writer and co-host of the Off Script podcast at Springtide. 

She has recently finished her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French at Saint Mary’s University, and was inspired during her position as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal at Saint Mary’s to become more engaged in local politics and began volunteering, and eventually working for Springtide. 

In the fall of 2017, Sandra will begin the journalism program at the University of King’s College. | Connect on LinkedIn


Louise Cockram – Research Lead for the OffScript Project @ Springtide Collective 


Louise is a long-time collaborator with Springtide. She brings a background in qualitative research to her role as content and research lead on the Off-Script project. Louise first became involved with Springtide as she believes that strong legislative institutions are important to democratic life in Nova Scotia (and beyond!) 

Louise is currently a PhD student in the political science program at Carleton University. However she made Nova Scotia her home for several years and graduated with an MA in political science from Dalhousie in 2014. | Connect on LinkedIn 


See who else is involved in Springtide: 

Board of Directors

Advisory Council