Founder & Executive Director @ Springtide - Full bio

About Mark

Mark is an educator, writer, and thinker who is always exploring how we can govern our communities (and ourselves) better. In 2012 he founded Springtide with a small group of friends, and has served as the organization’s Executive Director since that time. At Springtide, Mark hosts podcasts, teaches program, curates educational programming, and leads consulting projects for clients of Springtide.

Over the years at Springtide, Mark has:

  • Written and produced the Three Minute Citizen YouTube series
  • Written and co-hosted the Off Script podcast series exploring the experiences of former Nova Scotia MLAs (Season One)
  • Co-authored several research papers, including the Better Choices series modelling alternative voting systems for Nova Scotia and Canada. 
  • Hosted and moderated events, panel discussions, all-candidates debates.
  • Managed consulting projects with a range of clients including: the Department of Municipal Affairs, Elections Nova Scotia, Elections Canada, the Municipality of Digby, and more.

Contact / 902.989.3668 x 102 / @MarkCoffin on Twitter

Mark's Speeches

Mark's Writing

Why we need an Open House in Nova Scotia Politics

There are plenty of ways to find out what is happening in the Government of...

Fighting Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia: Q&A With Advocate of the Year, Dr. Ingrid Waldron

Dr. Ingrid Waldron was recently named the Advocate of the Year at the Better Politics...

Op-Ed: New politics? Up to you, Nova Scotia

This editorial was written by Mark Coffin, and originally featured in The Chronicle Herald, Opinions...

What we’ve learned since starting Make Democracy Better.

We launched the Make Democracy Better project to build a space – on the ground,...

Stephen McNeil, Jamie Baillie and Darrell Dexter on Democratic Renewal

Written by Mark Coffin Tomorrow, thousands of Nova Scotians will head to the polls. Despite popular...