DA Toronto Co-Vice Chair Candidate Nomination Statements - 2020 AGM


The DA Toronto 2020 Annual General Meeting ("AGM") is February 25th at 6 pm. We will be circulating ballots for the Co-Vice Chair elections on February 11, 2020 by email to members. Alternatively, members can vote in person at the meeting. The candidate who is elected will serve until the 2021 AGM.

Electronic ballots must be submitted by 12:00 am EST on February 25, 2020.



I have just recently re-joined Democrats Abroad Canada. I was the treasurer several years ago. I am a CPA from Chicago. I have been practicing US Taxation for Americans in Canada for 30 years. I have Board Experience from DemCan in the past. I also was on the Board of the Reelworld Film Festival. I would be glad to provide more information and provide references at your request.

Other Background: Married with 2 children. My wife is Canadian. My kids, ages 18 and 21, are dual citizens. I am passionate about the cause. I believe that my past experience with Boards, as well as my business experience would help make me very qualified for the position. Thank you for your consideration.


I am Visiting Professor of History at Cornell University, where I have taught a Summer Session course in American political communication four times since 1991 and will be teaching it again this summer. The course is entitled "Words as Weapons: Political Vocabulary, Mass Media, and the Evolution of Political Consciousness." I taught the same course at York University here in Toronto during the summer of 2006. The course is an outgrowth of my book, The Language of Politics in America: Shaping Political Consciousness From McKinley to Reagan, published by Cornell University Press in 1991.

Since 2012, I have also been a contributor to The American Interest, a bi-monthly political journal based in Washington, D.C. My most recent article, entitled "Is the Mainstream Left, Right, or Center?", was published on June 19, 2019, and can be found at www.the-American-interest.com. If you go to their website and search my name, it will bring up five articles which I have published since 2012, beginning with "A Call to Linguistic Disobedience," which appeared on June 10, 2012. Alternatively, just email me and I can provide pdf copies of all five articles. 

My educational background is as follows: B.A. Cornell 1962; M.A. Stanford 1963; Ph.D. Cornell 1967. I was also an American Council of Learned Societies Post-doctoral Fellow in 1971-1972 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In addition to Cornell and York, I have taught at Ohio State and given guest lectures at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In the real world, since 1998 I have been President & CEO of Berenson Green Financial Services, Inc., an independent financial consulting firm. I am married to Arlene Gehring, Cornell 1964, and we have four children and six grandchildren (so far). Finally, I am a lifelong registered Democrat and vote by absentee ballot in Ithaca, N.Y., where Cornell is located.


I'm proud to nominate Timothy Ellis for Co-Vice Chair of the DA Toronto Chapter. He has been active with our chapter attending events, actions and bringing in new members for several years. He is an organizer with a long list of experience, including at Leadnow.ca as a community organizer.

Also he's been a campaign manager and worked for candidates (ex. Bernie Sanders), worked as a union community organizer and event coordinator. His political knowledge and people skills - bringing people out and getting them energized - will invaluable during this election year. I can't think of any other young adult with more experience, intelligence, enthusiasm and talent that we could elect.

He was a speaker - along with Danielle Stampley, Chair of the chapter and others - at our recent IMPEACH/REMOVE rally in Toronto. He got everyone's attention with his enthusiasm, positivity and confidence about what we can accomplish TOGETHER! He is from Eden, New York and attended Jr. and High School there.

-- nominated by Karin Lippert, Co-Vice Chair Toronto Board, Co-Lead Women's Caucus Toronto Chapter