Loewen works with Vote Compass, a successful new application designed to help voters compare their personal beliefs with various party platforms. It has been used in a number of elections globally.
“What we want to do is make politics accessible for people,” he says. “I think that people are generally interested in politics and are good citizens who want to make good decisions, but they don’t love political rhetoric or interacting with the parties all that much. They want to find new ways to learn more.”
Loewen is the winner of Mount Allison’s 2014 Contemporary Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by an alumnus or alumna within 15 years of graduation.
After completing an undergraduate degree in political science at Mount Allison, he received his doctorate from University of Montreal in 2008 and in 2010 became a professor at University of Toronto.
He has had his work published in a number of prominent academic journals in the areas of political science, general science, and economics.
In his free time, he is an avid motorcyclist and has completed two extensive road trips, riding from Cairo to Cape Town in 2008 and from Toronto to the bottom of South America in 2011.