Janet Brown

Janet Brown, Principal

Janet Brown has been examining and tracking public opinion in Alberta for more than 25 years. Throughout her career, Janet has managed research assignments for all levels of government and numerous private sector organizations. She has extensive experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, having designed and managed hundreds of custom research projects.

Janet’s current practice focuses on helping clients better understand key audiences and stakeholder groups they are trying to influence. This could include customers, potential customers, employees, association members, voters, or the general public.

Together with Trend Research, Janet Brown conducted the only poll during the 2019 Alberta provincial election with results that were within the margin of error for all political parties.

She has also led a large-scale public opinion research project for CBC Calgary in Spring 2018, as part of their series “Calgary: The Road Ahead“. This research went beyond the “horse race” numbers to identify the underlying dynamics that are driving public opinion in Alberta ahead of the 2019 provincial election.

Janet is often invited to speak about political and social trends. She is a regular commentator on the CBC Calgary News at Six, Alberta Primetime on CTV2 in Alberta, and The Weekend Morning News on Global News Calgary.

She also continues to be active in the academic community and has delivered guest lectures at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Concordia University in Montreal. Janet is co-author of a chapter in “Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta,” which was released by the University of Calgary Press in January 2019. Janet’s chapter is titled “Marginally Better,” and it analyses the publicly released polling from the 2015 Alberta election.

Janet Brown has a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She also undertook graduate studies in Political Science at York University in Toronto, and studied International Development and International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England.

John Santos, Data Scientist

John Santos has been Data Scientist at Janet Brown Opinion Research since 2013. His background is in statistical analysis in the social sciences, having completed an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Calgary and attended the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the Inter-University Consortium on Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. He is well-versed with a wide range of analytical techniques and software packages. His substantive research interests include voter behaviour, political psychology, campaigns and elections, and Canadian politics.

With Janet Brown, he is co-author of Marginally Better: Polling in the 2015 Alberta Election, a chapter in the edited volume, “Orange Chinook: Politics of the New Alberta,” which was released by the University of Calgary Press in January 2019. He is also co-author (with Jack Lucas, University of Calgary) of a chapter on the 2017 Calgary municipal election, forthcoming in an edited volume on municipal elections in Canada.

John continues to be active in the academic community and has presented at the annual meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association and Prairie Political Science Association. He has has facilitated workshops and delivered guest lectures at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University on both research methods and substantive topics in political science.

John Santos