As a former parliamentarian, legal drafter and UN senior focal point, Kevin has spent his professional career engaged with parliaments and their impact on the lives of citizens.
A Barrister & Solicitor from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, Canada, Kevin practiced law in Toronto and Halifax as a Crown Attorney and, later, as a drafter of legislation.
Kevin was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1998 for the constituency of Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage. He was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2006. During his time as an MP, he was the Deputy Speaker for the House from 1999-2003 and the Official Opposition House Leader from 2003-2007.
Kevin also worked internationally with the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) as a (part-time) parliamentary consultant from 2001-2006, working in Kosovo, Iraq, Egypt, Cambodia and Palestine.
In March, 2007, Kevin resigned his seat in the House of Assembly to work full time as a Senior Parliamentary Technical Adviser with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Hanoi, Vietnam. In August, 2008, he was appointed to the post of Parliamentary Development Policy Adviser in New York with UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group, where he was in charge of the Global Programme for Parliamentary Support (GPPS) and provided support to more than 70 UNDP Country Offices in which there were parliamentary support programs. He was directly engaged in the development and implementation of major parliamentary programs in Pakistan, Cambodia, Tunisia, Libya, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Myanmar and Iraq.