Errol P. Mendes - President

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Professor Mendes is a lawyer, author and law professor at the University of Ottawa. He has been an advisor to corporations, governments, civil society groups and the United Nations in the areas of corporate law, public and private sector governance, national security and corporate cybersecurity, anti-corruption and corporate social responsibility. He has also acted as an advisor, mediator and arbitrator in disputes dealing in many of the above areas. He has also been a senior advisor in the Privy Council Office of the Canadian Government, appointed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin. He is a frequent contributor to media discussions in the above areas of expertise and is presently a Commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He assisted in the drafting of the UN Global Compact, the largest global initiative that links the global private sector with the goals of the UN in the areas of the environment, human rights and anti-corruption.

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Rebecca Robb - VP, British Columbia

Rebecca Robb2Rebecca Robb is an associate with Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver, British Columbia. Rebecca was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2014 after completing her clerkship with the Supreme Court of British Columbia and her articles with Hunter Litigation Chambers. Rebecca completed the four year Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (International Affairs) program at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in 2012. After receiving her law degree, Rebecca interned with the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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John B. McWilliams, Q.C. - VP, Prairies

John McWilliams. croppedjpgA graduate of University of Ottawa and Queen’s (LLB) John is a lawyer Based in Calgary. He has been a senior executive in major international energy companies, Counsel to Dentons Canada LLP, and active in various related organizations including the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation (President), Canadian Institute of Resources Law, and the International Bar Association.

He has championed corporate governance (a recipient of the Canadian General Counsels Association Award for Corporate Governance), corporate social responsibility, and business ethics. He was a prime mover in the creation of the International Code of Ethics for Canadian Business and served as a Director of Transparency International Canada.

He currently serves on, among others, the Boards of Lakefield College School, Kawartha Land Trust and the International Conservation Fund of Canada (Chair).

Jennifer Egsgard - VP, Ontario

Jennifer EgsgardJennifer Egsgard is a partner with Sills Egsgard LLP, a boutique law firm focussing on civil litigation and cross-border business issues including anti-bribery, trade, corporate social responsibility, foreign expropriation, economic sanctions and customs matters. Jennifer is frequently asked to speak on matters relating to anti-corruption and emerging corporate social responsibility standards.

Jennifer's litigation career prior to founding Sills Egsgard LLP included six years of practice at Fasken Martineau, one of Canada’s largest national law firms. She also practiced for a number of years with a specialized Legal Aid office doing refugee and immigration work where she represented clients in hundreds of hearings before divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and successfully argued a number of judicial reviews before the Federal Court of Canada.

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Stéphane Beaulac - VP, Quebec

Stephane Beaulac fac droit 1115Stéphane Beaulac is a full professor at the University of Montreal; he began his academic career at Dalhousie Law School in 1998. He holds a Ph.D. in international public law from the University of Cambridge, where he also earned an LL.M. (first class honour). His background is bijural: civil law at Ottawa (summa cum laude) and common law at Dalhousie (first in the national programme); he clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a Neil MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh School of Law, and a visiting professor in Amsterdam, Ulster and Trento.

He co-edited with Errol Mendes the 5th edition of the collective book Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; he is also responsible of the public law series for JurisClasseur Québec.

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David Fraser – VP, Maritime Provinces

david fraser croppedDavid has been recognized as one of Canada’s foremost internet, technology, and privacy lawyers, with a particular expertise in legal issues associated with cloud computing. He advises private and public sector clients to implement compliance programs for Canadian privacy legislation, and acts in matters referred to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. He is often sought out by the media for informed commentary on privacy and technology law issues, and is the author of two popular legal blogs.

Apart from his work in private practice, David is the Past President of the Canadian IT Law Association and the former Chair of National Privacy and Access Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He has served on the Research Ethics Board of the Capital District Health Authority, and is currently a member of the Joint Data Access Committee of the IWK Health Centre for Women and Children in Halifax, which reviews applications for research access to personal health information. In 2002, David was invited to be an associate of the Institute of Law and Technology. He is a member of the faculty of Dalhousie Law School, is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology and is a regular contributor to the Canadian IT Law Association’s newsletter. Active in the Halifax technology community, David is secretary and director of Digital Nova Scotia (formerly ITANS).

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Robin L. Sully - Secretary-Treasurer

Robin sully pic croppedRobin L. Sully B.A., LL.B., LL.M. former Director International Development, Canadian Bar Association (CBA) where she was responsible for the CBA’s international rule of law programs which included projects in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association, the International Commission of Jurists, and the International Bar Association where she served as Chair of the Pro Bono and Access to Justice Committee. She sat on the Rule of Law and Access to Justice Working Group for the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. She has been a frequent speaker on law and development and continues to be involved in the field.

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Chantal Bernier

Bernier ChantalChantal Bernier joined the Privacy and Security practice of Dentons Canada LLP on October 6, 2014. Previously, she spent nearly 6 years leading the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) as Interim Privacy Commissioner and as Assistant Commissioner. She oversaw the operations of the OPC, including national and international privacy investigations in the public and private sectors, privacy audits, privacy impact assessment reviews as well as technological analysis, privacy policy development and research.

Prior to leading the OPC, Chantal worked at senior levels of the Government of Canada, including as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Socio-Economic Development at Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada, as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Community Safety and Partnerships at Public Safety Canada, and as Director of Operations for the Machinery of Government Secretariat of the Privy Council Office.

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Hon. Ian Binnie

Ian BinnieOne of Canada's most respected advocates, the Honourable Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C. served for nearly 14 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. When he retired in 2011 he was described by The Globe and Mail as "arguably the country's premier judge". During his time on the country's top court (as only the third modern Justice appointed directly from the bar) he authored more than 170 opinions, including on many landmark cases.

Previously, over the course of three decades, he argued cases in most of the common law provinces and appeared regularly before the Supreme Court on a range of constitutional, civil and criminal matters, earning a reputation as one of Canada’s top litigators.

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Brian A. Crane

Crane BrianBrian A. Crane, Q.C., Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Ottawa, ON. Mr. Crane practises in the areas of constitutional, administrative and aboriginal law. He has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Ontario Courts.

He has worked extensively throughout Canada in the negotiation of native land claims and related litigation, and commercial arbitration and mediation. Mr. Crane (with co-authors Robert Mainville and the late Martin Mason) is author of First Nations Governance Law (2nd Edition) LexisNexis Canada, (2008). A long time supporter of ICJ Canada, Brian served for many years as National Vice President.

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Pierre Dalphond

dalphondBorn in Joliette in 1954, Justice Dalphond has studied at the Seminary of Joliette (classical course), at Lanaudière Cégep (DEC in Sciences), at the University of Montreal (License in Law and a Minor in Chemistry), at Quebec Bar School, and at Oxford University (Masters of Philosophy in Law and Politics).

Called to the Quebec Bar in 1979, he served as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1979-1980, first for the Honourable Justice Yves Pratte, and then for the Honourable Justice Julien Chouinard. After working at the Privy Council in Ottawa (1982-1984), he joined the firm of Clarkson Tétrault, which became McCarthy, Tétrault in 1990. There, he practiced from 1984 until 1995 in the areas of civil law, business law, energy law, and administrative and constitutional law. 

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Richard Devlin

richard devlinRichard Devlin is a Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.  In 2005, he was appointed a Dalhousie University Research Professor, and this position was renewed in 2010.  His areas of teaching include Contracts, Jurisprudence, Legal Ethics and Graduate Studies.  He has published widely in various journals, nationally and internationally.  Recent books include editing Critical Disability Theory and Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation (2nd ed. 2012).  In 2003, and again in 2010, he received the Hanna and Harold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year.  In 2008 he was a recipient of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Award for Academic Excellence.  In 2013 he won Dalhousie University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning “Change One Thing Challenge”.  He has been involved in the design, development and delivery of Judicial Education programmes in Canada and abroad for more than 20 years.  In 2012 he agreed to serve as the Founding President of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.  In 2015 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Maureen Maloney

maureen maloneProfessor Maureen Maloney, School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, was previously the Chair in Law and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria ( 2000-2010). She returned to the University of Victoria following a term as Deputy Minister to the Attorney General (1993 to 2000) and Deputy Attorney General (1997 to 2000) of the Province of British Columbia. Before assuming these positions, Prof. Maloney was the first woman Dean of Law in British Columbia.

Professor Maloney is and has been actively involved in international governance, dispute resolution and human rights projects in Ethiopia, South-East Asia, Iraq, China, Brazil, Guatemala and South Africa. She also served as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal based in Ottawa.

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Hon. Luc Martineau

Justice MartineauJustice Martineau completed his education at the University of Ottawa, earning his LL.L in 1977 and LL.M. in 1985. He was called to the Bar of Québec in 1978. He was Legal Counsel to the President of the Canada Labour Relations Board from 1979-1981, then Associate and Partner at Robert, Dansereau, Barré, Marchessault & Lauzon in Montreal, Québec from 1981-1990, and Partner at Langlois Robert in Montreal, Québec from 1990-1996. He established a firm as lawyer, arbitrator and mediator in Montreal, Québec from 1996-2002.

He was appointed Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division and ex officio member of the Court of Appeal, January 25, 2002 and Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on April 18, 2002.

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Neil McCormick

McCormick.NeilNeil McCormick is a senior associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the Business Law Group. Neil's practice focuses extensively on not-for-profit corporations, whom he regularly assists with a variety of governance-related issues. In particular, Neil has developed expertise in (a) incorporating, and managing issues relating to, multi-stakeholder boards of directors; (b) the fiduciary duties of directors and officers; and (c) statutes governing not-for-profit corporations, including "special act" corporations. 

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Naveen Mehta

Naveen MehtaNaveen is an accomplished General Counsel and strategist who has been delivering cutting edge diversity & inclusion programming and context-based legal advice for more than 15 years. These opportunities have allowed him to work with complex teams to build sustainable organizational capacity and growth. As General Counsel to one of Canada’s largest private sector unions, Naveen provides a diverse range of preemptive and strategic legal advice for UFCW Canada's often complex and high profile legal and legislative issues, including litigation at the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

In the area of Human Rights, Equity and Diversity (HRED) he guides national strategies on Diversity and Inclusion, Temporary Foreign Workers (migrant workers), Racialized, Aboriginal, Immigrant, LGBT, and other equity seeking communities, with a view to qualitative and quantitative organizational growth. Naveen also designs and implements strategic workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives, and supports such growth and capacity building initiatives.

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John Packer

John PackerJohn Packer is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. He was previously Director of the renowned Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Professor Packer has extensive experience working for inter-governmental organizations, notably from 1987 to 1995 in Geneva for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labour Organisation, and then the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, investigating serious human rights violations. From 1995 to 2004, he was Senior Legal Adviser and then the first Director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague. He has also been the Constitutions and Process Design Expert on the UN’s Standby Team of Mediation Experts attached to the Department of Political Affairs in New York, advising in numerous peace processes and political transitions, and he continues to offer advice in various conflict situations.

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Hon. Michèle Rivet

michele rivet croppedMichèle Rivet has served as Vice President of ICJ Geneva since 2011 and has been involved with the Canadian Section for many years, serving as its President from 1996 to 2001, and leading an important Project on Judicial Training for Judges in the former Yugoslavia from 1999 to 2005. She is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Sherbrooke, and is ending her studies for a Master in Museology from the University of Montreal. She formerly served as first President-judge of the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal, from 1990 to 2010; President of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; judge of the Court of Quebec, Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Canada; judge of the Youth Court in Montreal; and Professor of Law at Laval University (Québec). In 2005, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa for her involvement in Human Rights, and in 2011, the Quebec Court honored her with the Gold Medal for her outstanding career. She has published extensively on Human Rights, both in Canadian and International Legal Journals, namely on the right to equality and on the Independence of the Judiciary.

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Gib van Ert

Gib van Ert picGib van Ert is the Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada. Previously, he was a lawyer at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver with a broad civil litigation practice including commercial, real estate, environmental, administrative and public law matters. He is the author of Using International Law in Canadian Courts and other works on international and constitutional law issues. He is a former law clerk of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, a visiting professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and a sessional instructor in public international law at the University of Victoria.

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