Irwin Cotler is the Founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer.
A constitutional and comparative law scholar, Professor Cotler intervened in landmark Charter of Rights cases in the areas of free speech, freedom of religion, minority rights, peace law and war crimes justice. As Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Irwin Cotler initiated the first-ever comprehensive reform of the Supreme Court appointment process and helped make it the most gender- representative Supreme Court in the world; appointed the first-ever aboriginal and visible minority justices to the Ontario Court of Appeal; initiated the first-ever law on human trafficking; crafted the Civil Marriage Act, the first-ever legislation to grant marriage equality to gays and lesbians; issued Canada’s first National Justice Initiative Against Racism and Hate; and quashed more wrongful convictions in a single year than any prior Minister.
Peter Loewen is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He works on questions of elite and citizen behaviour and the role of technology in improving governance and representation. He has published in leading journals including the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Transactions of the Royal Society B, and Political Communication. His research has been funded by SSHRC, the European Research Council, the Government of Ontario, and other organizations. He regularly engages in public debate, and acts as a consultant to several public and private organizations. Previously, he served as the Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He received his PhD from the Université de Montréal and his BA from Mount Allison University.
Mr. Livingston has served as vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Imperial Oil Limited since February of 2002. He retired from Imperial Oil in December of 2013.
A native of Toronto, Ont., Mr. Livingston is a graduate of Queens University with a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1976, he worked as an engineer in the upstream business in Calgary, Alta., before continuing his education at the University of Toronto where he earned a bachelor of law degree. In 1981, Mr. Livingston took a two-year assignment with the federal government in Ottawa, Ont., and was called to the bar in 1982. Mr. Livingston also spent several years working with two major law firms in Toronto. In 1985, Mr. Livingston joined Imperial Oil as a counsel in the law department. He was transferred to the treasurers department as a financial analyst in 1989 and later became manager of credit. In 1994, he commenced a three-year secondment with Exxon Corporation in Dallas, Texas, and returned to Imperial in 1997 as director of corporate tax. In 2002, he was appointed vice-president and general counsel.
As general counsel, Mr. Livingston has a wide variety of legal and business experience in climate change, tax, commercial, litigation, regulatory and First Nations matters. As corporate secretary, he has experience in dealing with board of directors, including corporate governance matters (both Canadian and U.S), executive compensation and securities law matters affecting public companies.
Mr. Livingston is currently an Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, a director and treasurer of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, a past President of the Petroleum Club in Calgary and a graduate of the ICD program. He is a guest lecturer at the Law Practice Program offered to articling students in Ontario.
John Godfrey is Special Advisor for Climate Change to the Government of Ontario and Chair of Ontario’s (CAG) Climate Action Group.
John has had an extensive and accomplished career dedicated to public service that spans over 30 years. He was first elected to the federal House of Commons as the member of parliament for Don Valley West in 1993. He was re-elected four times, holding the position until 2008. From 2003-04, Godfrey was the parliamentary secretary to the prime minister and from 2004-06, he served in cabinet as minister of state for Infrastructure and Communities. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the distribution of $5.6 billion for strategic, municipal, rural and border infrastructure programs.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Godfrey served as vice-president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He was also editor of the Financial Post for four years and spent 14 years in academia, holding various positions at the University of Kings College, including associate professor, president and vice-chancellor.
Godfrey has been involved in many community and public service organizations, including president of the Council for Canadian Unity, a board of directors member for the National Film Board, a co-founder of the Committee of Concerned Nova Scotians for Justice and a board of directors member for Pollution Probe.
Most recently, Godfrey was the headmaster of the Toronto French School. He has a bachelor of arts (honours) in modern history and English literature from the University of Toronto, a master's degree in modern history from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in modern history from Oxford University
The Honourable Barbara McDougall was a Member of Parliament for nine years and held several cabinet posts, including: Finance (Minister of State), Privatization, Employment and Immigration, and finally External Affairs. Prior to entering politics, Mrs. McDougall worked in various sectors within the financial community, largely as a financial analyst, in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. She was also a columnist and television commentator. McDougall is widely recognized for her expertise in international relations. She is currently an advisor to the law firm Aird and Berlis.
Randall Hansen is the incoming interim director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, current Director of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and Full Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He works on Immigration and Citizenship, Demography and Population Policy and the Effects of War on Civilians. His published works include Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance after Operation Valkyrie (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), Sterilized by the State: Eugenics, Race and the Population Scare in 20th Century North America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014), Fire and Fury: the Allied Bombing of Germany (Penguin, 2009), and Citizenship and Immigration in Post-War Britain (Oxford University Press, 2000). He has also co-edited Immigration and Public Opinion in Liberal Democracies (with David Leal and Gary P. Freeman) (New York: Routledge, 2012), Migration States and International Cooperation (with Jeannette Money and Jobst Koehler, Routledge, 2011), Towards a European Nationality (w. P. Weil, Palgrave, 2001), Dual Nationality, Social Rights, and Federal Citizenship in the U.S. and Europe (w. P. Weil, Berghahn, 2002), and Immigration and asylum from 1900 to the present
He appears regularly on TVO’s The Agenda, and has written for and been quoted in the national and international press.
Dr. Thomas S. Axworthy has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and philanthropy. Early in his career, he served as Senior Policy Advisor and Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, before leaving politics to teach. In 1984, Dr. Axworthy went to Harvard University as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. He was subsequently appointed visiting Mackenzie King Chair of Canadian Studies. In 1999, Dr. Axworthy helped to create the Historica Foundation to improve teaching and learning of Canadian history, becoming its Executive Director until 2005. To recognize his achievements in heritage education (he initiated the Heritage Minutes), civics, and citizenship, Dr. Axworthy was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada (2002). In 2003, he became Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, pursuing the themes of expanded human rights and responsibilities, democratic reform, Canadian-American relations, and modern liberalism that characterized his research, teaching and advocacy career. He is a distinguished senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a senior fellow at Massey College. Dr. Axworthy was recently appointed Secretary General of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government.
Mel Cappe is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance. He teaches in the Masters Program and is Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Public Policy. From 2006-2011 he was President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Prior to that for four years he was High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom. Before that he served as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service in Ottawa. Earlier in his career he held senior economic and policy positions in the Departments of Finance and Industry. He was Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Development, Deputy Minister of Labour and Chairman of the Employment Insurance Commission. He did graduate studies in Economics at the Universities of Western Ontario and Toronto and has honourary doctorates from both. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Marius Grinius joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1979 after serving in the Canadian Army for 12 years. His early overseas postings included Bangkok, NATO/Brussels and Hanoi. Assignments back in Ottawa included desk officer for nuclear arms control, Director for Asia Pacific South and then Director for South East Asia. In 1997 he was posted back to Vietnam as Ambassador. Marius spent 1999 to 2004 in Ottawa where he worked in the Privy Council Office in Social Policy, Western Economic Diversification and then again in the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat. In 2004 he was named Ambassador to South Korea and added cross-accreditation to North Korea in 2005. In 2007 Marius was posted to Geneva as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament. He returned to Ottawa in 2011 for a secondment to the Department of National Defence as Director General International Security Policy. Marius retired in 2012 after 45 years of service to Canada.
Honourary Doctorate, Royal Military College Of Canada; Honourary Doctorate, University Of Ottawa; Graduate Studies, International Trade Economics, Carlton University; B.A., Canadian History, University Of Ottawa
Hugh Segal, the current Head of Massey College, joins Massey after four decades in the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sector. He is a former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister in the 1990s, a former Associate Cabinet Secretary in Ontario in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and in June, 2014, he finished a nine year term as Senator representing Ontario. Hugh was a Skelton-Clark Fellow in the Queen’s Political Studies Department and holds Honorary Doctorates from his alma mater and the Royal Military College of Canada. He is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy, Chair of the Atlantic Council and Honorary, and Chair of the Navy League of Canada.
Ms. Jennifer Welsh was appointed in July 2013 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level on the Responsibility to Protect. Ms. Welsh works under the overall guidance of Adama Dieng, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, to further the conceptual, political, institutional and operational development of the responsibility to protect concept. Currently, a Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute in Florence, Ms. Welsh’s research projects include the evolution of the “responsibility to protect” in international society, the ethics of post-conflict reconstruction, the authority of the United Nations Security Council and the notion of sovereignty.
Honourary Doctorate, Laurier University; Honourary Doctorate, St. Thomas University; B.A. (Hons) Laurier University
Paul Heinbecker served as Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador of Canada to Germany and Minister (Political Affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, as well as in more junior positions in Ankara, Stockholm and the OECD. In Ottawa, he has been Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to then Prime Minister Mulroney, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign Policy and Defence, and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Global Affairs in the Department of External/Foreign Affairs. Paul was an architect of Canada’s human security agenda, helped negotiate an end to the Kosovo war, headed the Canadian delegation to the Climate Change negotiations in Kyoto and represented Canada on the UN Security Council. At the UN he was a leading opponent of the Iraq war, and an advocate of the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect.
In July 2008, Allan Rock became the University of Ottawa’s 29th President and Vice-Chancellor since its foundation as Bytown College in 1848. Allan Rock was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations in December 2003. As the voice of Canadians at the United Nations, Allan Rock was an outspoken advocate of human rights, human security and reforming the UN. At the 2005 World Summit at the UN, he led the successful Canadian effort to secure the adoption by world leaders of the doctrine Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Other roles at the UN included chairing a working group on obstacles to long-term development in Haiti, efforts to end the conflict in Northern Uganda and peace negotiations in Abuja, Nigeria involving the Government of Sudan and representatives of the three main rebel groups seeking greater autonomy for Darfur. Allan Rock has received a number of awards including honorary degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada (1996) and the University of Windsor (1997). He received the Meritas-Tabaret Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Ottawa in 2007 — conferred to graduates who have made a significant contribution in their field and who have contributed to the reputation of the University.
Ph. D (Political Studies), Queen’s University
Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) in the Crawford School, The Australian National University. He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007. He was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect (2001), and Senior Adviser on Reforms and Principal Writer of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report (2002). He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (2007–11), Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (2007–10) and Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International affairs in Waterloo, Ontario.
D. Litt., Trent University
Michael Valpy is an award-winning journalist. He has produced public affairs documentaries for CBC Radio (Sunday Morning), written for Maclean’s, Elm Street, Shambhala Sun, Policy Options, Literary Review of Canada and Time (Canada) magazines, contributed chapters to several books on public policy issues, won three national newspaper awards (two for international reporting and one for the impact of children from dysfunctional families on the public education system) and been nominated for a fourth (for a profile of Michael Ignatieff), co-authored two books on Canada’s Constitution — The National Deal (1982) and To Match A Dream (1998) — and one on Canada’s emerging generation of adults — New Canada: Report on the Next Generation (2003). He is a senior fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto and a fellow at U of T’s School of Public Policy and Governance. He also is the 2012 CanWest Global Fellow at University of Western Ontario’sFaculty of Information and Media Studies. He teaches media theory in U of T’s St. Michael’s College book and media studies programme. His home is in Ontario’s Grey County.
D. Phil. Geography, University Of Edinburgh
Kirsty Duncan is a Canadian medical geographer and the current Canadian Minister of Science. From 1993 to 2000, Duncan taught meteorology, climatology, and climate change at the University of Windsor. In 1992, as she became increasingly aware of the increasing probability of a global flu crisis, she was led to investigate the cause of the similar 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Duncan was an adjunct professor teaching both medical geography at the University of Toronto and global environmental processes at Royal Roads University, and served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that won the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore.
MBA, Ph. D (Psychology), York University
A highly respected senior executive who has been a CEO of two consulting companies, and both a national and global leader of professional practices for KPMG. A skilled strategist and leader of change who builds organizations, galvanizes people and gets results. For over 25 years a valued advisor to “C” level executives and Boards, working with them to develop strategies, identify and manage risks, implement organization and culture change and strengthen team and Board performance. Called the “Dean of Canada’s change managers” by the Globe and Mail (article attached). Asked to address the SIE Committee of the Financial Stability Board on how to manage risk culture in financial institutions. Instructor at York University on governance and accountability.
Ph.D (cand.) International Relations, University of Cambridge, M.Phil. International Relations, University of Cambridge, B.A.(Hons.) University of Toronto
Erin Mooney is a Senior Protection Adviser with the United Nations, Protection Capacity (ProCap). Since 1992, she has specialized in the protection of civilians and displacement, working extensively in Africa, the Middle East, Balkans, South Caucasus, Americas, and Asia. From 1995-2006, she served (as Senior Adviser, from 2001) with UN Secretary-General’s Representative on Internally Displaced Persons, while also leading the Human Rights and Mass Exoduses mandate of the UN Secretary-General and of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2001). At the Brookings Institution, she was Deputy Director of the world’s leading project on internal displacement (2001-2006) while also serving as Deputy Director of the Centre for Displacement Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University (2002-4). She has spearheaded the development of several core protection policies and operational guidance adopted by the UN and international NGOs and has supported numerous Governments to develop national laws and protection policies. Additionally, she has authored over 80 scholarly publications on protection, including several on R2P. Professor (Adjunct) of International Relations at the University of Toronto (2008-10), her course on “Protection Populations in Peril: The Emerging International Regime and Canada’s Role, Past and Present” is credited by CCR2P’s founders as providing the inspiration for its establishment; she has served as Adviser to CCR2P since its inception. She is a research fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; M.A., Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University
John Kirton is the director of the G8 Research Group, established at the University of Toronto in 1987. In 1992-93, he served as a Special Projects Officer in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, devising a strategy for Canada’s G7 participation. He has conducted media analyses of the G7/G8 Summits on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served on the Foreign Policy Committee of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, an advisory body to the Prime Minister of Canada, and participated in the preparations for the 1995 Halifax Summit. He was a member of the Canadian Government’s International Trade Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1997.
John English is founding Director of The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. He taught history for many years at the University of Waterloo, was Member of Parliament for Kitchener from 1993-1997, and former General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. His works of Canadian political and diplomatic history include biographies of Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, and most recently a history of Arctic sovereignty entitled Ice and Water: Politics, Peoples, and the Arctic Council.
The Very Reverend, The Honourable Dr Lois Wilson, C.C., O.Ont. B.A. (Manitoba); B.D., M.Div., D.D. (Winnipeg) D.D. (Mt. Allison), D.D. (Queen's Theological, D.C.L., (Acadia), D.D. (United Theological), D.D. (Wycliff), D.D. (Victoria U.), Ll.D. (Dalhousie), Lld. (Manitoba), Ll.D. (Trent), Ll.D. (Utoronto), D.Hum.L. (Mt. St. Vincent), S.D.T. (Ripon), Fellow Massey College.
Ordained a United Church minister in 1965, Dr. Wilson shared team congregational ministry for fifteen years with her husband Rev. Dr. Roy Wilson, before becoming the first woman Moderator of the United Church of Canada. As President of both the Canadian and World Council of Churches, Dr. Wilson visited partner churches in Asia, Latin America, India and Africa as well as being a leading advocate of inter-faith encounters within Canada.She became a leading advocate of international human rights, a Board member on The Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, the Chair of the Board of Rights and Democracy, and served as Officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She has authored seven books, and served as Chancellor of Lakehead University.
S.J.D. (cand.) International Law, University of Toronto; LL.M., New York University;
LL.B. University of Toronto; B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer is a Canadian lawyer and doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Her research includes the relationship of non-state actors, particularly cultural institutions, with new developments in international human rights and humanitarian law. She is an advocate for the inclusion of the most marginalized voices in decision-making processes and has broad experience as a board and committee member at several mental health and patient organizations. From 2000 to 2007, Jennifer litigated cases in the areas of Corporate/Commercial Law, Administrative Law, International Human Rights and International Trade at Torys LLP. Jennifer taught International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law at the University of Toronto from 2009-2013 and has spoken and published widely on international law. She is a Global Justice Fellow of the Munk School for Global Affairs and a Junior Fellow at Massey College.
L.L.B. And B.C.L., McGill University, M.Sc. (Forced Migration), University Of Oxford
Naomi Kikoler is the deputy director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. For six years she developed and implemented the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect’s work on populations at risk and efforts to advance R2P globally and led the Centre’s advocacy, including targeting the UN Security Council. An adjunct professor at the New School University, she is the author of numerous publications, including the 2013 Nexus Fund series on the emerging powers and mass atrocity prevention and the 2011 report Risk Factors and Legal Norms Associated with Genocide Prevention for the United Nations Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Jacob Blaustein Institute. Prior to joining the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in 2008, she worked on national security and refugee law and policy for Amnesty International Canada. She has also worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution, and she worked as an election monitor in Kenya with the Carter Center. She holds common law and civil law degrees from McGill University, an MSc in forced migration from Oxford University, where her thesis was on the Rwandan genocide, and a BA from the University of Toronto in international relations and peace and conflict studies. She is a board member of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a senior fellow at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and was called to the Bar of Upper Canada.
J.D. (Law), Osgoode Hall Law School
Martha is a former Member of the Canadian Parliament, and held several senior shadow Cabinet positions in the Official Opposition: Associate Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Public Works and Government Services, and International Trade. She served on the House of Commons Standing Committees on Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations and Estimates, and International Trade. She is known and respected across all party lines for her focus on respectful politics and her efforts to work constructively with colleagues of all parties. She has recently been appointed an Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and as Chair of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs’ 2012 Conference.
J.D. (Law) Queen’s University
Kathleen Davis is a Canadian lawyer who has specialized in the field of international law. She currently teaches international criminal law at Osgoode Hall Law School and is completing her doctorate in international law at The University of Toronto, where she serves as a senior fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Canadian Centre for The Responsibility to Protect. Kathleen has provided research and legal assistance to the prosecution teams at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. She has also served as a consultant to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect. Kathleen completed her LL.M. in International Legal Studies at New York University, where she interned at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and in the Peace and Security Division of UN Women. Prior to completing her LL.M., Kathleen obtained her B.A. from The University of Western Ontario and her J.D. from Queen’s University. She completed her articles at Torys LLP, and is a member of the Bar of Ontario.
D.Phil. International Relations, University Of Oxford, J.D. (Law), Harvard University
Maria Banda completed her doctoral dissertation in International Relations at Oxford University, which examined the evolving doctrine and practice of the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) in 2001-2009 from the perspective of both international relations and international law. A Rhodes and a Trudeau Scholar, Maria is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School. She has worked with several international organizations and written on Canada-U.S. relations, global governance, climate change, and the environment. She is a member of the New York State bar.
Ph. D., Pontifical Catholic University Of São Paulo
Professor Rodrigues is currently a professor at the International Relations Program, Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil, and a Board Member of the Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), a Latin American Civil Society Organizations Network based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is a founder and Steering Committee member of the International Coalition for RtoP (ICRtoP). He was the inaugural holder of the Brazilian Fulbright Scholarship Program on Human Rights for a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame (2010).