Board of Directors
Tina Jiwon Park
Dr. Tina J. Park is a co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Toronto. In that capacity, Dr. Park has advised over thirty governments and international organizations on their human rights policies, including the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the UN office on the prevention of genocide, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Inter-Action Council. Her areas of expertise include Canadian-Korean relations, inter-Korean relations, and peace & stability in the Asia-Pacific. In the past seven years, she has taught Canadian foreign policy and history of espionage at the University of Toronto. Dr. Park is a frequent commentator in the media on North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, human rights issues and NATO. She is working on a manuscript examining the Korean peace process. Dr. Park is a graduate of Trinity College (summa cum laude) and speaks seven languages. She is currently based in Rome at the NATO Defense College. (www.tinapark.ca)
Dr. Tina Park est la co-fondatrice et directrice exécutive du Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, basé à l'Université de Toronto. Dans ce rôle, Dr. Park a conseillé plus de 30 gouvernements et organisations internationales à propos de leurs politiques en matière de droits de la personne, incluant l'ex-Secrétaire général des Nations Unies Ban Ki Moon, le bureau du Conseiller spécial pour la prévention du génocide, l'Union interparlementaire et le Inter-Action Council. Ses champs d'expertise incluent les relations Canada-Corée, les relations inter-coréennes, ainsi que la paix et la stabilité dans la région Asie-Pacifique. Durant les sept dernières années, elle a donné des cours sur la politique étrangère du Canada et l'histoire de l'espionnage à l'Université de Toronto. Dr. Park intervient régulièrement dans les médias au sujet du programme nucléaire de la Corée du Nord, des droits de la personne, et de l'OTAN. Elle travaille à l'écriture d'un livre sur le processus de paix sur la péninsule coréenne. Dr. a complété ses études supérieures au Trinity College (avec distinction) et parle sept langues. Elle est actuellement basée à Rome, au NATO Defense College. (www.tinapark.ca)
Michael is a Fourth year student at Trinity college of the University of Toronto, pursuing a specialist in International Relations and a major in Philosophy. A graduate of the International Relations stream of the Margaret Macmillan Trinity One program, Michael is interested particularly in the intersection between the theory and practice of distributive justice, socioeconomic conditions, and human rights-- all of which are key considerations within R2P. Michael is very much looking forward to advancing the scope of public discourse on R2P by serving as the Centre’s Deputy Executive Director.
Victor is currently pursuing a J.D. at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. He was formerly employed as a consultant for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and has received his Master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the University of Toronto. Victor also received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in International Relations. Prior to working with the CCR2P, Victor worked with the U of T chapter of UNICEF, monitored human rights abuses in the West Bank with the ISM and served on the Executive of the University of Toronto Ski Club. Victor oversees human resources and strategic planning at the CCR2P and has co-authored a publication with Dr. Jennifer Welsh, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on R2P.
Tracy is a second-year Master of Global Affairs student at the University of Toronto. After completing her undergraduate studies in health sciences and sustainable community development at Simon Fraser University, she worked as an Administrative Assistant and Research Assistant at the Children's Health Policy Centre. In these roles, she contributed to a province-wide evaluation of a nurse-visitation program in British Columbia. Tracy has now set her eyes on a career in the public sector and is particularly interested in the implementation of R2P. She looks forward to contributing to the work of the CCR2P and advancing the discourse on R2P.
Ben is in his third year of an undergraduate degree at U of T, with a major in Peace, Conflict, and Justice studies, and minors in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. A graduate of the Margaret Macmillan Trinity One program, Ben has worked with the G7 Research Group, the Mindful Journal of Ethics and the Trinity Review of Art, and currently works with Students for Partners in Health: Toronto, the U of T Pre-Law Society Mooting Board, the Peace, Conflict and Justice Society, and the Rapoport Journal alongside his responsibilities with the CCR2P. Ben is looking forward to another busy year with the CCR2P, and is very excited to be continuing in his role as Editor-In-Chief for the upcoming Canadian Journal on the Responsibility to Protect.
Stephen is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. Having completed the Margaret McMillan Trinity One Program (International Relations Stream) in first year, he is currently pursuing a double major in International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies. Stephen is passionate about exploring other cultures, histories, worldviews, and languages. He speaks Bulgarian, English, French, German, and Spanish, and wants to learn many more languages. Stephen's areas of interest include the defense of human rights, humanitarian interventions, Eastern European and East Asian history, and indigenous rights. He is looking forward to working with the CCR2P this year as its director of Internal Communications.
Jonah Toth is a third-year undergraduate student currently pursuing a Major in Chemistry, a Major in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies, a Minor in Environmental Chemistry, and a French Language Citation. His diverse programs of study reflect his interdisciplinary approach to research on a wide range of topics, from international humans rights norms to the effects of climate change on low-income populations. Originally from Saskatchewan, Jonah is actively involved in the community and has been recognized with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers and as the 2018 Saskatchewan Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year.
Aisha Ryan is a fourth year Trinity College student pursuing a double major in International Relations and Health Studies. She has an acute interest in the practical application of human rights frameworks to international crises and the impact of this on development. This year, Aisha is the Co-President of the International Relations Society and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Attaché Journal of International Affairs. Aisha spent last summer interning at the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, and has previously worked for The Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada, and at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada. Aisha is excited to spend this year producing novel research that speaks to the Canadian commitment to R2P.
Alyssa M. Da Costa
Alyssa is a third-year student at Victoria College at the University of Toronto studying International Relations with a double minor in Political Science and English Literature. Her passion for studying International Relations has given her the opportunity to work for UN Women UofT as the Director of Operations – a non-profit agency that strives towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. Alyssa is looking forward to bringing her experience and passion for Global Affairs into her new role as the Director of Campus Relations.
Jack is a third year student at Trinity College, currently enrolled in a double major in Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and International Relations. He's an alumnus of the Trinity One International Relations Program, and hopes to become more involved with the international security aspect of CCR2P policy. His other major interests include regional state development in Latin America, and the future role of the United States in enacting R2P. Jack hails from San Francisco, California.
Daniella is a third year student at the University of Toronto majoring in Political Science, and double minoring in Human Geography and Spanish. She enjoys learning about other cultures and how countries interact in the ever-changing international sphere. Learning about the Kosovo war in the Pearson stream of Vic One, she has gained interest in the war crimes committed and human rights violations imposed. In addition, traveling to Southeast Asia has made her more aware of Indonesian migrant labour workers and how they are consistently targets of human rights violations. Daniella is also multilingual with fluency in English, French, Czech, and advanced proficiency in Spanish. She is excited to join the CCR2P as a Research Analyst to learn more about human rights and the role of international institutions in global governance.
Amira is a third-year Trinity College student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a specialist in Economics and a major in Political Science. She is particularly interested in international human rights law, and the intersection of global politics and economics on key issues related to poverty, global income inequality and gender inequality. Her other major interests include history, civil war and insurgency, and environmental economics. Learning about the great cost in human rights and human life in recent mass atrocities in her academic courses, Amira has gained an understanding of the importance of the R2P principle in preventing the reoccurrence of such events. She is excited to join the CCR2P as Co-Managing Director of R2P Live to contribute to the work of the CCR2P and aid in the crystallization of R2P into a norm of international law.