Board of Directors
Tina Jiwon Park
Dr. Tina J. Park is the co-founder & executive director of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect based at the Munk School of Global Affairs. In that capacity, she has advised over thirty governments and international organizations on their policies on R2P, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assemby under the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Dr. Park has addressed the UN General Assembly dialogue on R2P every year since 2014.
Dr. Park is also one of Canada's leading experts on North Korea and Canadian-Korean relations. She is a frequent commentor on CBC News, CTV, BNN, Global News and CBC Power & Politics, and has published two book chapters and a dozen articles on defence and security issues. Dr. Park currently serves as a Vice-President of the NATO Association of Canada and a fellow of the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs. In her free time, Dr.Park co-manages the U of T Women in House program with the Hon. Carolyn Bennett, an annual program aimed at promoting gender equality in federal politics. Always a ball of energy, Dr. Park speaks six languages and enjoys travelling.
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.
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.
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.
Yazmeen Kanji is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Peace Conflict and Justice Studies, Equity Studies and Cinema Studies with a focus on the international treatment of marginalized populations. Yazmeen is the social media representative at the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the founder of a filmmaking organization called Films With A Cause. Yazmeen oversees all operations of the organization, especially attending to social media and advocacy related matters as well as the development of creative content. Yazmeen is currently completing a documentary entitled, From Syria To Hope which explores the lives of three Syrian families who arrived to Canada under refugee status. Yazmeen is also a graduate of the vigorous International Baccalaureate program, a Munk One alumna and a Jackman Humanities Scholar.
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.