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Andrea Ho

Michael Switzer

Andrea is going into second year and is planning to major in Neuroscience and International Relations, with a minor in History. Research for her Vic One Pearson Class cultivated an interest in R2P, particularly its strength in changing international behaviour from conflict resolution to conflict prevention. This year, Andrea had the pleasure to be involved with NAMUN, the Attache, psychology and immunology research labs and is intent on finding meaningful intersections between the sciences and social sciences.Andrea’s other CCR2P involvements include serving as an assistant editor for the “R2P” dispatch journal, and one of the organizers for the CCR2P Canada 150 Debate; she is excited to continue her work with CCR2P this summer as a Research and Policy Intern!

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Esme Lafleur

Michael Switzer

Esmé is going into her Third Year as a student at Trinity College of the University of Toronto, pursuing a major in International Relations and a double minor in Political Science and French Literature. Having graduated from the Trinity One Margaret MacMillian program in the International Relations stream, Esmé is interested in international human rights and security in which R2P plays a major role. Having grown up in Paris, and now living in Toronto, Esmé is fully bilingual in French and English and is particularly interested in the dynamics between Europe and the rest of the world. Esmé has been delighted to help expand CCR2P high school chapters in Canada and throughout the world as a Community Outreach Officer throughout the year and will continue to do so over the summer.

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Andrew Wiseman

Michael Switzer

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto majoring in international relations and minoring in French and history. During his undergrad Andrew worked for INDePth Conference, focussing on critical approaches to South Asian studies, and for the South Asia and Middle East Forum (UK), working on the Syrian refugee crisis. He specializes in American foreign policy and the history of international relations. Next year he will be pursuing an MPhil in international relations at the University of Oxford

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Apefa Adjivon

Michael Switzer

Apefa Adjivon is a second-year student completing a double major in Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Peace, Conflict, and Justice. She is involved in several organizations on campus, including being Vice President of the UofT Trek for Teens club, Vice President of Finance for the Panhellenic Council, and Equity co-chair for Victoria Universities Students Administrative Council. Recently, she served as a Youth Delegate at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations working towards Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality. At the UN she was a winner of the Social Venture Challenge and was awarded a Resolution Project Fellowship for her social venture the Pearl Project; a center for girls in low-income communities with the purpose of pairing girls with mentors and skill-based opportunities to help them achieve their goals. She represented UofT at Parliament as a participant of the Women in House program and was invited back to present the Pearl Project at Parliament by the UN and the British Council.

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Engin Polar

Michael Switzer

 Engin Polar is a second year Turkish-American student at the University of Toronto. Engin completed the International Relations Stream of the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program and has previously been a Compliance Analyst for the G20 Research Group and a Research Analyst for the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect. His research interests include armed conflict, state-building in the Middle East, counter-terrorism, and international law. After he completes his undergraduate degree, he plans on attending law school.

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Sameen Zehra

Michael Switzer

Sameen Zehra graduated this year from the University of Toronto, Trinity College with a major in Peace, Conflict and Justice, and double minor in Political Science and Contemporary Asian studies. She is particularly interested in conflict resolution, global governance and policy responses to challenges related to international security and human rights concerns. She was previously an intern at the U.S. Consulate Toronto, President of the University of Toronto Refugee Alliance and Lead Editor on South Asia for Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies.

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Sonida Gjonaj

Michael Switzer

Sonida is in her Third year at the University of Toronto pursuing a major in International Relations and minors in German and Spanish.  Apart from the languages she studies at UofT, she is fluent in Albanian and Greek. Her interest in IR and specifically in the R2P principle is focused on the role of global agents in the protection of human rights during crises. This stems from her having been raised in Albania during a time of social unrest, when the country was transitioning from a dictatorship to a democracy, and also from her having witnessed the humanitarian crisis caused by the Kosovo war at a young age. In addition to her internship with CCR2P, Sonida is employed at a law firm and her work includes helping refugees around the world.

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Agnes Yu

Michael Switzer

Agnes is going into her fourth year studying International Relations and Ethics, Society and Law. She is interested in the relationships between R2P and states with little normative power, and the BRICS perspective of R2P. Agnes is excited to join CCR2P as a summer intern, and looks forward to contributing to the database through her fluency in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. 

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Tate Crowards

Michael Switzer

Tate is going into her Fourth year at University of Toronto pursuing a double major in Economics and International Relations with a minor in Statistics. After growing up living on 4 continents, in 7 countries, Tate is especially keen to explore international development. The intersections of the R2P principle and development are especially interesting, as development and personal safety go hand in hand. While taking the TRN250 course Tate was able to explore one of the shocking events that prompted the of principle R2P, the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide, engaging in a study about a country where she spent 4 years. Tate is involved in Model United Nations and is keen to engage in lively discussions regarding international events and politics. She hopes to gain more experience with the principle of R2P and involve a new generation in positive, impactful international relations through her internship with the CCR2P

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Nadim Dabbous

Michael Switzer

Nadim is a third year student specializing in International Relations, and minoring in Political science and Middle Eastern studies, He is also a graduate of the Trinity One International Relations program. Nadim is interested in several fields related to international relations specifically conflict resolution and transitional justice. He has worked with several local and regional NGO’s, including the International Center for Transitional Justice, as well as Oxfam whereby his work was focused on women’s access to justice in the Middle East this summer.

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Angela Hou

Michael Switzer

Angela is a second year student pursuing a double major in International Relations and Ethics, Society, and Law. She is currently as a research analyst in CCR2P's Undergraduate Research Division, serving her second year with CCRAngela is a second year student pursuing a double major in International Relations and Ethics, Society, and Law. She is currently as a research analyst in CCR2P's Undergraduate Research Division, serving her second year with CCR2P after being an analyst in the English division of CCR2Plive. Outside of CCR2P, Angela is an avid Model United Nations enthusiast and debater.2P after being an analyst in the English division of CCR2Plive. Outside of CCR2P, Angela is an avid Model United Nations enthusiast and debater.

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Co-Founder & Executive Director

Elliot J. Gunn

Tina Jiwon Park 

executive.director@ccr2p.org

Tina J. Park is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for R2P and oversees various strategic and operational aspects of the Centre. Tina has advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the 127th Assembly in Quebec City with Dr. Edward Luck, the former UN Secretary-General’s Representative on R2P. She further assisted the IPU at the 128th Assembly in Quito, Ecuador for the adoption of R2P Resolution entitled “The Role of Parliamentarians in Enforcing R2P.” Tina has participated in the civil society consultative process for the the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Report on Responsibility to Protect since 2012 and has participated in the UN General Assembly's annual informal and interactive dialogue on R2P. Tina is a frequent commentator on R2P-related issues and has travelled around the world to advocate for the political implementation of R2P. Tina recently co-authored a book chapter with Victor MacDiamird on the role of private sector in implementing R2P, to be published by Cambridge University Press, 2015. An award-winning scholar, Tina is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation at the  University of Toronto, focusing on a hundred years of history between Canada and Korea. Tina teaches Canadian foreign policy on campus and has served as a Junior Fellow at Massey College and a member of the Governing Council of University of Toronto. (www.tinapark.ca)

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Co-Founder & Managing Director

Elliot J. Gunn

Victor MacDiarmid


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.

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McGill Chapter Lead

Elliot J. Gunn

Nancy Kanwal

Nancy is a final year Political Science and Anthropology student at McGill University. She recently interned at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, where she researched and drafted a paper discussing challenges to humanitarian protection in times of armed conflict. She is excited to continue working on protection issues with CCR2P. 

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Director of Graduate Research & R2P Scholars Network

Elliot J. Gunn

Misha Boutilier

research@ccr2p.org


Misha is the Director of Graduate Research at the Canadian Centre for R2P. He is currently pursuing a J.D. at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Misha holds an Honours B.A. with high distinction in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of the Governor-General’s Silver Medal for graduating with the highest standing in Arts from the University of Toronto. He also received the All Souls Prize from the Department of History for his senior thesis on the roots of the Responsibility to Protect in Canadian foreign policy. Outside of CCR2P, Misha has served as a Junior Fellow with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. He recently traveled to the Caucasus to conduct research on anti-discrimination legislation in Georgia.

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Director of Administration

Elliot J. Gunn

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

admin@ccr2p.org

Nouhaila, from Morocco, came to Canada to pursue studies at the University of Toronto from which she obtained her B.A. in Political Science. Passionate about justice and international human rights, she has completed work in human rights advocacy in various countries including Brazil, Morocco, and Turkey. In light of historical and current atrocities, she has a particular interest in the implementation of R2P as a policy and in mainstreaming human rights and equality in a legal capacity. Nouhaila held the position of Supervisor at the University of Toronto Development Fund prior to joining CCR2P as Director of Administration. Nouhaila is also multilingual with fluency in English, French, and Arabic, and intermediate proficiency in Spanish. 

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Director of Media Relations

Elliot J. Gunn

Kelsey Wiseman 

communications@ccr2p.org

Kelsey is a third-year student at Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She recently graduated from the Margaret Macmillan Trinity One Program in International Relations, and she is currently double-majoring in History and Ethics, Society, & Law with a minor in American Studies. An aspiring national security lawyer, Kelsey is particularly interested in the legal dimensions of R2P. Kelsey is fully bilingual in English and French and looks forward to engaging with you in both languages via the Centre’s various social media. 

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Director of Communications

Michael Switzer

Luke White

Luke is an MA candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Luke completed his undergraduate at the University of Dublin, Trinity College where he specialized in International Relations and African Politics. He has worked as a policy analyst at the Irish NGO - SPIRASI. Luke is interested in post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding. He has published in the 'Social and Political Review' on peace in Northern Ireland. 

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Director of Outreach & Recruitment

Elliot J. Gunn

Michael Switzer

Michael is going into his Third year as a student at Trinity college of the University of Toronto and is 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 considerations within R2P. Having grown up in Egypt, Michael has experienced first-hand the sheer magnitude of instability in the Middle East and is acutely aware of how vital the efforts of the international world are in ensuring lasting regional stability. He is very much looking forward to advancing the scope of public discourse on R2P by serving as the Centre’s director of Outreach and Recruitment.

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Director of Publications

Michael Switzer

Anthony Burton

Anthony is the Director of Publications at the Canadian Centre for the R2P. A journalist and award-winning essayist, he has published works all across the city of Toronto and is one of the former Editors-in-Chief of the Strand, Victoria College’s student newspaper. He is also the Vice President of the Canadian University Press, a co-operative of student newspapers across Canada dedicated to building and supporting the collective voice of the student press. A 5th year student at Victoria College in the University of Toronto majoring in Philosophy and English Literature, his academic writing has focused on authoritarianism, conceptions of community, political philosophy, and social justice. He is passionate about the potential of the media to bridge knowledge gaps, bring communities together, and spur social change.

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