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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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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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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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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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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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Chantal Bernier

Bernier ChantalChantal Bernier is National Leader of the Privacy and Privacy Group at Dentons Canada LLP. She joined Dentons on October 6, 2014 after 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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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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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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Julianne Dunbar

Julianne DunbarMs. Julianne Dunbar is the General Counsel of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC).  She has been a member of the MPCC’s legal team since 2001. She manages the Operations Section which is comprised of lawyers, the Registry staff, investigators and support staff. Ms. Dunbar oversees conduct complaint reviews/ investigations, interference investigations and public interest investigations and hearings such as the past Afghanistan Public Interest Hearing. Ms. Dunbar practices administrative, criminal, military and police ethics 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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Owen M. Rees

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Owen has extensive experience before all levels of courts in Ontario, the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Canada, and administrative tribunals. He represents companies, individuals, and public authorities. He has been recognized as leading lawyer by Lexpert in Public Law Litigation, and as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Administrative and Public Law, and Appellate Practice. 

In regulatory and public law litigation, Owen acts as counsel before administrative tribunals and on appeals and judicial reviews. He has particular expertise in professional regulation, regulatory investigations and prosecutions, human rights, and constitutional law. Owen has advised and represented a broad range of federal and provincial public authorities on public law matters.

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Susan Beaubien

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Susan has been practicing intellectual property law for over 27 years. Her practice focuses on the procurement and enforcement of all types of intellectual property, including: counseling and opinions with respect to validity and infringement of patents, trademarks, industrial designs and trade-secrets; trademark opposition and expungement proceedings; as well as the drafting and prosecution of patent, trademark and industrial design applications. As a litigator with considerable experience dealing with intellectual property disputes (including pharmaceutical patent litigation), Susan has been lead counsel on many reported decisions before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, many of which stand as significant precedents. She also appears before the Trademarks Opposition Board and the Patent Appeal Board. Finally, Susan has particular interest and experience with pharmaceutical regulatory and related administrative law. 

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Stephen A. Pike

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A partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, Stephen A. Pike is a senior legal adviser to global and Canadian businesses, primarily in the retail, consumer products and consumer services sectors. 

Stephen provides advice on corporate governance, CSR, transactional, operational, investment and risk management issues, including M&A, supply chain, regulatory compliance, financing, product distribution, logistics, advertising and marketing, licensing, manufacturing, and corporate law matters.

He regularly advises businesses and investors entering the Canadian market on setting up new operations in Canada, acquiring a Canadian business, bringing new products to the Canadian market and making new investments in Canada.

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