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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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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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Bradford Morse - VP British Columbia

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Bradford Morse is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, BC, ,after serving as its Dean from 2015-19. He was previously Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Waikato, New Zealand from September 2009 until December 2014 ad P/T Professor of Law from 2015-2021, where he is now an Honorary Professor of Law. He was also a law professor at the University of Ottawa from 1976 – 2013, where he is now a professor emeritus. During his career, he has served as legal counsel to a number of First Nations and Indigenous associations, a direct participant in the development of the Constitution Act, 1982, as well as the subsequent First Nations Conferences and Charlottetown Accord process. He has been an advisor to the Australian and Canadian Law Reform Commissions, the Aboriginal Development Commission of Australia and the Waitangi Tribunal as well as Director of Research and Planning for the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba,  Chief of Staff to the Hon. Ronald A. Irwin, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada from 1993-97 and an advisor to the Triuth and Reconciliation Commission. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and a Director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the Vancouver International Arbitration Centre.

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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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Julianne Dunbar

Julianne DunbarMs. Julianne Dunbar is the Senior General Counsel & Director General of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC). She has been a member of the MPCC’s legal team since 2001, first as Legal Counsel, then as Senior Counsel in 2006, and General Counsel in July 2007. In 2017, Ms. Dunbar was appointed as the MPCC’s Senior General Counsel and Director General. She has overall management responsibilities of the MPCC, which includes Operations and Corporate Services. In this capacity, Ms. Dunbar oversees the planning, implementation and delivery of the core business programs, framework, directives, guidelines and services for the MPCC. She oversees conduct complaint reviews/investigations, interference investigations and public interest investigations and hearings, as well as has overall management responsibility for Corporate Services and the provision of Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Strategic Planning and Administrative Services and Strategic Communications. Ms. Dunbar practices administrative, criminal, military and police ethics law.

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Stephen A. Pike

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Stephen A. Pike is a Toronto-based Partner at the Gowling WLG law firm and is Co-Leader of the firm’s Canadian ESG Advisory Services practice. Stephen advises Canadian, American and global businesses on corporate law and governance, ESG, transactional, operational and risk management issues. He also regularly advises businesses outside Canada on expansion into Canada.

He writes and speaks frequently on ESG issues including ESG and the role of the Board of Directors, and how businesses can address the risk of forced labour and child labour in their supply chains. In March 2022, Stephen appeared as a Witness before the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights to give evidence regarding Bill S-211 Canada's proposed Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act. In late 2021, Stephen addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group to End Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

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Monette Maillet

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Ms Monette Maillet is the Executive Director and General Counsel at the Office of the Correctional Investigator.

Ms Maillet received her B.A. in Criminology from the University of New Brunswick in 1987, and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1990. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1991. In 2001 Ms Maillet joined the Canadian Human Rights Commission as a litigator and thereafter held a variety of positions such as Director of Legal Services, Director General (DG) of Policy, Research and International, DG of the Complaints Services branch, and Deputy Executive Director and Senior General Counsel. She has appeared numerous times as a witness before committees of Parliament and of the Senate on various human rights issues. Prior to joining the CHRC, Ms Maillet practiced law in Alberta for over 10 years as a civil litigator.

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David Antonyshyn

David Antonyshyn

In November 2018, David Antonyshyn became one of the two Deputy Directors of Public Prosecutions with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC), which is responsible to prosecute cases under federal jurisdiction across Canada and to provide legal advice and assistance to law enforcement.

He previously served for 28 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, the last 20 of which in a number of positions within the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), the legal adviser to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence in matters of military law. Prior to retiring from the Forces with the rank of colonel, he was the Deputy JAG leading the legal division assisting the JAG in superintending the administration of military justice in Canada and ensuring its responsible development within the broader Canadian justice system.

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Robert Currie

law_faculty_robert_currieProfessor Currie is a specialist in the area of international and transnational criminal law, and he teaches a seminar course in this subject. His 2010 book, International and Transnational Criminal Law,was shortlisted for the Walter Owen Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Literature in 2011. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and comments in this field and his work is regularly cited by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.