Ms. Aiken teaches international refugee law, international human rights law, immigration law, and administrative law in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University. A past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees, Ms. Aiken currently serves as co-chair of its Legal Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. Ms. Aiken has practiced immigration and refugee law with legal aid clinics in Toronto and in private practice. Her early formative experiences include a year as coordinator of a legal literacy project in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and several years as field staff with Canada World Youth.
Pearl Eliadis is a lawyer based in Montreal. Her law practice focuses on human rights, national institutions and democratic governance. Ms. Eliadis has been retained by the UN, European Union, and several NGOs on a wide range of human rights issues, and has worked in Central and East Africa and throughout Asia. She teaches Civil Liberties at McGill’s Faculty of Law and she is affiliated with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Her latest book, Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada’s Human Rights System, won the Huguenot Society of Canada Award in 2015. Ms. Eliadis was appointed President of the Quebec Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee in 2013. She has a long history of engagement with human rights and community organizations, and has received several awards for her work.
An independent consultant, specializing in public policy advocacy, evaluation and strategic planning, Ms. Christie has worked previously with several Canadian-based NGOs that specialize in international development cooperation and policy advocacy in the inter-governmental arena, including ten years each at InterPares and RAFI (now the ETC Group) and two years as Executive Director of Canada’s Voluntary Sector Forum. Her particular interest is the role of civil society in healthy democracies and of citizens’ organizations in the formulation of public policy. Ms. Christie has served on the boards of numerous groups.
As Senior Staff Accountant and I.T. Manager for Logan Katz LLP Chartered Accountants, Mr. Glenn provides personal and corporate taxation and compliance preparation as well as litigation support and support for Revenue Canada audits. He has 10 years of experience in auditing for non-profits and charities, with seven as an audit senior. A regular volunteer with tax clinics for low income individuals and families and with adult continuing education projects, Mr. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours focused on accounting from Lakehead University.
David Lee has led and facilitated local economic development, business planning and organizational change initiatives across the corporate, government and non-profit sectors over the last 15 years. He is committed to supporting social equity and inclusion through his work as a consultant, working as a consultant and advisor to non-profits, social enterprises and community-based initiatives. Mr. Lee has an MBA from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing accreditation with the Partnership Brokers Association.
Mr. Neve has been involved with Amnesty International for over twenty years, and Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada since 2000. His work with Amnesty has taken him on research missions to Chad, Tanzania, Guinea, Mexico, Burundi, Columbia, Honduras, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Grassy Narrows, Canada. Mr. Neve has appeared before several UN human rights bodies and Canadian Parliamentary Committees. He has taught international human rights and refugee law at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a frequent commentator on human rights issues. Mr. Neve was appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2007.
Ms. Stephenson has spent more than 15 years in impact and socially responsible investing having had key roles at the socially responsible investment firms Sustainalytics and NEI Investments, and in her current role anchoring the Western Canadian practice of the impact investment advisory firm Purpose Capital. Prior to entering the investment field, she worked in politics, government and the non-profit sector. Her core expertise is in the oversight of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk evaluation and mitigation, and she is a frequent speaker and author on these issues. She brings to CCIJ over two decades of board experience.
Ms.Wittman has worked in a variety of legal and policy roles in Canada and internationally. She has managed and contributed to human rights and rule of law programs in post-conflict and transition societies in the Balkans and Asia. Her most recent role in Canada involved assisting institutional investors to integrate environmental, social and governance issues, including human rights concerns, into their investment management process. Her particular area of interest is the human rights responsibilities of corporations. She has an LL.B from the University of Alberta, an MSc (Global Politics) from the London School of Economics.