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.
Marc is a seasoned chartered accountant and chartered financial analyst whose career has spanned large public corporations, smaller organizations and, more recently, organizations in the non-profit sector. Focused on innovative solutions and relationship-building with Boards of Directors, Marc has served in increasingly senior executive and financial roles in his career, including at Eacom Timber Corporation, SR Telecom Inc., Quebecor Inc./ Quebecor Media Inc. and BCE Inc./Bell Canada Inc. Throughout, he has brought a “big picture” view with a strong track record in working with executive teams on crafting strategy, developing business plans and delivering results.
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.
Mrs. Giliberti has 35 years of experience assuming senior positions in the federal government. From 2014-2017, she was Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Prior to that, she worked as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister at Service Canada and as Assistant Deputy Minister at the Regions and Programs Branch at Health Canada. Previously, she has spent more than 20 years at Canada’s Department of Justice where she developed extensive expertise in the areas of criminal and family law policy, program development and grants and contribution programs such as criminal and civil legal aid, native court worker programs and several grant and contribution programs to criminal and civil NGO’s. She has seasonally lectured on Criminal Justice Policy and Sociology of Deviance at Carleton University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Arts (Criminology) from the University of Ottawa.