|Nathalie Des Rosiers - General CounselNathalie Des Rosiers has been General Counsel of Canadian Civil Liberties Association since July 1, 2009. She was previously Interim Vice-President (Governance), University of Ottawa (2008-2009), Dean of the Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa from 2004 to 2008 and President of the Law Commission of Canada from 2000 to 2004. She obtained an LL.B. from Université de Montréal and an LL.M. from Harvard University, and received an honourary doctorate from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004. In 2012, she received an honorary doctorate from U.C.L. (Université de Louvain, Belgique). She is a member of the Québec Bar and of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Full Professor at University of Ottawa and was a member of the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. Nathalie Des Rosiers served as law clerk to Supreme Court of Canada Justice Julien Chouinard and worked in private practice.She was named one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers in 2011 and in 2012 by the Canadian Lawyers Magazine; One of Canada’s 10 Nation Builders in 2010 by the Globe & Mail; she received the Order of Ontario in 2012; the Médaille de l’Université Paris X in 2007; the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) Partnership Award in 2004; the Medal of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1999; and the Order of Merit from AJEFO in 2000.
She is the past President of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, of the Canadian Council of Law Deans, of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO), and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario and was also a member of the Ontario Environmental Appeal Board and a member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission.
Sample Speeches and presentations:
Anti-Semitism Conference, Nov. 2010: Responsiblity for Freedom
David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights: An Updated Rationale for Interventions in Public Law Litigation
Nathalie Des Rosiers est avocate générale de l’Association canadienne des libertés civiles depuis juillet 2009. Auparavant, elle était vice-présidente intérimaire à la gouvernance à l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle a été la doyenne de la Faculté de droit, section de droit civil de l’Université d’Ottawa de 2004 à 2008 et présidente de la Commission du droit du Canada de 2000 à 2004. Elle détient une licence en droit de l’Université de Montréal et une maîtrise en droit de Harvard University. Elle est membre des Barreaux du Haut Canada et du Québec.
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|Cara Faith Zwibel - Director, Fundamental Freedoms ProgramCara Faith Zwibel joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in April 2010. She is currently Director of the CCLA’s Fundamental Freedoms Program.Cara graduated from McGill University in 2001 with an Honours degree in Political Science. She received her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004, and articled as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004-2005, before being called to the Ontario bar in 2005. Cara also received her Master of Laws degree from New York University, where she was an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar. Prior to joining the CCLA, Cara worked as an Associate at a large national law firm, practicing in the areas of public law, health law and commercial litigation. She has experience representing clients at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals, and has co-authored published articles on the rule of law in the Supreme Court of Canada and on Charteradvocacy. Her work with the CCLA involves providing legal opinions and research, coordinating interventions before the courts, preparing submissions to legislative bodies and assisting with the CCLA and CCLET’s public education work.
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|Abby Deshman - Director, Public Safety ProgramAbby first joined the CCLA in July 2008 as the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Pro-Bono Articling Fellow and stayed on through 2009 and part of 2010 as the Project Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Project. She graduated from the University of Toronto Law School with an Hons JD in 2008, and obtained an LLM from New York University in 2010. She is currently involved in all aspects of CCLA’s advocacy and educational programs, including the litigation, legislative advocacy, policy work, and civil liberties workshops for high school and university students.Abby has always been very active in the areas of social justice and human rights. Prior to joining the CCLA she worked with numerous local and international non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations High Council for Refugees in Kenya and Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism/Counterterrorism division in New York. During law school, she spent a term representing family, immigration and criminal law clients at Downtown Legal Services, the University of Toronto’s poverty law clinic. She was also a case worker in the law school’s International Human Rights Clinic, where she worked primarily on international human rights and counterterrorism issues, including the Clinic’s intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Khadr case.
Her previous work has also taken her to Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Belize and Peru. Although she loves Toronto, she is concerned about the lack of sun available during Canadian winters, and is therefore constantly on the lookout for inexpensive flights to combat incipient vitamin D deficiencies.
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|Noa Mendelsohn Aviv - Director, Equality ProgramNoa Mendelsohn Aviv joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in 2002. As Director of CCLA’s Equality Program, Noa works on such issues as protections for migrants and refugees; healthcare; LGBTQ rights; race and gender issues; mental health and prisons; and generally the rights of persons who are marginalized or disadvantaged. Noa has also served as CCLA’s Freedom of Expression Project Director, and dealt extensively with free speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. In the effort to promote and protect rights and freedoms in Canada, Noa has been involved with numerous CCLA interventions in the courts – including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has made submissions to various governmental, legislative and public bodies. She has also addressed various groups and has spoken out frequently in the media. In addition, Noa is an integral member of CCLET’s public education project, engaging students at schools and faculties of education in discussions on the challenges of civil liberties.Before joining the CCLA, Noa volunteered and worked at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and was involved in some leading civil rights cases. Concurrent with her graduate legal studies, she spent several years as a lawyer in a small firm. Her practice areas included litigation, labour, commercial, and corporate law. Noa has also served as Acting Administrative Director of Hebrew University’s Center for Human Rights, and as Field Coordinator for a large research project on eating disorders in women.Noa earned her law degree (LL.B.) and Masters of Law (LL.M.) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, where she focused on equality, civil rights, and certain interdisciplinary studies. She was called to the Israeli Bar in May 1998. She received her B.A. (with Distinction) in sociology from York University in Toronto. In her free time, Noa enjoys reading, hiking in leafy spots, and spending time on beaches with her family. She is thrilled to have three young children who are already strong and vocal advocates for their rights.
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|Danielle S. McLaughlin - Director of Education and AdministrationHaving spent her youth involved with social activism, Danielle joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust in 1988. Since that time, Danielle developed the CCLET programs “Teaching Civil Liberties” and “Civil Liberties in the Schools.”Her publications in Education Canada include “The King of Denmark and the Naked Mole Rat: Teaching Critical Thinking for Social Justice” Vol. 52.1 (Winter 2012): 6 – 9; “Talking to Strangers: Making Distinctions,” Vol. 46.4 (Fall 2006): 31; and “Cultivating the Habits of Democracy: Asking the Hard Questions,” Vol. 45.1 (Winter 2005): 33-35.Since 1996, CCLET’s “Teaching Civil Liberties” and in-schools programs have been supported by grants from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The programs reach many thousands of school-aged students, teachers, and teacher-candidates at Ontario’s faculties of education. Teacher-candidate workshops and seminars deal with the competing rights and controversial issues that every teacher is likely to face once in the classroom. At each interactive workshop, participants are instructed to “Avoid Consensus!”Between 1997 and 2001, Danielle represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association on the Toronto Police Services Board sub-committee on Race Relations. In 2010, she was named 2010-2011 Law Foundation of Ontario Community Leadership in Justice Fellow which took her to the University of Windsor, Faculty of Education to work on projects regarding Teaching Critical Thinking for Social Justice. Danielle is co-author, with her son Reuben McLaughlin, of the That’s Not Fair! series of civil liberties stories for children.
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|Sukanya Pillay - Director, National Security ProgramSukanya Pillay is Director of the National Security Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and an international human rights lawyer. She has law degrees from New York University School of Law and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor. She was a professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law; in-house legal counsel for Hutchison Telecommunications in India; Director of the Law & Human Rights Program at TVE International New York office; and Program Director of Witness with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in New York . She clerked at the Ontario Court of Justice, was seconded to work with the Honourable Justice Robert Blair on the First Civil Justice Review, and worked in Toronto at one of Canada’s leading law firms. She has made dozens of missions to conflict zones worldwide in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East; appeared before UN treaty bodies and Canadian courts on human rights issues; and has represented clients or presented expert evidence before administrative and judicial bodies in the US, India, Canada, and Europe. She has won research awards, published in academic journals, and made documentary films on issues regarding the rights of vulnerable groups and victims of human rights abuses.email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dora Chan - Administrative CoordinatorDora joined the administrative staff of CCLA part time in September 2010, and full time April 2012. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 with a BA in political science and history.email address: email@example.com|
|April Julian - Education CoordinatorAn Ontario Certified Teacher, April Julian joined the ranks of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust in 2009 as the organization’s Education Coordinator. Reaching out to students as young as 6 years old, newcomers to Canada, youth in custody, and members of Ontario’s Public Order Unit, April travels across Ontario, conducting workshops and seminars where she encourages participants to think critically about their rights and freedoms and understand the importance of civil liberties. In addition to her speaking engagements, April develops educational resources and supports various initiatives to extend the outreach of CCLET programs and projects in Canada and beyond.Prior to joining the CCLET, April worked as a Project Manager at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, developing an online learning tool to teach about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In her spare time April enjoys transforming humble ingredients into edible works of confectionary art and travelling the world in search of good eats.email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Amy Slotek – Articling FellowAmy joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in August 2012 as a Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellow. Prior to commencing at the CCLA, Amy worked at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as a program officer focusing on combating hate crimes and discrimination. Amy completed a B.A. in International Development Studies at McGill University in 2001 and a J.D. at the University of Windsor in 2010, where she was heavily involved in the clinical program. Her clinical experiences include working as a student leader at the University of Windsor Mediation Services, completing a term as a student caseworker at the Legal Assistance of Windsor and acting as the 2009-2010 Student Director of the Law Enforcement Accountability Project.Prior to law school, Amy co-founded the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Refugee Legal Aid Program in Istanbul, Turkey and spent four years working with the organization as a Legal Advisor. In 2008, she returned to Turkey to conduct research on the experiences of LGBT asylum seekers throughout the country. She is an avid kayaker, biker and swimmer and loves to travel, preferably by boat.
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|Anne Lee - Administrative AssistantAnne Lee joined the CCLA in February of 2010. As Administrative Assistant, Anne is the administrative support to the office staff, executive and board and assists in other office management.email address:firstname.lastname@example.org
|A. Alan Borovoy - General Counsel, EmeritusAlan Borovoy was General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association from May, 1968 until June, 2009. Prior to coming to CCLA, Alan worked with other human rights and civil liberties organizations such as the National Committee for Human Rights of the Canadian Labour Congress, the Ontario Labour Committee for Human Rights, and the Toronto & District Labour Committee for Human Rights.As General Counsel of CCLA, Alan made presentations to public inquiries and gave testimony before parliamentary committees on issues such as mandatory drug-testing in the workplace, wiretapping, and police race-relations. His community organizing activities included delegations to the federal and provincial governments on issues of capital punishment, religious education in the public schools, the War Measures Act, campus speech codes, and national security and intelligence.In addition to his work as General Counsel, Alan was a fortnightly columnist for the Toronto Star from 1992-1996. Other media work included appearances on many public affairs programs, and on open-line television and radio programs. He is published widely across Canada, and is the author of The New Anti-Liberals, Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator and When Freedoms Collide: The Case for Our Civil Liberties, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 1988. He has also given lectures and public addresses to students, human rights organizations, and policing agencies in Canada and abroad.Alan has been a visiting professor at the faculties of law at Dalhousie University and the University of Windsor, and a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work and York University’s political science department.Alan received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1953, and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1956. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1958. He has also received four Honourary Doctor of Laws Degrees, the Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1989, an Award of Merit from the City of Toronto in 1982, and was inscribed in the Honour Roll of the aboriginal people of Treaty Number 3 in 1991. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982.|