Borovoy Conference

Former CCLA General Counsel, Order of Canada Office, and life-long activist Alan Borovoy contributed creativity, eloquence, and unstoppable force of will in the pursuit of social justice in Canada. For 40+ years, Alan grappled with Canada’s most pressing social issues, from the marginalization of Indigenous people, to police misconduct, to attacks on free speech.

For over 20 years, the CCLA/CCLET’s Borovoy Conference have immersed youth in explorations of concepts former CCLA General Counsel Alan Borovoy held dear — rights, freedoms, and critical thinking. Each conference feature a diversity of speakers including legal and Charter of Rights and Freedoms experts, community leaders, and activists, and cover cutting edge civil liberties and equality issues.

Participating students come away with sound understandings of balancing competing rights, countering injustice, and advocacy strategies. They will have also met and spoken with the people making positive social change and holding up the civil liberties barriers in their communities and across the country.

Offered in Toronto each year and in other provinces as per demand and opportunity.

CCLET is able to go to provinces outside Ontario thanks to the generosity of longtime supporter and partner of Alan Borovoy, Myra Merkur.

upcoming conference

Winnipeg – Robson Hall Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Thursday, May 9, 2019

Calling Winnipeg High School Students!

On May 9, 2019, CCLET is collaborating with the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, Robson Hall Faculty of Law’s Community Outreach Committee, and CanU to present the first Winnipeg Borovoy Conference!

We invite Winnipeg grade 11 and 12 students and their teachers to spend a day deep-diving into conversations with lawyers and activists on rights, freedoms, equality, and about making positive social change. In Winnipeg, students also get to be at law school for the day — we are kindly being hosted by Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.

Speakers include:

  • Sadie Phoenix Lavoie, Red Rising Magazine
  • Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel, CCLA
  • Anishnaabe Elder Fred Kelly
  • Adikheir Ahmed, Director, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg
  • Chantell Barker, Director of Justice and Law, First Nation Justice Strategy, Southern Chiefs Organizations Inc
  • Jordyn Sheldon, Education Coordinator, Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties
  • Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Director, Equality Program, CCLA

Session topics include:

  • Freedom of expression and hate speech
  • Privacy rights
  • LGBTQ+ rights
  • Refugee and immigration rights
  • Criminalization of Indigenous people
  • Conflict of freedoms
  • Religious freedoms
  • Youth activism


  • Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • 150 tickets, filled on a first-come, first served basis
  • University of Manitoba Robson Hall Faculty of Law
  • Students must be accompanied by teachers.
  • Free! Light lunch included (vegetarian option)
  • Sign in at Robson Hall starts at 8:30 – 9:00 am and the conference ends at 3:00 pm


Register here