Sukanya Pillay, formerly Executive Director and General Counsel of the CCLA, has resigned effective June 30, 2017 to relocate to Windsor with her family. We thank Sukanya for her many valuable contributions to the CCLA over many years and wish her well.
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv
Acting Executive Director
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv joined CCLA in 2002 as a legal researcher. Since 2005 she has directed CCLA’s Expression and Equality programs. Noa has been published, made submissions, appearances and presentations, and advocated on such issues as refugee protection, LGBTQ rights, racial profiling, freedom of expression and religion, and the intersectionality of rights, in particular religious freedom and equality. Noa has coordinated many CCLA interventions in a variety of Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and human rights tribunals; appeared before Parliamentary and provincial legislative committees, governmental and public bodies; and provided written submissions. She has also appeared on panels, at conferences, in press interviews, and provided guest workshops and lessons through CCLET’s public education project. In addition, Noa manages CCLA’s law student volunteer programs.
Noa has an LL.B. and LL.M. from the Hebrew University in Israel, and a B.A. (with distinction) from York University. She completed her legal articles at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and was called to the Israeli Bar in 1998. She worked for a few years as an associate at a private law firm in Jerusalem, practicing litigation, labour, commercial, and corporate law. Noa has also served as Field Coordinator for a large research project on eating disorders in women, and as Acting Administrative Director of Hebrew University Law Faculty’s Center for Human Rights.
Cara Faith Zwibel
Acting General Counsel
Cara Faith Zwibel joined CCLA in 2009 as Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program. She graduated from McGill University in 2001 with an Honours degree in Political Science and received her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004. She articled as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada before being called to the Ontario bar in 2005. Cara also received her Master of Laws degree from New York University, as an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar. Prior to joining CCLA, Cara was an Associate at a national law firm, practicing public law, health law and commercial litigation. She has experience representing clients at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals, and has authored and co-authored published articles on constitutional law. Her work with CCLA involves providing legal opinions and research, coordinating interventions and representing CCLA before the courts, preparing submissions to legislative bodies and assisting with the CCLET’s public education work.
Director, Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project
Brenda McPhail joined CCLA in 2013 as coordinator for the Pathways to Privacy Conference, organised with partners at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the University of Sherbrooke and funded by a grant from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In 2014-15 she co-coordinated CCLA’s CIRA-funded TalkRights web portal project, creating accessible information on civil liberties and rights. Brenda became Director of the Privacy, Technology, and Surveillance Project in 2015, and works on a range of privacy initiatives and topics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Information in 2013, and holds Master’s degrees in Information Studies and English, and a B.A. in English. In her peer-reviewed, published work and at international conferences, she has explored do-it-yourself approaches to privacy protective identification, privacy risks of RFID-enhanced driver’s licenses, identity performance in government service interactions, Canadian ePassport development, attitudes to video surveillance, and privacy issues inherent in connected cars. PGP Public Key
Director of Education
April Julian joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust in 2009. She became Deputy Director of Education in 2014, and Director in 2016. She is responsible for coordinating and delivering CCLET’s various education initiatives in Ontario and beyond. In conjunction with her colleagues at CCLA/CCLET, April delivers civil liberties workshops and programming to various audiences of approximately 10,000 learners per year – including elementary and high school students, pre-service and in-service teachers, newcomers to Canada, and youth in custody. As an Ontario Certified Teacher, April also develops educational resources that encourage learners of all ages to gain a deeper understanding of their rights and freedoms and think critically about balancing competing interests in a democracy. These resources are publicly accessible on the CCLA website.
Rob De Luca
Director, Public Safety Program
Rob began working at the CCLA as a fellow (2014 – 2015) and rejoined the organization as a staff lawyer in 2016. He now leads the organization's Public Safety program. Rob coordinates interventions in Canadian courts and tribunals, appears before and provides submissions to public bodies, supervises CCLA’s public enquiries program, and assists with CCLET’s public education work. Rob is called to the bar of Ontario and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from the University of Alberta.
Director of Administration
Rayna Fletcher joined Canadian Civil Liberties Association in June 2014 as Director of Administration. Throughout her career Rayna has worked extensively in the public and private sectors, and is excited to be back in the non-profit world after an extended period working in a corporation. Rayna works closely with the General Counsel and Executive Director and her work with CCLA involves the day to day management of the organization, its offices, its administrative staff, volunteers, finances and human resources. Rayna is also involved in ongoing development and donor relations for the organisation.
Advocate, National Security Program
Lex conducts advocacy and legal analysis for CCLA on issues of national security. She joined the organization in 2014 as the co-coordinator for CCLA’s TalkRights project, an initiative designed to develop accessible digital civil liberties resources funded by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. She became a researcher to the Privacy, Technology, and Surveillance Project in 2015, supporting CCLA’s efforts to map institutions, practices, and civil liberties impacts of government surveillance in Canada. Lex holds a B.C.L./LL.B. McGill University’s Faculty of Law and a current Research Fellow to the Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. Lex also served as the 2016 Google Policy Fellow to the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and is a former affiliate and researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Caroline joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in 2016 as Program Officer and Executive Assistant. Caroline’s responsibilities include organizing all aspects of the annual gala, coordinating CCLA’s convention of international experts on social protest and civic space, and helping research various social issues in Canada. Caroline received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminology and Communications from the University of Ottawa. As part of her studies, Caroline worked at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, where she was engaged in legal research and in organizing research data to shape the Center’s advocacy campaigns. Caroline’s personal and academic interests include wrongful convictions and police accountability. She is also passionate about urban geography and cityscapes and has photographed graffiti and street art in communities throughout North America and Europe, documenting expressions of belonging and exclusion in public spaces.
Miatta joined the CCLA in 2017 as an Education Coordinator for the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust. Miatta was called to the bar in 2016 and is fortunate to be using her legal training and life experiences to develop accessible, interdisciplinary tools for public legal education. As Education Coordinator, Miatta delivers civil liberties workshops to groups of K-12 students and to pre-service and practicing teachers, develops curriculum on emerging social conflicts, and does research for the CCLET’s education sector field studies. Miatta’s broad outlook on the law and justice was shaped in part by her work as a Research Fellow and Program Assistant of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where she completed her legal studies. Her identity as a lawyer and advocate is also informed by experiences working on everyday poverty law issues, class actions, strategic litigation, court intervention, and law reform initiatives, and with local organizations founded by Indigenous communities, disability advocates, and immigrants and refugees. Miatta is particularly interested in students’ rights and discipline in schools and how rights discourse understands and interacts with individual and group identities.
Education Co-ordinator (on leave)
Emma joined Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust in 2016 as Education Coordinator. Since her call to the bar in 2014, Emma has created and delivered diverse public legal education programs for youth in Ontario. Emma received her Juris Doctor from University of Calgary in 2012, and a undergraduate degree in history and political science from University of Toronto. As Education Coordinator, Emma’s responsibilities include coordinating civil liberties workshops and delivering CCLET’s various education initiatives across Ontario. Prior to joining CCLET, Emma developed an innovative public legal education program for Indigenous youth in Alberta, and also wrote and presented extensively on the subjects of LGBTQ legal issues, youth justice issues, Indigenous law, poverty law and human rights. In conjunction with her colleagues at CCLA/CCLET, Emma encourages people of all ages to gain a deeper understanding of their rights and freedoms.
Project Manager, Remote Rights Project
Cee articled with CCLA in 2016-2017, and has since become Project Manager for CCLET’s Remote Rights Project. As part of the Remote Rights Project, Cee will be consulting with remote, rural, and Indigenous communities across Canada to collaboratively transform CCLET’s successful in-class rights and freedoms workshops into online education resources that will be accessible nationwide. Cee is called to the bar in Ontario. They received their B.C.L./L.L.B. from McGill University, and they hold a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from McGill as well. Cee currently practices criminal law as an associate at Presser Barristers in Toronto, and is a passionate believer in alternatives to prison and more humane systems of criminal justice.
Judy joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in July 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. After undergraduate studies in German and world religions, Judy enjoyed an extensive service focused career: with Air Canada Inflight service; as an owner and operator of coffee franchises at First Canadian Place; and in leading the First Impressions Committee, a service consulting project with George Brown College. Judy has also undertaken volunteer work for her local Toronto City Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, as well as for the Maytree Foundation, and she continues to support the Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University.
Mary started working with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in July 2015 as Financial Coordinator. She is responsible for the company's financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, tax compliance, and various special analyses. She has earned her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) major in Accounting with Honours, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Bachelor of Laws and Letters (LLB) degrees, and obtained her CPA designation in 1989 from the Philippines. Mary has also successfully completed with Honours the certification for payroll practitioner (PCP) with the Canadian Payroll Association. As a Chief Financial Officer for several years in a government corporation in the Philippines, she is responsible for presenting and reporting accurate and timely historical financial information of the company. She is passionate about community and church services where she volunteers with the CRA in filing the tax of low income earners, and with the Holy Cross Parish Church, as mentor and choir member. Raised in Philippines, Mary now lives and calls Toronto home.
A. Alan Borovoy, March 17, 1932 – May 11, 2015
General Counsel, Emeritus
Alan 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 several books, including 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. His memoir, At the Barricades, was published in 2013..
Alan gave lectures and public addresses to students, human rights organizations, and policing agencies in Canada and abroad. He was 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 received four Honorary 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. A. Alan Borovoy was actively involved in CCLA until his passing in May, 2015.