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Paul Champ W Alnoor Gova March20 2017

Paul Champ is a litigation lawyer with a focus on human rights, employment, labour, and public interest law.  Paul has acted as counsel in several important constitutional law cases dealing with fundamental human rights, and has developed a practice in national security law.

In addition to representing trade unions in a wide range of labour relations issues, Paul has acted for individuals in complex employment law matters, including cross-border employment, bankruptcy, and independent contractor relationships.  Paul has particular experience representing federal government employees.  Among Paul’s areas of expertise are issues involving disability and employment.  Paul represents disabled employees seeking accommodation in the workplace and also helps individuals receive income support from disability insurance, workers’ compensation and CPP.

Protection of civil liberties and fundamental human rights are important to Paul as a citizen and a lawyer.  Paul regularly acts as counsel to organizations such as Amnesty International and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and his firm is a partner with the International Justice Network.  Paul has defended the human rights of prisoners in the custody of the Canadian military in Afghanistan, represented Canadians detained and tortured abroad, and appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada v. Khadr.  Paul has also worked on important human rights cases for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. In 2010, Paul was honoured to receive the Reg Robson Award for civil liberties and human rights.

In representing his clients, Paul has appeared before all levels of the Federal and Ontario Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous boards and tribunals, including the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the RCMP Adjudication Board, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Paul writes and speaks on disability issues, labour relations, and international human rights and humanitarian law.  He is frequently invited to make presentations to conferences, organizations and trade unions, including training workshops.  He has also taught the laws of war at Carleton University.

Paul studied law at the University of British Columbia (LLB) and McGill University, and holds a journalism degree from Carleton University (B.J.).  He started his legal career with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice, and later worked with a prominent union-side labour firm in Ottawa as an associate and partner for eight years.

Sunera Thobani W Anushka Nagji March 13 2017

Dr. Sunera Thobani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, at the University of British Columbia. Her scholarship focuses on critical race, post/colonial and feminist theory; globalization, media, citizenship and migration; and Muslim women and the War on Terror.

Her book, Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada, was published by the University of Toronto Press (2007) and States of Race: Critical Race Feminist Theory for the 21st Century (2010) and she has also co-edited Asian Women:Interconnections (2005)

Dr. Thobani served as Director of the Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age (RAGA) Centre at the University of British Columbia (2008-12), where she organized numerous projects on equity, diversity and social justice. She is a founding member of the Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity (RACE), a cross-Canada network that promotes the scholarship and conference of academics of colour and of Indigenous Ancestry.

She was the first woman of colour to serve as President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (N AC) between 1993 and 1996. During that time NAC, along with the Canadian Labour Congress, organized the National Women’s March Against Poverty.

Micheal Vonn BCCLA W Anushka Nagji Feb20 2017

Micheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Policy Director of the BCCLA since 2004. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies where she has taught civil liberties and information ethics. She is a regular guest instructor for UBC’s College of Health Disciplines Interdisciplinary Elective in HIV/AIDS Care. She has been honoured for her work in HIV/AIDS with both an AccolAIDS Award and a Red Ribbon Award, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Keith Sacré Library Champion Award for support, guidance and assistance given to the BC library community. Her publication credits include the Birkbeck Law Review, Surveillance and Society, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, and Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. Ms. Vonn is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics including privacy, national security, policing, surveillance and free speech. She is currently a collaborator on Big Data Surveillance, a multi-year research projected lead by Queens University.  She is an Advisory Board Member of Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression and an Advisory Board Member of Privacy International.

Sukanya Pillay Canadian Civil Liberties Association W Anushka Nagji Jan 12 2017

Sukanya Pillay is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education Trust. Sukanya directs the organization’s litigation, advocacy, policy, and public engagement strategies to protect rights, liberty, and justice for all persons in Canada. Sukanya initially joined CCLA to advance the organization’s work on national security and counter-terrorism.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Tom Henheffer Canadian Journalistst for Free Expression (CJFE) W Alnoor Gova Feb3 2017

Tom Henheffer is the Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, an organization that’s been protecting the right to free expression in Canada and around the world for more than 30 years. Originally from New Brunswick, he’s an experienced journalist and entrepreneur who’s worked on everything from national news to TIFF to designing and patenting camera equipment. He’s held various roles at Maclean’s, the Toronto Star and other publications around Canada. With a passion for press freedom, digital rights and the public’s right to know, Tom is dedicated to improving the free expression rights of all Canadians and to amplifying the voices of those speaking truth to power.
Canadian Journalistst for Free Expression have organzied a  National Day of Action on Surveillance, Bill C-51 and Press Freedom on Saturday, February 25, 2017.