Payam Akhavan

Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Payam Akhavan SJD (Harvard) is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at McGill University. He was previously Senior Fellow at Yale Law School and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. Among his numerous publications, his article “Beyond Impunity” in the American Journal of International Law (2001), was selected by the International Library of Law and Legal Theory as one of “the most significant published journal essays in contemporary legal studies.”  Professor Akhavan was the first Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague and also served with the United Nations in Bosnia, Cambodia, East Timor, Guatemala, and Rwanda. He has appeared as counsel in leading cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He is Founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre and his pioneering role in promoting non-violent resistance in the Middle-East has been featured in the New York Times and Maclean’s magazine. In 2005, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Louise Arbour

President and CEO, International Crisis Group and former Supreme Court of Canada Justice

Louise Arbour is the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for Ontario and a former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She has, since July 2009, served as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, and a member of the National Order of Quebec.

Ian Brodie

Strategic Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank and former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada

As a former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Ian Brodie helped formulate the broad strategic direction of the Government of Canada from 2005-2008. Prior to this, he was the first Executive Director of the Conservative Party following the amalgamation of the Canadian Alliance and the PC Party. He is currently serving as Strategic Advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, an international financial institution and the largest source of multilateral development finance for Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, he works with Hill & Knowlton Canada, providing strategic advice to national and international clients on the positioning of their critical issues in a dynamic and complex public environment. @irbrodie

Eugénie Brouillet

Professor, Faculty of Law, Laval University

Eugénie Brouillet is a lawyer and Associate Professor at Laval University’s Faculty of Law, where she also acts as Vice Dean for undergraduate programs. Her main research areas are constitutional law, focusing on multi-national federalism in a Canadian and comparative context, and the protection of human rights and freedoms. She is the author of a book about Québec’s cultural identity within Canadian federalism, La négation de la nation. L’identité culturelle québécoise et le fédéralisme canadien (Septentrion, 2005), for which she was awarded the Richard Arès Prize in 2006 and the second Prize of the Speaker of the National Assembly in 2006. She has also written several articles, and co-authored the constitutional law treatise Droit constitutionnel (with Henri Brun and Guy Tremblay, 5th edition, Yvon Blais, 2008). Eugénie Brouillet is a member of the research group on pluri-national societies (Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales – GRSP) and vice-chair of the Québec constitutional law association (Association québécoise de droit constitutionnel – AQDC).

Michael Byers

Professor, University of British Columbia

Michael Byers holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia. His work focuses on issues of Arctic sovereignty, climate change, the law of the sea, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. He holds major research grants from ArcticNet and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Byers has been a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Professor of Law at Duke University. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the universities of Cape Town and Tel Aviv. Dr. Byers is the author of the national bestseller Intent for a Nation and, most recently, Who Owns the Arctic? He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Ottawa Citizen.

David Cameron

Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

David Cameron is Professor of Political Science, and is renowned for his significant career in public service at both federal and provincial levels of government. Professor Cameron’s interests include Canadian government and politics, questions of federalism and Quebec nationalism, ethno-cultural relations, and the politics and constitution-making of emerging federal countries such as Sri Lanka and Iraq. His books reflect his extensive interests, and include Self-Determination and the Quebec Question, Taking Stock: Canadian Studies in the 90′s and The Referendum Papers: Essays on Secession and National Unity (ed.). Professor Cameron is the winner of the Governor-General’s International Award for Canadian Studies, the University of Toronto’s Ludwick and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, and the University of Toronto’s Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the London School of Economics.

Mel Cappe

Professor at School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Mel Cappe is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance. He teaches in the Masters Program and is Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Public Policy. From 2006-2011 he was President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Prior to that for four years he was High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom. Before that he served as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service in Ottawa. Earlier in his career he held senior economic and policy positions in the Departments of Finance and Industry. He was Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Development, Deputy Minister of Labour and Chairman of the Employment Insurance Commission. He did graduate studies in Economics at the Universities of Western Ontario and Toronto and has honourary doctorates from both. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Alexandre Cloutier

Member, National Assembly of Quebec

Alexandre Cloutier is a Quebec politician and lawyer. He is the current Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. He represents the Parti Québécois. Cloutier holds an a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in constitutional law at the Université de Montréal, a master’s degree in public international law from Cambridge University and he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Constitutional law at Université Laval. He worked at the Supreme Court of Canada as a clerk for Justice Charles Gonthier. A member of the Barreau du Québec since 2002, he was also a lawyer for a year and a lecturer at University of Ottawa. He was also the political aide for former Lac-Saint-Jean MNA and predecessor Stéphan Tremblay in 2006 and the former federal MP for Lac-Saint-Jean-Saguenay in 2000. Cloutier was elected as the riding’s MNA in the 2007 elections in which he defeated the Liberal Party candidate Yves Bolduc. Cloutier was elected as the MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean in march 2007. He was named the PQ’s critic in research and development. A few months later, he became the critic for Canadian intergovernmental affairs. Re-elected in 2008, he was Official Opposition critic for Canadian intergovernmental affairs until August 2010. He is now Official Opposition critic  for international relations, La Francophonie and Aboriginal affairs. www.alexandrecloutier.net @alexcloutier

Martha Hall Findlay

Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and former Member of Parliament


Martha is a former Member of Parliament, and held several senior shadow Cabinet positions: Associate Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Public Works and International Trade. She served on the House of Commons Standing Committees on Finance; Transport; Government Operations, and International Trade. She is now an Executive Fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and has been appointed Chair of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs 2012 Conference.

In 2006, Martha was a candidate for the Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Her “Big Red Bus” campaign was highly praised for substance and intelligence, and became a symbol of energy, renewal, and grassroots engagement in the Liberal Party.Before politics, with credentials in international relations, international law and business, she worked extensively as a lawyer, senior executive and successful entrepreneur both in Canada and internationally. She has also served as director and executive of various community, non-profit and public policy organizations.

She writes regularly on policy and politics, having been published in, among others, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Policy Options Magazine, the journal of the  Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, and regularly online in The Mark News and The Huffington Post (Canada).

Martha is a graduate of the University of Toronto (International Relations) and Osgoode Hall Law School. @MHallFindlay

Bernard Landry

Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal and former Premier of Quebec

Bernard Landry is a Quebec lawyer, teacher, politician, who served as the 28th Premier of Quebec (2001–2003), leader of the Opposition (2003–2005) and leader of the Parti Québécois (2001–2005). He is a member of the National Order of Quebec.

Landry received a degree in law from the Université de Montréal, and a degree in economics and finance from Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. A practising lawyer, he was a partner in the Montreal law firm of Lapointe Rosenstein when he was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec as a member of the Parti Québécois in the 1976 general election.

Throughout his career, he has held roles as Minister of State of Economic Development, Delegate Minister to Exterior Commerce, Minister of International Relations and Exterior Commerce, and Minister of Finance. He has been the Deputy Premier to Jacques Parizeau, Premier of Quebec, and leader of the opposition.

Since September 2005, he has been a professor at UQAM in the business strategy department.

Kenneth McRoberts

Principal of Glendon College, York University

Born in Vancouver, B.C., Kenneth McRoberts attended elementary and secondary school there. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He became Principal of Glendon College, York University, on July 1, 1999 and is now serving a third five-year term. Before his appointment as principal, McRoberts had been Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at York University and had served terms as Director of the Graduate Programme in Political Science and Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies. Also, he had completed a six-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Canadian Studies and is Past-President of the Canadian Political Science Association.

Principal McRoberts has written journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including Quebec politics, Canadian federalism, and constitutional questions.

From 2009 to 2011, he was the President of the Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne. Kenneth McRoberts is the Prix de la francophonie de l’Ontario 2010 Laureate.

Patrick Monahan

Vice President-Academic and Provost, York University, and former Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School

Patrick J. Monahan was appointed Vice-President Academic & Provost of York University on July 1, 2009. Widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading constitutional experts, Professor Monahan served as Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School from 2003 to 2009 and has been a member of Osgoode Hall Law School’s faculty since 1982.

Professor Monahan’s academic career has been combined with activities in both private practice and public law settings. Between 1986 and 1990, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Attorney General and Premier of Ontario, respectively, during which time he played a key role in the negotiation of the 1987 Meech Lake Accord. Professor Monahan has acted as advisor to the federal government as well as a number of provincial governments respecting economic, constitutional and international trade matters. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Power Authority and, from January 2007 to July 2009, served as the Founding Chair of the Law Commission of Ontario.

David Peterson

Chancellor of the University of Toronto and former Premier of Ontario

Mr. Peterson is Chancellor of the University of Toronto, is Senior Counsel and Chairman of the partnership of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where he practices corporate and commercial law. He is a director of a number of public and private companies including Rogers Communications Inc., Franco-Nevada Corporation and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Toronto and studied at the University of Caen, France. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1969 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1980 and was summoned by Her Majesty to the Privy Council in 1992.

In 1975 he was elected as a Member of the Ontario Legislature, and became the leader of the Ontario Liberal party in 1982. He served as Premier of the Province between 1985 and 1990, overseeing a very active period of reform and playing a major role in the country’s constitutional discussions.

In 1994 the government of France appointed him a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France. In 1995 the International Assembly of French-Speaking Parliamentarians presented him with the Ordre de la Pléiade. He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2009.

Douglas Sanderson

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Douglas Sanderson was managing editor of the inaugural edition of the Indigenous Law Journal in 2002 while a student in the JD program. He went on to get his LL.M from Columbia University as a Fulbright scholar. Prof. Sanderson is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and he has been deeply engaged in Aboriginal issues from a policy perspective. From 2004-2007 he was a Senior Advisor to the Government of Ontario, first in the Office of the Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, and later, to the Attorney General. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During this time, he organized the highly successful 2008 Summit on Aboriginal Economic Development with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin. Prof. Sanderson’s research areas include Aboriginal and Constitutional law, as well as private law (primarily property law) and public and private legal theory. His work uses the lens of material culture and property theory to examine the nature of historic injustice to Indigenous peoples and possible avenues for redress.

Hugh Segal

Senator, former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, and former President and CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

Hugh Segal (Conservative, Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds), was appointed to the Senate in August, 2005 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Paul Martin. Prior to that, he served in the public policy and political realms as President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Associate Secretary of Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations, Secretary to the Policy and Priorities Board in Ontario and Legislative Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa.

Senator Segal is the Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism, he is a former Chair and present member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. He headed a NATO parliamentary delegation to Washington and is a former Chair (Calgary 2004) of the annual Canada-UK Colloquium. He was the founding Vice Chair (research) for the Canadian International Council. In the private sector, he is a director of various private and public companies and Senior Research Fellow at the Macmillan LLP law firm of Montreal, Toronto and Calgary.

A University of Ottawa graduate in history, he was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.

Richard Simeon

Professor of Political Science and Law, University of Toronto

Richard Simeon, FRSC, is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Toronto. Professor Simeon’s primary interests and writing have been on Federalism, Public Policy and the Constitution in Canada, together with a larger interest in the interactions between state and society in advanced western nations. He has  written widely and been a frequent contributor to public debates on these matters, and his more recent publications include: Degrees of Difference: Canada and the United States in a Changing World, with Keith Banting and George Hoberg (1997); Political Science and Canadian Federalism: Seven Decades of Scholarly Engagement (2002), Language Matters: How Canadian Voluntary Associations Manage French and English, with David Cameron(2009), Imperfect Democracies: Comparing the Democratic Deficit in Canada and the United States, with Patti Lenard (2011). His current research and writing is focused on federalism and constitutionalism in divided societies, democratic consolidation, and relations among language groups in Canadian Civil Society.

Professor Simeon has been appointed a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Club de Madrid, an international organization of former Heads of State and Government dedicated to democratic transition and consolidation. In 2010, Simeon was awarded the Daniel J. Elazar  Award for a ‘lifetime of distinguished scholarship on federalism and intergovernmental relations’ by the American Political Science Association. Professor Simeon received his BA degree from the University of British Columbia, and his PhD from Yale University.

François Tanguay-Renaud

Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

François Tanguay-Renaud, assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, is currently Acting Director of the Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. He is also Co-Director of York’s Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA) combined program in law and philosophy, as well as one of the creators and administrators of the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership (OLPP). Tanguay-Renaud holds degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University, and studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He was a doctoral fellow of the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture.

His current academic interests span a wide range of subject areas viewed mostly through the lens of analytical legal theory. He is co-editor of Rethinking Criminal Law Theory: New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational, and International Criminal Law (Hart Publishing, 2012) and has published articles in leading journals such as Ethics, Legal Theory, Res Publica, and Criminal Law and Philosophy. @FTanguayRenaud

Brian Tobin

Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and former federal Cabinet minister

As an author, politician and business advisor, Brian Tobin has enjoyed a long and productive career. A Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1996, he was the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the federal cabinet from 1993 to 1996. In 1996 he became Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador (a post he held until 2000), winning two consecutive majority governments and setting an aggressive development agenda. From 1998 -2001 the province’s Gross Domestic Product was one of the fastest growing in Canada.

As an author, Tobin wrote All in Good Time, a memoir about his experience in Canadian politics. He is currently a Senior Business Advisor with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Toronto and a member of the firm’s Public Policy Group.

Luc Turgeon

Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Luc Turgeon is Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto, and his BA and MA from McGill University. His research and publications have focused on social policy, federalism and nationalism in Canada and other OECD countries. His current research project is on the representation of linguistic groups in the federal bureaucracies of Canada, Belgium and Switzerland. He also participated recently on the Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force.

Daniel Turp

Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal

Daniel Turp is professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal since 1982. He lectures in the area of Public International Law, International and Constitutional Human Rights Law and Advanced Constitutional Law. Professor Turp served as member of the House of Commons of Canada for Beauharnois-Salaberry from 1997 to 2000 and was the Bloc Québécois’ critic for Foreign and Intergovernmental Affairs. Professor Turp was elected President of International Relations Committee of the Parti Québécois on February 10th, 2002 and is now member of its National Bureau.

He has published extensively in the areas of international and constitutional law as well on Québec and Canada’s political future. His latest legal and political essays have been published under the titles The Right to Choose : Essays on Québec’s Right to Self-Determination/Le droit de choisir : Essais sur le droit du Québec à disposer de lui-même (2001) and La nation bâillonnée : le plan B ou l’offensive d’Ottawa contre le Québec (2002) (The Muzzled Nation : Plan B or Ottawa’s Offensive against Québec). A list of professor Turp’s publications as well as other biographical information is available on his website at www.danielturpqc.org.