Peggy Mason, President
Peggy Mason’s career highlights diplomatic and specialist expertise in the field of international peace and security, with a particular emphasis on the United Nations, where she served as Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament from 1989 to 1995.
Since 1996 Ms. Mason has been involved in many aspects of UN peacekeeping training, including the development of ground breaking UN principles on the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former fighters, the reform of UN arms embargoes and the dramatic evolution of UN peacekeeping in the 21st century. Until 2014, she regularly brought the UN political/diplomatic perspective to a range of UN, NATO and EU training exercises to help prepare military commanders for complex multidisciplinary peace and crisis stabilization operations.
For 10 years Peggy Mason was a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, where she lectured, participated in training for Iraqi and Kuwaiti diplomats and chaired the Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance (CCTC). She has long been active in a range of Canadian non-governmental organizations engaged in foreign policy, peacebuilding and global governance issues. A graduate and gold medallist of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law, Peggy Mason was inducted into its Honour Society in September 2003.
Board of Directors
Bruce Campbell is the former Executive Director (1994-2015) of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). He was awarded the 2015 Law Foundation of Ontario, Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship, and spent 2016 as Visiting Fellow, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. His latest book: The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied, was published, October 2018, by James Lorimer & Co. He is currently Adjunct Professor, York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies.
Dr. Monia Mazigh is a Canadian author, columnist and academic. born and raised in Tunisia. She speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently and holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. Catapulted onto the world stage in 2002 in her ultimately successful effort to secure not only the release of her husband from a Syrian prison, but also reparations for his wrongful treatment, she has continued to champion social justice issues and the fundamental importance of effective oversight of Canada’s intelligence agencies.
Kathleen Ruff is a former director of the Court Challenges Program and a former director of the BC Human Rights Commission. She was the founding editor and publisher of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter and host of the CBC TV program Ombudsman. She is presently Coordinator of the Rotterdam Convention Alliance, which represents environmental and health organizations around the world that are working to defend and promote the Rotterdam Convention. She is founder of RightOnCanada.ca and Senior Advisor on Human Rights to the Rideau Institute.
Steven Staples, Vice-President
Founder of the Rideau Institute and a Board Member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Peace Bureau, the world’s oldest and largest peace network, Steven Staples is an accomplished policy and research strategist, published author, and award-winning peace and social justice advocate with over 25 years of experience in community organizations and the labour movement. He is the owner of Public Response, a digital agency that services non-profit organizations and trade unions in the fields of online engagement and government relations.
Steven Shrybman, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP
Steven Shrybman’s practice focuses on international trade and public interest litigation, including issues concerning the environment, health care, human and labour rights, the protection of public services, natural resources policy, and intellectual property rights. Steven frequently speaks, and has written extensively, on the impact of international trade law on diverse areas of Canadian policy and law. He has also been involved in drafting and promoting conventions on cultural diversity and access to water as a human right.
Steven obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. After articling with SGM, and organizing SGM’s articling students, he was called to the Bar in 1981.
Nipa Banerjee, PhD
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of International Development and Global Studies
Co-founder of Ceasefire.ca and Job Evaluation Representative for CUPE
Political commentator and author
Professor of Defence Studies, Royal Military College of Canada
Peter Langille, PhD
Director, Global Common Security
Public relations professional and social media expert, researcher for Chaire Raoul-Dandurand in Strategic and Diplomatic studies (UQAM)
International water policy analyst and Project Organizer of the Blue Planet Project
Former Program Associate, Project Ploughshares
Author, former Ambassador for Disarmament, parliamentarian and senator (retired)
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario
Director, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, N.Y.
Jeremy Wildeman, PhD
Visiting Fellow at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath (UK) and a Member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa (Canada).