Elder Mae Louise Campbell, Grandmother Moon Lodge; Winnipeg, MB

Mae Louise Campbell is an Ojibway Métis Elder. She has gained respect within the Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal communities as an elder with a warm and generous heart, a vision of healing for the people, and a sense of humour that makes all feel at home and welcome.
For over 81 years, Elder Mae Louise has taught and supported people in a variety of positions and circumstances, from post-secondary educators, students of all ages, and social service providers and administrators, to women leaving prisons and those healing from addictions. Governments, band councils, service organizations, and communities, both in her home province of Manitoba and across the country, rely on her guidance.

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Nicole Barrett, BA, MIA, JD, Executive Director, Allard Prize Initiatives; Director, International Justice and Human Rights Clinic Peter A. Allard Hall School of Law, University of British Columbia; Vancouver, BC

Nicole Barrett is Executive Director of the Allard Prize Initiatives and Director of the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Nicole was a trial lawyer and a legal officer for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and a Senior Scholar in Residence at New York University Law School’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, where she directed legal projects with international criminal courts and tribunals. Nicole served as an international humanitarian law advisor for the defense of several Guantanamo detainees, as well as a monitor of military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for Human Rights First.

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Kelly Cameron, BA (Hons.), MSW, Associate Director of Mobilization, International Justice Mission Canada; Toronto, ON

Kelly Cameron is International Justice Mission (IJM) Canada’s Associate Director of Mobilization. IJM is a global organization that helps to protect the poor from violence in the developing world. Kelly’s role involves mobilizing women, young adults, and professionals throughout Canada, as well as in faith communities in the Greater Toronto Area to create safe communities. Her goal is to facilitate unique “justice journeys” by equipping these groups with the tools they need to live out the call of justice every day. Prior to her current role, Kelly served at IJM as an Aftercare Intern at IJM US in 2009 and then as a Social Work Advisor at IJM Cambodia in 2011.

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Erin Corston, Executive Director, Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association; former Chief Operating Officer Ontario Native Women’s Association; former Director of Health with Native Women’s Association of Canada; Thunder Bay, ON

Born and raised in Treaty 9 Territory, Erin is an active member the Chapleau Cree First Nation (CCFN) in northern Ontario. Erin has dedicated her career to improving the lives of Aboriginal women and their families. She is passionate about Aboriginal women’s equality rights and ending violence against women and children. Erin has a background in the environment and public health and specializes in community based research, policy analysis, and program management.

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Rosalind (Roz) Currie, B.A. LL.B., Director, Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General; Vancouver, BC

British Columbia was the first province to establish a government-based office dedicated to the protection of trafficked persons and the prevention of human trafficking, the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP.). Roz worked for the former BC Human Rights Commission prior to joining OCTIP. Roz has also held positions on the Board of Directors of West Coast LEAF Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund and the National Association of Women and the Law. Roz is based in Vancouver.

Taunya Goguen, Manager, International Federal Policing Strategic Policy,RCMP National Headquarters; formerly with Federal National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons; Ottawa, ON

Taunya Goguen has played key roles in ensuring the success of several national policy files some of which include the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking; the National Anti-Drug Strategy’s Enforcement Action Plan, and files dealing with child sexual exploitation on the Internet, including child sex tourism. From 2013 to 2014, Taunya was a member of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. Taunya is currently a valued member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s, National Headquarters Governance Project Team.

Kim Pate, CM, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS); Ottawa, ON

Kim Pate is a leading advocate for the rights of some of Canada’s most victimized, marginalized, and criminalized — women and girls who are currently incarcerated or who have spent time in prison. Since 1992, Kim has served as Executive Director of the Ottawa-based Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, which provides support and advocacy for women and girls who are currently or have been imprisoned and who are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Kim has been active in matters such as The Arbour Inquiry (1996), which investigated events that occurred in 1994 at the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. More recently, she has been involved in the inquest into the death of 19-year-old Ashley Smith who died in prison. A teacher and a lawyer by training, Kim received her B.Ed. from the University of Victoria and then earned her bachelor of laws from Dalhousie University (LLB’84). In 2007 she received her M.Sc. Dip (Forensic Mental Health) from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia (2007).

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Lanna Many Grey Horses, Manager, Women’s and Children’s Services, The Bloom Group; Vancouver, BC

 Lanna Many Grey Horses is a First Nation member of the Kainaiwa (Blood Tribe) First Nation in Treaty 7 in southern Alberta.  Lanna oversees three low-barrier women’s shelters that incorporate empowerment and harm reduction based practices in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. From 2013 to 2014, Lanna was a member of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.

 

Timea E Nagy, International Speaker, Author, Advocate for Social Change; Founder/Program Director, Walk with Me Canada Victim Services; Hamilton, ON

Human trafficking Survivor Timea Nagy immigrated to Canada in 1998.  Her nightmare unfolded in Toronto of that same year after arriving from Budapest, Hungary with the hope of finding meaningful employment. The daughter of a Hungarian policewoman, Timea was held against her will by traffickers in a cheap motel and forced to work in the sex industry.  Thankfully, she escaped and started her healing journey.  Ten years later, Ms. Nagy founded Walk with Me, a non-profit organization to help to “rescue and restore the dignity, freedom and well-being of human trafficked victims”. Her organization also helps law enforcement agencies locate, rescue, and support victims of human trafficking.

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Kathleen (Kate) Quinn, Executive Director, Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE); Edmonton, AB

Kate has worked with CEASE since 1996, known initially as the Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation of Edmonton (PAAFE). “CEASE builds bridges over poverty and creates pathways out of exploitation. [It] provides tools for sexually exploited and trafficked persons to heal and renew their lives.” The centre was established in response to the impacts sexual exploitation activities were having on inner-city neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Community partners got together and created the Edmonton Prostitution Offender Program for men. Later, CEASE created the Creating Options Aimed at Reducing Sexual Exploitation (COARSE) court diversion program for women. Under the new law, Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, individuals are no longer charged with a criminal offence for the sale of sexual services.

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Deborah Sinclair M.S.W., R.S.W., Therapist, Speaker Consultant; Toronto, ON

Deborah has been at the forefront of the movement to end violence against women and children in Canada for the past four decades. Throughout her career in human rights, public health prevention, and social justice work, Deborah has worked as a clinician, writer, speaker, trainer, researcher, policy advisor and expert witness. She currently has a clinical practice specializing in work with trauma survivors, their families and their allies in Toronto, Ontario.

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Wendy Scheirich, R.N. (former), MEd (candidate), Acting Manager Sexual Exploitation Unit (retired), Manitoba Department of Family Services and Labour; Lac du Bonnet, MB

Wendy has 20 years of work experience in the social services field in the area of sexual exploitation and trafficking of both children and adults. From 2013 to 2014, Wendy was a member of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. In 2015 she retired from her leading role in implementing Tracia’s Trust: Manitoba’s Sexual Exploitation Strategy, which address issues related directly to the sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children, youth, and adults in Manitoba.