Advisory Council

The Minister’s Advisory Council on the Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence was established on June 27, 2016. The Advisory Council is serving as a forum to exchange views, promising practices and research on issues related to gender-based violence.

The members of the Advisory Council come from a broad range of sectors and areas of expertise. They have been selected to reflect expertise in prevention, supporting survivors and justice and other system responses. They will also speak to the particular barriers facing diverse groups such as Indigenous women and girls, young women and girls, LGBTQ2 and non-conforming persons, newcomer and migrant women and girls, and women and girls with disabilities.

Amélie Aubut, Legal Officer, Judge Advocate General (JAG)

Amélie Aubut is a lawyer with the Judge Advocate General. She previously worked on civil and commercial litigation at Norton Rose Fulbright and as a lecturer at both Ottawa and McGill Universities.

Tod Augusta-Scott, Bridges Institute

Mr. Augusta-Scott, MSW, is known internationally for his work with domestic violence, restorative justice and narrative therapy. Since 1994 he has been the coordinator of Bridges, a domestic violence counselling, research and training institute. He has taught in the Social Work Department at Dalhousie University and worked as a restorative justice clinical supervisor for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. He works with the Canadian Armed Forces. Mr. Augusta-Scott publishes and gives presentations both within Canada and abroad. His group manual for working with men who abuse has been officially adopted by three government departments in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northwest Territories. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Social Workers in 2013. He is currently working on a documentary on domestic violence and restorative justice entitled A Better Man.

Dillon Black, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

Dillon Black is a gender-nonconforming anti-violence advocate; feminist media maker meets social worker. Dillon is passionate about youth engagement and building capacity for community development as a tool to amplify and transform.

Dillon is active in anti-violence work locally and sees community-led, anti-oppression and resiliency frameworks as central to the work they do. Dillon is a board member of Queering 613 and is currently a project coordinator at the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women on the Preventing & Eliminating Cyberviolence Project funded by Status of Women Canada. Additionally, Dillon is currently completing their Graduate Studies at Carleton University's School of Social Work.

Dillon uses the pronouns they/them.

Bonnie Brayton, Disabled Women’s Network of Canada

Bonnie Brayton has been the National Executive Director of DAWN-RAFH Canada (Disabled Women’s Network of Canada) since May 2007. DAWN Canada is located in La Maison Parent-Roback, a Quebec feminist collective in Montreal.

DAWN Canada has focused on advancing the rights of women with disabilities for nearly 30 years, both in Canada and Internationally. Ms. Brayton is also the President of Coup de Balai - Clean Sweepers, a social economy organization providing home care services to people with disabilities and seniors in her community in Montreal. In addition, Bonnie is a member of the Steering Committee of the Feminist Alliance for International Action. In 2014, as part of Canada’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, Bonnie was one of 23 women in Canada to be named a Visionary. In January 2015, she was named one of Canada’s 40 Women Change Makers by Canadian Living Magazine.

Jeremy Dias, Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Jeremy was born in Edmonton and grew up there until he moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he attended high school and founded and coordinated the Sault Ste. Marie LGBTQ youth group. After coming out in high school, Jeremy faced extreme discrimination by students and school officials. At 17, he began a legal case against the school and school board and, at 21, he won Canada’s second-largest human rights settlement. He used the money to found the Jeremy Dias Scholarship and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, which encourages tolerance through training and initiatives like the International Day of Pink.

Anuradha Dugal, Canadian Women’s Foundation

Anu Dugal has been Director of Violence Prevention Programs at Canadian Women’s Foundation for six years and, previously, was a Board Member (2002 – 2007) and Chair of the Violence Prevention Committee. She is currently responsible for all national strategies related to violence against women and girls and teen violence prevention, including trafficking. She oversees work in these areas with regards to grant making, knowledge mobilization, program enhancement, convening, coalition building and policy. Anu is very involved in social issues (violence against women and girls, teen violence, gender equality, urban agriculture and sustainable development) and she sits on the advisory group for Making Women Count at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, as well as the Board of Directors of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

Farrah Khan, Ryerson University

Farrah Khan is a nationally recognized counsellor, educator and artist with over 15 years of experience addressing gender-based violence. She is the sexual violence education and support coordinator at Ryerson University and is co-chair of the Ontario Roundtable on Violence Against Women. Farrah conducts training across North America to address violence against women including sexual violence, “honour”-related violence and forced marriage. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Farrah is the recipient of the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award, the Canadian Women’s Foundation Michele Landsberg Award the Canadian Council of Muslim Women’s Women Who Inspire Award.

Paul Lacerte, Moosehide Campaign

Paul Lacerte has been advocating for the betterment of Aboriginal people for more than 20 years. He is the personal creator of the Moose Hide Campaign which started in 2011. It is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who are standing up against violence toward Aboriginal women and children. As part of the annual campaign, men wear a small patch of moose hide to symbolize their commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in their lives.

Dawn Lavell Harvard, President, Ontario Native Women’s Association

Dr. Dawn Lavell Harvard, PhD, is the current President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, having previously held the position of President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

She is a proud member of the Wikwemikong First Nation, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women as the President of the Ontario Native Women's Association for 11 years.

She was co-editor of the original volume on Indigenous Mothering entitled “Until Our Hearts Are on the Ground: Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth”. She has also recently released a new book, along with Kim Anderson, entitled “Mothers of the Nations” and she has recently co-edited a book with Jennifer Brant entitled “Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada”.

Harriet MacMillan, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research. She is a Professor in McMaster’s departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Pediatrics, and she is a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. From 1993 to 2004, Harriet was the founding Director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP) at McMaster Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary program committed to reducing the burden of suffering associated with family violence. She continues to see patients as an active staff member of CAAP. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women and she has led randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. Harriet is co-principal investigator of PreVAiL, a Canadian Institute of Health Research-funded Centre for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Violence across the Lifespan and is Project Lead for the development of pan-Canadian public health guidance on family violence (Project VEGA - Violence Evidence Guidance Action).

Nneka MacGregor, Women at the Centre

Ms. MacGregor is a survivor and advocate who works with government and other organizations to eradicate violence against women. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice, also known as the WomenatthecentrE, a unique, non-profit organization that was created for women survivors of gender-based violence, by women survivors. Ms. MacGregor develops and delivers training to various agencies and organizations that promotes better understanding of the issues, and focuses on personal and political advocacy for women survivors, as well as on ways to engage men and boys in initiatives to eradicate violence against women.

Lise Martin, Canadian Network of Shelters and Transition homes

Lise Martin is the Executive Director of the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses. Ms. Martin led a collaborative process with 23 organizations which resulted in the development of a Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence against Women. In June 2015, the Network developed and launched sheltersafe.ca, an online tool that connects individuals with shelters across Canada. Since its inception three years ago, the Network has produced Shelter Voices, an annual survey of shelters. Lise was previously the Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, as well as the Women’s Worlds 2011 conference.

Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin, Clinical faculty member in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health

Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin is a recognized advocate for incarcerated women. Dr. Martin began working as a family physician in Canadian correctional facilities in 1994 and became a leader in women’s prison participatory health research in Canada. Dr. Martin advocated for the infant children of incarcerated women and led the development of, 'Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities'. Dr. Martin initiated the formation in 2006 of the University of British Columbia’s Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, which nurtures university- community-prison engagement. In 2015, she received a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

Yvonne Niego, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Justice, Nunavut

Yvonne Niego grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, the geographical center of Canada, located in the eastern Arctic region known as the Kivalliq. Niego was first recruited to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1989, as a summer student. She was sworn in to the RCMP in 1991 and, in 1993, became the first female Inuk from Nunavut to become a full regular member through an Aboriginal Constable Development Program. She began her career in Iqaluit and spent several years on the job in her home town of Baker Lake. She also spent some time away from the force, holding several positions with both the territorial and municipal governments.

Niego was eventually recruited to the Community and Aboriginal Policing Directorate at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa. Upon her return to Iqaluit, she was promoted to non-commissioned officer in charge of community policing for Nunavut, overseeing all community policing initiatives, including firearms safety and drug awareness. She is also an accomplished crisis negotiator. In the last few years, Yvonne has volunteered on the YWCA Agvvik Society board responsible for women’s shelters in Iqaluit. In September 2015, she retired from the RCMP and became the Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice for the Nunavut Government.

Kim Stanton, Lawyer, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Dr. Kim Stanton is a Canadian lawyer and feminist advocate. She practices in the Aboriginal law group at Goldblatt Partners LLP. In addition to her experience practicing Aboriginal and constitutional law in British Columbia and Ontario, Kim is a past Legal Director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a national equality rights organization. Her academic work focuses on truth commissions and public inquiries.

Candice Lys, Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY)

Candice Lys, PhD, grew up in a very large Métis family in Fort Smith, NWT and now resides in Yellowknife. She is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and leads the SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health) program as well. FOXY and SMASH are peer-led, trauma-informed, arts-based sexual and mental health programs that use the arts to facilitate discussion, education, and healing among Northern and Indigenous youth. In 2014, FOXY was the first organization to be awarded the entire $1 million Arctic Inspiration Prize. Candice is recognized as a Fellow by Ashoka Canada, a social innovation organization and has earned the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) from the Governor General of Canada for her work with FOXY and SMASH.

Lucille Harper, Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre

Lucille Harper is a long-time advocate for social and economic equity and justice for women, and for peace and justice in the world. Living in rural Nova Scotia, she is passionate about sustaining rural communities and helping them thrive. She understands women to be pivotal in this struggle. As Executive Director of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association since 1988, she has worked tirelessly on issues related to women’s poverty, violence, social exclusion, health, education and training. In Antigonish, she has been instrumental in establishing support services as well as awareness and prevention programs which include a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Sexual Assault Response Team, school-based Healthy Relationships Program, the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition, and a women’s health centre. She works with her community and with organizations across Nova Scotia to improve the economic, social and political situation of women, has helped to found many key social justice advocacy organizations. She has participated in government committees and consultations addressing domestic violence, sexual violence, women’s health, and poverty.

Living in a rural area and working in a small town, she has come to understand some of the particular challenges facing women and families experiencing gender-based violence and/or living with poverty and with various forms of exclusion in rural, under-serviced, declining communities. She has a long-standing interest in providing a voice to the increased complexity in addressing the challenges that face women and girls living in rural communities. She advocates for broad-based policy change to create a world where all are valued, cared for and able to thrive.

Manon Monastesse, Fédération des maisons d'hébergement pour femmes

Manon Monastesse, MA Social Intervention, has spent years advocating on behalf of women. In the 1990s, she fought for women’s rights in child custody cases, intervening in situations of international parental child abduction while living and working in Europe and the Middle East. After returning to Quebec, Manon continued her work nationally and internationally, and in 2003 she earned a master’s degree in social intervention at the University of Quebec in Montreal with a focus on socio-legal intervention in child custody cases in situations of spousal violence. She went on to coordinate the Table de concertation en violence conjugale et agressions à caractère sexuel de Laval (Quebec) [Coordinating Group on Spousal Violence and Sexual Violence of Laval (Quebec)] from 2003 to 2006.

Since 2006, Manon has served as the provincial director of Quebec women’s shelter network Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes. As director, she has been appointed to several governmental committees, including the Government of Quebec’s Comité de travail pour une action concertée auprès des enfants exposés à la violence conjugale et leur famille [Working Committee on Concerted Action for Children Exposed to Spousal Violence and Their Families] from 2012 to 2014 and Comité d’experts sur les homicides intrafamiliaux [Expert Panel on Intrafamilial Homicide] from 2011 to 2012. She has also served on various committees involved in drafting government action plans to address spousal violence.

Manon is co-chair of Women’s Shelters Canada (formerly the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transitional Houses) and helped establish the Global Network of Women’s Shelters in 2009.

She has attended countless conferences and events as an expert. She is a member of several boards of directors and research centres. Committed to her community and her field, she is a model for Quebec feminists and the community sector at large.

Kara Gillies, Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Reform

Biography to come.

Beba Svigir, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

Beba Svigir has worked as the CEO of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) since 2006. She has more than 35 years of work experience from 3 different countries in both for profit and not for profit sectors. Beba is a strong advocate for collaborative, community based approaches to service delivery for newcomers. Over the years, CIWA grew and expanded its services to become the biggest settlement agency with gender specific mandate in Canada.

Debra Tomlinson, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services in Calgary

For over twenty years, Deb has worked passionately with community and government stakeholders to raise awareness of sexual violence and to increase access to services and support for Albertans affected. Her leadership and social change work has been recognized with awards from the Alberta College of Social Workers as well as the Government of Alberta. In 2004, Deb and her colleagues fostered a partnership with the provincial government which resulted in public funding for specialized sexual assault services – a first for Alberta. More recently, in response to a historic increase in survivors coming forward for help, Deb and her colleagues were successful in receiving $8.1 M to increase services for sexual assault survivors in Alberta. Deb played an instrumental role in the award winning “I Believe You” public awareness campaign and the creation of Alberta’s first Sexual Violence Action Plan. Deb is serving her second term on Alberta’s Family Violence Death Review Committee and also co-chairs a national organization, Ending Violence Association of Canada.

Vicky Smallman, Canadian Labour Congress

Vicky Smallman is the National Director of Women's and Human Rights for the Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, representing 3.3 million Canadian workers. A longtime activist on women's and equality issues, Vicky spent more than a decade in the academic labour movement, working primarily with contract academic staff before joining the CLC in 2010. In her capacity at the CLC, Vicky leads a team responsible for policy, campaigns and advocacy on a range of human rights issues impacting women and other equity-seeking groups. Vicky helped develop the ground-breaking 2014 survey on Domestic Violence in the Workplace and leads the CLC’s advocacy for better legislation and workplace supports for workers experiencing domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.

Lisa Kelly, Unifor

Lisa Kelly is the Director of the Women's Department at Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union with over 315,000 members. She is a lifelong advocate for gender equality. Lisa is a lawyer and worked previously as in-house counsel to the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) for over 20 years before becoming their Director of Education responsible for the education work of the union across Canada. Lisa is a frequent speaker on topics such as women and the labour movement in Canada, gender-based harassment, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights in the workplace. Lisa graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. and an LL.B. having received six academic and non-academic awards including the A.E. MacRae Award in Creative Leadership.

Lynn Zimmer, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

Lynn Zimmer has been Executive Director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton for 34 years. Lynn has a B.A. in Communication Arts from University of Montreal, and Masters in Management for the Voluntary Sector from McGill University. Lynn was one of the founders and first staff of Interval House, Toronto, Canada’s first shelter for abused women and she has been engaged in the work of preventing violence against women for over 45 years. She has also been a board member and Chair of the Peterborough Community Police Service, and served on the boards of Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, United Way and PRHC Women’s Health Care Centre. She has served as a member of the Ontario Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, and has chaired and served on many YWCA Canada Committees and Task Groups. She is currently a mentor with the Trudeau Foundation.

Gabrielle Bouchard, Fédération des Femmes du Québec

Gabrielle Bouchard is President of the Quebec Women’s Federation (Fédération des femmes du Québec). Co-winner of the prize Héméris 2015 Quebec Council LGBT Bouchard worked as a trans rights advocate and public educator at the Centre for gender advocacy from 2011 to 2017. She was the spokeswoman in the lawsuit against the Quebec government to end the legislative discrimination against trans people, not binary and intersex in the province. She participated in the process leading to legislative changes to end the forced sterilization of trans people in Quebec. She holds a certificate in Restorative Justice from Simon Fraser and has an ongoing degree in Women's Studies at Concordia University. Bouchard also teaches tai chi at Tai Chi Club of Montreal Chui Lap Kan.

Caitlin Salvino, Our Turn

Caitlin Salvino, is a 22 year old with a B.A. Combined Honours in Human Rights and Transnational Law from Carleton University. She was the co-founder and national Chair (2017-2018) of OurTurn: A National Student Movement to End Campus Sexual Violence. Through her work with OurTurn, Caitlin along with a team of volunteers published a bilingual and adaptable anti-sexual violence national action plan that has been signed by 29 student unions/groups across 8 provinces representing over 500,000 students. Over the last year, Caitlin has travelled to 6 provinces supporting students and survivors across the country including presenting to various provincial governments, and supporting students advocating for internal changes at institutions including Dalhousie, University of PEI, McGill and the University of Manitoba. In addition to OurTurn, Caitlin has worked for Oxfam Canada and has volunteered with children and young adults who live with disabilities for over ten years. In the fall of 2018, Caitlin will be attending Oxford University to study law as a Rhodes scholar.

Manjeet Birk, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations

Manjeet Birk has been a visitor on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people most of her life. She has worked, studied and played across the world, but a piece of her always remains on British Columbia’s west coast. She is currently working and living on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people- where is is working as the executive director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. Manjeet is currently in the final stages of a PhD in Education at the University of British Columbia. Her passion lies in creating more accessible and just institutions, especially for racialized and Indigenous folks. With a lifetime of experience organizing and challenging systems, Manjeet is always looking for new ways to re-conceptualize a more beautiful world.

Kim Trossel, Klinic Community Health

Kim Trossel is a woman with lived experience in the sex trade, and a survivor of human trafficking. She is known for speaking her truth – especially when it comes to activism for the rights, services, and supports for the sexually exploited, and adult survivors. She has been employed by Klinic Community Health for the last 15 years as a peer counsellor with the Dream Catcher program, where she co-facilitates the weekly support group for women and transgender women transitioning from the sex trade. (A sacred sisterhood of peer supported – strong- healing women – getting their power back.) She also facilitates the S.W.A.T. group, and Heart, Mind, Body, Spirit Group at Sage house – street women’s health, outreach, and resource drop in.

Kim was recently awarded an Empowerment Award for leadership and empowering women to find their voice by the Mobilizing Men’s Foundation Health, Fitness, Protection Program.Kim was recently awarded an Empowerment Award for leadership and empowering women to find their voice by the Mobilizing Men’s Foundation Health, Fitness, Protection Program.

Isabelle Paillé, Femmes Autochtones du Québec

Isabelle Paillé is from the Abenaki nation and has been the Non-Violence Promotion and Women Shelters Coordinator since 2012. Isabelle’s role is to provide information and equip Indigenous and non-Indigenous resources in terms of the promotion of non-violence. She is also developing practical tools geared to the realities of Indigenous women for members of the Network of the Quebec Native Shelters.

Trina James, Canadian Federation of Students

Trina James is the Treasurer for the Canadian Federation of Students. She has recently completed a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Through her work in the student movement she strives to lobby for a post-secondary education system that is accessible is equipped with resources for all students.

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