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Aikman, Amélie

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Amélie Aikman first began at the Human Rights Commission in May 2015 as a law student. She has since worked in the roles of articling student, investigator and acting lawyer. In these roles, she investigates and analyzes complaints submitted to the commission. She has also experience in mediating complaints.

Arvay, Joseph J. OC OBC QC

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Joseph Arvay holds law degrees from the University of Western Ontario Law School and Harvard Law School and is called to the Bars of both British Columbia and the Yukon. He has a very busy litigation practice with an emphasis on public law and in particular constitutional, aboriginal and administrative law matters. Mr. Arvay has been counsel on a number of landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Canada - a court he has appeared in dozens of times.

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Dhir, Raj LLB JD LLM

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Raj Dhir is the Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He was previously A/Portfolio Director with MAG Civil Law Division, where he was responsible for coordinating legal advice for the government across ten different Legal Services Branches and leading the development of an Anti-Racism Action Plan.

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Edgar, Dr. Adrian

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Dr Adrian Edgar is a vigilant family physician with more than 12 years of experience in LGBT health. He was recognized in 2015 with the College of Family Physicians of Canada "Early Career Development Award" for dedication to LGBT primary care.

In 2014, Edgar co-founded the New Brunswick Transgender Health Network. Now in his fifth year as the medical director of province-wide gender and sexual health centre known as "CLINIC 554”, he facilitates a multi-member interdisciplinary care team serving more than 2400 patients.

Epoch, Bali

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Bali Epoch is a Human Rights Officer with the Yukon Human Rights Commission. As a person with disabilities, Bali has engaged with human rights law while facing barriers in employment, healthcare, and education. She has experience with psychiatric wards on three different continents, and places inclusion at the center of her work. Bali completed a Certificate in Human Rights Law Theory and Practice at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018 and coordinates the Yukon Human Rights Commission’s disability rights monitoring project

 

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Gallant, Jay

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Jay Gallant is a local activist for the GSD (Gender and Sexual Diversities) community. He currently volunteers with groups such as PEERS Alliance and the PEI Human Rights Commission, giving talks and education sessions concerning GSD issues, and providing consultation work. He is also a member of the Health PEI Transgender Steering Committee.

Jay identifies as trans-masculine and goes by he/him pronouns.

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Hardy, Seán BA JD

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Seán Hardy started his work with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission as a volunteer in 2002 while attending Dalhousie Law School - he thought it would look good on his resume when applying to Calgary oil and gas law firms. Today, 17 years later, he is an outspoken and enthusiastic educator and facilitator in the areas of human rights and the use of restorative approaches in resolving human rights disputes.

He is a partner to an amazing wife. They are being trained in parenting by two children, two cats, one dog and an assortment of fish.

Hilton, Tom BA M.Ed.

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A native of Charlottetown, Hilton holds a BA from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) and Master of Education from UPEI.

In 2014, he received the Governor General Gold Medal Award for his Master’s thesis ‘Schooling and Practices of Freedom of ‘Out’ Queer Youth on Prince Edward Island’. Having worked at the Commission since 2011, Tom is most proud of the collaborative working relationships developed with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and other key educational stakeholders.