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Metallic, Naiomi W. LLB LLL LLM

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Naiomi W. Metallic is from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Gespe’gewa’gi.

Metallic is an assistant professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy. She holds a BA (Dalhousie), an LLB (Dalhousie), an LLL (Ottawa) and an LLM (Osgoode). 

Michaud, Joël

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Practicing through Atlantic Canada and Québec, Joël  Michaud of Fredericton provides strategic advice to clients in all aspects of labour relations, employment law, and general litigation. He has appeared in all levels of court in New Brunswick, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Joël is counsel to professional regulating bodies in matters of public complaints, licensing matters and governance.

He is a certified workplace investigator and trained mediator.

Milne, Justin BSc, JD, BCL

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As a former law clerk at both the Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Justin has the skills to assist his clients with a variety of matters. He is an enthusiastic advocate who works hard to resolve legal disputes in a timely manner.

Justin is committed to doing whatever he can for his clients, through researching and analyzing the many complexities of law.

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Peters, Yvonne

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Yvonne practiced human rights law in Winnipeg for over 30 years. During this time she served as legal counsel and advisor on a number of equality test cases involving disability rights and women’s rights. Yvonne is now retired but continues her human rights work as a volunteer with a number of community organizations. In the fall of 2018 she was appointed by the federal government to the Court Challenges Program of Canada Expert Panel on Human Rights.

Prashaw, Rick

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Rick Prashaw is a tested writer and public speaker with an eclectic career and roles in journalism, priesthood, national non-government organization (NGO) leadership and federal politics.

Prashaw has worked for The Vancouver Sun, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, the national ecumenical Church Council on Justice and Corrections and, most recently, two federal New Democratic Party Members of Parliament.

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Rajan, Sabitha BA MA

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Sabitha Rajan is currently a Senior Analyst at the Canadian Transportation Agency's (CTA) Centre of Expertise for Accessible Transportation. In this role, she has been involved in various aspects of transportation accessibility, including complaint resolution, stakeholder outreach, compliance monitoring, and more recently, the development of the proposed Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations.

Rogers, John BA BEd Med

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John Rogers and his wife Barb live on a seventh generation family farm in Brae, PEI. John was appointed to the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission in 2008 and reappointed in 2011, 2014, and 2017. He was designated Chair of the Commission on July 9, 2015. John holds a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island and a M.Ed. from the University of Ottawa. He retired from the public school system in 2005 after serving as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal.

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Schiavoni, Paméla BBA LLB (JD)

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Paméla Schiavoni est entrée en fonction à la Commission des droits de la personne du Nouveau-Brunswick en 2008, et y a occupé divers postes à responsabilités croissantes. Depuis octobre 2015, Me Schiavoni est Avocate et Chef du service des enquêtes à la Commission. En plus de gérer l'équipe d'enquêteurs, Me Schiavoni participe activement à la direction de la Commission et a présidé de nombreux projets de mises en place de politiques et procédures d'amélioration de processus et de gestion.

Sharma, Karen

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Karen Sharma (she/her) is a first generation South Asian, living in Treaty 1 territory – Winnipeg. She has worked with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission since 2015. In her role, she ensures the Commission undertakes fair, neutral and thorough investigations of human rights complaints. Sharma also oversees the development of human rights policy and regularly presents to the public on Manitoba’s Human Rights Code.

Smith, Brian

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Brian Smith is a Senior Counsel in the Legal Services Division of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. A member of the bar in Ontario, Brian joined the Commission in 2009, after having spent seven years as counsel with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and several years in private litigation practices with firms in Toronto and Victoria.