Elizabeth Williams is the Chief of Staff to the Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Marie Claude Landry, and the Director of Outreach at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Since joining the Commission in October 2016, Williams, along with the chief commissioner, engages with civil society, government officials and parliamentarians to raise awareness of the Commission’s mandate, strengthen partnerships, and encourage Canadians to participate in a national conversation on human rights issues.
Williams grew up in Edmonton, Alberta where she was admitted to the bar and practiced law in a general practice firm for two years. In 2001, she joined Global Affairs Canada as a foreign service officer. While at headquarters in Ottawa, she headed the International Criminal Tribunals Unit, representing Canada in negotiations to amend the Rome Statute to include the crime of aggression, and supported Canada’s chairing of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Williams' postings abroad include Jordan, Iraq, Washington DC, Syria, Lebanon and Geneva. During her posting to Geneva Switzerland, she headed the human rights team at the Canadian Mission to the UN in Geneva.
Elizabeth Williams graduated with a Bachelors in Education from la Faculté Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta, and holds a law degree from the Université de Moncton. Much of her spare time (and money) is spent exploring new places and visiting friends around the world.