Bill Blaikie, Winnipeg
Bill Blaikie, a United Church Minister, was an NDP MP from 1979 to 2008. Shortly after retiring from federal politics Bill entered provincial politics and served as Manitoba’s Minister of Conservation from 2009 to 2011. During his time in Parliament he was a member of Parliamentarians for Global Order, and other international parliamentary organizations like the Inter-Parliamentary Union. He served many years on the Standing Committees on External Affairs, and on International Trade, and on the Special Committee on the Peace Process in Central America. He is currently an adjunct professor in theology at the University of Winnipeg.
Bill Hartzog, Montreal
Larry Kazdan, Vancouver
Larry Kazdan graduated from York University in Toronto with degrees in history and sociology. After a brief career in the civil service in Ottawa, he moved to Vancouver where he obtained a C.G.A. designation and operated his own accounting practice. He is currently Vice-President of the Vancouver Branch and very involved with the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Peter Langille, London
Peggy Mason, Ottawa
Peggy Mason is an independent consultant, specializing in the political / military interface in modern UN and NATO peacekeeping and crisis response operations. She is frequently an exercise developer for, and role player of, Senior UN positions (particularly the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, SRSG) in NATO and EU peacekeeping / crisis response training exercises. Her career includes diplomatic and specialist expertise in international security, with a particular emphasis on the United Nations, where she served as Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament from 1989 through 1994. In 1994-1995 she chaired a UN Experts Study that examined the work of the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in relation to disarmament in Iraq. In 1998 and 1999 Ambassador Mason worked with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) to prepare groundbreaking principles and guidelines on the design and implementation of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DD&R) programmes within the framework of UN peace operations. From March 2000 to August 2001 Mason served as Advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on small arms and light weapons control during which time she lectured extensively on disarmament in peace operations, regulation of international arms brokering and enforcing UN arms embargoes.
From 1995 through 2010 Peggy Mason was an external faculty member of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has been a member of WFM – Canada’s governing Council since 2008.
Errol Mendes, Ottawa
Errol Mendes is a professor of international, constitutional and corporate law at the University of Ottawa. Since 1979, he has taught at Law Faculties across the country, including the University of Alberta, Edmonton from 1979 to 1984, the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario from 1984 to 1992 and the University of Ottawa from 1992 to present. Professor Mendes has taught, researched, consulted and published extensively in the area of Global Governance, International Business Law and Ethics, Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law. He is Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s leading constitutional law journal, ‘The National Journal of Constitutional Law’. He is the author or co-editor of five books, including the landmark constitutional law text, coedited with Senator G. Beaudoin, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 3rd Edition, Carswell, 1996; and the internationally recognized texts, Towards a Fair Global Labour market: Avoiding the New Slave Trade, Routledge, New York and London, 1999, (co-authored); Democratic Policing and Accountability: Global Perspectives, Ashgate, U.K., (co-edited); Between Crime and War, Terrorism, Democracy and the Constitution, Carswell, Toronto, 2003 (co-edited); Global Governance, Economy and Law, Routledge, New York and London, 2003.
John Monahan, Toronto
John Monahan has worked as a lawyer, diplomat, and civil servant over the past two decades. Now based in Toronto, he is currently a senior executive in the not-for-profit sector. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College, Dalhousie University, and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. He also completed studies at universities in Strasbourg and Paris.
John joined the World Federalists of Canada Council in 2011. In summer 2012, John was elected to the Council of the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy.
Erna Paris, Toronto
Erna Paris is the author of seven books of literary non-fiction, the winner of twelve national and international writing awards, a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, and a former Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. She is a member of the Honorary Council of the Canadian Centre for International Justice, a vice-president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and a member of the board of Human Rights Watch (Canada).
Her books explore themes related to the history, politics and implications of massive human rights abuses, and the important role of the emerging system of international justice. In 2012 she was awarded the World Federalist Movement – Canada World Peace Award.
David Thomspon, St John’s