Board of Directors

Walter Dorn, Toronto
President

Dr Walter Dorn is a Professor of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) and the Royal Military College of Canada. He serves as Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs at CFC. He is also Chair of Canadian Pugwash, an organization of physical, life and social scientists seeking to reduce the threats to global security. Dr. Dorn seeks to promote international peace and security through teaching, research and service (including field work).  His most recent book is “Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology, and Innovation in UN Peace Operations.”


claire-adamsonClaire Adamson, Montreal

Claire Adamson moved from Toronto to Montreal in 1976.  She is an Architect and Quaker interested in re-using buildings, passive solar heating and ventilation, the clarity of meditation, democratic and social life.


Nic Baird, Ottawa


Nick Christie, Winnipeg


Robin Collins, Ottawa

Robin Collins has been with WFMC on Council for several years, including as national secretary. His focus is on improving global responses to crises that can lead to military interventions. His interests include alternative security options, the UN Emergency Peace Service, sustainable common security and Responsibility to Protect (R2P). He has been involved in a range of disarmament campaigns including for the elimination of nuclear weapons, antipersonnel mines and cluster munitions.

Scott Cooper, Montreal

After two years of engineering studies at Royal Roads Military College, Scott completed an honours B.A. (psychology) at Waterloo and (much) later completed an M.A. in social psychology at Queen’s. He has a recent Master’s certificate in program evaluation from the University of Ottawa.

From 1980 to 1982, he was a job classification specialist with the International Civil Service Commission (UN-New York). In later 1980s, Scott took on a variety of HR managerial and consulting roles with the PSC, International Labour Organization, Transport Canada, World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization.

In the mid-1990’s, Scott returned to the Canadian federal public service as an assessment psychologist and policy analyst with the PSC. He then spent several years as executive advisor for service-wide executive development programs operated by the PSC and the Chief Information Officer Branch in the Treasury Board Secretariat, respectively. Before and after retiring, he worked as a program evaluator for the application of the merit principle in public service staffing.

A dedicated yoga practitioner, traveller, cyclist, sailor, and walker, Scott speaks English, French and Italian.


John Daniele, Toronto

John is Membership Director for the WFM – Canada Toronto Branch.

He is a cyber security professional with over 20 years of consulting experience. John has supported clients in both the private and public sector including banking, resources, law-enforcement and defence organizations.

In addition to his consulting expertise, John is also a capable technical architect and technologist. His areas of specialty include: Digital Forensics & Incident Response, Cyber Breach Detection, Malware Analysis, Threat Intelligence, Exploit Development and Red Team Operations.


donna-daskoDonna Dasko, Toronto

Donna Dasko is a pollster and former Senior Vice-President of Environics Research Group, and currently teaches in the School of Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She is a leading activist promoting women in politics. In 2001 Donna was one of four women who founded Equal Voice, and she served for four years as National Chair, pushing Canada’s political parties at all levels of government to nominate and elect more women. In 2015 she founded the Campaign for an Equal Senate for Canada, with support across the country, to press for a gender-equal Senate.

Donna holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She often speaks publicly on topics including women in politics and trends in politics and public opinion. She was born and raised in Winnipeg and lives in Toronto.


Vivian Davidson, Vancouver

Vivian Davidson is a graduate of Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, focusing on international sustainability and development. Her eclectic background is echoed in her love of cultures and languages. She speaks English, Japanese, Spanish and moderate French. An avid volunteer since young she has been involved in the past with organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and the Red Cross Canada.  She is currently active with six organizations each quite unique: from the Coast Guard Auxiliary to a Japanese language exchange centre and even the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and co-op radio, among others. In addition to working with a non-profit that focuses on sustainable international development projects she is a working actor, a triathlete and current branch President of the WFM-Canada in Vancouver. She looks forward to continuing her work with the WFM and to advocating for its goals and agendas in hopes of extending the values of freedom and democracy to our brothers and sister around the world.


MFrankmanMyron Frankman, Montreal

Myron Frankman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Montreal-based Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. He retired in 2010 from McGill University (Montreal) where he taught economics for 43 years and served on two occasions as Department Chair. He founded McGill’s International Development Studies program in 1992 and was its Director until 2008. His early writings are on economic policy in the Andean countries, service sector employment and de facto economic integration in the Western Hemisphere during the Second World War. His concern with world level institutional change consistent with a sustainable and just global order is most fully explored in his book World Democratic Federalism. Peace and Justice Indivisible (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). In it he discusses a system of world level public finance, a single world currency and a planet-wide basic income. Links to many of his writings can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/mfrankman. He has been a member of the Council of the WFMC since 2010 and on the Executive of the Montreal Branch since 2011.


Florencia Gor, Winnipeg

Florencia was elected Chair of Congress of the World Federalist Movement (WFM-IGP) for the period 2018-2022. Originally from Argentina, she has recently become a Canadian permanent resident. Her background is in International Studies. She is a Board member and former ED of the Argentine NGO Democracia Global. She has worked in the implementation of open government strategies for governmental agencies in Argentina. She’s a translator and interpreter. Florencia is currently Communications Coordinator for The Workable World Trust, project assistant on the UN2020 initiative and production assistant for film projects in Winnipeg.


KHamiltonKaren Hamilton, Toronto

The Rev. Dr. Karen A. Hamilton B.A. M.Div. Th.M. D.Min. served 15 years as the General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches.

Since 1944 the CCC has been bringing together 25 major Christian denominations, representing more than 85% of the Christians in Canada, in relationship, theological dialogue and common witness.

In that role, Dr. Hamilton organized the 6th Annual G8 Interfaith Leaders Summit, bringing together senior faith leaders from the G8 countries and G20 regions at the University of Winnipeg, Canada in 2010. She has chaired the Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation and is the recipient of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario Heritage Day award, the Canadian Interfaith Leadership award and the Order of St. Lazarus Ecumenism award. Her doctoral work is in the area of Old Testament and Preaching and her award-winning book, The Acceptable Year of The Lord was published in 2008.

Dr. Hamilton is also a long-term member of the World Federalist Movement – Canada and an executive member of the international World Federalist Movement for which she chaired the Statutes and By-Laws revision.

Dr. Hamilton currently serves as Co-Chair of The Parliament of the World’s Religions and leads an Interfaith course through St. George’s College, Jerusalem.


Cameron Laing, Ottawa


Corey Levine, Victoria

Corey Levine is a human rights and peacebuilding policy expert, researcher and writer. She has an M.A. with a specialization in international human rights law from the University of Essex (1999).

Corey has worked in conflict areas for more than twenty years, including in Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor and Palestine with non-governmental, as well as bilateral and multilateral organizations, including UNHCR, DPKO, OSCE, and Amnesty International.  From November 2016 – November 2017, she was the International Humanitarian Law and Gender Advisor to the Head of Mission, (1* General), for the European Union Training Mission in Mali. 

She also has extensive writing credentials – widely publishing articles and opinion pieces, including in the Ottawa Citizen, Embassy Magazine, and Huffington Post Canada. She has also published a number of academic and policy articles and chapters. 


Blake MacLeod, Gibsons BC

Originally trained as a carpenter & woodworker, Blake has worked throughout Europe & in the Middle East as an International Sales Representative. In 1997 he visited China as a member of the Canada China Friendship Association.

Keenly interested in social justice work, Blake joined the Vancouver Branch of the WFMC in 2003, acting as host/moderator for public meetings, and serving as branch Vice-President.

Since joining WFMC, Blake has represented the World Federalists in Vancouver at the 2007 international launch of the ‘United Nations Parliamentary Campaign’ (UNPA), and the ‘World Peace Forum’, and, was a Peace Ambassador for the ‘Canadian Department of Peace’ initiative. More recently, in 2018 he participated in round table discussions on the establishing of a Canadian Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security.

Blake has attended and hosted media events, and has been working with municipal & federal politicians to strengthen WFM-C ties, especially as they relate to the UNPA campaign.

Other affiliations have included Lawyers Against the War, stopwar.ca, #Occupy Vancouver, Save Our Coast, and several community based advisory groups. Blake remains active in federal, provincial and local elections and politics.


Zac Myers, Ottawa

Myers currently is currently serving as a strategic-level staff officer in the Department of National Defence.

In 2010, he earned PhD in physics from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) where his research focused primarily on devising novel ways to detect cosmic rays and dark matter. Before this, he had received a PhD in the philosophy of science and political philosophy from the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he received a Master’s degree in political philosophy from Syracuse University where his research focused on the relationship between social justice and social stability. It was here that his interest in federalism was first piqued.

In 2011, he joined the Canadian armed forces. He plans to step out of the military in the near future and is considering other career options including international relations, diplomacy, and humanitarian work where his experience in both scientific and military matters could be skillfully re-applied. He would like to shift his professional focus from fighting wars to promoting peace and stability, and sees federalism as a key tool to making that happen.


sps-ugly-picture-for-the-boards-pageSylvain Paquet, Ottawa

Sylvain Paquet is completing a Political Science PhD at the University of Ottawa.


Pearce-BillGSBill Pearce, Victoria

Bill Pearce was admitted to the bar in Ontario in 1968 and practised law for 42 years. He started as a Bay St. lawyer in Toronto as a litigation lawyer, was a judge in the Yukon for a spell as the sole judge for the entire territory, then was asked to head up the civil litigation department for the AG of BC which took up most of his career as lead counsel for the province. He was appointed a QC in 1986. He then worked as the solicitor general for Bermuda, returning to BC where he worked for the AG for a spell before retiring from service to be in private practise for the last seven years of his career. In Bermuda he became acquainted with international law and had the privilege of representing the country on two occasions in the Privy Council, the highest court in the Commonwealth. He also has had extensive experience in the Supreme Court of Canada.


PPhilipPatricia Philip, Montreal

Patricia Philip is a retired bilingual business woman and teacher. Her post-retirement volunteering has included: caregiving for seniors, teaching of English- and French-language courses for refugees and immigrants, tutoring of individuals with learning disabilities, and active participation in a number of non-governmental organizations focusing on peace, social justice, the environment, and global democracy.

She is currently the Vice-President and Treasurer of the WFM-C Montreal branch; serves on the Programme Planning Committee of the Montreal Field Naturalists’ Club; and is an active member of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. She served as the Montreal Branch WFMC delegate – CMPaix ( Citoyennes pour un ministère de la paix) for five years.
Recently, she co-moderated a 10-week peer learning course at McGill’s Community for Lifelong Learning, along with Scott Cooper and Claire Adamson.  The topic was “The Parliament of Man” by Paul Kennedy regarding the history, successes, failures, and challenges facing the United Nations.

nancy-photoNancy Regehr, Waterloo

Nancy retired in 2011 as associate executive director of Project Ploughshares in Waterloo after more than 30 years of service. During her time with Project Ploughshares, Nancy was instrumental in developing the organization’s financial systems and fundraising programs, and in addition was responsible for personnel management and board support. Nancy has a certificate in nonprofit and voluntary sector management from Ryerson University in Toronto. Nancy recently completed nine years as a board member of her condominium corporation, the last six years as president, and is currently the chair of the Grand Philharmonic Choir, vice-chair of MennoHomes, and the chair of the Centre for Security Governance. Nancy lives in Waterloo with her husband Ernie.


Erika Richter, Ottawa

Erika graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Peace Studies from McMaster University in 2013. She is currently completing her Masters at Carleton’s Norman Paterson School for International Affairs, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution.

As the Community Engagement Manager at RESULTS Canada, Erika worked on public advocacy campaigns that influenced Canada’s international development spending and policies.

Erika has also spent five years working on conflict transformation programs for youth from conflict-affected regions. In particular, she developed a program for youth from Israel, half of whom identify as Palestinian citizens living in Israeli, and half of whom identify as Jewish-Israeli. Erika has also worked with CIVICUS, a global civil society governing body on a number of different projects and has been a part of global leadership programs including Hive Global Leaders and Young Diplomats of Canada.


Laura Schnurr, Montreal

Laura Schnurr is the co-author of A United Nations Renaissance: What the UN is, and what it could be (Barbara Budrich 2018). She completed an MA in Global Studies at the University of Freiburg, has firsthand experience in the UN system and runs a social enterprise in Canada and Uganda. Laura is currently an Advisor with the McConnell Foundation in Montreal and previously worked on social policy with the federal government.


JTrentJohn Trent, Chelsea, Quebec

John Trent is a Senior Fellow of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, where he was formerly a professor and chair of the University’s Department of Political Science. His research interests focus on the reform of international organizations, French-English relations in Canada, and the development of the discipline of political science.

Recent publications include Modernization of the United Nations System (2007, Barbara Budrich Publishers, Upladen, Germany) and The World of Political Science: A Critical Overview (2012, Barbara Budrich).

He was also the Executive Director of the Social Science Federation of Canada, a founding Vice-President of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and past-president of the Société québécoise de Science politique. John Trent has also held executive positions in civil society organizations such as United Way and the World Federalist Movement and was founding president of the Regional Association of West Quebecers, the Council of Tourist Development of the Outaouais, Dialogue Canada, and Fair Vote Canada (Ottawa).


Ian Waddell, Vancouver

Ian is a lawyer, politician, author and film-maker with much of his career focused on the former two areas. He has a Masters of Laws degree from the London School of Economics (UK) and practiced as both a Crown Attorney and Defence Counsel.

Ian served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament for over 14 years (1979 – 1993). In 1996 he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature (1996 – 2001) where he served as: Minister of Tourism, Culture & Small Business; Minister of Environment, Lands & Parks; and Minister on Intergovernmental Affairs. As minister, he was responsible for the successful bid the 2010 Winter Olympic for Vancouver and Whistler by championing Aboriginal participation, environmental sustainability and athlete involvement in the early planning stages.

He is a published author of A Thirst to Die For (a political mystery). He is also a documentary filmmaker and his film The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Vote won the Best Producer Award in 2016 at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. In addition, he has taught Criminology at Simon Fraser University and Canadian history at UBC as well as being a visiting scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto.


FergusFergus Watt, Ottawa

Fergus Watt is the national Executive Director of the World Federalists Movement – Canada. He has developed numerous papers, briefs to government, news articles and other publications on a wide range of topics. His work with civil society to advance global governance reforms has included participation in a range of broad-based networks, in Canada and internationally, on topics such as peacekeeping and peacebuilding, democracy promotion and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Advancing the Responsibility to Protect is a current program priority for the World Federalists Movement – Canada.

Next webinar: Canada’s human rights commitments, December 10th