Walter Dorn, Toronto
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 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.
Peter Howard Bailey, Ottawa
A graduate of Oxford (Balliol), Peter Bailey worked in London for several years and then lived in the Austrian Alps for a few more years pursuing personal philosophical studies, before moving to Canada. He joined a Canadian federal agency as an international economist, becoming deputy chief economist and head of the country risk assessment department. For almost three decades his work took him to many countries in every continent. He also served regularly on official Canadian delegations to international aid conferences and innumerable multilateral debt rescheduling and debt forgiveness negotiations over many years.
Always a European federalist, he attended his first international world federalist conference in Amsterdam in 1966. However, he remained a closet world federalist until his retirement, when he joined WFM-Canada. He is a member of the WFMC National Council, as well as the Board of the Democratic World Federalists in California.
Nic Baird, Ottawa
Susan Bazilli, Vancouver
Susan Bazilli is the Director of the International Women’s Rights Project, based in Vancouver and affiliated to the University of Victoria, Canada. She is a feminist lawyer, educator, activist, and advocate who has worked for 30 years on women’s equality rights. She is co-editor with Penelope Andrews of Law and Rights: Global Perspectives on Constitutionalism and Governance; editor of Putting Women on the Agenda: Women, Law and the Constitution in Southern Africa; and co-editor of the First CEDAW Impact Study. Her advocacy work has included Legal Director of the Metro Action Committee on Violence Against Women (METRAC); founder of the Ontario Women’s Justice Network; and special advisor on violence against women to the American Bar Association in Moscow. She has produced a documentary film, Constitute! a history of women’s constitutional activism. She is the author of many publications, and has consulted to UN Women, UNFPA, USAID, World Bank, CIDA, UNDP, Asian Development Bank, and a wide range of NGOs on women’s human rights, violence against women, the gendered impacts of climate change and environment, international water law, peace and security, and governance.
Nick Christie, Winnipeg
Robin Collins, Ottawa
Robin Collins has been with WFMC on Council for several years. He is interested in improving responses to crises that often lead to military interventions. He is therefore engaged on topics such as alternative security options, UNEPS and Responsibility to Protect. He has been involved in several disarmament campaigns (including nuclear weapons) and is a former Chair of Mines Action Canada (the Canadian coalition concerned with the prohibition on the use of antipersonnel mines and cluster munitions.)
Donna 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.
Myron 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
Maria Florencia Gor is a BA graduate in International Studies from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. She is the President of the argentine NGO Democracia Global, and a Council Member of the World Federalist Movement.
She has held positions at the Argentine National Congress, the Buenos Aires City Legislature and several civil society organizations. She has recently moved to Canada and is working as a freelance translator. At the moment, among other projects, she’s working on the Spanish version of the book “Transforming the UN: Designs for a Workable World” from Prof. Schwartzberg.
Karen Hamilton, Toronto
The Rev. Dr. Karen A. Hamilton B.A. M.Div. Th.M. D.Min. currently serves Church and World 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. And she trained as a classical singer.
Cameron Laing, Ottawa
Blake MacLeod, Vancouver
Trained as a carpenter & woodworker, Blake MacLeod worked throughout Europe & Israel in the mid 80’s as an International Sales Representative. In 1997 Blake visited China as a member of the Canada China Friendship Association and has travelled extensively.
Active & interested in social justice issues early in life, Blake joined the World Federalist Movement – Canada, Vancouver Branch in 2003, acting as host/moderator of the public meetings, and serves now as Vice-President.
Since joining, Blake MacLeod has represented the World Federalists in Vancouver at the 2007 international launch of the ‘United Nations Parliamentary Campaign’ and the ‘World Peace Forum’, was a Peace Ambassador for the ‘Canadian Department of Peace’ initiative, has attended and hosted media events, and is working with federal municipal & federal politicians to strengthen WFM-C ties, especially as they relate to the campaign to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Campaign.
Other affiliations have included Lawyers Against the War, stopwar.ca., #Occupy Vancouver, Save Our Coast, and Riley Park South Cambie ‘Community Visions’ group. Blake has been active in federal and provincial elections as a scrutineer and campaign volunteer, and until the recent electoral boundary changes, served on the riding executive of his federal Member of Parliament Don Davies.
Sylvain Paquet, Ottawa
Sylvain Paquet is completing a Political Science PhD at the University of Ottawa.
Bill 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.
Patricia 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 vice-president of the Montreal branch of WFMC, secretary of the Montreal Field Naturalists, and 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
Nancy 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.
Simon Rosenblum, Toronto
Simon Rosenblum is a retired public policy analyst with a long history in international affairs. He is the author/editor of six books on nuclear weapons and Canadian social democracy and was a staff member of Project Ploughshares, chief of staff to the Ontario Minister of Finance and Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Peace Now. Simon is a longtime board member of WFMC and served both as Council chair and treasurer. Hobbies include tennis,golf and opera.
John 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).
Fergus 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.