Board of Directors

Professor 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.”


Nic Baird, Ottawa


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.


John Cowan, 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.


Norbert D’Costa, Brampton


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Karen 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.


Christine Jacobs, Montreal


Cameron Laing, Ottawa


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.


Laura Cistera McEwen, Montreal


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.


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Sylvain Paquet, Ottawa

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


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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.


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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 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.


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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.


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.


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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.

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