Armand La Barge ,Chair of the Board of Governors,Trent University, began his career with York Regional Police in 1973 and in 2002 he was appointed Chief of Police, a position he held until his retirement in December 2010. Chief (Ret) La Barge served as the President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and he was an associate member of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association. Chief (Ret) La Barge has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2012 Black Business Professional Association Harry Jerome Award for Diversity, the Wilf Wilkinson Rotary Peace Award, the YMCA Peace Medallion, the National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada Distinguished Service Award, the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, the Police Exemplary Services Medal and First Bar and the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He is a member of the Special Olympics Hall of Fame, a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Police Merit and a Commander in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. Armand holds a B.A. (Hons) degree and a Multicultural Studies Certificate from York University, an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Seneca College, an M.A. in Canadian and Native Studies from Trent University and an Honorary LL.D. from the University of Guelph. Chief (Ret) La Barge is a former member and past Chair of the St. John Council for Ontario, as well as the Co- Chair of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada Advisory Board and a member of the Universal Peace Federation. Chief (Ret) La Barge’s second three‐year term on the Trent University Board began July 1, 2018 and after his term as Vice-Chair for the 2018-19 term, Chief (Ret) La Barge has now been appointed for a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Governors, commencing July 1, 2019. (https://www.trentu.ca/governance/board-governors/membership/alabarge)
Dr. Karen Mock is the President of JSpaceCanada. She is a human rights consultant, psychologist and teacher educator. She is the former Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and of the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada. Previously she taught at the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University. Karen is a past president of Canadian Friends of Haifa University and an active founding member of the Equity Summit Group of the Antiracist Multicultural Education Network, the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims, the Canadian Arab Jewish Leadership Dialogue and Heart to Heart. She sits on the GTA Local Partnership Council of CIJA and is currently on the Board of the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy. Karen is one of the few Canadians qualified by the courts and human rights tribunals as an expert on antisemitism, racism, human rights, hate crime and hate group activity. She has been involved with JSpaceCanada since its launch in 2011 and is a founding director. Among her many awards and honours for her work, Karen is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal “for service to her peers, community and country,” and she was recently inducted into to Order of Canada. (http://jspacecanada.ca/who-we-are/)
Barbara Perry, PhD is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has written extensively on social justice generally, and hate crime specifically. She has published several books spanning both areas, including:
Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada
In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime
She has also published in the area of Native American victimization and social control, including the books The Silent Victims: Native American Victims of Hate Crime, and Policing Race and Place: Under- and Over-enforcement in Indian Country. Both books were based on interviews with Native Americans (University of Arizona Press). She was the General Editor of a five-volume set on hate crime (Praeger), and editor of Volume 3: Victims of Hate Crime of that set. Her work has been published in a number of journals that represent diverse disciplines, including:
American Indian Quarterly
Journal of History and Politics
Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Perry continues to work in the area of hate crime, and has begun to make contributions to the limited scholarship on hate crime in Canada, including work on anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ
communities, the community impacts of hate crime, and right-wing extremism in Canada.
Teresa Woo-Paw .Chair Person of C.R.R.F, ,holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Calgary and has dedicated her career to promoting active civic engagement and volunteerism, social inclusion, cross-cultural understanding and anti discrimination awareness.
An active part of her community for 40 years, Ms. Woo-Paw founded seven organizations including the Asian Heritage Foundation, the ACCT Foundation, the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (Action Dignity) and the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association as well as served on over 30 committees and boards at local, provincial and national levels. Ms. Woo-Paw is also a member of the Calgary Arts Foundation currently.
Her community service has earned Ms. Woo-Paw an Immigrant of Distinction Award, YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award, the Chinese Canadian Legend Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Award for Multiculturalism and Community Services, the Canada 125th Commemorative Award for Community Services and the Queen Elizabeth’s 60 th Jubilee Award.
Ms. Woo-Paw is the first Trustee and Chair of the Calgary Board of Education of Asian Canadian descent (1995 to 1999) and the first female Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Cabinet Minister of Asian Canadian descent (2008-2015).
Other than her accomplishments in community and political services, she is also a consultant by profession, including diversity training, and has worked for the Calgary health region, United Way of Calgary, the Red Cross, Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, and the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society.