Corinna Fitzgerald, Queens University
Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning, Programs
Corinna Fitzgerald is currently the Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning at Queens University. She has worked at a small undergraduate university in rural Nova Scotia (StFX), a large medical research university in Ontario (McMaster) and Memorial University of Newfoundland in her home and native land. Corinna has presented on the topic of student conduct systems, student behaviour and mental health at several national conferences and institutes. She has held executive positions with OACUHO, AACUSS and was a founding member of the CACUSS division for student conduct administrators. She has been a Director at Large of the CACUSS board since 2011.
Truly a believer in life-long learning, Corinna completed a Master of Arts degree in Labour Studies while at McMaster. This complements her Master of Education in Post-Secondary Studies from Memorial University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Grenfell College – Memorial University.
Margaret Arnason, Assaulted Women’s Hotline
Training, Resource and Outreach Coordinator
Over the past 20 years, Margaret Arnason has worked in the community supporting women in different capacities. She brings extensive experience working from an Anti-Racist/Anti Oppressive perspective as a counsellor for women in conflict with the law, as a crisis counsellor and also as a family counsellor. She is an experienced group facilitator, team builder and conflict resolution worker. Her years of experience combined with her positive energy and interactive style, encourage participants to engage and challenge themselves making for a productive and comfortable learning process. She is a sought out trainer who has done training throughout Ontario, British Columba and Nunavut.
Dr. Anne Forrest, University of Windsor
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Anne Forrest is the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. Her field of research is labour relations. Her participation in the Bystander Initiative arises from her scholarly and personal interest in organizational change. She is the past-president of the University of Windsor Faculty Association. Together, Anne with Charlene Senn are the creators of the UWindsor Bystander Initiative to Mitigate Sexual Assault on Campus, which has been funded through the University’s Strategic Priority Fund since 2010. They work in collaboration with Dr. Emily Rosser.
Dr. Charlene Senn, University of Windsor
Professor, Department of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Charlene Senn is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and cross-appointed to Women’s and Gender Studies. She has been an activist/advocate on issues related to violence against women since the early 1980s. Charlene is a national expert on effective university campus sexual assault interventions. She developed the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act sexual assault resistance (EAAA) program that increases women’s capacity to resist sexual violence and decreases survivors’ self-blame. Together, Charlene with Anne Forrest are the creators of the UWindsor Bystander Initiative to Mitigate Sexual Assault on Campus, which has been funded through the University’s Strategic Priority Fund since 2010. They work in collaboration with Dr. Emily Rosser.
Jan Byrd, University of Winnipeg
Executive Director, Wellness and Student Life
Jan Byrd is Executive Director of the Wellness and Student Life Portfolio at The University of Winnipeg, where she oversees Academic Advising, Health Services, Counselling, Mental Health and Addictions Services, Accessibility Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Campus Living, Career Services, the Aboriginal Student Services Centre, International Student Services, and the Peer Health and Wellness Educators. Under Jan’s leadership, the University of Winnipeg developed a comprehensive sexual violence prevention and response strategy that includes Guidelines for Responding to Students, a 24/7 phone line, a Sexual Misconduct Response Team (S.M.R.T.), and many student-led initiatives. Jan is Chair of the UN Safe Cities committee on campus, which is a United Nations Women: Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative. Jan has a Master’s Degree from the University of Manitoba, with a focus in Health Sociology.
Emily Epp, University of Winnipeg Student’s Association
Vice President, Internal Affairs
Emily Epp is a recent graduate of the university of Winnipeg, with a double major in conflict resolution and human rights. She worked in student politics during her undergraduate degree, with a focus on combatting sexual violence on campus. She is currently working at Global College, within the university of Winnipeg. Emily is a feminist and an advocate for women’s rights.
Dan Michaluk, Hicks Morley LLP
Dan Michaluk regularly acts for colleges and universities on employment, student and privacy matters. His work with colleges and universities on sexual violence prevention and response includes advising on violence policy and procedure, providing counsel and representation regarding student appeals and providing counsel in support of incident response.
Cherie Robertson, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Senior Policy Analyst with the Public, Education, Monitoring & Outreach Branch
Cherie Robertson, B.A., M.A., LL.B., develops and drafts public policy on a range of human rights and social justice issues, and is the author of the OHRC’s Policy on Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment. She delivers public education, undertakes consultations with stakeholder groups and the broader public, and is a regular presenter at seminars and conferences on human rights and equality matters. She is a member of the Government of Ontario’s Advisory Roundtable on Violence Against Women.
Paul Ang, Northwestern University
Coordinator of Men’s Engagement, Center for Awareness, Response and Education
Paul Ang is CARE’s first Coordinator of Men’s Engagement where his focus is on primary prevention of gender based violence, specifically engaging men in that work with MARS, and through Step Up. Paul will also serve as a survivor advocate, with a focus on supporting male and male-identified survivors.
Paul joins Northwestern after spending the last 8 years in Syracuse, NY. Paul attended SUNY ESF and received a BS in Environmental Resources & Forest Engineering, and an MPS in Geospatial Information Science & Engineering. Paul also received his MS in Cultural Foundations of Education and a CAS in Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. During his time in the Syracuse community Paul was highly involved with the Advocacy Center (formerly R.A.P.E. Center) at SU, as well as Vera House where he served as a Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocate this past year.
Paul is a proud native of Buffalo, NY, and would love to talk to you more about Buffalo, or the Bills, or the Sabres, or famous people from Buffalo. In his spare time Paul plays hockey, basketball, dabbles as a musician, and avoids writing/speaking in the third person as much as possible.
Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay, University of British Columbia
Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion
Dr. Sara-Jane Finlay supports institution-wide efforts to create a supportive environment for working, learning and living where respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion are valued. These values are central to social sustainability for all members of the university community.
Dr. Finlay received her B.A. (English Language and Literature) in 1987 from Huron College, Western University, followed by a B.A.A. (Radio and Television Arts) from Ryerson University in 1990; and her M.A. (Women’s Studies) and Ph.D. (Communication and Media Studies) in 1997 and 2001 from Loughborough University. She also holds a Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) from the Southampton Institute, Hants, UK.
Dr. Finlay commenced her professional research and teaching career in the UK at Loughborough University, lecturing in Media and Sociology, and then at the Southampton Institute, in Media with Cultural Studies, focusing on gender, race, class, culture and identity. Moving into administration, Dr. Finlay was the course leader for the M.A. Media, and in 2003, became head of Media Studies at the College of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth, UK. In 2004, Dr. Finlay became a lecturer in the Institute for Culture and Communication at the University of Toronto and served as the director, faculty and academic life at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada from 2004 to 2015.
As a parent of two and President of the College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA), Dr. Finlay advocates for academic institutions to focus attention on work/family and work/life issues.
Susan Vella, Rochon Genova LLP
Senior Litigation Counsel and Practice Group Leader, Sexual and Institutional Abuse and Aboriginal Rights Groups
Susan Vella, L.S.M., is senior counsel at Rochon Genova LLP. She is a pioneer in advancing claims on behalf of survivors of sexual and institutionalized abuse, and sexual harassment in the civil litigation context for over 25 years.
Susan has received the Law Society Medal and the Advocates’ Society Award of Justice, in recognition of her work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence.
Susan has appeared at all levels of court in relation to civil litigation involving sexual violence, including at the Supreme Court of Canada in relation to the landmark vicarious liability decision of Bazley v. Curry,  2 SCR 534.
Susan has authored a number of articles on various aspects relative to the issue of pursuing civil justice on behalf of survivors of sexual violence on topics such as Recovered Traumatic Memory, compensation theories, issues affecting First Nation survivors of sexual violence, and alternative dispute resolution processes. Susan has extensive publications, including co-authoring the textbook, Civil Liability for Sexual Abuse and Violence in Canada (Toronto: Butterworth, 2000).
Susan is a member of the Ontario Civil Rules Committee. Most recently Susan was Counsel to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients. She was also Commission Counsel to the Ipperwash Inquiry.
Tamsyn Riddle, sayfe.u
Co-founder and C.E.O.
Tamsyn Riddle is the co-founder and C.E.O of sayfe.u, a mobile platform developed to support survivors of sexual violence on campus, and deliver comprehensive, relatable consent education to students in an accessible and innovative format. She is presently a student activist at the University of Toronto and is a survivor of campus sexual assault. Through her leadership in Trinity Against Sexual Assault and Harassment (TASAH) she has played a key role in sexual violence advocacy at U of T and her work has been featured in the school’s largest student newspaper, The Varsity.
Ariel Sernick, sayfe.u
Co-founder and C.D.O.
Ariel Sernick is the is the co-founder and C.D.O. of sayfe.u, a mobile platform developed to support survivors of sexual violence on campus, and deliver comprehensive, relatable consent education to students in an accessible and innovative format. She is an activist, survivor, and recent graduate from University of Toronto, where she majored in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, with minors in Indigenous Studies and History. During her time at U of T, she was involved with on- and off-campus sexual violence activism and sexual health education.
Jennifer Drummond, Concordia University
Coordinator Sexual Assault Resource Centre
Jennifer (JD) Drummond is the coordinator of Concordia’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre. In her role as the coordinator JD supports survivors of sexual violence, designs and delivers education on sexual violence prevention and is working with the university to implement recommendations from it’s sexual violence prevention working group report. JD has been involved as a board member and volunteer with the community organization Stella for many years and has done research and published on the topic of women’s sexuality.
Dr. Lisa Ostiguy, Concordia University
Deputy Provost, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs
Dr. Lisa Ostiguy has been in the role of Deputy Provost since Fall 2013. Prior to her current role, she has been involved with Concordia since 1992 in various roles including: Interim Provost, Interim Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning, and as a full professor in the department of Applied Human Sciences. As Deputy Provost Lisa provides high-level support and advice to the Provost on operational and strategic issues, and oversees the range of student services and student recruitment activities. In fall of 2015, Lisa led a review of the sexual assault policy at Concordia and co-chaired a committee to develop a campus policy on sexual violence.
Melodie Sullivan, Concordia University
Senior Legal Counsel
Melodie Sullivan joined Concordia University’s Legal Services team in 2009 and is now Senior Legal Counsel. She advises the university’s administration on all legal matters, oversees the Office of Student Tribunals and all related legal issues arising from hearings, and participates in the revision and creation of policies.
She currently serves as chair of the committee that is reviewing the Code of Rights and Responsibilities and has participated in the development and review of numerous policies, including the Academic Code, the Policy for Students on Accommodations of Religious Observances, many research policies, and policies related to Environmental Health and Safety.
Me Sullivan was a member of the Sexual Assault Policy Review Working Group that examined policies and procedures related to sexual assault. The report, released in August 2015, featured a series of recommendations, which are now being implemented.
She co-chaired the Ad Hoc Code of Rights and Responsibilities Review Committee that drafted the university’s Sexual Violence Policy, which was passed by the Board of Governors in May 2016. She is currently a member of a committee that is reviewing and formulating recommendations regarding student-faculty relationships.
Prior to joining Concordia, Me Sullivan worked for the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec Order of Engineers) where she acted on behalf of the Order in cases related to ethical misconduct of members.
She obtained a BA in Psychology from Concordia University and a law degree from the Université de Montréal.