Advisory Council

The Minister’s Advisory Council on the Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence was established on June 27, 2016. The Advisory Council is serving as a forum to exchange views, promising practices and research on issues related to gender-based violence.

The members of the Advisory Council come from a broad range of sectors and areas of expertise. They have been selected to reflect expertise in prevention, supporting survivors and justice and other system responses. They will also speak to the particular barriers facing diverse groups such as Indigenous women and girls, young women and girls, LGBTQ2 and non-conforming persons, newcomer and migrant women and girls, and women and girls with disabilities.

Amélie Aubut, Legal Officer, Judge Advocate General (JAG), Ottawa, ON

Amélie Aubut is a lawyer with the Judge Advocate General. She previously worked on civil and commercial litigation at Norton Rose Fulbright and as a lecturer at both Ottawa and McGill Universities.

Tod Augusta-Scott, Bridges Institute, Truro, NS

Mr. Augusta-Scott, MSW, is known internationally for his work with domestic violence, restorative justice and narrative therapy. Since 1994 he has been the coordinator of Bridges, a domestic violence counselling, research and training institute. He has taught in the Social Work Department at Dalhousie University and worked as a restorative justice clinical supervisor for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. He works with the Canadian Armed Forces. Mr. Augusta-Scott publishes and gives presentations both within Canada and abroad. His group manual for working with men who abuse has been officially adopted by three government departments in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northwest Territories. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Social Workers in 2013. He is currently working on a documentary on domestic violence and restorative justice entitled A Better Man.

Dillon Black, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Ottawa, ON

Dillon Black is a gender-nonconforming anti-violence advocate; feminist media maker meets social worker. Dillon is passionate about youth engagement and building capacity for community development as a tool to amplify and transform.

Dillon is active in anti-violence work locally and sees community-led, anti-oppression and resiliency frameworks as central to the work they do. Dillon is a board member of Queering 613 and is currently a project coordinator at the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women on the Preventing & Eliminating Cyberviolence Project funded by Status of Women Canada. Additionally, Dillon is currently completing their Graduate Studies at Carleton University's School of Social Work.

Dillon uses the pronouns they/them.

Bonnie Brayton, Disabled Women’s Network of Canada, Montreal, QC

Bonnie Brayton has been the National Executive Director of DAWN-RAFH Canada (Disabled Women’s Network of Canada) since May 2007. DAWN Canada is located in La Maison Parent-Roback, a Quebec feminist collective in Montreal.

DAWN Canada has focused on advancing the rights of women with disabilities for nearly 30 years, both in Canada and Internationally. Ms. Brayton is also the President of Coup de Balai - Clean Sweepers, a social economy organization providing home care services to people with disabilities and seniors in her community in Montreal. In addition, Bonnie is a member of the Steering Committee of the Feminist Alliance for International Action. In 2014, as part of Canada’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, Bonnie was one of 23 women in Canada to be named a Visionary. In January 2015, she was named one of Canada’s 40 Women Change Makers by Canadian Living Magazine.

Jeremy Dias, Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Jeremy was born in Edmonton and grew up there until he moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he attended high school and founded and coordinated the Sault Ste. Marie LGBTQ youth group. After coming out in high school, Jeremy faced extreme discrimination by students and school officials. At 17, he began a legal case against the school and school board and, at 21, he won Canada’s second-largest human rights settlement. He used the money to found the Jeremy Dias Scholarship and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, which encourages tolerance through training and initiatives like the International Day of Pink.

Anuradha Dugal, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Montréal, QC

Anu Dugal has been Director of Violence Prevention Programs at Canadian Women’s Foundation for six years and, previously, was a Board Member (2002 – 2007) and Chair of the Violence Prevention Committee. She is currently responsible for all national strategies related to violence against women and girls and teen violence prevention, including trafficking. She oversees work in these areas with regards to grant making, knowledge mobilization, program enhancement, convening, coalition building and policy. Anu is very involved in social issues (violence against women and girls, teen violence, gender equality, urban agriculture and sustainable development) and she sits on the advisory group for Making Women Count at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, as well as the Board of Directors of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

Farrah Khan, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

Farrah Khan is a nationally recognized counsellor, educator and artist with over 15 years of experience addressing gender-based violence. She is the sexual violence education and support coordinator at Ryerson University and is co-chair of the Ontario Roundtable on Violence Against Women. Farrah conducts training across North America to address violence against women including sexual violence, “honour”-related violence and forced marriage. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Farrah is the recipient of the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People Award, the Canadian Women’s Foundation Michele Landsberg Award the Canadian Council of Muslim Women’s Women Who Inspire Award.

Paul Lacerte, Moosehide Campaign, Victoria, BC

Paul Lacerte has been advocating for the betterment of Aboriginal people for more than 20 years. He is the personal creator of the Moose Hide Campaign which started in 2011. It is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who are standing up against violence toward Aboriginal women and children. As part of the annual campaign, men wear a small patch of moose hide to symbolize their commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in their lives.

Dawn Lavell Harvard, President, Ontario Native Women’s Association, Ottawa, ON

Dr. Dawn Lavell Harvard, PhD, is the current President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, having previously held the position of President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

She is a proud member of the Wikwemikong First Nation, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women as the President of the Ontario Native Women's Association for 11 years.

She was co-editor of the original volume on Indigenous Mothering entitled “Until Our Hearts Are on the Ground: Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth”. She has also recently released a new book, along with Kim Anderson, entitled “Mothers of the Nations” and she has recently co-edited a book with Jennifer Brant entitled “Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada”.

Harriet MacMillan, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research. She is a Professor in McMaster’s departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Pediatrics, and she is a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. From 1993 to 2004, Harriet was the founding Director of the Child Advocacy and Assessment Program (CAAP) at McMaster Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary program committed to reducing the burden of suffering associated with family violence. She continues to see patients as an active staff member of CAAP. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women and she has led randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. Harriet is co-principal investigator of PreVAiL, a Canadian Institute of Health Research-funded Centre for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Violence across the Lifespan and is Project Lead for the development of pan-Canadian public health guidance on family violence (Project VEGA - Violence Evidence Guidance Action).

Nneka MacGregor, Women at the Centre, Toronto, ON

Ms. MacGregor is a survivor and advocate who works with government and other organizations to eradicate violence against women. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice, also known as the WomenatthecentrE, a unique, non-profit organization that was created for women survivors of gender-based violence, by women survivors. Ms. MacGregor develops and delivers training to various agencies and organizations that promotes better understanding of the issues, and focuses on personal and political advocacy for women survivors, as well as on ways to engage men and boys in initiatives to eradicate violence against women.

Lise Martin, Canadian Network of Shelters and Transition homes, Ottawa, ON

Lise Martin is the Executive Director of the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses. Ms. Martin led a collaborative process with 23 organizations which resulted in the development of a Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence against Women. In June 2015, the Network developed and launched sheltersafe.ca, an online tool that connects individuals with shelters across Canada. Since its inception three years ago, the Network has produced Shelter Voices, an annual survey of shelters. Lise was previously the Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, as well as the Women’s Worlds 2011 conference.

Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin, Clinical faculty member in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin is a recognized advocate for incarcerated women. Dr. Martin began working as a family physician in Canadian correctional facilities in 1994 and became a leader in women’s prison participatory health research in Canada. Dr. Martin advocated for the infant children of incarcerated women and led the development of, 'Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities'. Dr. Martin initiated the formation in 2006 of the University of British Columbia’s Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, which nurtures university- community-prison engagement. In 2015, she received a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

Todd Minerson, Director of Communications and Brand at UNICEF Canada, Toronto, ON

Todd Minerson is the current Director of Communications and Brand at UNICEF Canada, as well as the former Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort of men and boys to end men’s violence against women. Todd has spent the past 20 years working in gender justice, HIV/AIDS prevention, anti-poverty work, housing and homelessness, and with at-risk youth. In addition, Todd is a member of the Minister's Permanent Roundtable on Violence Against Women in Ontario, has just completed a term on the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group, and is currently Co-Chair of the Men Engage Global Alliance, a network of 600 NGOs from over 40 countries working on gender justice with men and boys.

Yvonne Niego, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Justice, Nunavut, Iqaluit, NU

Yvonne Niego grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, the geographical center of Canada, located in the eastern Arctic region known as the Kivalliq. Niego was first recruited to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1989, as a summer student. She was sworn in to the RCMP in 1991 and, in 1993, became the first female Inuk from Nunavut to become a full regular member through an Aboriginal Constable Development Program. She began her career in Iqaluit and spent several years on the job in her home town of Baker Lake. She also spent some time away from the force, holding several positions with both the territorial and municipal governments.

Niego was eventually recruited to the Community and Aboriginal Policing Directorate at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa. Upon her return to Iqaluit, she was promoted to non-commissioned officer in charge of community policing for Nunavut, overseeing all community policing initiatives, including firearms safety and drug awareness. She is also an accomplished crisis negotiator. In the last few years, Yvonne has volunteered on the YWCA Agvvik Society board responsible for women’s shelters in Iqaluit. In September 2015, she retired from the RCMP and became the Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice for the Nunavut Government.

Kim Stanton, Lawyer, Legal Director of Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Toronto, ON

Dr. Kim Stanton is a Canadian lawyer and feminist advocate. Her legal practice has focused on constitutional and Aboriginal law; her academic work has focused on truth commissions and public inquiries. Kim is the Legal Director of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a national, non-profit organization that uses litigation, law reform and public education to promote and protect the equality rights of women and girls in Canada.

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