National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence

The committee will ensure that the Canada Centre's efforts to implement the recently launched National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence will help meet the Strategy's three priorities: building, sharing and using knowledge; addressing radicalization to violence in the online space; and supporting interventions.

Its members reflect a broad representation of backgrounds and expertise in the field:

Dr. Ghayda Hassan (co-chair)
Dr. Ghayda Hassan is a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Dr. Hassan is the co-holder of the UNESCO–PREV Co-Chair, a worldwide first, dedicated to addressing the prevention of radicalization and extremist violence. Dr. Hassan is also a senior researcher at the RAPS (Research and Action on Social Polarisations) and a senior clinical consultant at the Social Polarisation clinical team working with youth and families affected by lone actor/violent extremism phenomena. The Social Polarisation clinical team is a provincially designated clinical team from the Quebec ministry of health and social services.

Peter John M. Sloly (co-chair)
Peter Sloly is a former Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief and currently a Partner at Deloitte Canada who leads their National Security and Justice practice. Mr. Sloly retired as a Deputy Chief with the Toronto Police Service following a distinguished policing career where he successfully led innovative public safety strategies and was a prominent advocate for community-based policing as well as building trust with communities. Mr. Sloly participated in two tours of duty in the United National Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds an MBA from York University. Mr. Sloly is also a member of the Board of Directors with CivicAction GTA.

Bob Rae
Bob Rae is a Professor of Public Policy at both the Munk School and Victoria College at the University of Toronto. He also serves as senior counsel at OKT - Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. Bob is a graduate of both the University of Toronto and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is a Queen's Counsel and Privy Councillor. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Ontario. Bob has served on the Security and Intelligence Committee, wrote a report on the Air India bombing, and was appointed in 2017 by the Prime Minister as a Special Envoy on the Rohingya crisis.

Nina Krieger
Nina Krieger is the Executive Director, formerly Education Director and Curator, at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. Ms. Krieger is highly regarded for developing educational programs and exhibits that challenge audiences to probe the difficult historical, cultural and ethical issues raised by the Holocaust. Ms. Krieger is also a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and Past Chair of the Memorials and Museums Working Group.

Dr. Jaspreet Khangura
Dr. Jaspreet Khangura is an Emergency Physician (FRCPC) at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton, AB. Following Dr. Khangura's Doctor of Medicine (MD) at UBC, she completed a Masters of Science in Evidence-Based Health Care (with distinction) and Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Khangura was also a 2015-2017 Jeanne Sauvé Fellow. Dr. Khangura is a graduate of the University of Alberta's Emergency Medicine program and is interested in improving health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Dillon Black
Dillon Black, M.S.W. (they/them) is a gender-nonconforming feminist anti-violence and LGBTQ+ rights advocate and current Ph.D. student with the eQuality Project in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. For the past 7 years Dillon has been working with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women on improving institutional accountability in responses to gender-based violence to meet the needs of marginalized communities both locally and nationally. In 2018, Dillon was named was named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Global Policy on Gender Equality.

Max FineDay
Max FineDay is a member of the Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty Six Territory, Saskatchewan, and actively works in reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Mr. FineDay is Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, an organization that builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs. Mr. FineDay serves as an Advisor to the President of the Economic Club of Canada, the Laidlaw Foundation, and also serves on the interim National Council for Reconciliation.

Rizwan Mohammad
Rizwan Mohammad is a Canadian Muslim civic engagement coordinator. A graduate of the University of Toronto specializing in Islamic history and philosophy, Mr. Mohammad has served Muslim Students' Associations across Canada and coordinated advocacy initiatives for the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). For the past ten years, Mr. Mohammad has coordinated national projects for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). His work has focused on mobilizing young Canadians to participate in creative activities designed to strengthen civil society. These projects enabled him to explore how active citizenship can help strengthen social resilience and how civic engagement can help prevent radicalization to violence. Mr. Mohammad specializes in youth development, civic literacy education, civic engagement training, and community capacity building.

Irfan Chaudhry
Irfan Chaudhry is a hate crimes researcher and the Director of the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity at MacEwan University. He was a former race relations specialist for the Racism Free Edmonton Project, and a co-founder of “The Mosquers”, a video competition for local Muslim youth. Mr. Chaudhry was also instrumental in creating the StopHateAB.ca website, a 3rd party hate incident reporting platform that documents hate incidents in Alberta while he was a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee.

Dr. Shelly Whitman
Dr. Shelly Whitman is the Executive Director of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, and considered a subject matter expert on the issue of child soldiers. Dr. Whitman has an extensive career as an academic, teaching in International Development Studies and Political Science at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University and the University of Botswana. Dr. Whitman has also created a number of key, international agreements and policies on the protection of children. Dr. Whitman's research interests broadly focus on issues related to peace, development and human security.

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