Board of Directors

Learn about the members of our Board of Directors, Honorary Patrons and Advisory Committee.

Board of Directors

Maureen Callahan
 is a consultant in higher education policy and practice. She has consulted in curriculum design, faculty evaluation and leadership development in Singapore, China and Vietnam. Previously she worked in three colleges in the Toronto Area, in a variety of positions including faculty, Academic Chair, Academic Dean and Vice-President Academic. She served as the Interim Executive Director of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) from August 2008 to October, 2012. Dr. Callahan holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Michigan, M.A. in Community College Education from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. in Higher Education Theory and Policy Studies from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include accountability, quality assurance and learning-centred practices in higher education, student mobility between postsecondary sectors, and the identification and development of strategies that enhance student access and success in postsecondary education. Dr. Callahan is the recipient of a Dean’s alumni award for leadership from Central Michigan University and a national leadership award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

Adam Delva graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2006 and Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Laws in 2009. Adam joined Thomson Rogers as an associate after working as a summer and Articling Student at a national full-service firm where he gained both litigation and corporate law experience. Since 2011, Adam has been a member of the Board of Directors of Peacebuilders International (Canada). Adam is an avid traveler and enjoys staying active, having recently completed his first marathon.

Jillian Blakey serves as Director, Alumnae Relations and Major Gifts at The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) in Toronto. Her interest in restorative justice was ignited while studying Sociology at Queen’s University (B.A. Hons), at which point she was volunteering her time as a tutor with Frontier College’s Prison Literacy Initiative – an experience that deepened her sense of compassion, gratitude and freedom. She is motivated in her work as an educational fundraiser, by the opportunity to establish meaningful connections with donors that have the privilege to make transformative gifts. Jillian is also an artist, and enjoys playing soccer, cooking and traveling in her free time. She joined the Board of Directors in 2014.

Carol Denman has owned and operated Toronto-based Atchison & Denman Court Reporting Services Ltd. for 20 years and continues to serve as President of the company. Prior to 1985 she was a Senior Court Reporter with the Supreme Court of Ontario. Carol Denman is also currently the National Chair of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and has been a judge since 1994. Her influence on women across the country continues to expand as she speaks to companies and universities about mentorship and entrepreneurship.

Andrew J. Freedman, CA·IFA, CBV, ASA,

 is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator (achieved highest mark in Canada), Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers and Member of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario. He is an expert witness in business valuation, damage quantification and related matters. He qualified as an expert and testified before the Supreme Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court (General Division) and in the Province of Alberta. Andrew is the co-author of Financial Principles of Family Law, Carswell Legal Publications, 2001, and an Editor and contributor to Carswell Legal Publications’ The Family Law Act of Ontario and Butterworths’ The Family Law Reporter. Andrew is a frequent author and speaker on valuation and income tax matters for professional journals and organizations, including the Canadian and American Bar Associations, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Admission School, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the National Judicial Institute, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and other professional organizations.

Geoffrey L. Goad, Managing Director, Private Client Euro Pacific Canada Inc., is a seasoned investment advisor with extensive experience advising small and mid-sized businesses through the trials and tribulations of achieving their objectives. Geoffrey has been involved in management, board and advisory capacities with public, private and non-profit organizations for his entire business career. This skill set is invaluable in assisting Peacebuilders plan and achieve its own strategic initiatives. He is a strong believer in an individual’s capability to achieve success given the appropriate tools and a “chance”. He feels that organizations such as Peacebuilders create a more civil society and by doing so lessen the overall burden on the society they operate in.

Dorion Kingsmill

 started her career in banking and then joined her family’s business in 1977. She is now the chairman and owner of Kingsmill Foods which was started in 1950. Kingsmill Foods creates, develops, and manufactures powered beverages such as cappuccinos, hot chocolates, tea and ciders. These products are sold throughout Canada and the United States. Kingsmill also exports products to the Middle East and Southern Europe. Dorion has been involved in many organizations as a volunteer and sat on the Second Harvest board for 12 years and has been on the Peacebuilder’s board for 5 years. Dorion has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University. Her hobbies include travel, tennis and skiing. Dorion lives in Toronto with her husband and has 3 daughters.

Melanie Langill,
 (B.Comm) is an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s leading wealth management firm. She is passionate about working with families, executives and business owners to protect and prudently grow their wealth. Melanie graduated with an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University School of Business in 2007. In 2011, Melanie joined the Board of Directors at Peacebuilders International (Canada) . Melanie and family live in Toronto.

Trish Nixon is a Social Finance Fellow at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, helping to support the Centre’s various initiatives. Prior to joining the team at MaRS, she worked as a reporter at Thomson Reuters in Toronto, covering Canadian Markets. She currently volunteers for Toronto for Acumen (TfA), an official chapter of the Acumen Fund, and also at Peacebuilder’s International, a Canadian charity that works to provide at-risk youth with appropriate access to justice. Trish has a Masters of International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Paul A. Dempsey has a B.A. (Honours – Economics) from McGill University, an M.A. (Economics) from the University of Calgary, and an LL.B. from McGill University.  He has practiced law in Toronto for more than 25 years, primarily on matters related to securities and pensions.  He has worked for the Ontario provincial government, in two regulatory commissions and as a partner in a national law firm.   Paul joined the Board of Directors of Peacebuilders International (Canada) in 2016.

Kristina Arena MSW,RSW,CYC has been teaching full-time at Sheridan College since 2005. Prior to teaching at Sheridan,   Kristina spent 17 years working in the field of Children’s mental health in a variety of settings including residential, educational, community and justice settings. Her clinical expertise is focused on working with issues related to Trauma and Abuse, working with families and working with youth who are involved in the criminal justice system and mental health system. Kristina held the position of Assistant Clinical Director at Syl Apps Youth Centre, a maximum security facility for youth before starting her teaching career. Kristina has also worked internationally and led a Canadian Development team in creating the first system of group home and foster home care for the largest orphanage in Hungary. In addition, Kristina was chosen to represent Canada in the field of working with youth, and spent many months working in Germany as a result. She remains a passionate advocate for services committed to helping vulnerable children, youth and families and is very excited to join the Board of Directors at Peacebuilder’s International.

Honorary Patrons

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., is the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation (FMJF) which aims to empower underserved young people to take action for change in their communities. On September 27, 2005, Mme. Jean was sworn in as 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. During her time in office, Madame Jean made youth a priority of her mandate. Mme. Jean is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has won numerous awards, including, for example, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Canada Award; the National Quality Institute’s Board of Governors Recognition Achievement Award; Prix Anik for best information reporting in Canada; and the inaugural Amnesty International Canada Journalism Award. She currently serves as UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti, Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, President of the Institut québécois des hautes études internationales of the University of Laval as well as a Board member of the Toronto Luminato Festival.

Louise Arbour, C.C, B.A., LL.L., is the President & CEO of the International Crisis Group. From 2004 to 2008 she served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A Canadian national, Ms. Arbour began an academic career in 1974 at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto. In December 1987 she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, and in 1990 to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1995, as Commisioner of an inquiry into the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario she produced a report which accelerated the move towards modern institutions specifically designed to meet the security and programming needs of women inmates. In 1996, Ms. Arbour was appointed by the Security Council of the United Nations as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. After three years as Prosecutor, she resigned to take up an appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Arbour is a Companion of the Order of Canada (2007) and a Grande Officière de l’Ordre national du Quebec (2009) and is the recipient of numerous medals and awards. Louise Arbour was born in Montreal, Quebec and has three children.

The Honourable Warren Winkler, Former Chief Justice of Ontario, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario in June 2007, following 14 years as a trial judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Educated at the University of Manitoba, B.A. and Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. and LL.M., Chief Justice Winkler was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1965. He was certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada and in 1977 was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

The Hon. R. Roy McMurtry, Former Chief Justice of Ontario practiced law as a trial counsel for 17 years before being elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1975. Immediately upon his election, he was appointed to the Cabinet of the Premier, William G. Davis, as the Attorney General for Ontario, a position which he held until 1985. As Attorney General for Ontario, Mr. McMurtry played a major role in the patriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1982 and the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. During that period he also served for 4 years as the Solicitor General for Ontario. In 1985, Mr. McMurtry was appointed Canada’s High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Great Britain, a post which he held until late 1988. Upon his return to Canada, he re-entered the practice of law and in 1991 he was appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court, Trial Division and Chief Justice of that court in 1994. In February, 1996 he was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario. Roy McMurtry retired in April 2007.

Council of Advisors

Prof. Kathy Bickmore, B.A. (Stanford), PhD. (OISE/UT) Toronto, Canada, is an associate professor of Curriculum and Sociology/Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She conducts research, graduate studies and teacher education on the politics and practice of democratic citizenship, equity and conflict/ peacemaking education. She has acted as U.N. Consultant in Peace Education issues and is a specialist in Peace Education Curriculum Development. She is also a Board Member of The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR).

Glenn Chilton (President & CEO, kenna) is an accomplished strategic planner who brings a balance of vision and pragmatism to the corner office. Passionate about developing new ideas, methodologies and integrated communications solutions that help deliver breakthrough business results for kenna clients. Glenn was formerly Chief North American Strategy Officer for J. Walter Thompson’s direct and interactive group. He was a founding partner of Go Direct Marketing which grew into Canada’s largest independent direct marketing agency before being acquired by JWT.

Prof. Anthony N. Doob, B.A., PhD. (Stanford), (U of T), Canada, is a Professor of Criminology at the Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto. He has been doing research on the youth justice system for the past 30 years. “Responding to Youth Crime in Canada”, written with Carla Cesaroni, and published by the University of Toronto Press, was released in April 2004. He is an author of over 150 articles, books and reports covering a wide range of topics including public knowledge and attitudes about sentencing and other aspects of the youth and criminal justice system, crime and the operation of the criminal justice system in aboriginal communities, trends in criminal victimization and the operation of the youth justice system.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Glenn A. Hainey received a Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A.Sc.) in 1971 and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 1974 from the University of Western Ontario. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1976. Mr. Justice Hainey was a lawyer with Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson & Mayer (1981-2001), which merged with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in 2001. He practised criminal law in association with Arthur Maloney, Q.C., from 1979 to 1981 and was Executive Assistant to the Ombudsman for the Province of Ontario from 1976 to 1979. His main area of practice was civil litigation. Mr. Justice Hainey was a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a member of several subcommittees, including Access to Justice, Professional Regulation, Paralegal Standing, Audit, Proceedings Authorization Committee and Vice-Chair of the Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee. He is a past Director of The Advocates’ Society of Ontario, past Chair of the Enforcement Practices and Procedures Committee of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Competition Law Section, and President of the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law Alumni Association. He is a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles. He is also active in several community organizations.

Barbara Murray has extensive and significant experience and involvement in the voluntary sector. Most recently, Barbara was the Chair of the Courage to Come Back Special Event Committee which raised the profile for the need to support the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Paul Stoyan is the Chairman of Gardiner Roberts LLP, practices business law with a special emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. His varied experience makes him a valued corporate counsel to large and medium-size corporations of all types. He has worked extensively with various companies in the technology sector and has assisted such companies in various cross-border transactions, in going public and in establishing and enforcing corporate governance regimes. Mr. Stoyan has completed the Directors Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in conjunction with the Institute of Corporate Directors, and he holds the certified director designation, ICD.D. Paul is currently a director of Element Financial Corporation, a TSX listed financial services company and Enghouse Systems Limited, a publicly traded software company also listed on the TSX. Paul has served as a director of several other companies, including Open Text Corporation, a publicly-traded software company listed on NASDAQ and the TSX. Paul chaired Open Text’s governance committee for several years. Paul has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the board of the National Ballet School of Canada, having sat on its Finance Committee which oversaw the development of Project Grand Jeté on Jarvis Street in Toronto, and on the board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy. Paul is also the Past Chair of the Business Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and continues to be a member of the Business Law Section’s executive committee.

Barry D. Stuart, B.A., LL.B, LL.M., a partner in CSE, has for the past 35 years, focused on improving the decision-making processes in both the public and private sector. He has worked in a wide range of many challenging settings to develop skills and processes to engage conflict in ways that generate innovative solutions and build effective relationships. He is internationally known through his training, teaching, writings and involvement as a judge, mediator, negotiator, trainer, and facilitator. Barry’s principal interest lies in creating safe places for people to engage in the difficult dialogues needed to move through seemingly intractable differences. He has worked in several communities, public and private institutions in Canada, the United States and in third world countries to develop decision making and conflict resolution processes as an integral part of enhancing community and institutional well-being and sustainability. Barry co-authored the pioneering book entitled, “Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community” with Kay Pranis and Mark Wedge.

Ryan Teschner, an associate with Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto, was selected as the winner of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2008 Young Lawyers Pro Bono Service Award for outstanding legal services benefiting the community. Internationally, Teschner partnered with Canadian Lawyers Abroad to create and coordinate a project for the firm’s articling students and lawyers to assist the Kosovo Law Center in the publication of that country’s Supreme Court decisions. In Canada, Teschner also led a review and redraft of Heenan Blaikie’s pro bono policy in 2007, and a new version has been adopted nationally. The CBA Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award recognizes outstanding pro bono publico (“for the public good”) legal services to the community by a Canadian lawyer who is younger than 40 years old or who has been in practice for fewer than 10 years. It takes the form of a $1,500 cash prize.

There is no formal application to apply to join our Board of Directors. Interested parties are asked to please email info@peacebuilders.ca to inquire about available opportunities.