Our Honourees


Read our 2017 Gala Honourees' response to the question
"What does accountability mean to you?"

 
  Hon. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C.  Founder/Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, international human rights lawyer, former MP and Minister of Justice Attorney General, McGill Law Professor Emeritus.

Hon. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C.
Founder/Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, international human rights lawyer, former MP and Minister of Justice Attorney General, McGill Law Professor Emeritus.

  Shelagh Day  President and Senior Editor of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, and Director of the Poverty and Human Rights Centre in Vancouver.

Shelagh Day
President and Senior Editor of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter, and Director of the Poverty and Human Rights Centre in Vancouver.

  Dennis Edney, G.C.  Criminal and human rights lawyer at Dennis Edney Professional Corporation. 

Dennis Edney, G.C.
Criminal and human rights lawyer at Dennis Edney Professional Corporation. 

  Roberta Bondar,  O.C., O.Ont., FRCPC, FRSC Physician, scientist, professional fine art landscape, Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space.

Roberta Bondar, O.C., O.Ont., FRCPC, FRSC
Physician, scientist, professional fine art landscape, Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space.

  Jasmine Akbarali  Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Jasmine Akbarali
Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

  Ben Makuch  Canadian national security reporter for VICE News.

Ben Makuch
Canadian national security reporter for VICE News.

  Craig Forcese  Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, President of Canadian Association of Law Teachers, co-author of  False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism.

Craig Forcese
Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, President of Canadian Association of Law Teachers, co-author of False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism.

  Katherine Govier  Author, Director of The Shoe Project.

Katherine Govier
Author, Director of The Shoe Project.

  Yavar Hameed  Barrister & Solicitor at Hameed Law in Ottawa focusing on the advocacy of human rights and civil liberties.

Yavar Hameed
Barrister & Solicitor at Hameed Law in Ottawa focusing on the advocacy of human rights and civil liberties.

  Linda Bertoldi  Senior Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Chair of BLG LLP’s National Electricity Markets Group.

Linda Bertoldi
Senior Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Chair of BLG LLP’s National Electricity Markets Group.

  Margie Wolfe  Book publisher and Co-founder of Second Story Press.

Margie Wolfe
Book publisher and Co-founder of Second Story Press.

  Kent Roach  Professor of Law and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, co-author of  False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism.

Kent Roach
Professor of Law and Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, co-author of False Security: The Radicalization of Canadian Anti-Terrorism.

  Jim Bronskill  Canadian Press reporter and Journalism and Communication Instructor at Carleton University.

Jim Bronskill
Canadian Press reporter and Journalism and Communication Instructor at Carleton University.

  Mary Spencer  Three-time world-champion Canadian Boxer, first indigenous woman to compete in women’s boxing at the Olympics, Aboriginal youth role-model.

Mary Spencer
Three-time world-champion Canadian Boxer, first indigenous woman to compete in women’s boxing at the Olympics, Aboriginal youth role-model.

  Lisa Borsook  Executive Partner at WeirFoulds LLP.

Lisa Borsook
Executive Partner at WeirFoulds LLP.

  Patricia Gagic  International artist, author, entrepreneur, humanitarian.

Patricia Gagic
International artist, author, entrepreneur, humanitarian.

  Roberto Martella  Owner of Grano Restaurant, founder of the Grano Series (a salon series of current events).

Roberto Martella
Owner of Grano Restaurant, founder of the Grano Series (a salon series of current events).

  Frances Waithe  Executive Director of Dare Every Soul To Achieve (DESTA), advocate for youth in Montreal.

Frances Waithe
Executive Director of Dare Every Soul To Achieve (DESTA), advocate for youth in Montreal.

  Bill Bogart  Professor of Law at the University of Windsor; author, expert on legal issues surrounding obesity, smoking, gambling, alcohol and drugs.

Bill Bogart
Professor of Law at the University of Windsor; author, expert on legal issues surrounding obesity, smoking, gambling, alcohol and drugs.

  Ursula Franklin  C.C., O.Ont., FRSC  (Sept. 16, 1921–July 22, 2016)   Research physicist, author, and educator who taught at the University of Toronto for more than 40 years.

Ursula Franklin C.C., O.Ont., FRSC
(Sept. 16, 1921–July 22, 2016) 
Research physicist, author, and educator who taught at the University of Toronto for more than 40 years.