Day 1 − 2022 Annual Conference on The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law (4:37:37)


12:45 – 1:30 pm: Land Acknowledgement, Welcome Remarks and Introduction

Honorary Chair

  • The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada

CIAJ President

  • The Honourable Justice P. Colleen Suche, Court of King’s Bench of Manitoba; President, CIAJ


  • Catherine Martin, Member of the Millbrook Mi’kmaq First Nation Community (Truro, NS); Award-winning Filmmaker & Producer; Director, Indigenous Community Engagement, Dalhousie University

Master of Ceremonies

  • Jennifer Cox, K.C., Senior Commission Counsel, Mass Casualty Commission

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Keynote Speaker

  • R. Maria Shepherd, Principal, Sr. Paralegal & Notary Public, Shepherd Advocacy & Litigation; Co-Director, Innocence Canada

1:30 – 2:45 pm: PANEL ONE | From Notion to Norm: The Many Meanings of Dignity

Panel Chair

  • The Honourable Lynn Smith, OC, K.C., Former Justice, Supreme Court, British Columbia


  • Wayne Sumner, University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
  • Cheryl Milne, Executive Director, David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • Jacob Weinrib, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

2:45 – 4:00 pm: PANEL TWO | Wrongful Convictions

Panel Chair

  • Kent Roach, CM, FRSC, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto


  • Tamara Levy, K.C., Director, UBC Innocence Project, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Kim Pate, OC, Senator, Senate of Canada
  • The Honourable Harry LaForme, Senior Counsel, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP; Retired Judge, Court of Appeal for Ontario; Canada’s first Indigenous appellate judge

4:15 – 5:30 pm: PANEL THREE | Sex, Gender Identity, and Reproduction

Panel Chair

  • The Honourable Justice Elaine J. Adair, Supreme Court, British Columbia


  • Joseph Fraser, Director and CEO, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • Vanessa Gruben, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law – Common Law Section, University of Ottawa
  • Alisa Lombard, Lawyer, Lombard Law

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