Ernie Regehr, O.C., is co-founder of Project Ploughshares, one of Canada’s premier peace and security NGOs. He has served as an NGO representative and expert advisor on numerous Government of Canada delegations to multilateral disarmament forums, including Review Conferences of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and UN Conferences on Small Arms. He is the author and editor of a number of books and articles.
Nick Dyer-Witheford is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High-Technology Capitalism, and co-author of Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing and Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games.
Arthur Manuel fought for decades for Indigenous land and human rights in Canada and internationally. He participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from its inception in 2002 and served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) from 2003 to 2016. Working through INET, Manuel succeeded in having the struggle for Aboriginal title and treaty rights injected into international financial institutions, setting important precedents for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Manuel was a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land.
Karen Messing is professor emerita in ergonomics at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She collaborates with labour unions and women’s groups to ensure women workers’ needs are addressed in occupational health and safety practice. Author of Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It (Between the Lines, 2014), also published in French, Korean, and German. Officer of the Order of Canada; recipient of Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
Harry Glasbeek is professor emeritus and senior scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School; author, through Between the Lines, of Wealth by Stealth (2002), Class Privilege (2017), and Capitalism: A Crime Story (2018); and author or co-author of nine other books.
Ratna Omidvar was born in India. She moved to Iran in 1975 to start life there with her Iranian partner. In 1981 she and her family (including an infant daughter) fled Iran and found a new home in Canada. Her own experiences of flight to freedom have been the foundation of her work. She has focused on articulating pathways to inclusion for immigrants and visible minorities in host societies, both in Canada and globally. Ratna is both a Member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario.
David Pilgrim is a professor, orator, and human rights activist. He is best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum—a ten-thousand-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University, which uses objects of intolerance to teach about race, race relations, and racism.