About

HRI is a leader in documenting and disseminating information on human rights; inspiring education, advocacy and dialogue in Canada and beyond.

For over 25 years, HRI has promoted human rights and social justice through leadership opportunities and documentation projects, publications and events. Today, HRI seeks to build a web-based hub for human rights information and resources relevant to Canada.

For archived information, please contact info@hri.ca.

HRI Board


Anne-Christine Bloch, Chair

Anne-Christine Bloch, Chair

Anne-Christine Bloch is an international lawyer with global experience in human rights, migration, refugee law and humanitarian law. She has a Masters degree in law from the University of Copenhagen.

She has a strong passion for human rights, minority rights, rights of indigenous peoples, and refugee and migrant rights, with a particular focus on protection for women and children within refugee and migrant populations. Her strong human rights focus has also sparked her engagement in the promotion of accountability to affected populations.

Anne-Christine  has worked with a range of human rights, refugee and humanitarian organizations, including UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Minority Rights Group, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Women’s Refugee Commission, Danish Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.



Scott Fraser-Dauphine, Director

Scott Fraser-Dauphine, Director

Scott Fraser-Dauphinee is a Clinical Project Manager with the Provincial Heath Services Authority of BC, currently working on the redevelopment of BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital. He holds a B.B.A in Business Management and a Master of Health Administration, as well as a PMP designation as a certified project manager. His professional career also includes work in higher education as a faculty member and program manager, with a focus on leadership development and experiential learning.

Scott is passionate about social justice issues and has spent considerable time and energy involved in international development projects in the region of Southern Africa. Over the past 8 years Scott has created or led several international projects in sport, health and education.

Scott has also spent time volunteering for organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross, the International Training and Education Centre for HIV/AIDS (ITECH) and currently volunteers with the Immigration Services Society of BC with newcomers to Canada.



Aidan Macdonald, Director

Aidan Macdonald, Director

Aidan Macdonald is a human rights activist and community organizer based in Toronto. He brings to his work a commitment to social and economic justice, and a belief that change can be achieved through collective action. After graduating from Carleton University with a BA in Human Rights and Political Science, Aidan spent five months in Ramallah, Palestine, volunteering with the Stop the Wall Campaign, where he worked on international solidarity and outreach activities.

He returned to Carleton in 2010 to complete an MA in Political Economy, with his research focus being a critical analysis of the economic development program that is currently being implemented in Palestine. For the past several years, Aidan has been active with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, working on a campaign to promote ethical investment practices on campus. He has also been involved in labour organizing, with a particular interest in organizing with migrant workers, and has served as the human rights representative for his union local.



Joshua Perrott, Treasurer

Joshua Perrott, Treasurer

Josh Perrott has over 5 years investment banking experience with various independent investment banking groups including Pope & Company, Ascendant Securities and currently with Manulife Capital Markets. He has significant experience in working with client’s senior management, evaluating investments, conducting due diligence, creating confidential selling materials, reviewing contracts, structuring transaction terms, and valuing businesses   Josh holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree with First Class Distinction from the Queen’s School of Business. He has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
 
Josh is passionate about human rights, and he seeks to use his financial background to assist organizations that are engaged in human rights activities. He enjoys working with community organizations, and looks forward to working with them on local and global scales. Josh’s other interests include hockey, basketball and travelling.



Corinne Packer, Director

Corinne Packer, Director

Corinne Packer has worked as a consultant for, inter alia: The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (evaluating the Technical Cooperation Branch of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights); the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (notably on the matter of reproductive health in refugee situations); the Council of Europe (on women‘s reproductive health equality and on Romani women‘s reproductive health in general); and for The Netherlands’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs (with regard to the successful Dutch campaign for membership on the UN Security Council) and of Social Affairs and Employment (regarding Dutch policy on the human rights of women).

In 2003-2004, she was a Research Fellow at the Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Since 2004, she has assisted on projects at HRI and was its Executive Director from 2007 to 2009, after which she joined HRI’s Board of Directors. For the last decade has been a researcher at the University of Ottawa, working in the area of globalization and health equity.



Hazel Postma, Vice-Chairman

Hazel Postma, Vice-Chairman

Hazel Postman is the Associate Vice President Advancement & Alumni Relations at Douglas College, British Columbia. Before moving into post-secondary, she was Executive Director of Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and prior to that worked as an editor, journalist and free-lance writer on newspapers and magazines throughout BC.

She has a lifelong interest in human rights and has been a member and volunteer with Amnesty International Canada for 25 years.
She brings a passion for freedom of speech to HRI as well as an extensive background in communications.
She sits on a number of community committees and boards and has received awards for her efforts, including the 2013 Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service.

Hazel brought Living Library to Canada, extending the concept of libraries to include borrowing people in place of a book. Living Library began in Denmark as a way of breaking down stereotypes and can now be found in scores of countries, as well as across Canada at public and post-secondary libraries.



Vivien Runnels, Director

Vivien Runnels, Director

Vivien Runnels is Senior Researcher working on issues that concern social justice and health equity at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. She holds a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa, and a Master‘s degree in Disability Management in Work and Rehabilitation from City University, London, U.K. She has worked as a secondary school teacher, an adult education program coordinator, and as a university research coordinator, and in the health sector she has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counsellor in a provincial psychiatric institution in BC. She has made a number of contributions and presentations to academic and professional journals and conferences. Vivien has been a community volunteer serving in different capacities for over 30 years and has particular interests in board governance, and the human rights of persons with disabilities.



Taslenna Shairulla, Secretary

Taslenna Shairulla, Secretary

Taslenna Shairulla is a Toronto-based lawyer. She currently works for BMO Capital Markets in their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Reporting Office. Previously, Taslenna was an associate at a general practice firm with a focus on civil litigation, corporate/commercial transactions, and alternative dispute resolution processes.

Taslenna completed her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, from the University of Toronto and completed a double major in Criminology and Ethics, Society and Law (ES&L).

Taslenna has a strong interest in women’s equity issues. She is a co-founder of the Women in Leadership Program, which is the first of its kind in Ontario that facilitates peer-to-peer mentorship, student-lawyer mentorship, and professional development. In addition, she previously interned at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic and worked as a caseworker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, Women’s Division. Taslenna is also a former Recruitment Chair of the Women in Leadership Foundation, which is the only national women’s charity in Canada focused on advancing women in leadership roles.