HRI is a leader in sharing information on human rights, inspiring education, advocacy and dialogue, and providing an online space for human rights information and resources relevant to Canada and beyond.
Since 1976 HRI has promoted human rights and social justice through leadership opportunities and documentation projects, publications, events, and more recently though small grants.
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Hazel Postma, Chair
Hazel Postma 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 over 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.
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.
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 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.
Lathika Sritharan, Director
Lathika Sritharan is a Research Coordinator at the Global Strategy Lab and the Assistant Director of the Global Health Law Clinic based at the University of Ottawa. She has a Masters degree in public health from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Lathika is passionate about community health, human rights and chronic disease research. Her passion for public health has led her to be actively involved in the Tamil Health Association (a not for profit organization in the Greater Toronto Area) as the Director of Community Health Research.
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.