As a Canadian not-for-profit organization IJP is dedicated to facilitate access for members of the foreign judiciary, court and justice administrators to Canadian judicial organizations through various services and activities.
The IJP is headed by a Board of Directors composed of Canadian judges, academics and court administration experts with an extensive experience in the area of Court Administration in Canada and abroad.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(Chair) Dr. Ian Greene, Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto. Dr. Greene has taught public policy and administration at York University since 1985. He brings to his teaching the insights gained from four years of work in Alberta's public service. He was assistant to the Minister of Consumer Affairs in the early 1970s, and was Assistant to the Regional Director of Social Services in Southern Alberta from 1982-85. Dr. Greene has published extensively on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Court Organization and management, and public sector ethics. He is a frequent media commentator on judicial decision-making, ethical issues in government, and anti-corruption measures. Dr. Greene has led training sessions for judges and court administrators from China, Viet Nam, Nigeria, and Jamaica.
Mrs. Ryder-Lahey is an expert in the design, development and implementation of court administration reform projects. Since 2000, she has been involved in Rule of Law and Court Reform projects in several countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Albania, Jamaica and Philippines.
In addition to her extensive experience in all facets of court operations, Ms. Ryder-Lahey has experience in strategic planning, policy development, collective bargaining, classification system of public-funded positions, and consultations with various stakeholders in the justice system.
Founding member of IJP and Executive Director from 2013 to 2016, Ms. Diane Elkas is a retired lawyer, member of the Quebec Bar Association since 1986. After practicing law during several years, Ms. Elkas has reoriented her career towards international development.
Since 1994, Ms. Elkas has taken part into numerous judicial and legal reform projects in
different countries, and in complex political and cultural environments. Over the past 22 years, she has worked in Cambodia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, China and Vietnam.
Diana Lowe, QC is the Executive Counsel to the Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and Deputy Executive Director of the Court. Diana holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Law (LLB, University of Alberta, 1984) (LLM, University of Edinburgh, 1991), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy. In January 2008 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel.
Diana has extensive experience in systems reform, and is currently co-leading the Reforming the Family Justice System initiative (RFJS). The RFJS is a collaborative action initiative, designed to effect system-wide change in the family justice system in Alberta. The initiative recognizes that family breakdown is common and brings with it many challenges for parents and their children. These challenges are compounded by the current family justice system, which is adversarial in nature, complex and costly for families. Collaborators have adopted a Theory of Change which holds that “family justice issues are primarily social, relationship and financial, that contain a legal element”. This logic of change grounds the work and will help collaborators to achieve the key outcome that families (parents and children) will thrive, even while undergoing changes to their structure.
Richard Haigh is an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Director of York’s Centre for Public Policy and Law and Co-Director of the Part-Time LLM in Constitutional Law at Osgoode. He has a doctorate from the University of Toronto in the area of freedom of conscience and religion. He was, until December 2007, the Associate Director, Graduate Program at Osgoode Professional Development. He has been a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, a Senior Advisor at the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa, and a Legal Research and Writing Lecturer at Osgoode. His research and teaching interests include Constitutional Law, Public Law, and Equity and Trusts. His recent published works include papers on the Supreme Court’s use of metaphor, division of powers in freedom of expression cases, freedom of conscience and whistleblowing, freedom of religion, dialogue theory, noise by-laws, election financing laws and prisoner’s voting rights; he also contributed a chapter to the State and Citizen casebook on Public Law (Emond-Montgomery, 3rd ed., 2015).
The mandate of IJP’s Advisory Committee is to work closely with the IJP Board of Directors in order to provide broad policy support and direction to and advise IJP on the fulfilment of its international activities and programs, ensuring that judges’ participation in international activities does not compromise or raise concerns about judicial independence and impartiality and on the administration
of justice in general.
The Advisory Committee is composed of volunteer members and includes judges, lawyers and academics who are selected based on their international experience, their interest and knowledge of development issues and their ability to bring particular expertise and knowledge to the IJP’s activities and programs.
Appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in 1995, and to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1997. After retiring from the Supreme Court, Mr Justice Bastarache worked as counsel at Heenan Blaikie Law firm from 2008 to 2014. He currently is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Moncton, and at the Facullty of Law, University of Ottawa.
During his impressive career, Justice Bastarache has previously occupied various positions in the academic area ranging from professor to Associate Dean, and has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution to the development of the law in Canada. He also is the editor and principal author of law books and numerous publications in collective works and periodicals. In 1993, he was nominated as Jurist of the year by the Association des juristes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick. Justice Bastarache also has an extensive experience and knowledge of in international development work having been involved in a several year judicial reform project in Russia.
Bruce Preston has worked for the Courts Administration Service in Toronto since 1989. He has moved to progressively more senior positions, and is presently an Assessment and Taxation Officer. Since 2010, Bruce has participated in justice reform initiatives for court registrars, administrators and judges in Ghana and Jamaica with regard to caseflow management, records management, judicial case management, and scheduling. As part of these initiatives he developed a records management system for the Jamaica Parish Court. In 2017, he worked half time with the UNDP in Jamaica. He has a Master’s degree from Brock University specializing in Judicial Administration (1987), and since that time has completed continuing education courses related to dispute resolution, decision-writing, negotiation, and running a fair hearing. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in pastoral care and counseling at McMaster University. Bruce is married and has two children.
Dr. Carl Baar is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brock University and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at York University. His doctorate is from the University of Chicago. Over the past 40 years he has been recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the organization and management of courts and court systems. He has been involved in several international development projects and his advice has been considered and implemented by judges in Australia, Singapore, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
IJP’s Executive Director, Mr. Ian Stedman, is an Ontario lawyer who is also a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Ian has spent time in both the public and private sectors throughout his legal career, including having worked 3+ years at the Office of the Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar of Ontario, as well as having spent time at one of the Ontario’s regulated health professions.
Ian has also been an instructor at both Osgoode Hall Law School and within the Public Policy and Administrative Studies program at York University. He sits on the Research Ethics Board at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the Board of Directors for the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD) and the Election Compliance Audit Committee for the City of Markham.