Whistleblowing Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by volunteer staff in its startup phase.
Ian Bron, MA, PhD (cand) - Vice President
Ian Bron is a consultant and accountability activist interested in assisting individuals and organizations develop speak-up cultures in order to prevent misconduct before it can cause serious damage. His career has spanned a number of roles: naval officer, educator, federal government regulator, and program evaluation lead. He is also a PhD candidate at Carleton University, studying whistleblowing systems. Besides Whistleblowing Canada, he is a founding member of Anti-corruption and Accountability Canada (formerly Canadians for Accountability), a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the integrity of Canadian institutions.
In 2005 Ian Bron began to raise concerns regarding the inadequacy of standards being developed by Transport Canada for security in our ports to prevent terrorist attacks. Management's response was to isolate and harass him. When he wrote a formal report about his concerns in 2006 his bosses claimed that he was harassing them and launched an investigation that would ultimately last 3 years.
In 2013 Bron left the public service. He asserts that his concerns regarding security were never properly investigated and that few of the problems he identified have been addressed.
- Video: Ian Bron
Pamela Forward, BA, MA, GCCR, RN - President
Pamela Forward is a workplace mediator and researcher. She moved to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia from Ottawa, ON in 2017. A graduate of Carleton University (BA Political Science, Graduate Studies in Conflict Resolution, MA Legal Studies) and a registered nurse, Pamela has had a varied career in government (federal public service and advisor to federal cabinet Ministers), business and health care. Over the years, much of her work has been with people in conflict and crisis situations. As well, she has coached new mediators in Carleton University’s, Department of Law- Conflict Resolution Program, and law students in the University of Ottawa, Department of Law.
Pamela’s experience includes both management and advisory positions at the national and international levels. She has been active in professional organizations, community organizations, and political organizations throughout her career. Her interest in whistleblowing activism began in the 1990’s when she joined with others to support whistleblowers in the Federal Public Service. She recently completed an in-depth, qualitative case study on whistleblowing regarding drug safety issues at Health Canada which highlighted many system flaws resulting in reprisals against truth-tellers and impunity for wrong-doers. This blend of knowledge and experience has stimulated an abiding interest in supporting conflict-friendly, ethical and accountable organizations and inspired the founding of Whistleblowing Canada Research Society. A native Newfoundlander, Pamela has traveled extensively, particularly in the Middle and Far East and has lived in Spain.
Paloma Raggo, PhD - Director
Dr. Paloma Raggo is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration and teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. Carleton University’s new Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. Paloma has a PhD in political science with a dual specialty in public policy/administration and international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research interests include international nonprofit/INGO leadership, organizational accountability, global philanthropy, online teaching, and mixed methodologies. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the associate director of the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) of the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods held at Syracuse University. She has received research related awards from the Canadian Association of Nonprofit Research and Social Economy Research (ANSER-ARES) (Best Thesis 2015), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (Emergent Scholar Award 2014), the Society for Political Methodology and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (John Garcia Award 2011). She is currently working on her book: Leadership and Accountability in International Nonprofit Organizations and has received funding from SSHR for a project on transnational accountability.
Susan Reed, RN - Secretary-Treasurer
Susan Reed is a graduate of the Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal and completed part-time studies relevant to her profession at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. Throughout her career in health care she assumed positions of increasing responsibility first in hospital management in Quebec and Ontario as Head Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, and Director of Nursing. In 1980 her career changed direction when she accepted a position as Administrator of a Long-Term Care Home with Extendicare Canada in Port Stanley Ontario, then in Halifax and in the Ottawa area in 1988, where she remained until 2006. During her employment she developed, with her staff, many innovative programs to improve care and quality of life for her clients. In 1989 Susan also became a part-time Surveyor for Accreditation Canada specializing in surveying Long-Term Care Homes, hospitals, and related community health care services, right across Canada. She continued in this role for the next 22 years. Susan is presently living in Ottawa with her husband. She has four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Susan Holmes graduated from the University of Waterloo Ontario with an Honours degree in English Literature then received her BEd from Brock University and a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto and her Principals Certification from Centre for leadership studies, U. of Toronto. Susan has partially completed her PhD and is very interested in whistleblowing as an area of research.
Susan has held senior educational positions such as High school Learning Specialist, Principal District Coordinator for student services and Provincial Coordinator for first Nations Integrated Service delivery as well as Provincial English as a Second Language and French as a Second Language Counselling Specialist.
She left education for a short time to fulfill the role of Manager for the Population
Secretariat, part of the PEI public service focusing on newcomer immigration needs.
While there Susan, and two other women witnessed, documented and publicly disclosed government malfeasance mostly rooted in the Provincial Nominee Program - part of the larger immigration file. In retaliation, the government of the day violated their privacy, confirmed by the privacy commissioner of PEI. The three collectively sued those in government who were responsible and an out of court settlement was reached.
Susan is currently an advocate for the provision by government of robust measures to protect whistleblowers to prevent harm to employees and citizens.
Edgar Schmidt is a former legislative counsel, Senior Counsel, and ultimately, General Counsel in the Department of Justice Canada during the years 1999 to 2013. He was located in the Legislative Services Branch, responsible over the course of his career for the drafting of federal bills and occasionally regulations, for Charter examination of bills, for providing and organizing instruction in legislative drafting and for the management of the professional development and advisory services section of the Branch.
In 2012, after years of trying to have the issue addressed internally in the Department, through the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, and through the Access to Information Act, he asked Her Majesty (acting through Her judges in the Federal Court) to sort out whether the Minister of Justice and Deputy Minister of Justice were properly carrying out Her instructions- set out in 3 Acts of Parliament – to examine proposed legislation for legality and to report any inconsistency with law. (What they were doing-and continue to do-is to report only provisions whose unlawfulness is so clearly manifest that even the Justice Department’s clever lawyers could not come up with any argument that could reasonably
be made on the side of lawfulness, not reporting provisions that they themselves believed to be almost certainly unlawful.) As a result of doing so, officials in the Department caused him to be immediately suspended without pay and he ultimately retired.
Executive Director: Pamela Forward