Whistleblowing Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by volunteer staff in its startup phase.
Pamela Forward, MA, GCCR, Reg.N - 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.
Susan Holmes, MA
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 regarding the privacy breach. The assertions regarding wrongdoing were never openly investigated.
Susan is currently an advocate for the provision by government of robust measures to protect whistleblowers to prevent harm to employees and citizens.
Alan Levy, BA, MIR, LLM
Alan Levy has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. He holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg, a Masters of Industrial Relations & Human Resources from the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto, and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall, Law School, York University. He worked for over 35 years in the human resources and labour relations area for companies such as Ford, the Toronto General Hospital - Toronto Health Network, and the Ontario Ministry of Social Services. He has negotiated the first grievance mediation process in any civil service in the nation, for the Ontario Civil Service.
Throughout his career, Alan’s goal has been to foster and celebrate in organizations and society, diverse and inclusive workplaces with a sense of belonging. He has been committed in his organizational and academic work, to building teams that reflect a wide variety of skills, perspectives, and backgrounds and that feel free to express their opinions. This includes his work with whistleblowing, believing whistleblowing only strengthens organizations to be better in their service to all customers and to society as a whole, whether in the private or public sectors.
He negotiated more than 100 collective agreements without one strike. He has negotiated hundreds of settlements to various legal workplace complaints. He was appointed by Prime Minister Martin at the time as an adjudicator to the Canada Industrial Relations Board. As well, he has been invited to teach at Universities internationally, in Middle East Europe, Asia, and Australia particularly in the area of conflict resolution and negotiations.
He had a change of career in 2004 and became a Lecturer at the University of Toronto both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He then moved to the University of Regina as an Assistant Professor and finally to Brandon University's Department of Business as an Associate Professor teaching in Human Resources, Leadership, Diversity/ Human Rights, Organization Behaviour and Labour Relations areas. Levy’s research is primarily on whistleblowing law in Canada compared to other common-law countries. His research has always been to educate, not just at the academic level but for the average person and particularly in the area of whistleblowing.
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 SSHRC 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.
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
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