The Team

You

We want you to be part of Team Dimitri! We're building a dedicated group of activists and volunteers across the country to make the dream of a unified progressive movement a reality. Wherever you are, whatever your talents, if you're interested in helping, we want to have you. Visit our Volunteer Page or Contact Us to become part of the team!

Dimitri Lascaris

Dimitri LascarisDimitri is a lawyer, journalist, and activist based in Montreal, Quebec. After graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991, he began his law career at the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. In 2004 he joined Siskinds LLP, one of Canada’s leading class action law firms. There, he co-founded and led Canada’s largest and most accomplished team of securities class action lawyers, recovering more than $450,000,000 for aggrieved investors.

In 2016, Dimitri retired from Siskinds in order to devote himself to journalism, activism, and pro bono legal work. He has been a correspondent of The Real News Network, and has served on the Boards of numerous public-interest organizations, including The Unity Project for the Relief of Homelessness, Pro Bono Ontario, and Toronto350.

In Canada’s 2015 federal election, Dimitri ran for the Green Party of Canada (GPC) in the riding of London West. Subsequently, he served as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the GPC and as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Quebec.

To learn more, read Dimitri's Story.

 

Atul Bahl

Atul Bahl is a lifelong educator in the Ontario public school system. He is a passionate progressive with a distinguished record of activism in social justice, organized labour and anti-racism. Atul served as President of the federal NDP riding association for Trinity-Spadina during Olivia Chow’s two terms as the MP for the riding. Atul has joined Dimitri’s campaign team to help unite progressives under Dimitri’s leadership of the Green Party.

 

Lisa Barrett

A mediator and arbitrator with two decades of experience, Lisa is a Board member for Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, which campaigns for lawyers whose rights, freedoms or independence are threatened as a result of their human rights advocacy. Lisa is also a local co-ordinator for Code Pink Women for Peace, and former Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and  Director of Vancity Credit Union. Lisa is a past member of Shadow Cabinet and also ran as a Green Party candidate.

 

Saul Bottcher

Saul is a democracy and human rights activist based in Brampton, Ontario. A member of the Green Party for 16 years, Saul was a candidate in 2015 in the riding of Brampton Centre. He has also been a frequent participant in the party's policy development process, collaborating with other members on a variety of human rights, democracy, and internal governance policies.

 

Karen Brill

Karen originally became involved with the Green Party when she was active on the Franklin River Blockade in Tasmania, Australia, during the early 80’s. Trained in Civil Disobedience, NVA and Consensus Decision Making, she led the orientation of new volunteers and was involved in several non-violent actions during the campaign. She is a current member of the Davenport Executive of the GPC.

Karen started her career working in mental health and moved on to work and consult in the private and public sectors in leadership development and talent management. She holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, an undergraduate degree in Social Work from McMaster University, and is trained in Organizational Relationship Systems. She has a proven track record of planning and implementing change initiatives for all levels in the organization, and a strong background in competency-based learning, strategy implementation, team development, and group facilitation.

Karen lives in Toronto where she has raised two sons. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in her community with adults experiencing transition, as well as cycling, canoeing, swimming and running. Karen loves the arts and is learning to play the ukulele.

 

Isabella Crispino

Isabella is a student at the University of Oxford, where she is studying global history and politics. As the daughter of Italian-Canadian parents, Isabella grew up between Montreal and Geneva, Switzerland and moved to England for her university studies. 

During her time at Oxford, she has further developed her passion for human rights, environmental issues and current affairs. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of a cultural and literary journal, The Oxford Review of Books, has worked consistently throughout her degree to raise money for refugee legal aid through student charity, and has assisted the Oxford Climate Society in their campaign to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the University.

 

Dr. Radhika Desai

Radhika Desai is Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group, at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She recently started her third term as President of the Society for Socialist Studies. Dr. Desai is the author of Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), and has written, edited, or co-edited seven other books, with four currently underway.

Dr. Desai's work covers party politics, political and economic theory, nationalism, and British, US and Indian politics. Her approach is historical and based on political economy. In her 2013 work, Geopolitical Economy, she proposed a new approach to understanding world affairs which placed the economic role of nations centrally, and used a distinctive interpretation of the interrelated ideas of uneven and combined development, 'late development', and the developmental state as the key to explaining the dynamic of international relations of the modern capitalist world.

Dr. Desai was educated at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and at Queen's University at Kingston, Canada.

 

Alan Freeman

Alan Freeman was an economist at the Greater London Authority (UK) from 2000 to 2011, where he wrote Creativity, London's Core Business and was lead author for London: a Cultural Audit. He helped define the UK's system for measuring the cultural and creative industries. Alan was also lead researcher for The Living Wage: towards a Fairer London, which laid the statistical foundation for setting the Living Wage in the UK and in various other countries including New Zealand.

Alan believes that creativity defines the human spirit, and he campaigns for an economy that ends resource-destructive modes of growth by prioritising creative production. Now retired, he lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba where, with Radhika Desai, he co-directs the Geopolitical Economy Research Group at the University of Manitoba. Alan served on the board of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 2012 till 2018 and serves on the boards of Manitobans for the Arts and Video Pool Manitoba.

 

Wendy Goldsmith

A social worker in London, Ontario for more than two decades, Wendy sailed with the Women's Boat to Gaza in 2016. She is an organizer for human rights in her community, nationally and internationally. Wendy is the proud mom of three amazing children and dreams of a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world for them and for all children.

 

Colin Griffiths

Colin Griffiths has been a member of the GPC for over 15 years. During the leadership contest in 2006, he was part of Elizabeth May’s team. He has been actively engaged in Green Party politics in several ridings, including Lanark / Mississippi Mills, Northumberland / Quinte West, Gatineau, Hull / Aylmer and lately Pontiac. As a member of their executives, he has been responsible for establishing and growing party memberships wherever he has volunteered. Several party policies have benefitted from Colin’s contributions. He has been a member of several federal committees, such as the constitution committee and was involved in the leadership review in 2016. In the 2015 election, Colin ran as the GPC candidate in Pontiac.

 

Rowan Miller

As a first-time Green Party candidate in the 2019 election in the riding of Tobique—Mactaquac, Rowan achieved 14.1% popular support.

 

Matthew Peloza

A CPA and CMA, Matthew is Budget and Forecast Manager at GoodLife Fitness, and a past candidate for the Green Party of Canada in 2015 and 2011.

 

Sheila Rea

From growing up on a farm, to small towns and big cities, Sheila has made her home in Nanaimo, BC. She joined the Green Party in 2015 and volunteered in Paul Manly’s Federal Campaign that same year.

She has worked in the advertising industry with a major ad agency, as a small business entrepreneur and as a day trader where she learned much about the injustices in our economic and financial system and the failings of the political systems that support them. Sheila currently is a passionate and outspoken advocate for political action and policies that best serve the greater needs of society, the economy and the environment equally.

 

Rami Yahia

Rami Yahia is a Canadian activist with Palestinian background. He first became involved with social movements in 2014 through Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) Concordia. Following this, he became an executive of the Concordia Student Union, where he advocated on behalf of Concordia undergraduate students. Rami then became the Secretary General of the Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec (AVEQ), a provincial student association in Quebec. AVEQ’s mission was to offer a more democratic student union that was centered around Quebec universities in the regions outside of Montreal. AVEQ played a crucial role in developing Quebec’s law on sexual harassment on university campuses. Rami has experience in media communications and social media advertising, which he developed through his hot sauce start-up CustomHeats.

 

Special Advisor: Kike Ojo-Thompson

Kike is the founder of the Kojo Institute and a leader in equity consulting, directing organizations beyond 'diversity quotas' and buzzwords toward truly equitable cultures and outcomes.

In order to resolve the crisis of systemic racism in Canada, Dimitri believes it is vital for the Green Party to engage with those who are on the frontlines of the struggle for racial justice and to seek guidance from both party members and experts from outside the party. That's why Dimitri has appointed Kike Ojo-Thompson as his campaign's anti-racism advisor.

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  • Marie Lloyd
    commented 2020-07-13 08:11:31 -0400 · Flag
    Dream Team- only not just a dream.