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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

Lisa has been a deeply committed environmental, economic and social justice activist, starting in the ‘70s working with the Society for Promotion of Environmental Conservation (SPEC); Labour Economists Forum; Trade Justice Network; Canadian Community Economic Network (CCEDNet); Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA); Code Pink Women for Peace and Rising Tide, Coast Salish Territories. She served two terms on the Board of Vancity Credit Union.

Lisa stood twice in federal elections for the Green Party of Canada in Vancouver Centre in 2020 and West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky in 1997, and was the Foreign Affairs critic for the GPC. She was the first Green mayor elected in Canada in the Municipality of Bowen Island and served two terms as mayor, one as councillor. Lisa studied international law with a focus on international trade and human rights. She is a practicing civil mediator and arbitrator.

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 prioritizing 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.

Today, he co-manages Dimitri's campaign along with Matthew Peloza.

Rowan Miller

Rowan Miller is an MA student in Political Science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He is doing research on the UNFCCC's approach to climate change avoidance and mitigation and the limitations to their strategies.

In 2019 he was the Green Party candidate for Tobique-Mactaquac, coming in with 14.1% of the vote. At 23, he is the youngest Green candidate to break the 10% threshold.

He is passionate about environmental and social justice, and does not believe that one can be accomplished without the other. With the world facing a multitude of ecological crises that far transcend just climate change, Rowan believes that the time is now to introduce strong and sweeping socio-economic reform to bring humanity in line with the planet, and the worst hoarders of wealth in line with humanity.

Matthew Peloza

Matthew has been involved with the Green Party since 2005. Over the past 15 years, he has served on various Green Party of Canada and the Green Party of Ontario CAs and EDAs executives. He has worked on federal, provincial and municipal campaigns in London, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, and London, and was the campaign manager for the first Green elected to London, Ontario City Council.

He is a certified accountant holding the designation of CPA CMA, and his experience is focused on providing financial and strategic analysis and insight to senior organization leadership teams. Matthew is the candidate of record for the Green Party in London-Fanshawe for 2011 and 2015.

Today, he co-manages Dimitri's campaign along with Colin Griffiths.

Matthew Peloza

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.

Anna Badillo

Anna Badillo is a human rights advocate and social justice activist. Anna began her journey as an academic-activist for Palestinian human rights and prisoners’ justice back in 2014.

She received her MPhil from Trinity College, Dublin, at University of Dublin, in International Peace studies. She received her BA in a double major in Social Justice & Peace studies and World Religions and Cultures studies at King’s University College at Western University.

Anna is currently an event project coordinator with the Social Justice Event Collective and organizes with People for Peace, London.

Anna Badillo

Stephanie Kelly

Stephanie Kelly holds a PhD in French Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario and loves gardening, camping and kayaking.

She is a community-based peace and human rights advocate, active within civil society groups at the neighbourhood, municipal, and national and international levels.

She helped organize with Londoners for Door to Door mail delivery, 2014-2016, with People for Peace, London (most recently working to support a migrant worker) and with the participants committee of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.

Spehanie Kelly

David Heap

A teacher-researcher (French and Linguistics, also affiliate faculty with Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies) at the University of Western Ontario, David is a father of two and a community-based peace and human rights advocate.

He is active within a number of civil society groups at the neighbourhood, municipal, national and international levels. A trade-unionist who participates in the Political Action Committee of the London and District Labour Council, David helped organize Londoners for Door to Door mail delivery, 2014-2016.

He helped found the Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign in 2010 and sailed against the blockade of Gaza in 2011. David has supported successive missions of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in different capacities since then, including most recently as media coordinator.

David Heap

Achille Lascaris

Achille Lascaris has just completed his culinary education from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Born in Nice, France, and having travelled widely, Achille continues to seek his passions. Cuisine, politics, body art and soccer have filled that role thus far, but he seeks to broaden his horizons by meeting new people and having new experiences.

Achille Lascaris

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.

Kike Ojo-Thompson

Maria Vamvalis

Maria Vamvalis is a well-respected educator, facilitator and curriculum consultant who works at the intersections of the climate emergency, equity, racial justice, decolonization, complex problem solving and progressive, transformative change both locally and globally. She has worked with diverse educational and social change organizations including IFEX (The International Freedom of Expression Network), the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO) and school boards across the country with the Critical Thinking Consortium.

Maria is currently a PhD candidate at OISE at the University of Toronto where she is researching approaches to teaching and learning that support youth agency and well-being in the context of the climate crisis. Having been inspired by important teachers in her life, Maria deeply believes that placing both present and future generations of all our relations at the centre of our actions will lead to the collaborative, progressive, transformative change we need.

Maria is also Dimitri’s first cousin, has known him longer than most, and supports his passionate, principled advocacy and expansion of our political imaginations and actions in the context of deeply challenging and urgent times.

Maria Vamvalis photo team member

 

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