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Bruce Campbell awarded Leadership in Justice Fellowship

July 20, 2015

Bruce CampbellExploring the causes and consequences of Lac-Mégantic, and similar public disasters; Bruce Campbell Awarded Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to award a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship to Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The focus of Mr. Campbell’s Fellowship will be public disasters and associated regulatory failure. Specifically, he will further his study of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster of July 6, 2013.

Mr. Campbell is a leading policy expert in Canada. Under his leadership, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has become widely recognized as Canada’s leading progressive think tank. The Centre covers a wide range of economic, social and environmental policy issues at all levels of governance. Mr. Campbell is also the author of numerous articles and reports on national and international public policy issues and is a frequent media commentator and conference presenter.

From January 2016 to December 2016, Mr. Campbell will be hosted by the Common Law and Droit Civil Sections at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, as well as the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC). Professor Elizabeth Sheehy, Vice Dean Research, Common Law and holder of the Shirley Greenberg Chair, Professor Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Vice Dean Research and Communications, Droit Civil, and Professor John Packer, Director of the HRREC, are pleased to welcome him.

Mr. Campbell said, “I’m honoured to be selected and look forward to the collaborations and dialogue that will deepen our collective understanding of the public health, safety and environmental risks of these disasters, and measures to strengthen the regulatory regime.”

CCPA National President Larry Brown added “The CCPA Board and Members’ Council are thrilled that Bruce has been recognized with this important Fellowship. Bruce has done a superlative job with the Centre for many years, and this new role will allow him to continue to contribute, both directly with further work for the CCPA, and indirectly by fostering deeper and stronger connections with the University of Ottawa and indeed The Law Foundation of Ontario.”

The Law Foundation of Ontario established the Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship in 2006 to provide a unique professional development opportunity to outstanding individuals who build bridges between community and academia. The Fellowship allows recognized leaders in the public sector, those dedicated to law reform, legal advocacy or the justice system, to spend all or part of an academic year at an Ontario law school, university or college in a legal or justice studies-related department.

“Research into regulatory negligence at this level and in such depth is rare,” Paul B. Schabas, Chair, Board of Trustees, The Law Foundation of Ontario said. “Mr. Campbell’s relationship with community members in Lac-Mégantic affords him a unique opportunity to bring the voices of those affected by such disasters to the forefront and is extremely important to the furthering of access to justice and its intersection with policy work. This Fellowship exemplifies The Law Foundation of Ontario’s mission; that is to improve access to justice and promote professional excellence.”