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Mission

The CNCA brings together Canadian civil society working to end corporate abuse in the global operations and supply chains of Canadian companies.

We represent Canadians who are concerned about the environmental and human rights impacts of Canadian corporate activity overseas.

We support communities, workers, Indigenous peoples, and environmental and human rights defenders around the world by advocating for policy and law reform to hold Canadian companies accountable.

What We Do

Research

Produce research and policy options that decision-makers can use.

Inform

Provide information to governments, companies, the media and the public.

Advocate

Advocate for strong federal policies and laws on corporate accountability.

Act

Coordinate action by our member-organizations and allies.

Member Organizations

Team

Staff

Emily Dwyer
Policy Director
Emily joined the CNCA in 2012, having worked previously for Lawyers Without Borders Canada and the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTSN). She has volunteered and interned with community, refugee, legal aid, mining justice and human rights groups in Canada and Guatemala for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.
Aidan Gilchrist-Blackwood
Network Coordinator
CNCA Network Coordinator since 2022, Aidan previously worked as a consultant with MiningWatch Canada, and in Montreal’s community sector including the McGill Research Collective Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America (MICLA) while completing his Masters in political science and his BA in political science and history.
Darren Shore
Communications Officer
Darren has worked in fundraising and communications for over a dozen non-profit organizations, done business development for a university co-op program, and traveled to 66 countries before working in tourism as a hostel manager and tour guide. He studied graphic and web design, and has a BA in political science and graduate diploma in journalism from Concordia University.

Steering Committee

Denis Côté
AQOCI
Denis has been a policy analyst at AQOCI since 2015. He works mainly on issues related to international solidarity, human rights, women's rights, gender equality, and climate change. He also works as a translator in the international cooperation sector, and is the co-owner of a small vegetable farm. [Photo: Jimmy Chicaiza]
Catherine Coumans
MiningWatch Canada
Catherine Coumans has coordinated the Asia-Pacific program at MiningWatch Canada for over 20 years, worked with Indigenous and other communities in over 10 Asian countries and Tanzania, published on mining in over 15 peer-reviewed publications, and testified on mining impacts in Canada, the Philippines, Indonesia, and in an Amici Brief for the US Supreme Court.
Melak Gabresilessie
Amnesty international Canada
Melak is the Corporate Accountability and Climate Justice Campaigner at Amnesty International Canada. Previously a researcher, educator, and facilitator in Ethiopia and Canada, Melak holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Human Rights from Addis Ababa University, and an MA in International Development from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
Karen Hamilton
Above Ground
Director of AboveGround, Karen previously headed the Guatemalan office of Project Accompaniment Quebec-Guatemala, worked as a researcher with the Centre d’études sur le droit international et la mondialisation, and led national programming for the Inter-Council Network of provincial and regional councils for international cooperation. She completed a master of laws degree in 2014.
Diana Martin
MiningWatch Canada
Diana has over a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector with human rights organizations. She is one of the co-managers of MiningWatch Canada, leading fundraising, operations and supporting a few projects on corporate accountability in Canada and Latin America. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, and a M.A. in Global Studies from Sophia University.
George Soule
United Steelworkers
Father of 3, Legislative Staff Representative for the United Steelworkers, previously Director of Digital Strategy for the Premier of Alberta, Chief of Staff to Saskatchewan's Official Opposition, and foreman in demolition and construction, amongst other jobs, George dreams of the day his phone will stop ringing and he can hear his own thoughts.
Jean Symes
Inter Pares
Jean has worked with Inter Pares on projects dedicated to economic justice, tax justice, resource extraction, refugees, peace-building, and preventing violence against women in war, especially in Africa and Latin America. Her background is in finance. She currently Chairs the Canary Research Institute for Mining, Environment and Health.

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