The Staff of the Justice Centre

John Carpay – President

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John Carpay was born in the Netherlands, and grew up in British Columbia.  He earned his B.A. in Political Science at Laval University in Quebec City, and his LL.B. from the University of Calgary.  Fluent in English, French, and Dutch, John served the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as Alberta Director from 2001 to 2005, advocating for lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government.  Called to the Bar in 1999, he has been an advocate for freedom and the rule of law in constitutional cases across Canada.  As the founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, John has devoted his legal career to defending constitutional freedoms through litigation and education.  He considers it a privilege to advocate for courageous and principled clients who take great risks – and make tremendous personal sacrifices – by resisting the unjust demands of intolerant government authorities.  In 2010, John received the Pyramid Award for Ideas and Public Policy in recognition of his work in constitutional advocacy, and his success in building up and managing a non-profit organization to defend citizens’ freedoms.  He serves on the Board of Advisors of iJustice, an initiative of the Centre for Civil Society, India.

Jay Cameron – Litigation Manager

jaycameronJay Cameron is the litigation manager at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a non-profit law firm dedicated to the education and defence of Canadians constitutional rights, particularly freedom of religion and conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of association. Jay graduated from law school in 2007 and articled at a national law firm in Calgary, Alberta. After being called to the bar in 2008, Jay worked as a Crown prosecutor, where he ran trials and bail hearings. In 2012 he returned to Alberta and civil litigation and has since appeared at every level of court in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, the Court of Appeal in Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He believes in the importance of constitutionalism and the rule of law to national success. He believes that everyone is created equal by God and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.

James Kitchen – Staff Lawyer

James Kitchen joined the Justice Centre in 2016 as an articling student. James earned a BA in History and Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick. He earned his JD at the University of New Brunswick in 2016, where he was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. While in law school, James served at the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, working in the areas of human rights, administrative law, and constitutional law. He also interned with the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, working in the areas of criminal and administrative law. James represented the University of New Brunswick law school at the 2016 Gale Cup Moot in Toronto, which focuses on current issues in Canadian constitutional law. James was called to the Alberta Bar in June, 2017.

Marty Moore – Staff Lawyer

Marty Moore grew up in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  He earned his J.D. degree from Oak Brook College of Law (Fresno, California).  While in law school, Marty served in the legal department of an international non-profit organization, working in a wide variety of fields ranging from property to immigration law.  In 2011, Marty became a member of the State Bar of California.  Upon receiving his law licence, Marty served as assistant counsel for non-profit organizations and gained litigation experience, appearing before both trial and appellate courts on property-related matters.  In 2013, Marty returned to Canada and successfully completed a year of course work at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, as part of the national accreditation process to obtain Canadian legal equivalency.  In October of 2015, Marty was called to the bar in Calgary, Alberta.

Rod Wiltshire – Staff Lawyer

Rod Wiltshire recently retired after 20 years’ as a constitutional lawyer with the Government of Alberta. Through R. Wiltshire Professional Corporation he now works with the Justice Centre, giving advice and acting on litigation matters. Rod grew up in St. Albert, Alberta. He received his LL.B from the University of Toronto in 1988, winning several awards and finishing third in his class. He earned an LL.M. at the Yale Law School the following year. After law school he was a member of the Ontario bar before leaving for Alberta and being called to the bar there in 1998. He appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada numerous times for the Attorney General of Alberta.

Brandon Langhjelm – Staff Lawyer

Brandon Langhjelm is a life-long resident of British Columbia with a longstanding passion for constitutional history and law. He earned a B.A. degree in History from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Abbotsford, graduating with Recognition of Outstanding Achievement from the UFV Department of History.  He subsequently earned a J.D. degree from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and articled at the British Columbia Regional Office of the federal Department of Justice in Vancouver. Brandon was called to the Bar of British Columbia in February of 2017.

Lisa Bildy – Staff Lawyer

Lisa Bildy graduated from Western Law school in 1993, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1995. She received an award for her leadership and commitment to the community legal clinic at Western, and a prize for attaining the highest standing in Criminal Law Practice at the London Bar Admission Course. Lisa articled and practiced for seven years with a small litigation firm, where she did considerable trial work (including jury), primarily in the areas of family and personal injury law. She left her practice to focus on raising and homeschooling her two children, but stayed connected with the law by doing legal research and writing. In 2017, Lisa was gearing up for a return to practice when she learned of the Law Society of Ontario’s new requirement that lawyers sign a Statement of Principles undertaking to promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in all aspects of their lives, as a condition of practicing law. Recognizing this as an affront to freedom of conscience, belief and expression, she led a successful campaign, known as StopSOP, to elect to the Law Society a slate of lawyers who were committed to repealing this requirement. Lisa believes that the protection of individual rights and freedoms is essential to human flourishing and a civil society, and is pleased to work with the Justice Centre in jealously guarding those freedoms. She also maintains a private litigation practice in London, Ontario, known as Libertas Law.

David Hersey – Legal Assistant

David Hersey joined the Justice Centre in 2018 as a legal assistant and became involved with the litigation files. David earned his JD from the Oak Brook College of Law in California, and has since taken the notorious California Bar Exam. He is currently awaiting his results, after which David will obtain his Canadian equivalency certificate.

Marnie Cathcart – Director of Communications

Marnie has over 20 years experience in newspaper and magazine reporting/editing, ghostwriting, project management, marketing and communications, in addition to various radio and public speaking appearances. She was an investigative reporter for a national news magazine with a special focus on family freedom, crime, law, and society. Her writing has appeared in various publications including Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Reader’s Digest, Vancouver Province, Edmonton Journal, Globe & Mail, National Post, Alberta Report and Western Standard. Besides being the mother of 3 grown children, one awesome teenager and an adorable toddler, she has a pilot’s license and enjoys flying, jiu jitsu, renovation projects and spending time with her husband.

Lindsay Shepherd – Campus Free Speech Fellow

Lindsay Shepherd has an M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University and B.A. (Hons) in Communication and Political Science from Simon Fraser University. She has been published in The Post Millennial, Maclean’s, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, and Quillette. She was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from Heterodox Academy and the 2018 Harry Weldon Canadian Values Award from the Peace, Order and Good Government think tank.

 

Adam Soos – Event Coordinator

Adam studied English and political science at St. Mary’s University and graduated cum laude with a BA in 2009. He has extensive expertise in branding strategies, social media management and event coordination. He is known publicly as a political commentator, public speaker and apologist. Adam enjoys cinematography, technology and writing. He is a passionate defender of human rights, individual freedoms and free speech.     

Michelle Gusdal – Administrative Assistant

For administrative matters, email Michelle at admin@jccf.ca.