John Carpay – President
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 – Staff Lawyer
Jay Cameron earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Burman University in Alberta, and an LLB from the University of New Brunswick. After articling at a large national law firm and being called to the bar in 2008, Jay worked for the Attorney General of British Columbia as a provincial Crown Prosecutor for two years. His varied practice included bail hearings, Charter Applications, and prosecuting dangerous driving offenses, sexual assaults, and other violent crime. He returned to Alberta and civil litigation in 2012, and has since appeared at every level of Court in Alberta, as well as the British Columbia Supreme Court. In addition to criminal law, Jay’s extensive and varied litigation practice has included construction, oil and gas, child protection, real estate, family, insurance, land development, personal injury, defamation and constitutional law (Boissoin v. Lund, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, 2009; freedom of expression). Jay joined the Justice Centre as a staff lawyer in 2015, working on all of the Centre’s litigation files.
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.
Michael Kennedy – Director of Communications and Development
Michael Kennedy is the Justice Centre’s Director of Communications and Development, and co-author of its annual Campus Freedom Index. Michael studied political science and economics at Dalhousie University, and graduated with a BA in 2011. During this time, he served as Executive Director of the Dalhousie Liberty Society, a campus group dedicated to educating students about the importance of political and economic freedom. He is a Millennium Excellence Award National Laureate and has served in leadership roles for a variety of civic and community groups. Michael participated in the Manning Centre Internship Program in 2010, working as a research assistant with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
Before joining the Justice Centre, Michael was an Economist with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an organization dedicated to academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability at American colleges and universities.
James Kitchen – Student-at-Law
James Kitchen joined the Justice Centre in May 2016. 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.
Michelle Gusdal – Administrative Assistant
For administrative matters, email Michelle at email@example.com.