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 New Brunswick in 2007 and articled at a national law firm in Calgary, Alberta. After being called to the bar in 2008, Jay worked in British Columbia as a Crown prosecutor, where he ran trials and bail hearings in Prince George and Williams Lake. 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, and at the Court of Appeal in Ontario. He has testified as a witness on constitutional issues at standing committees of both the House of Commons and the Senate, and will represent the Justice Centre at the Supreme Court of Canada in November 2017 on a landmark freedom of association case. He is married, loves the outdoors, and believes that everyone is created equal by God and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.

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 & Development

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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 – 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.

Chris Tomalty – Digital Media Producer

Chris Tomalty-Moeller is the Centre’s digital media producer, responsible in part for working on the organization’s outreach and content strategy. Previously, he’s worked for freelance clients as well as the Conservative Resource Group as a graphic designer. When he’s not working with the JCCF, Chris is a first-year Master of Global Affairs candidate at the University of Toronto’s Munk School. Before that, he graduated with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University with a specialization in International Studies.

David Di Sante – Research Intern

David Di Sante earned his LL.L degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa in 2015. In 2017, David completed his LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science where his coursework focused on public international law. As part of the Master’s degree, David submitted his major dissertation on freedom of expression at Canadian universities. Throughout his legal studies, David was involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. While at the University of Ottawa, David participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Moreover, David worked full-time as a CO-OP student in the litigation branch of the federal Department of Justice. David is set to write the Quebec bar exam in winter 2018, and commence his articling in July 2018 with the Department of Justice in Ottawa.

Michelle Gusdal – Administrative Assistant

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