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Dr. Gail Andrews

Gail received university training at McGill University and Pediatrics at the Montreal Children's Hospital.  She did a research Fellowship in Neonatology at the University of Alberta.  Subsequently she developed interest in Neurobehavioral Disorders, with or without known risk factors, including FASD, Autism and other conditions. She is currently Site Lead of Pediatrics at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, affiliated with the University Of Alberta Department of Pediatrics where she is Clinical Professor.  Gail is the Medical Director of the Glenrose FASD Clinical and Research Services with Dr. Carmen Rasmussen as research lead. The GRH FASD research team has explored the neurobehavioral profile in FASD, neuroimaging studies, interventions and as part of NeuroDevNet FASD Project biological studies in Saccadic eye movements, cortisol and genetic/epigenetic factors.  Gail is a founding Board member of the Canada FASD Research Network and continues to work with the FASD Diagnosis Network.  Gail is appointed external expert to the Alberta Government Cross Ministry Committee on FASD that oversees the strategic plan for FASD in Alberta.  She is the Co-Chair of the Research and KT committee of the Canadian Network of Child and Youth Rehabilitation, under the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centers.  This role involves engaging with researchers in various aspects of Neuromotor/ developmental disabilities and bridging research to practices and policies.  Training of professionals about FASD is a thrust of her academic work, funded by Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research.  Gail was recognized for FASD advocacy with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Ms. Lydia Bubel

Ms. Bubel was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1977.  For the past 36 years she has practiced in the Family Law area.  In keeping with her belief that all members of society deserve access to justice and the legal system, Lydia has always made room in her practice for Legal Aid and pro bono clients.  In 1991 she volunteered as a committee member with the Legal Aid Society of Alberta.  In 1997 she accepted a nomination as a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid.  She was asked by Legal Aid and its stake holders, Alberta Justice and The Law Society of Alberta, to Chair the Steering Committee of the Family Law Office Pilot Project in 2002. The project's mandated goal was to develop a new and innovative way to provide legal services for Legal Aid Alberta's family law clients.  The pilot project opened in Edmonton and Calgary in 2003.  After an exhaustive evaluation the pilot project became the Family Law Office which has become a respected and recognized program of Legal Aid Alberta, providing holistic legal services and representation to some of Alberta's most disadvantaged families. After a very short foray into retirement, Lydia returned to the practice of law, and in 2005 she joined the Family Law Office in Edmonton as a staff lawyer. In 2009 Lydia became the Team Lead for FLO's child welfare practice group.  With FLO's support she helped design and implement a new approach to child welfare practice. The Enhanced Early Resolution Team encourages timely collaboration with Children's Services whenever possible, with a focus on determining and finding appropriate supportive services to help families keep their children in their care.  In recognition of FLO's and Lydia's experience in child welfare law and issues, they were appointed in 2010 to act as Interveners to represent the parents and guardians of children who have died while in the care of the Director of Children's Services, in an application brought by the news media to The Information and Privacy Commissioner. Lydia and FLO have tried to meet the challenges of representing clients with FASD in child protection matters and in custody and access disputes, and are pleased to have an opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, and their "wish list" for the consideration of the jury panel.

Dr. Larry Burd

Dr. Larry Burd is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center and FAS Clinic.  Dr. Burd has been with the Pediatric Therapy Program for 31 years where he has evaluated over 15,000 children with birth defects, developmental disorders and mental illness. He has ongoing longitudinal studies of linked cohorts of subjects with Tourette syndrome, autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and infant mortality risk that are in their 26th year of data collection. He published over 200 professional papers on topics dealing with development and behavior in children and adolescents. His research sites have included 41 different countries. Dr. Burd is a Co-PI for the PASS study which is examining outcomes from 12,000 pregnancies with an emphasis on prenatal exposures to alcohol, smoking and other environmental factors. He recently opened new sites in the Congo, Mexico, and China.

Dr. Albert E. Chudley

Dr. Albert Chudley is a professor at the University of Manitoba and is Medical Director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Program in Genetics and Metabolism. He is a medical geneticist and pediatrician with experience in the etiology of genetic and teratogenic disorders that cause birth defects and/or intellectual disabilities.  Dr. Chudley has had a particular interest in the recognition, diagnosis, prevention and intervention strategies related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). He has been involved in the Manitoba Youth Justice FASD initiative since its inception and was a co-PI and co-author of the prevalence study of FASD in a Canadian federal correctional institute. He was the lead author of the Canadian Diagnostic Guidelines for FASD. He served on Health Canada's National Advisory Committee on FASD. He is a current member of the National FASD Screening Tool Steering Committee of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, and supported by grants from Public Health Agency Canada. He is one of the Team Lead in the FASD stream of the NeuroDevNet, established by the National Centres of Excellence. He previously served as a Board member on the Canada Northwest FASD Research Network, and remains a member of the clinical network. Dr. Chudley has been a consultant to provincial, national and international organizations and governments on issues related to FASD. He was co-Chair of the Second International French FASD meeting held on December 15-16, 2011 in Strasbourg, France.

Dr. Sterling Clarren

Dr. Sterling Clarren is the CEO and Scientific Director of the Canada Northwest FASD Research Network and clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia  and the University of Washington. Since 1975, Dr. Clarren has applied his training in dysmorphology, neuropathology, neuroembryology, and developmental pediatrics to the problems of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in clinical diagnosis, clinical evaluation and intervention, and clinical and basic research.  Dr. Clarren wrote the first major summary article on the clinical pattern of malformation associated with alcohol teratogenesis in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1978. He was co-author of the 4-Digit Diagnostic Code for FAS and related conditions. This last work has recently been accepted, with minor modification, as the Canadian standard for FASD diagnosis. Dr. Clarren developed one of the first pediatric clinics focused on the diagnosis of FASD and related conditions in 1978, and has refined the clinical approach over many years. In 2001 he was given the Henry Rosett Award by the Fetal Alcohol Study Group of the Research Society on Alcoholism in recognition of "outstanding clinical insight, leadership, and research". In 2006, he received the Award for Career Excellence from the National Organization for FAS in Washington DC. He lectures internationally and has recently been a distinguished visiting professor at both Queen's University and at McGill.

Dr. Julianne Conry

Dr. Julianne Conry received her Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin and retired from the University of British Columbia in 2001 after 33 years in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. She currently provides the neuropsychological assessments as part of the multidisciplinary team evaluations for FASD at the Asante Centre in Maple Ridge, B.C. and in northern communities in B.C. Dr. Conry has been active in research and the clinical assessment of children, youth, and adults with FASD for over 30 years and has appeared as expert witness on FASD in the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia and the Yukon. With Drs. Diane K. Fast and Christine Loock, she collaborated on the first Canadian prevalence study of youth with FASD in the criminal justice system.  With Dr. Fast she co-authored, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Criminal Justice System (2000) and several articles on FASD and mental health disorders. With Dr. Chudley and others, she co-authored "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosis" (CMAJ, March 2005).  Since 2008, she has been on the Scientific Review committee of the Canadian Foundation for Fetal Alcohol research.

Ms. Donna Debolt

Donna Debolt is a social worker in private practice who translated her 30 years with Child  Protection into working as an outspoken advocate for children  and adults who have life long risks for health,  development, learning and behavioral difficulties associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol.  In her role as an FASD Specialist, Donna challenges communities through case management, advocacy and training to develop and implement prevention, intervention and management strategies so that families and communities can successfully cope and plan for useful futures for these high needs individuals. Donna developed curriculum for and taught in a unique program at the Lethbridge College specifically geared to preparing professionals to work in this field. She is also providing clinical support to a nationally recognized justice project that does case management work for individuals with FASD who interface with the justice system. She has also been asked by Alberta Child and Youth Services to oversee an innovative program targeting practice standards that is hoped will create expertise in Child Welfare practice, improve outcomes for children  and youth diagnosed or suspected as having FASD, test new ideas and act on the new knowledge created.  It is Donna's belief that most innovative programs are created through collaboration and through sharing experiences and skills we will create improved outcomes for individuals and their families.

Mr. William J. Edwards

Mr. William J. Edwards is a Deputy Public Defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, and has served in that position since 2001. Mr. Edwards was inducted into the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) HALL of Fame in 2012 and currently serves as co-chair of the National Advisory Board of NOFAS. From 2008 to 2011, he worked in the mental health court where he represented people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, and has specialized in this field since 1994. Prior to working in Los Angeles, Mr. Edwards worked with the Office of the Public Defender in San Diego and Riverside County, California. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Edwards worked as a staff attorney for the Office of the Capital Collateral Counsel in Tallahassee, Florida, where he represented inmates under sentence of death in state and federal court. Since 1996 to 2001 on a pro bono basis, Mr. Edwards has represented inmates with intellectual disabilities or mental illness on death row nationwide, including inmates in Texas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida. For three years, Mr. Edwards served as one of the amicus attorneys for Johnny Paul Penry, an inmate with intellectual disabilities on death row in Texas. In Penry v. Johnson 532 U.S. 782 (2001), a landmark Supreme Court case, Mr. Edwards and other amicus attorneys argued that the execution of people with intellectual disabilities violates both national and international law. Mr. Edwards has authored numerous articles on the subject of people with intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system. One of his publications was cited by the United States Supreme Court in Atkins v. Virginia 536 U.S. 304 (2002). Prior to the United States Supreme Court decision banning the execution of people with intellectual disabilities, he also consulted with and testified before many state governmental legislative bodies regarding the problems people with intellectual disabilities face while in the criminal justice system. At the request of Temple University's Institute on Disabilities, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Edwards wrote a training manual for attorneys who represent people with intellectual disabilities, a manual which is used across the United States and in other countries such as Australia. From 2002 until 2005, Mr. Edwards served on the Faculty of the National Academy for Equal Justice for People with Developmental Disabilities at Temple University. During 1997-1999, Mr. Edwards was honored with the Rosemary F. Dybwad International Fellowship sponsored by the National Association of Retarded Citizens. This fellowship allowed Mr. Edwards to travel throughout Canada to train and educate Legal Aid Attorneys and Public Defenders in the area of intellectual disabilities and fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the criminal justice system.

Ms. Cathy Lane Goodfellow

Ms. Cathy Lane Goodfellow graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1983 and practiced law in Edmonton from 1984 to 1991 in the areas of family law and youth criminal defence.  In 1992 she relocated to Calgary and has been in continuous employment with the Youth Criminal Defence Office since October 1993, became the Assistant Senior Counsel in 2008 and Acting Senior Counsel in 2012.  Cathy obtained her Master of Laws Degree in 1995 and her thesis focused on the Young Offenders Act and the ethical and legal obligation for specialized advocacy for young people.  She has guest lectured numerous times for a wide variety of community and social agencies, been a lecturer for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and a sessional instructor at both the University of Calgary and University of Alberta.  She was the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch.  Cathy shares her busy life with husband Steve Goodfellow, step-daughters Cristy and Amanda, sons-in law Brux and Chad, two beautiful  granddaughters Taiya and Heidi, Lucy the retriever cross who thinks she is a lap dog and a twenty pound cat named Kohl.  In her leisure time she likes to golf, swim and do some yoga and she loves photography and being a member of the "pit crew" for husband Steve whose passion is vintage road course racing.

Dr. Stephen Greenspan

Dr. Stephen Greenspan, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He has written extensively on social competence and adaptive functioning in people with neuro-cognitive disorders, and he is the most cited authority on Intellectual Disability in the two most used diagnostic manuals, including DSM-5. His 2009 book "Annals of Gullibility" and his work on behalf of criminal defendants with disabilities caused him to be the 2008 winner of the Dybwad Award for Humanitarianism from the American  Association on Intellectual and developmental Disability and the 2011 Jacobson Award for Critical Contributions from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Philip Jacobs

Dr. Philip Jacobs is a Professor of Health Economics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta and IHE's Director of Research Collaborations. He conducts research into costing health care services, economic evaluation analysis and health care financing issues. Philip is responsible for the production of the IHE IN YOUR POCKET series of health economic statistics booklets, and is currently working on economic studies in vaccinations, colorectal cancer screening, mental health, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

 

Ms. Fia Jampolsky

Ms. Fia Jampolsky has a degree in Political Science and Canadian Studies from University of Alberta and a law degree from University of Calgary. She is presently completing an LLM through Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Ms. Jampolsky has worked at Cabott and Cabott since February  2010, representing survivors  of Residential  School survivors advance Independent Assessment Claims for sexual and serious physical abuse under the Settlement Agreement. Ms. Jampolsky practiced law at Legal Aid for over 10 years, working in the areas of criminal, family and child protection law throughout the Yukon. In that time, she represented hundreds of clients, many of whom were assessed with or suspected of having an FASD. She served on the board of FASSY from 2004-2010. With the generous assistance of the Yukon Law Foundation, she is presently completing a research project on the intersection between FASD victim and offender within the Criminal Justice System. Ms. Jampolsky has also been the chair of the Yukon Human Rights Commission since December 2010.

Dr. Gideon Koren

Dr. Koren is the founder and director of the Motherisk Program and a Professor of Pediatrics, pharmacology, pharmacy, medicine and medical genetics, University of Toronto. He is a staff pediatrician at The Research Institute Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and The Ivey Chair in Molecular Toxicology University of Western Ontario Canada. Dr. Korenis the author/co-author of hundreds of scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts and a member of numerous professional societies.  In 1999 he received the Irving Sunshine Award (awarded by the International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring & Clinical Toxicology), and in 1997 he received the prestigious Rawls- Palmer Award. Both awards were for outstanding contributions to clinical toxicology. In March 2000, Dr. Koren received the Medical Research Council of Canada's Senior Scientist award for his work in Population Health Sciences, and in September 2003 he was awarded the Pippenger Award for outstanding achievement by the International Association for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology. Dr. Koren is founder of the FACE (Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise) Network and the peer reviewed Journal of FAS International. In 2004, Dr. Koren was appointed as the Ivey Chair in Molecular Toxicology at the University of Western Ontario. He is creating a Canadian Network of Human Toxicology. In 2011, Dr. Koren and the Motherisk team received the CIHR-CMAJ award for Innovation in health care.

Mr. Corey La Berge

Corey La Berge initially began work in this field as a medical anthropologist, and then returned to university to earn a law degree. Since then, he has championed the rights of youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) to fair treatment within the legal system by not only advocating for them individually as legal clients but also by advocating for increased resources, and systemic change. His efforts since 2004 have included offering increased education for his colleagues in the judicial system, giving hands-on support for the development of specific programs to address needs, acting as a consultant to those in Child and Family Service organizations working with affected youth, elevating the issue of justice for youth within organizations dedicated to serving persons with FASD, and finally, providing public education. Further, he has been able to link his work in a meaningful way to First Nations knowledge, culture and traditions. Corey La Berge's leadership is evident in the way he manages opportunities to make a difference. His approach to creating change occurs at every level. He demonstrates on a personal level how to work with youth in a respectful, caring, and knowledgeable manner. He continues to make as many others as possible aware of the plight of youth criminalized as a result of their disability. He challenges the justice system to change using the mechanisms within that system to advocate in defense of the rights of youth.

Prof. Allan Manson

Allan Manson is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining the Faculty in 1977, he was a practising criminal lawyer in Toronto, Canada. He has continued on occasion to represent prisoners and argue cases in court. From 1990 to 1994, he served as the Project Director for the Ontario Law Reform Commission study of the coroners' system. In 1994-1995, he was a Deputy Judge of the Yukon Territorial Court. From 2005 to 2008, he worked with the firm of Wardle, Daley as co-counsel to a party with standing at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Along with numerous articles and book chapters on criminal law topics, especially sentencing, imprisonment and evidence, he has written or co-edited a number of books: "Sentencing and Penal Policy in Canada"; 2nd Ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2008, with P. Healy, G. Trotter, D. Ives, J. Roberts); "Free Speech in Fearful Times" (Toronto: Lorimer, 2007, with James Turk); "Commissions of Inquiry: Praise or Re-Appraise" (Toronto: Irwin, 2003, with David Mullan); "The Law of Sentencing" (Toronto: Irwin, 2001); "Release from Imprisonment: The Law of Sentencing, Parole, and Judicial Review" (Toronto: Carswell, 1990, with David Cole). In 2010, he won the CIAJ Charles Gonthier Research Fellowship.

Ms. Patricia MacPherson

Patricia MacPherson is a senior research manager with the Addictions Research Centre, Correctional Service Canada and a research associate with the University of Moncton. She received her BA in psychology from the University of PEl, and her Masters in neuroscience from the University of Calgary. Patricia has been a member of the Atlantic Intergovernmental FASD Partnership for 9 years, and as part of her work for the partnership, was part of an advisory panel that directed an environmental scan of the state of FASD-related policies and activities in the Atlantic Region. Since 2003, Patricia has been the lead for CSC's research on FASD. Her research has focused on the development of appropriate screening and diagnostic protocols for federally incarcerated men and women and has begun to provide estimates of prevalence among Canada's federal offender population. In 2012, she formed part of a small working group that engaged senior corrections management to recognize FASD Awareness Day, and was successful in having the Commissioner send a message to all CSC staff nationally for the first time. Institutions across the country were sent informational material on FASD and for the first annual FASD awareness event the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Through her research and by conducting learning and development activities for CSC staff at all levels, she has informed the development of FASD-appropriate policies and services for the adult offender population.

Ms. Barb Martini

Barb has over 25 years experience with the Government of Alberta. She has worked in the areas of Income Support, Handicapped Children's Services, Persons with Developmental Disabilities and the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). As a Public Guardian Representative, and later as North Public Guardian, Barb worked with individuals diagnosed with FASD and understands the multiple challenges facing the individual, their family and the need for the coordination of systems and supports in order to provide the most benefit to the individual. Barb was active in all stages of the community consultations leading up to the proclamation of the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) in Oct 2009. This legislation looks at capacity on a continuum and offers a range of supports from informal or non court ordered arrangements, to the traditional court appointed Guardianship and Trusteeship order. In the role of Provincial Director of OPG, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the OPG, and the administration of the AGTA, which includes the oversight of the Capacity Assessment Model and the Complaints Officer function. Barb has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Education in Community Rehab and Disabilities Studies from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan

Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Alberta, and cross-appointed with the Child and Family Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. She received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in forensic psychology from Simon Fraser University. Kaitlyn has conducted extensive research among justice­ involved adolescents and young adults with FASD, in addition to other vulnerable populations involved in the criminal justice system. Her doctoral research focused on the psycholegal abilities, risks, and needs of this population. She continues to be involved in many justice-focused research initiatives in this area, including a prevalence study of FASD, mental health substance abuse problems among adult offenders in Yukon, as well as a best practices assessment for youth with FASD and concurrent substance abuse problems, in partnership with the Asante Centre. Kaitlyn is also a research trainee/fellow with NeuroDevNet, collaborating on the multisite FASD demonstration study evaluating the effects and outcomes of prenatal alcohol exposure. Kaitlin’s clinical training in psychology has also seen her working in a diagnostic capacity in both clinical and forensic FASD assessment teams.

Dr. Arlin Pachet

Dr. Pachet is one of a select few Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologists in Western Canada. He has maintained a private practice since 2003 and was the Team Leader for the Regional Capacity Assessment Team in Calgary from inception in 2005 until 2011. Dr. Pachet has completed over 900 capacity evaluations and has also provided numerous capacity training workshops within Alberta Health Services and abroad. Dr. Pachet was a requested contributor to the proposed changes to the Personal Directive Act and the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act and he is currently one of the trainers for the Designated Capacity Assessors in Alberta. Lastly, Dr. Pachet has a wide variety of professional presentations and publications in the fields of capacity assessment, test construction and validity, and acquired brain injury and he has provided expert testimony to the Courts of Queen's Bench within various jurisdictions in Canada. He also holds current appointment as an Adjust Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Jacqueline Pei

Dr. Jacqueline Pei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Also a practicing registered psychologist for the past 10 years, Dr. Pei began her career as a criminologist and forensic counselor working with incarcerated youth. Motivated by this early work, she returned to academia to study youth at risk, child development, and neuropsychology, leading to her current focus on interventions for individuals with FASD. Building on her work with various community and government agencies, including serving on the FASD Clinical Diagnostic Team at the Glen rose Rehabilitation Hospital; Dr. Pei currently leads the Intervention Network Action Team (inapt) for the Canada FASD Research Network. 

Ms. Nancy Poole

Ms. Nancy Poole is well known for her collaborative work on FASD-related research, training and policy initiatives with governments and organizations at the local, provincial and national levels. Since 1996, she has worked with BC Women's Hospital and the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health on research relating to policy and service provision for women with substance- use problems. On behalf of the Centre of Excellence and BC Women's Hospital, she currently leads province-wide professional training and resource development for the ActNow BC, Healthy Choices in Pregnancy initiative. With Dr. Amy Salmon, she is a Co- Leader of the Network Action Team on FASD Prevention of the Canada FASD Research Network. Ms. Poole has recently co-edited a book with Dr. Lorraine Greaves, entitled Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Abuse, published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario. She holds fellowships with IMPART and NEXUS and is the 2009 Healthway Health Promotion Visiting Research Fellow sponsored by Curtin University and the Government of Western Australia.

Dr. Carmen Rasmussen

Dr. Carmen Rasmussen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and a Research Affiliate at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, in Edmonton. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alberta. She researches neurobehavioral functioning in children and adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) with a focus on executive functioning. She also studies the efficacy of FASD intervention programs and screening for FASD.

 

Mr. Jonathan Rudin

Mr. Jonathan Rudin received his LL.B. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. In 1990 he was hired to establish Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto and has been with ALST ever since. Currently he is the Program Director. Mr. Rudin has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. While at ALST he helped establish the Community Council - the first urban Aboriginal justice program in Canada in 1992, and in 2001 helped establish the Gladue (Aboriginal Persons Court at the Old City Hall Courts in Toronto. Mr. Rudin is the chair of the FASD Justice Committee. The Committee created a website on FASD and the justice system at www.fasdjustice.ca. The website is designed for justice professionals and advocates who work with FASD affected individuals. The site has become the go-to site on the Internet for information on FASD and the justice system with over 1,000,000 visitors to date. He has also spoken to a wide range of audiences on FASD and the justice system. Mr. Rudin also teaches on a part-time basis in the Law and Society Program at York University. Last but not least, he plays the mandolin and sings with Gordon's Acoustic Living Room, a group that plays regularly in Toronto and has a number of videos on YouTube.

Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik

Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D. is a Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology and a member of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Dr. Sulik is a research scientist whose laboratory employs a mouse model to investigate birth defects caused by maternal alcohol use. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, her current work utilizes high resolution imaging to investigate structural changes in the brain that result from acute insult at very early stages of prenatal development. Relationships of the alcohol-induced structural brain changes to other structural abnormalities (especially those of the face) as well as to neuro-functional changes are being examined. This work is providing new insights for clinical investigation and practice, as well as for prevention approaches. In addition to basic research, Dr. Sulik has been involved in development of science-based middle and high school curricula directed toward FASD prevention. She has authored over 200 publications. In 1995-6, Dr. Sulik served as the president of the Teratology Society and in 2004-5 as President of the Research Society on Alcoholism Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Study Group. These societies have subsequently honored Dr. Sulik with awards in recognition of her contributions to the FASD field.

Ms. Sarah Treit

Sarah Treit is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Christian Beaulieu (Biomedical Engineering) and Dr. Carmen Rasmussen (Pediatrics). Sarah's thesis projects investigate brain development in children, adolescents and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), through diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), cortical thickness analysis, and standardized cognitive assessments. By combining structural MRI and cognitive testing, Sarah hopes to help establish how altered trajectories of brain development relate to impaired cognition in individuals who were prenatally exposed to alcohol.


The Honourable Judge Sheila Whelan

The Honourable Judge Sheila Pemrose Whelan, Provincial Court of Saskatchewan. Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan 1996 to present. Designated Queen's Counsel in Saskatchewan in 1995, Qualified Mediator - Law Society of Saskatchewan, 1990; called to the Manitoba Bar in 1977; called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1979. B.A., 1973, LL.B., 1976, University of Saskatchewan. Current positions: Administrative Judge - Provincial Court of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon Judicial Centre; Past President, Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges (CAPCJ). Positions held since appointment to the Provincial Court: Executive member, Director and Committee Co-Chair (Family and Youth Justice Committee), Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges (CAPCJ); CAPCJ 2011 Organizing Committee Chair 2009-2011; Administrative Judge for Saskatoon 1999-2000 and 2008-2010; President and Executive member, Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judges Association (SPCJA) 1999-2000 and 2005-2010. Chair Education Committee SPCJA; Co-Chair and Executive member, Judges Forum, Canadian Bar Association; Provincial Court Judges' liaison, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch; Board Member, Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan Board Member, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Saskatchewan Faculty member, National Criminal Law Program, summer 2007; Faculty member, NJI YCJA 2002 & February 2009 program; Faculty member, CAPCJ New Judges' Education Program (NJEP) 2010. Positions held prior to appointment to the Provincial Court Chair, Board of Governors, University of Saskatchewan President, Tourism Saskatoon; Partner in the law firm, Jamieson, Bains; Director, Saskatoon City Legal Aid. Since her appointment to the Provincial Court in 1996, Judge Whelan has participated locally and nationally in numerous judicial and public education programs on a variety of topics, notably: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Justice System and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Ms. Patricia Yuzwenko 

Pat Yuzwenko has been practicing law since 1993. She has been employed by the Youth Criminal Defence Office since 1995, and is the Associate Senior Counsel for the Edmonton office. Her practice is focused on the representation of young persons in conflict with the law and she has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, in addition to the Supreme Court of Canada. She has been advocating for people with FASD since attending "FASD Training for Legal Professionals" in Calgary in 2002. Subsequent to that she attended several conferences and training sessions on FASD. She has presented on the issue of FASD and the justice system at conferences and seminars in Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Vancouver and Victoria. She has delivered her presentations to defence counsel as well as to other justice stakeholders. She is one of the founding members of the FASD Justice Support Project for Youth, which provides case planning for youth who have FASD and who are in conflict with the law. 

 

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