Advisory Board

Kevin Chan | Marie Deschamps | Chloe Georas | Zainub Verjee



Kevin Chan (Chair of the Board)


Kevin Chan is Head of Public Policy, Canada for Facebook and Instagram, having recently taken on additional responsibilities for the photo-sharing service. In this capacity he leads both platforms' public policy efforts in Canada, facilitating an ongoing dialogue with the policy and public affairs communities on a broad range of issues that impact the Internet sector. Kevin was previously Deputy Secretary-General of McGill University and a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. Earlier he served in executive roles in the federal public service including Director, Office of the Clerk of the Privy Council. He began his career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte.

Kevin serves on the board of directors of Kids Help Phone, the Canadian American Business Council, and MediaSmarts, and sits on the Dean’s Council at Ryerson's Ted Rogers School of Management and Canada 2020's advisory board. He served a term on the national board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. He co-founded DreamCatcher Mentoring, an e-mentoring organization for northern Canadian youth that won a Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Award, and has held visiting appointments at Simon Fraser University's School of Public Policy and its Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue.

Marie Deschamps

McGill University - Faculty of Law

The Honourable Marie Deschamps received a Licentiate in Laws from the Université de Montréal in 1974 and an LL. M. from McGill University in 1983. The Université de Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke each awarded her an honorary doctorate, respectively in 2008 and 2014. She was inducted as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2005. She received from the Law School of McGill University the F. R. Scott award for distinguished service in 2013. Also in 2013, she was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada. She received the distinction Lawyer Emeritus from the Quebec Bar in 2014.

She was called to the Quebec Bar in 1975 and practiced as a litigator with various law firms in the Province of Québec in criminal, civil and commercial law. She was appointed judge to the Quebec Superior Court in 1990, to the Court of Appeal in 1992 and to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002. She retired from the judiciary in August 2012 and rejoined the Quebec Bar in 2013.

She has been a member of numerous boards and committees, including the board of the Université de Montréal, the 1986 Advisory Committee on Reform of the Bankruptcy Act and the Competition Tribunal Advisory Council. In 2014 and 2015, she conducted the External Review into Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces and, in 2015, chaired the panel appointed to review of the response of the United Nations to allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. In 2016, she acted as member of the Remuneration Committee of the Quebec Judges. She has been an adjunct professor in the law faculty of Université de Sherbrooke since 2006 and in that of McGill University since 2012. She currently serves as member of the boards of directors of Gaz Metro inc, Educaloi and Pro Bono Canada.

She is regularly invited to give lectures and conferences to various audiences, mostly on constitutional and commercial law and on governance and ethics.

Chloe Georas

University of Puerto Rico

Chloé S. Georas is Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Law School, where she combines her formation in Law (J.D. from New York University School of Law and LL.M. from University of Ottawa) and Cultural Studies/Art History (M.A. and doctoral studies from State University of New York, Binghamton) to examine the complex intersections of technology with gender, colonial/racial histories, cultural memory and art. In recent years, she has developed the following courses: "Art, Technology and Law" (created for the yearly Winter Exchange Program with the University of Ottawa), "Gender Constructions in Visual Culture and Law" and "Techno-Feminisms: Gender, Technology and Law" (both created for the Gender Studies Program and Law School at the University of Puerto Rico) . She combines her teaching duties with the direction of the Cyberlaw Clinic and co-direction of Creative Commons Puerto Rico. She has published her academic writings both in Puerto Rico and abroad, including the United States, Canada, Spain, England, Chile and Argentina. Her research includes work on racial bias in predictive technology, performance and gender in the courtroom as well as work on policy implications of social network archives. She is currently collaborating in two projects: 1)"Re-Informing Policy Responses to a Systemic Continuum of Sexual Violence and “Rape Culture” in Universities: A Multi-Sector Partnership to Facilitate Dialogic Learning, Safe Spaces and Creativity," under the direction of Dr. Shaheen Shariff at McGill University in Montreal; and, 2) "eQuality Project" under the direction of Prof. Jane Bailey and Prof. Valerie Steeves from the University of Ottawa, which explores how privacy, online behavioral targeting, and cyberbullying through an equality lens, and how the data obtained through ecommerce is used for behavioral marketing that shapes attitudes and behaviors and profiling, which can reinforce mainstream stereotypes and lead to discrimination and cyberbullying. 

Zainub Verjee

Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)

Zainub Verjee is the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She is an accomplished leader and senior executive in the art and culture sector. Her work has shaped culture policy at all levels of government as well as growth of cultural institutions and organizations.