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The Research Advisory Board will support the work of the Mass Casualty Commission by providing expert input into our research and policy process. The members of the Research Advisory Board are eminent academics with deep expertise in community-engaged policy processes. Their collective research expertise spans areas that will be important to our work, including criminology, law and psychology.

The Research Advisory Board will help us to design a research and policy process that will center community members’ knowledge about how to safeguard community safety and prevent violence in their own communities. The Research Advisory Board will also provide advice about the Mass Casualty Commission’s key research questions, expert reports, policy roundtables and the process of formulating recommendations.

The Research Advisory Board’s work will ultimately help the Mass Casualty Commission to fulfill its mandate to explain “the causes, context and circumstances” of the events of April 18-19, 2020, to examine issues relating to these events, and to “set out lessons learned as well as recommendations that could help prevent and respond to similar incidents in the future.”

Research Advisory Board Members

  • Professor Judith Andersen
    University of Toronto

    Professor Andersen is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on evidence-based approaches to understanding the biopsychosocial mechanisms of trauma, health, and occupational performance. She has worked with police services to develop evidence-based training and decision-rubrics on topics such as de-escalation and use of force procedures.

  • Professor Diane Crocker
    Saint Mary's University

    Professor Crocker is Chair and Professor of Criminology at Saint Mary’s University. Professor Crocker’s research focuses on restorative justice, domestic violence, and gender-based violence. She has acted as a reviewer of Nova Scotia government programs with respect to domestic violence and was a founding member of the Canadian domestic homicide prevention initiative.

  • Professor Ian Loader
    University of Oxford

    Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at All Souls College, Dr. Loader is the author of books, theoretical and empirical papers on policing, public sentiments towards policing, and public criminology. His present research project focuses on policing and community experiences of crime and safety in a small English town. Professor Loader is Editor of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice a member of the advisory board for the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales.

  • Professor Jane McMillan
    St Francis Xavier University

    Professor in Anthropology at St Francis Xavier University, Dr. McMillan is a legal anthropologist who conducts and participates in innovative, primarily community-initiated research, focused on the intersections of Indigenous knowledge with community strategies for implementing treaty and Aboriginal rights. Among her many publications and other contributions, Dr. McMillan is the author of Truth and Conviction: Donald Marshall and the Mi’kmaw Quest for Justice, which discusses (among other aspects of Marshall’s work) Marshall’s wrongful conviction and the subsequent reviews and Inquiry into that case.

  • Professor Naiomi Metallic
    Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie

    Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Professor Metallic holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy. Professor Metallic’s research focuses on how law can be harnessed to promote the well-being and self-determination of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and how research can be conducted in a way that includes the communities it is intended to serve. Naiomi Metallic is a co-author of the 2019 Canadian Council of Academies report Towards Peace, Harmony and Well-Being: Policing in Indigenous Communities.

  • Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah
    University of Toronto

    Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (Sociology and Criminology), Dr. Owusu-Bempah’s work examines the intersections of race, crime, and criminal justice, with a particular focus on policing. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Owusu-Bempah held positions with the National Judicial Institute, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

  • Peter Russell
    Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

    Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Toronto and member of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Russell was Director of Research for the McDonald Commission on the RCMP. He was also a member of the Federal Task Force on Comprehensive Land Claims, and chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

  • The Honourable Lynn Smith, OC, KC
    Honorary Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law

    Former judge of the BC Supreme Court and Dean of the UBC Faculty of Law, Professor Smith is a noted scholar of human rights and particularly of equality law. Since retiring from the BC Supreme Court, Professor Smith has been an active scholar and teacher, and has acted as investigator or reviewer in a number of independent reviews. She was one of two Assessors appointed by the Federal Court of Canada to work with the Honourable Michel Bastarache in the Merlo Davidson Settlement, and the Report on Sexual Harassment in the RCMP.

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