We are a group of Canadians from many religious and ethnic communities. Many of us have long histories as human rights advocates. We believe in Canadian values and the rule of Canadian law. We believe in freedom of expression. We support women’s and gay rights.
Major Russ Cooper (Ret'd),
Founding Member, Board Chair, President and CEO
Russ Cooper is retired from both the Royal Canadian Air Force and Air Canada. In his military career, he was a decorated CF18 combat pilot and served in several staff positions as a Director of major capital acquisition projects. In the civilian aviation sector, he complemented service as an international airliner pilot with national responsibilities in the field of post 9/11 civil aviation security. He is published internationally in this latter area.
Now fully retired from his follow-on career as a Human Factors Engineer and a Transport Canada Flight Test Pilot delegate, he is pursuing an abiding interest in the preservation of fundamental Canadian Charter rights. This latter pursuit has been prompted by his sense that these rights, hard-won by the sacrifice of Canadians past, are under attack and on the verge of being lost.
Irving Weisdorf, Founding Member, Board Vice-Chair
Irving Weisdorf is Founder and President of The Mozuud Freedom Foundation, and Past President of Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation. He is a successful Toronto businessman who counts among his employees, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and atheists, who are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, including Chinese, African, Filipino, Tamil, Jamaican, Trinidadian, Hungarian, Czech, Cuban and Indian.
Mr. Weisdorf, like many Canadians of all races and religions is concerned about current “Woke” tyranny that is infecting our universities and social media, with its “cancel culture”, and threatening the freedom of speech of all Canadians. Critical Race Theory is slowly replacing critical thinking, with the result that people are now being judged by the color of their skin, instead of the content of the character. The foolish notion that all cultures and all values are equal is just that – a foolish and dangerous notion. Honour killings, female genital mutilation and child marriages are NOT Canadian values and we must make sure they are never considered to be.
Valerie Price, Founding Member, Board Director, Treasurer
Valerie Price is the Director of ACT! For Canada, which is comprised of a group of Canadians from many religious and ethnic communities who have long concerned themselves with issues of Canadian rights and unity. Many have long histories as human rights advocates and all believe in freedom of expression and the equality rights of all Canadians.
Madeline Weld, Founding Member, Board Director, Secretary
Madeline Weld is retired from Health Canada. She is president of Population Institute Canada, which advocates sustainable populations and support for international family planning, and a co-editor of Humanist Perspectives.
Dan Mayo, Board Director
Christine Douglass-Williams is author of the books The Challenge of Modernizing Islam - published by Encounter Books in New York, and Fired by the Canadian Government for Criticizing Islam, published by The Center for Security Policy in Washington DC. She is a regular writer for Jihad Watch, and Associate Editor for Frontpage Magazine. Christine is also a former-federally appointed Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and past advisor to the former Office of Religious Freedom in Canada. Christine has conducted over 1,700 live television interviews as a current affairs talk show host and television producer on the former CTS TV in Burlington-- renamed YES TV. She captured six international awards for her show “On the Line”, including Videographer awards, Telly Awards and Omni. A past political and crime news reporter and news room editor, Christine has also served as a regular national columnist with Metro News. Her writings have appeared in many publications including: the Middle East Quarterly, FrontPage Magazine, USA Today Online, Wall Street online and the Gatestone Institute in New York where she has served on the Board of Governors.
Geoffrey Clarfield has spent 20 years living abroad conducting ethnographic fieldwork and engaging in project management, biodiversity issues and poverty alleviation. Since his return to Canada and the US in 2005, he has worked for a variety of human rights organizations. He is now a co-director with the Yezidi Rescue Committee. An internationally recognized author, Geoffrey believes that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is being eroded and that the greatest threat to the future of Canadian politics is the rise and spread of Cultural Marxism and Critical Race Theory.
Salim Mansur was born in Calcutta, India. After arriving in Canada, he worked his way through school, earning a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Toronto. A long-time resident of London, Ontario, he is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught for over three decades. He has been also a syndicated columnist for the Sun chain of newspapers.
Salim is the author of several books, including The Qur'an Problem and Islamism and Delectable Lie – a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism. In the 2019 federal election, he ran as a candidate for the People’s Party of Canada in the London North Centre riding.
As a consistent and conservative voice on foreign affairs and other aspects of public policy, Salim has been called on to testify before the Canadian parliament numerous times. He is an academic consultant for the Centre for Security Policy in Washington, DC, and a member of the board of Canadians Against Suicide Bombing.
In Canada, he was the vice president and founding member of the Council of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, a group championing freedom, human rights and gender equality in the Muslim world and the Canadian Muslim community. Salim is also a founding member of the Forum for Canadian Sovereignty.
Raheel Raza, Founding Member
Raheel Raza, a leading global voice against Radical extremism, is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, award winning journalist, public speaker, and advocate for human rights, gender equality and dignity in diversity.
David Nitkin, Founding Member
David is an internationally-known ethicist and teacher. As a corporate responsibility professional, and president of EthicScan Canada, he has served many public and private sector clients. He serves in community leadership roles for Canadians For The Rule of Law, the Muslim-Jewish Dialogue, IsraelAA.ca(the Israel Activist Alliance of Canada), Canadian Friends of Tazpit, and StopSponsoringHatred.com.
Andria Spindel, Founding Member
Executive Director of Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation, President of Kulanu Canada, formerly President and CEO of a major national charitable organization in the disability sector.
Teresa Reinhart, Founding Member
Teresa Reinhart is an IT consultant in the non-profit sector, specializing in Business Intelligence, with a focus on Education, Healthcare, Affordable Housing and Homelessness. Teresa is a frequent volunteer and supporter of charitable organizations and community-based initiatives intended to improve the lives of those in need.