Co-Chair, Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny
Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He obtained his LL.M. from the University fo British Columbia, and his LL.B. and LL.L. from the University of Ottawa. Pierre previously practiced law in Toronto as a sole practitioner. He represented several trans persons on a pro bono basis in front of the Human Rights Tribunal, the Superior Court of Justice, and several administrative agencies. He also provided pro bono legal assistance to many LGBTQ refugee claimants. Pierre clerked at the Federal Court for the Hon. Justice Richard Mosley. Prior to practicing law, he worked for the Cohen Commission of Inquiry, Environment Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, among others.
Evan Vipond is a PhD Candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Their doctoral work focuses on trans rights and politics in Canada and the U.S. Evan is actively involved in the trans and nonbinary community in Tkaronto, Ontario, where they have conducted research on the needs of trans and nonbinary people and have served on various committees for trans healthcare initiatives. Their work has been published in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies (2018), Canadian Review of Social Policy (2017), Gender and Education (2017), Queer Cats Journal of LGBT Studies (2016), Western Journal of Legal Studies (2015), and Theory in Action (2015). You can find out more about their work at https://yorku.academia.edu/EvanVipond.
Taryn Husband is a PhD candidate in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research takes a critical perspective on new institutionalist frameworks, focusing on the role of legal institutions in gender equality efforts and how they can be leveraged by social movements to include a broader definition of gender. In addition to this work, he is interested in the question of disability in international development theory, policy and practice. He completed his M.A. in Global Governance at the University of Waterloo, where his research focused on widowhood and social policy in post-conflict contexts. He is a multiply disabled white settler trans man. His activism is centred around advocating for the trans and disabled communities in Ottawa – including as the facilitator of the GenderQuest Support and Social Group at KindSpace and as a volunteer at numerous events including monthly Every Body Swims hosted at Carleton University.
Tobias B. D. Wiggins
Tobias B. D. Wiggins, PhD, is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Athabasca University in Alberta. His current research investigates transgender mental health, clinical fatphobia, and trans people’s sexuality. Dr. Wiggins is a strong advocate for accessible, anti-oppressive, community-based mental health programming and somatic modalities. He provides social justice consultation, trans-specific crisis-intervention, and therapeutic support groups for the trans community. His published writing can be found in the Transgender Studies Quarterly and the anthology Sex, Sexuality, and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors (2020). You can find out more about his work at tobywiggins.com.
Benjamin Vandorpe, BES and JD, founded JusticeTrans and continues to ensure it is up to date. In addition to constructing the JT website and app, he has also dedicated his time to numerous LGBTQ and Inuit causes. He identifies as Two-spirit, queer, and trans.