Chair and President, Benjamin Vandorpe
Benjamin Vandorpe is the Chair, President, and Founder of JusticeTrans. He holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University, and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to his academic background, he brings light web development and technological experience to the project. Benjamin has been extensively involved with social justice organizations, including the Youth Project, co-founding an Equity Committee, Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Osgoode OUTlaws. Benjamin is a trans-identified male, and has vlogged about his transition on YouTube for over 9 years; in January 2011 he became a YouTube partner.
Director of Research and Supervision, 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.
Board Member, Evan Vipond
Evan Vipond is a Ph.D. student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University, where they hold a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Evan obtained a Master’s in Women and Gender Studies in collaboration with Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto in 2014. Their work focuses on trans rights and trans medical policies in Canada and the U.S. In addition to serving on academic committees, Evan is actively involved in the trans community and has served on advisory committees for trans healthcare initiatives and various research projects.