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Aleena Reitsma

Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta

Staff Members

Aleena Reitsma, M.S.W., J.D., completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta. Thereafter, she moved to Toronto to undertake a joint Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Juris Doctor (JD).  Aleena articled with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, and then served as a Legal Fellow and Assistant Field Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ghana (UNHCR).  Following her return to Canada, Aleena worked with Legal Aid Saskatchewan (LAS) in Meadow Lake where she indicates she gained a true appreciation for the importance of the Charter.

Aleena brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of enthusiasm to her position with the Centre. She looks forward to engaging with the faculty, the public, and to coordinating the Centre’s many education projects.

2020-04-05T17:03:43-06:00

Patricia Paradis

Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta

Staff Members

Patricia Paradis, (LLB, M.Ed. CMed.), is the Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta. In that capacity she manages the Centre’s research and public education mandates, which includes editing the Centre’s two constitutional journals, and coordinating research projects, public events, academic conferences and symposia.

Patricia has had a lengthy career as a human rights educator and advisor – she taught “Human Rights Law in Canada” as a sessional instructor in the Faculty for 23 years and was nominated for three Excellence in Teaching Awards.. Prior to joining the Centre ibn 2010, she founded Paradis & Associates, a dispute resolution practice, where she worked in mediation and facilitation for 10 years. Patricia has served as the Chair or Board Director on several boards, notably as National Chair of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)  from 1995-1999. She is currently National Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Dispute Resolution Section Executive, Past Chair of the CBA Constitutional and Human Rights Section Executive, and a Board Director with the Parkland Institute, and the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. She is a recipient of a Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award (2018) for her work in the community as well as a  LifeTime Achievement Award from LEAF (2010).

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