Kimberly has been working with the Collaborative Justice Program since 1999, one year after the Program opened its doors. She has been the Director since 2003 and prior to that was a Caseworker and Volunteer Coordinator with CJP. Kimberly's previous experience was working for many years with adults suffering from mental health problems. Throughout her career she has been committed to assisting individuals to achieve the best possible state of wellness. Kim believes strongly in the values of Restorative Justice and consciously applies these to her everyday life.
Amber has worked as a Caseworker with the Collaborative Justice Program since 2006. She came to the program after graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. Amber brings experience from police victim services, community outreach, and restaurant front end management! Amber believes wholeheartedly in the work that she does, and greets everyone who comes through the office doors with a warm smile because of this passion. She is a lover of animals, music, yoga and the colour purple.
"Restorative justice is an approach to justice that focuses on repairing the harm caused by crime while holding the offender responsible for his or her actions, by providing an opportunity for the parties directly affected by the crime - victim(s), offender and community - to identify and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime, and seek a resolution that affords healing, reparation and reintegration, and prevents future harm."
Dr. Robert Cormier, Public Safety Canada, 2002
The Collaborative Justice Program began September 1, 1998 as a demonstration project at the Ottawa Provincial Courthouse. The Program was initially sponsored by the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC). CCJC is a national, ecumenical, bilingual charitable organization mandated to assist churches and communities to reflect on and more deeply engage issues in the field of criminal justice.
The purpose of the pilot was to demonstrate that the application of a restorative approach in cases of serious adult or youth crime, would provide for a more satisfying experience of justice for all parties involved, for the victim(s), offender(s) and the community. We recognize that serious crime usually involves a greater degree of impact and therefore contributes to a greater need for a restorative approach.
Though the Program's priority will always be the more serious cases, CJP has evolved over the past 14 years to allow the acceptance of post-charge/pre-sentence cases, adult and youth, regardless of level of seriousness.
We work with adult or youth cases where:
CJP offers individual support to those affected by crime as the criminal justice process unfolds. The Caseworker supports victims in identifying and addressing their needs while ensuring that the offender understands the impact of his/her behaviour. It provides opportunities for both parties, if they desire, to work together on healing and resolution.
Referrals to the Program come from a number of sources including Judges, Crown Attorneys, Defence Counsel, Police and Probation Officers. Individuals may contact the Program to see if their particular case meets CJP's criteria for acceptance.
Board of Directors
Louise DuPont, President
Louise Dupont is a lawyer practicing criminal law in the city of Ottawa. She has served as an Assistant Crown Attorney and Deputy Crown Attorney, in both official languages, at the Ottawa Court. Louise served on the original Steering Committee of the Collaborative Justice Project for many years, acting as a liaison between the Crown’s Office and the Project, providing guidance and wisdom regarding the workings of the criminal justice system. Louise was instrumental in facilitating the initial evaluation of CJP undertaken by the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in 2005.
Eric Granger, Vice-President
Eric Granger is a lawyer with the Ottawa law firm Greenspon, Brown & Associates. Eric obtained his B.Arts Sc. (Hons.)(Summa Cum Laude) as a graduate of the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University in 2001. He obtained his LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) as the silver medallist in law from the Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa in 2004. Following his graduation from law school, Eric completed his articles with Greenspon, Brown and has remained with the firm ever since his call to the bar in July 2005.
Eric practices criminal law both at the trial and appellate level. In addition to his criminal defence work, Eric’s practice also includes related administrative law litigation as well as civil litigation acting on behalf of individuals who have civil claims arising out of their involvement with the criminal justice system. Eric also teaches appellate advocacy at the University of Ottawa law school and is a member of the Steering Committee at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic.
The unifying theme of Eric’s legal practice is working for the little guy against the coercive power of the state. Having seen first-hand as a defence lawyer the great work done by the Collaborative Justice Program, Eric was pleased to be invited to join the CJP Board in 2014.
Peter Bishop, Past Co-President
Peter Bishop is a lawyer and mediator in private practice in Ottawa since 1978. He has participated as instructor, coach and skills assessor in many mediation and dispute resolution training programs. As instructor of the undergraduate course in Mediation (Laws 3006) at Carleton University for many years, his involvement with Carleton criminology students has fostered a great interest and belief in restorative justice and victim-offender mediation. So, when the Collaborative Justice Program became an independent non-profit corporation in April 2011, he was delighted to become a CJP Board Member and be able to work to expand the use of restorative justice practices in our community and justice system.
Jane Griffiths, Past Co-President
Rev. Jane Griffiths has been involved with the Collaborative Justice Program since its inception in 1998 as a member of the Steering Committee, and since its incorporation, she has served as a member of the CJP Board.
For the past 17 years she has served as a minister with The United Church of Canada in two congregations in West Quebec. Jane was the United Church representative and President on the Board of The Church Council on Justice and Corrections, whose vision of restorative justice inspired the model for the original 3 year pilot project of the Collaborative Justice Project at the Ottawa Court House. Jane has had a life long commitment to a form of justice that is about the healing, repair and reconciliation of relationships of individuals and communities. Prior to her call to ministry Jane worked with the Survivor Support Programme, of Distress Centre in Toronto for 15 years. This program offered support to individuals and families dealing with a death by suicide and focused on healing in the aftermath of such deaths.
Jane relaxes by reading poetry, taking singing lessons, grand parenting 3 grandchildren and trying to have a respectable golf score while partnering with husband Peter.
Chris Ford, Treasurer
Chris Ford is a professional speaker and provides consulting services in communication, leadership, and conflict management through his company “Generally Speaking”.
Chris was the Director General of Alternative Dispute Resolution at National Defence from 2006 until his second retirement in June 2011. He spent the previous year as Director of Conflict Resolution at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Chris’s first career spanned 35 years in the Canadian Forces, in a variety of assignments across Canada and overseas. He retired from the CF in 2001 as a brigadier-general.
Chris holds an Applied Science degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College in India, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University. He was presented with the Order of Military Merit from the Governor General of Canada, and has received numerous other decorations for his military service.
Chris has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 30 years, and was the International President of the world-wide organization in 2007-08.
Brendyn Johnson, Secretary
Brendyn is currently a Master’s student in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. He is entering his second year of the program, writing a thesis with Restorative Justice as its topic. He has studied Restorative Justice extensively not only through his courses but also having completed a placement at the Collaborative Justice Program. He has also had the opportunity to study European forms of Restorative Justice, having studied in Belgium for three months. In this way he has a great familiarity with Restorative Justice theory and also with its practice. He is also greatly interested in mediation in its various forms and applications.
Through his studies in Criminology, he came to understand that the current criminal justice system is not always able to respond to the needs of stakeholders in the wake of crime. Sometimes needs that are less legal in nature are overlooked. This is something he believes Restorative Justice is capable of rectifying. It has great potential and should be offered to all those who wish to make use of it. Through his studies and in his career, he hopes to make this possible. He happily joined the Board of Directors in January 2016 in order to start realizing this goal.
Vanessa is a Conflict Resolution Practitioner in the federal government and a member of the Practice Pillar in the federal ICMS network, a mediator on the roster for Community Mediation Ottawa and has served as a coach in the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program to assist students in the development of their mediation skills.
Vanessa completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, and holding an Honours degree in Sociology and a double Concentration in Criminology and Psychology. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations mandated Universidad para la Paz and a Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University where she passed with distinction.
Vanessa is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Justice Program as she believes that there is a better way to move through conflict. One where there is not only reparation, but healing as well, which can be achieved through willing, honest and vulnerable discussion from all those involved. CJP epitomizes this ideal and puts it into practice.