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.
Cindy is the newest Caseworker at the Collaborative Justice Program. She comes to this program with a Bachelor Degree from the University of Montreal, specializing in criminology. Cindy brings experience from the Restorative Justice Division at Correctional Services Canada, along with holding a position as President at the Church Council for Justice and Corrections in Quebec. Cindy has extensive experience working with ex-offenders and victims of crime in a variety of revenues including halfway houses, institutions, and other non profit organisations. She has organized activities and community programs that promote restorative justice values. Cindy believes in the restorative justice process and believes in the potential of all people and their ability to change, and participate in healing. Cindy is a world-wide traveller, and has a passion for food, and love for family.
"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
Chris Ford, President
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.
Tiffani Murray, Vice President
Tiffani graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts, and from Dalhousie University's Schulich Law School with a Juris Doctor. She practiced criminal defence for a few years before moving to the Collaborative Justice Program, where she became the Assistant Director. For nine years, she guided CJP participants in uncovering their needs, developing personal and creative resolutions, acknowledging the harm, and healing in the aftermath of crime. She understands the importance of this unique program, and has devoted time on the Board since 2011 to ensure it continues. Tiffani currently practices labour law with the Public Service Alliance of Canada. If you invite her to karaoke, she'll definitely accept, but you may be sorry you asked.
Peter Bishop, Past 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.y
Dominic Lamb, Treasurer
Dominic Lamb was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001. He received his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1999 and his B.A. (Hons.) from Brock University in 1996. In 2003, Mr. Lamb started his own criminal defence practice. He joined Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman LLP in 2009.
Mr. Lamb's practice covers all manner of cases that come before the criminal courts, from mischief to murder. He has represented clients at the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada and at public inquiries.
Dominic is accredited as a Certified Specialist (criminal law) by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Mr. Lamb believes that the criminal defence lawyer is the bulwark that stands between the individual and the power of the state. Persons facing criminal prosecution are almost inevitably at their most vulnerable and as such, their cases demand rigorous and continuous attention. It is with preparation and knowledge of the case that he ensures his clients' interests are fully represented and articulated.
Dominic is actively involved with the local bar and previously served as the Vice-President of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He has lectured on criminal law topics at the University of Ottawa Law School, at Carleton University and for visiting foreign jurists. He has been a member of the planning committee for the DCAO/CCLA Criminal Law Conference for the past five years, organizing and presenting at that conference each year.
Diane McCusker, Secretary
Diane McCusker first became involved with the Program as a volunteer case worker. She was delighted to be invited to join the Board in 2010 and served as its secretary for two years.
Diane is committed to spreading the word about the CJP, having seen first-hand the difference it can make in both the accused and the victim’s life.
Diane retired from her position of Director General, Labour Relations and Recourse with National Defence in 2007. She has since stayed involved in labour relations and mediation as a consultant.
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.
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.