Board member biographies

Canadian Pugwash Group board members and officers, as of September 2017. A simple list of officers (with email addresses) can be found at the bottom of the page.

Paul Meyer

Chair: Paul Meyer is Fellow in International Security and Adjunct Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University and a Senior Fellow with The Simons Foundation. Prior to assuming his current appointments in 2011, Mr. Meyer had a 35-year career with the Canadian Foreign Service. Mr. Meyer had diplomatic assignments in Oslo, Moscow, Brussels (NATO), Washington, Tokyo and from 2003-2007 in Geneva where he served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament. At the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s HQ, Meyer held a variety of positions including Director General for International Security (1998-2001) and Director General for Security and Intelligence (2007-2010). Throughout his work, Meyer has sought to promote international security by means of creative diplomacy. He currently is teaching a course on diplomacy at SFU’s School for International Studies and is engaged in research and writing on issues of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security and international cyber security.


Vice-Chair: Robin Collins has been involved in many civil society organizations since the 1990s. This includes as: former member of Executive, National Capital Region branch of the UN Association in Canada; former Chair and Board Member, Mines Action Canada (MAC), 1998-2003; former steering committee member, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Currently he is Board Member and National Secretary of the World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC), and Chair of the Nuclear Disarmament/Arms Control working group of The Group of 78. He is Vice-Chair of Canadian Pugwash Group.
With WFMC, he promoted support for Responsibility to Protect (R2P), a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS), UN Peacekeeping and sustainable common security.
Robin has written and had published several commentaries in support of progressive UN reform, disarmament and a variety of global governance ideas. He was primary author of Mines Action Canada’s 2001 position paper on cluster munitions and initiator in 1997 of MAC’s innovative student competition for mine action technologies.
He has worked in technology companies for more than 35 years (at Nortel/Bell Northern Research for about 17 years), and since 2002 at Ottawa-based Fibics Inc., which develops technology for Zeiss beam microscopes.
He has a BA in political science from Carleton University and writes occasional, mostly humorous, short fiction.


Peter VentonTreasurer: Peter Venton is an economist who holds a BA and MA in Economics from Western and Queen’s universities respectively. He is President of JPV Associates engaged in consulting on economics and public policy in the public interest and is Treasurer of the Canadian Peace Research Association. Now retired, he was an economist and senior policy advisor in the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Finance for 24 years; Vice President Administration and Finance at Wilfrid Laurier University (1979-1984) and Bursar at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto (2001 to 2009). Since his retirement in 2009, he has been presenting his research at conferences on the topics of improving Canadian democracy, environmental sustainability, globalization, the ethics, politics and economics of industrial capitalism in democracies and the history of political thought about peace from Aristotle to Habermas to contemporary peace study that has developed since the 1955 Russell-Einstein Manifesto calling for world leaders to ban nuclear weapons.


Bev Tollefson Delong Director: Bev Tollefson Delong graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law then practised law for 11 years first with the Department of Justice (Canada) then with the Macleod Dixon law firm in Calgary. She was a co-founder of Project Ploughshares in 1982. In 1986, Bev began directing all her work to public education and advocacy concerning the risks posed by nuclear weapons. with attention to the laws affecting the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons. She served as President of Lawyers for Social Responsibility from 1991 to 2010, participated in the Steering Committee for Mines Action Canada and the World Court Campaign (Canada). She continues to serve on the Executive of Ploughshares Calgary Society. She has served as Chairperson of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) since 1998. Bev is a member of the Board of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and the Canadian Pugwash Group. She supports Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, a group composed of over 1,000 recipients of the Order of Canada, through work on its Steering Committee.
Bev has been honoured with the YMCA Peace Medal in the 1994, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and in 2012 with both the Annual Achievement Award from Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention and with an award for her leadership from CNANW.


Walter DornDirector: Dr. Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College (RMC) and the Canadian Forces College. He specializes in peace operations, international verification and enforcement, and the United Nations. He has served as a consultant to the UN’s peacekeeping department on technologies for UN operations. He also visited and served in UN field missions, including Timor-Leste and most recently in Mali and central Africa. In the non-governmental world, he has served as UN Representative of Science for Peace since 1983 and on the Board of Canadian Pugwash since 1995. He was thrice-elected Chair of Canadian Pugwash in the period 2007 to 2013, and is now the President of the World Federalist Movement – Canada.


Director: David Fleming completed his graduate studies in Medical Physics at McMaster University in 1998. Following a post-doctoral position at McMaster, he spent four years as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Technologies at the University of Vermont. From 2002-12, David was the Canada Research Chair in X-ray Fluorescence Medical Physics at Mount Allison University. He has served as the Chair of the Division of Medical and Biological Physics of the Canadian Association of Physicists, and as the Head of the Physics Department at Mount Allison. David has been a member of the Canadian Pugwash Group since 2010.


Director: Cesar Jaramillo is executive director at Project Ploughshares, based in Waterloo, ON. His areas of expertise include nuclear disarmament, outer space security and conventional weapons control. As an international civil society representative, Cesar has addressed, among others, the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), the UN Conference on Disarmament, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), and states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He has also given guest lectures and presentations at academic institutions such as the National Law University in New Delhi, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and the University of Toronto. An occasional columnist on matters of disarmament and international security, Cesar graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MA in global governance and has bachelor’s degrees in honours political science and in journalism. Prior to joining Project Ploughshares, Cesar held a fellowship at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).


Directeur: Après avoir enseigné trois ans à l’Université Queen’s (Kingston), Pierre Jasmin est professeur titulaire à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (1981-2014) dont il dirige le Département de musique, amenant la construction de ses locaux actuels et du Centre Pierre-Péladeau. Il est diplômé de six pays – notamment, B.A. série philosophie de l’Université de Caen (collège Stanislas), Université McGill, Conservatoire de Moscou, Royal College of Music de Londres, Académie de Vienne et Université de la Californie du Sud (MMA).
Il anime le collectif des Artistes pour la Paix depuis 34 ans (plus de deux cents articles sur Il a participé à une Caravane pour la Paix au Tibet et à une Flottille de paix dans l’Adriatique (1994 – émission du Point à Radio-Canada).
Nommé au Cercle universel des ambassadeurs de paix à Genève, membre du comité de direction du Réseau canadien pour l’abolition de l’arme nucléaire ( et de l’exécutif des Conférences Pugwash (Canada) pour la Science et les Affaires mondiales (, il vient d’être désigné co-président d’honneur du Mouvement Québécois pour la Paix.


Director emeritus: Metta Spencer is professor emeritus of sociology, University of Toronto. She coordinated a program in peace and conflict studies at the Mississauga campus until retiring in 1997. She served several terms as president of Science for Peace and remains on the executive committee of that organization. Professor Spencer’s introductory sociology textbook, Foundations of Modern Sociology, was published in ten editions in the United States and Canada and, according to one informed estimate, was read—at least in part—by over a million university students world-wide.
Another of her books, Two Aspirins and a Comedy: How Television Can Enhance Health and Society, explores the way serial dramas can sometimes create intense parasocial bonds with fictional characters that can influence a whole culture more powerfully than education or advertising. She advocates the development of well-crafted soap operas to improve a society’s prevailing ideology about war and politics.
Spencer’s book, The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy, was based on 28 years of interviewing prominent Soviet and Russian political figures, Eastern Europeans, and Western peace activists. Over 200 of the interview transcripts and many of the voice recordings are accessible to everyone at: RussianPeaceAndDemocracy.Com. She has also edited a number of other books on peace and conflict issues. See her web site
Spencer is the founding and continuing editor of Peace Magazine, which began as a monthly tabloid newspaper in 1983. Most issues include transcripts of an interview with a prominent activist or influential person. See the archive at


Adele Buckley Director emeritus: Adele Buckley, M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.(hon); physicist, engineer and environmental scientist; Past Chair of Canadian Pugwash (CPG), past Treasurer; member of international Pugwash Council. Steering Committee, Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Wide ranging work in environmental technology and science; environmental technology verification; adviser to environmental technology entrepreneurs. Formerly V.P. Technology and Research, Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement; formerly V.P. Solarchem Environmental Systems; founding partner of Sciex, developer and manufacturer of mass spectrometry systems w. extensive worldwide installations. Leads CPG campaign for a nuclear-weapon-free Arctic; presentations in 8 countries. At Thinkers’ Lodge, Pugwash Nova Scotia, was lead organizer for international conference A Secure World without Nuclear Weapons (WWNW) 2012, and lead organizer for The Way Forward to a World without Nuclear Weapons, 2015; organizing committee member for Canada’s Contribution to Global Security, 2017. For Global Issues Project (GIP)-– a series of roundtables on looming crises of sustainability, compounded by climate change. Leader of the international expert roundtable on Freshwater. Active involvement in six GIP roundtables, e.g. – Securing the Peaceful Uses of Space for Future Generations.


Directory list


Vancouver, BC

Ottawa, ON
Peter Venton
Toronto, ON
Past Chair
David Harries
Kingston, ON

Toronto, ON
Recording Secretary

Ottawa, ON

Edmonton, AB

Toronto, ON

Sackville, NB
Cesar Jaramillo
Waterloo, ON

Montréal, QC

Peggy Mason
Ottawa, ON

Director emeritus

Toronto, ON
Director emeritus

Toronto, ON
Director emeritus (deceased)
Murray Thomson, O.C.
Ottawa, ON