Board member biographies

Canadian Pugwash Group board members and officers, as of September 2019. 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. 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: Peggy Mason , Canada’s former Ambassador for Disarmament to the United Nations, is the President of the Rideau Institute on International Affairs. The Rideau Institute is an independent research and advocacy group, based in Ottawa, which focuses on foreign policy and defence policy issues.
Mason’s career highlights diplomatic and specialist expertise in the field of international peace and security, with a particular emphasis on the United Nations, where she served as Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament from 1989 to 1995.
Since 1996 Mason has been involved in many aspects of UN peacekeeping training, including the development of ground-breaking principles to guide the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former fighters, reform of UN arms embargoes, and the dramatic evolution of UN peacekeeping in the 21st century.
From 2002 to 2012 Mason was a Senior Fellow at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, where she lectured, participated in training for Iraqi and Kuwaiti diplomats, and chaired the Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance (CCTC). Since 2004 she has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Peacebuild, a network of Canadian NGOs engaged in all aspects of peacebuilding.


Secretary: Robin Collins has been involved in many global governance and disarmament civil society organizations since the 1990s.
Aside from CPG, currently he is Board Member and National Secretary of the World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC), and Chair of the Peace and Security working group of The Group of 78. With WFMC, he promotes 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, has a BA in political science from Carleton University, writes short fiction and has drafted a memoir about his decade in the “far Left” in the 1970s and 80s.


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.


Director: Janis Alton has been involved in multiple activities connected to the advancement of the work of the four World Conferences on Women – academically and as an activist. This includes: studying, writing, initiating and coordinating 2 national conferences (1994, 1996) initiating and coordinating workshops for non-governmental women in Canada, at United Nations (New York) and in Beijing (NGO Forum.) It includes public speaking engagements, chairing a related, national committee within Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), lobbying governments, and serving for VOW in the launch and evolution of the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA.)
Alton has been chair, and later co-chair, of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. In 2003, with VOW co-chair, established the de-legitimization of war as an additional priority (to disarmament, etc.) and, since, helped prepare briefs, workshops, resolutions and dramas, internationally and locally, toward this, and building a sustainable peace. In October 2014, helped coordinate a related international Round Table (The Hague, Netherlands). In addition, she is co-founder, chair and executive member of a grassroots, 100-member, community peace group, Peel Peacemakers. She coordinated or assisted in the mounting of scores of public events to explore a range of peace issues. This included initiating and coordinating two week-long peace festivals at University of Toronto (Erindale Campus) attracting disarmament speakers such as Muriel Duckworth, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Barbara Roberts and Dr. Joanna Santa Barbara.
In 2015, she was one of 30 women from 15 countries to cross the de-militarized zone from North to South Korea to promote peace, demilitarization and reunification.


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).


Director: Jeremy Littlewood is a policy analyst based in Alberta with experience in academia, government, and international organizations He previously served for 11 years at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University (Ottawa) focusing on national security issues and arms control and disarmament. During the mid-2000s he served on the international steering committee of the Pugwash Study Group on the Implementation of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions. Before moving to Canada he worked on secondment in the Counter-Proliferation Department of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as a researcher at the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies (University of Southampton), and at the United Nations in Geneva on the Secretariat for negotiations to strengthen the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. He holds a PhD from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and served for four years with the British Army. He has been a member of Canadian Pugwash Group since 2011.


Director: Shane Roberts is a futurist, former intelligence analyst and life-long educational activist dedicated to engaging the public and expert communities in shaping prospects for a better future. He left the federal public service in 2013, after serving a decade as a futurist for emergency preparedness and public safety, but has continued this work giving talks on global trends in natural and human-made risks to global and planetary security, and the work of the UN on climatic change and sustainable development.
Before his work as a futurist, Shane was in foreign intelligence for two decades – half of that time supporting PCO’s Intelligence Assessment Secretariat in its work for the Prime Minister and Cabinet. An award-winning analyst, he participated in strategic assessments of diplomatic, economic, environmental, military, and techno-scientific issues in world affairs, including 20 conflicts on five continents, and supporting diplomatic and peacekeeping initiatives to find peaceful resolutions to them.
Shane belongs to several NGOs in science and global affairs: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Canadian Pugwash Group, Group of 78, and United Nations Association in Canada. Shane immigrated to Canada in 1968 as a draft resistor to what he and his family saw as an illegal war.


Director: Erika Simpson has spent the past eighteen years serving Pugwash as a volunteer, working on such program areas as nuclear disarmament, nuclear weapon free zones, peacekeeping and conventional weapons control. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an MA (1988) and a PhD in international relations (1995) and has an undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of Saskatchewan (1984). Prior to joining the University of Western Ontario as an assistant professor of international relations in the department of political science (1996), Erika held Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security (CIIPS) Fellowships at Carleton University, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and the University of Toronto. Formerly she was a NATO Fellow, an Alton Lifton Fellow at City University in NYC and a visiting professor at the Liu Institute at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Her opinion pieces are featured on a monthly basis in the Postmedia network, Canada’s largest digital and newspaper chain; irregularly in the Ottawa-based weekly newspaper, The Hill Times; and she is a regular commentator and contributor to CTV Television National. She has also advanced Pugwash Canada’s objectives through guest lectures and presentations at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s preparatory and review conferences, the World Uranium Symposium and the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. She is the author of NATO and the Bomb (McGill-Queen’s University Press) and many other book chapters, opinion pieces and articles available on her website and on Erika Simpson’s blog. Simpson’s next book, Our Nuclear Reality (forthcoming) tells the story of NATO and the NPT over 2000-2020 and she is working on another book, NATO at 70 which examines NATO’s critical decision-making over seventy years between 1949-2019.
She is the President of the Canadian Peace Research Association (CPRA), a scholarly association of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada. As the Vice-President (2015-17, 2017-19) and President (2019-21) she is responsible for national association of academics and peace researchers that meets every June at a Canadian university to deliver scholarly papers and network. She is also a peer reviewer in the College of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (2014-present).


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
Peggy Mason
Ottawa, ON

Ottawa, ON
Peter Venton
Toronto, ON

Edmonton, AB

Toronto, ON

Sackville, NB
Cesar Jaramillo
Waterloo, ON
Jeremy Littlewood
Edmonton, AB

Ottawa, ON
Erika Simpson
London, ON
Director emeritus

Toronto, ON
Director emeritus

Toronto, ON