Considered one of the 10 most important decisions impacting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Vriend decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that unanimously held that the lack of protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation in Alberta’s human rights legislation was an unconstitutional violation of Charter equality rights.
The 2018 Chancellor’s Forum included a reception and moderated panel discussion that highlighted the role of the University of Alberta community in advancing human rights for the LGBTQ2 community.
Opening Remarks - David Turpin - President, University of Alberta
Randy Boissonnault - Member of Parliament, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues and former University of Alberta Students’ Union President
Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Government of Alberta
Closing Remarks - Paul Paton - Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Madam Justice Sheila Greckol - Alberta Court of Appeal, lead counsel for Delwin Vriend
Justice Julie Lloyd - Provincial Court Judge and co-counsel to Canadian Bar Association (intervenor)
Michael Phair - Chair, University of Alberta Board of Governors, LGBTQ2 champion and former City Councillor
Doug Stollery - Chancellor, University of Alberta, co-counsel for Delwin Vriend
Kristopher Wells - iSMSS Faculty Director and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
Moderator - Paula Simons - City Columnist for the Edmonton Journal