Major Brent Beardsley
Major Brent Beardsley is a native of Montréal and a graduate of Sir George Williams, Concordia, McGill Universities and the Royal Military College of Canada. He has served for 27 years as an Infantry Officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment in a wide range of command, staff and training positions. In 1993-1994, he served as General Dallaire's personal staff officer in UNAMIR, before and during the genocide in Rwanda and he is the co-author of General Dallaire's bestselling memoir Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. He is currently serving as a research officer at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute at the Canadian Defence Academy. He is also completing his Masters of Arts degree in War Studies at RMC, where the focus of his studies is on genocide and humanitarian intervention. In September 2006, Major Beardsley was named as a MIGS Fellow.
Éloge C. Butera
Éloge C. Butera is an Associate Fellow with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill's Faculty of law and with MIGS. He is a human rights activist with an active involvement in Canadian public life, with a strong focus on human security and transitional justice issues.
Éloge has worked in the Canadian Parliament as a research and legislative assistant to Senator L.Gen. Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d) and as an articling student to Professor Irwin Cotler P.C., O.C., Member of Parliament (Mount Royal) and former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada.
In 2013, Éloge was inducted as an Honorary Witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, where he bears witness to the harm inflicted by Canada’s residential school system on generations of aboriginal Canadians.
A survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda, Éloge has spoken to dozens of audiences across Canada about his experience during the genocide and the role that an informed citizenry can play in preventing future mass atrocities and genocides.
Éloge can be contacted at: email@example.com
Journalist, author and non-resident fellow at MIGS.
Michael Petrou is a two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author who has reported from across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. His latest book, Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World, won the Ottawa Book Award for non-fiction. Petrou has a DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Michael Petrou write for OpenCanada.
Andrei Serbin Pont
Andrei Serbin Pont is an international analyst focused on foreign policy, human rights, conflict prevention, mass atrocity prevention, defense, security, and regional integration. He is a PhD student at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid, Spain) where he is researching Latin-American normative contributions to the design of policies and mechanisms for the prevention of mass human rights violations. He holds a Master´s in International Relations with specialization in Peace, Defense and International Security from the San Tiago Dantas Program (Sao Paulo, Brazil), a Bachelor´s in Liberal Arts with orientation in Public Policy from UNSAM (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and graduated from the National Defense School (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He has experience working with civil society organizations and is currently holding positions as Research Director for a regional thinktank (CRIES - Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales) and as Expert Consultant at the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs (Cabinet of Ministers of the Presidency of Argentina). He is also an advisor to the Nexus Fund, ICRtoP Steering Committee member, columnist for Perfil and contributor at DEF, Forbes and Clarín.
International advisor and Consultant, 18 years of public administration and international experience covering the UN, NATO, World Bank, Canadian diplomacy and private sector ventures. Diego has worked on institutional/social reconstruction, civil-military coordination and humanitarian issues in Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Timor Leste, Colombia Pakistan, Indonesia (Banda Aceh), Liberia and Iraq. He also served as Senior Peacekeeping Officer at DFAIT. Associate Fellow of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at Université de Quebec a Montreal, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and Lecturer in Humanitarian Action, Reconciliation/Mediation, Post-Conflict recovery and urban conflict in universities in Canada and abroad
Education: 2009 MC/MPA Harvard KSG; 2001 U.Bern/Fribourg/Neuchatel. Master in Trade Law and Economics; 1996, McGill University, BA Political Science/History.
Dr. Mario Silva
Dr. Mario Silva has had a distinguished career as an elected municipal and federal official between the years 1994 and 2011 as well as an author and international legal scholar. He was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve as the 2013 Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Dr. Silva is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the University of Sorbonne in Paris and holds a Master's degree in International Law from Oxford University as well as a PhD in law from the National University of Ireland in Galway. He has been honoured with the French Order of the Legion of Honour, Order of Merit of Portugal, the Order of Rio Branco from Brazil and the Insignia of the Autonomous Region of the Azores. He has also received the Bridge Builder Award by the Parliament of Canada All Party Interfaith Friendship Group.
Dr. Silva has published several articles in the field of international law and has published three books, “Legitimacy and Failure in International Law”, published by BRILL and “Hanging by a Thread: Afghan Women’s Rights and Security Threats, which he co-authored with Dr. Massouda Jalal (Afghanistan Former Minister of Women’s Affairs) by Callawind. Dr. Silva has recently co-edited a book on antisemitism, “Tackling Hate – Combating Antisemitism: The Ottawa Protocol.” Dr. Silva is a member of The International Association of Genocide Scholars.
Graduate Student Fellows
- Vicki Burrus (M.A.)
- Ryan Cronsberry (M.A.)
- Marc Drouin (M.A., Ph.D.)
- Erin Jessee (Ph.D Humanities)
- David King (Ph.D.)
- Ariane Mathieu (Ph.D)
- Philippe Rieder (Ph.D. Humanities)
- Scott Selders (M.A., Ph.D.)