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
Marc-André Argentino is a PhD student in the Department of Religion, at Concordia University. His research focus is on the intersection of religion and social media, as well as how they are used by non-state actors in the creation of propaganda, recruitment of members to extremist causes and instill fear. Aspects of his research are used in the construction of CVE programs that use social media and education to achieve their goals. In association with MIGS he is the founder of the COUNTRA project, which aims to combat the root causes of extremism and radicalization. CONTRA works through both the media and the classroom in order to teach youths and communities to better understand the complex political world that surrounds them. By providing hands-on training on issues such as xenophobia, Islamophobia, and mediatization, CONTRA hopes to encourage students to think critically about current events, thus promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment to all people.
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.
(1971) 17 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 Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Timor Leste, Colombia Pakistan, Indonesia (Banda Aceh), Liberia and now back in 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, Canadian Observatory for Humanitarian Operations and Lecturer in Humanitarian Action at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Cali, Colombia) and in Humanitarian Practice at Royal Roads University (BC, Canada).
Education: 2009 MC/MPA Harvard KSG; 2001 U.Bern/Fribourg/Neuchatel. Master in Trade Law and Economics; 1996, McGill University, BA Political
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.)