Our Lawyers

Linda McKay-Panos - Linda is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. She taught Language Arts and Social Studies with the Calgary Board of Education for 7 years before returning to university to obtain a Law Degree. She practiced law for a time, before joining the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in 1992 as a Research Associate. Linda is a sessional instructor in the Faculties of Arts and Law at the University of Calgary. Linda received her Bachelor of Education, Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Calgary. Linda is the Past President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education and the Past President of the Public Legal Education Network of Alberta. Linda is the author of several publications dealing with civil liberties, access to information, human rights, discrimination, equality and related topics. Linda received the 2001 Suzanne Mah Award and an Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for her work in human rights in Alberta.

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Heather Forester - Heather is a Research Associate with the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. She has been a member of the Alberta bar for over 25 years. She acted as legal counsel to the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench for four years providing analysis, drafting, editing, and research services for the Queen's Bench judiciary on a broad range of legal issues. She also acted as the Court’s representative on a project to develop policies and directives to govern the security of Alberta Court information. Heather practiced as a corporate and research associate with Bennett Jones LLP for 18 years, where she researched and drafted legal memoranda, opinions, legal briefs, and facta, with an emphasis on issues arising in complex corporate commercial transactions and litigation. For two years, she was the firm’s Director of Knowledge Management.  She received her Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary. Heather is now excited to be able to use her experience to advance human rights and civil liberties through her work at the Centre.

Hasna Shireen - Hasna is a Research Associate with the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. Prior to joining the ACLRC, she worked as an articling student at Bennett Jones LLP and Calgary Legal Guidance. Previously, she was a Research Associate at D-NET, Bangladesh (Associate of CARE, Canada) on a human rights project dedicated to empower the socially disadvantaged people, and a faculty of law at the Northern University Bangladesh. She holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law from the University of Calgary, and the authorship of various publications dealing with civil liberties, human rights, privacy and access to information. Deeply passionate about human rights and civil liberties causes, she is engaged in various research projects to amplify marginalized voices and to facilitate opportunities for all individuals to participate in a democratic society. Hasna is currently on maternity leave until 2018.

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The Human Rights Education Staff

The Human Rights Educators do presentations across Alberta.  They do presentation for Junior High and Senior High school students, education sessions forteachers about human rights through presentations at teachers' conventions, in-service training, and professional development, and through participation in teachers' groups and networks. As well they present on a variety of human rights and civil liberties topics to community groups and organizations.

Our Human Rights Educators:

  • Melissa Luhtanen, J.D.
  • Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A., (Counseling)., Ph.D.
  • Ayodeji N.Otiti, LL.B.(HONS) Ife, B.L.(HONS) Lagos, LL.M.(Osgoode), LL.M. (Calgary)
  • Brenda Johnston, B.A. (HONS), M.A. (Ed Contexts)

The Administrator

Sharnjeet Kaur is the Administrator and resident horticultural expert at our centre. Sharnjeet is in charge of management, bookkeeping and keeping our office running smoothly.