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James E. Lockyer (1978)

James E LockyerJames Edward Lockyer, QC CD (born May 27, 1949 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian lawyer, law professor, and former politician.

Lockyer graduated with a BA degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick then earned his LLB at the University of New Brunswick. He went on to London, England to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, obtaining his LLM degree in 1976. Fluent in the French language, he obtained a DEA from the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 1979.

After being admitted to the Barrister's Society of New Brunswick in September 1975, Lockyer practiced law with the Moncton law firm of Stewart & Cooper. In November 1977 he became the first full-time person hired by the Université de Moncton for its new Faculté de droit which was established to teach common law in French. Lockyer taught at the law school until June 1987. During this time he was named vice-dean and acting dean in 1983 and was Dean of the Faculté de droit from 1984 to 1987. After his career in provincial elected office (1987-1999) he returned to the law school in 2000 where he has taught full-time. His area of expertise is Civil Procedure, the Law of Sales and both Appellate and Trial Advocacy. Lockyer currently teaches trial advocacy to lawyers at Osgoode Hall Law School's annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop as well as to members of the Quebec Bar in its program "Techniques de plaidoirie" at the Université de Sherbrooke. Since 2008 he has been the Director of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program offered biannually to Atlantic Canadian lawyers at the Faculté de droit of the Université de Moncton. He is a visiting teacher of trial advocacy to students at the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend Indiana. In June 2008, Lockyer was named a recipient of the American College of Trial Lawyers "Award of Merit" for his contribution to the teaching of trial advocacy.

Dr. Louise Desjardins (1985)

Dr Louise DesjardinsExecutive Director| Directrice générale
Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)| Conseil canadien de protection des animaux (CCPA)

Dr. Louise Desjardins was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for over five years. She was also the Government of Canada’s team lead for key projects resulting in the Royal Assent of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Act and the creation of the organization. In her most recent role, Dr. Desjardins was an independent consultant offering a suite of strategic planning and technical writing services in the areas of health and life sciences.

Her other past roles include the inaugural Assistant Scientific Director for CIHR’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, the Manager of Business Development for the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network, and the Program Manager for the Networks of Centres of Excellence. She has represented these organizations on over 25 national and international policy, planning and review committees.

Dr. Desjardins obtained her B.Sc. Honours from Dalhousie University, M.Sc. in nutritional sciences from the University of Guelph, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa and a Research Associate at the National Research Council of Canada. She is the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards including the Deputy Minister of Health Team Award of Excellence, the Medical Research Council President’s Team Award of Excellence, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council President’s Team Award of Excellence.

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Dr. Shawn McGuire (1996)

Dr Shawn McGuireAgricultural Officer (Seed Security), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

2005 Wageningen University PhD, Technology and Agrarian Development; farmer participation in sorghum breeding and seed provision in Ethiopia.
1996 University of East Anglia MSc, Agriculture, Environment and Development; Distinction;
privatisation of UK breeding: institutional and genetic resource implications.
1993 University of Ottawa BSc (Hons.), Biology; Summa cum laude; dissertation on spatial dynamics of Nitrogen cycling in forest moss communities.

I research agrobiodiversity and seed systems in developing countries, and how seed systems – and crop breeding – can be reformed to benefit poor people in developing countries. My work on seed security, and seed systems analysis, is recognised as globally significant.  In particular, the Seed Systems Security Assessments I have helped design have shaped policy and practice in many countries, informing immediate emergency or development programming, and also guiding longer-term change to donor and country policies.  In 2016, I joined the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization to provide technical advice on seed security globally.

My background combines biological and social science, looking at applied agricultural research, and farmers’ responses to stress in poor countries. I focus on the interface between agricultural scientists and farmers, and on how genetic resources are managed via plant breeding and seed systems, both in the formal and farmer systems. Field experience includes Ethiopia, Kenya, and other chronically-stressed contexts such as Zimbabwe, Rwanda, DRC, Madagascar, Timor-Leste, Uganda, and Haiti.

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Catherine A. Walsh (1978)

Catherine A WalshCatherine Walsh teaches and writes principally in the areas of secured transactions and private international law. Formerly a professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of New Brunswick, her move to McGill in July 2001 reflects her strong interest in the comparative and international dimensions of these subjects.  She has a long standing commitment to law reform, and has been actively involved in a number of national and international reform initiatives, including participating as a member of the Canadian delegation in the development of a series of multilateral legal instruments in secured financing law adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

She is the co-author, with Ronald Cuming (Saskatchewan) and Roderick Wood (Alberta), of Personal Property Security Law (Irwin Law, 1st ed. 2005, 2nd ed. 2012). She has been a contributing co-author from the outset of Private International Law in Common Law Canada: Cases, Text and Materials, the 4th edition of which was published by Emond-Montgomery in 2016.

Before commencing her law studies, Catherine Walsh worked as a CUSO volunteer in Ghana, an experience that contributed to her later interest in comparative law and law and development.

B.C.L. (Oxford) 1979; LL.B. (UNB) 1978; B.A. (Dalhousie) 1972

Full Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2001- present
Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2003-2005
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick 1994-2001
(Assoc. Prof 1986-1994; Assist. Prof. 1981-1986)
Counsel, Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales, 1999-2001
Associate Lawyer, McKelvey Macaulay Machum (now Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales), Saint John, 1980-1981
Law Clerk to the Chief Justice, New Brunswick Court of Appeal, 1979-1980

Areas of Interest
Secured Transactions Law, Private International Law, International Business Law