THE ASSOCIATION… PURSUING JUSTICE IN CANADA SINCE 1919
The Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA) was founded in 1919 and remains an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system in Canada.
PRESIDENT: Mihael Cole
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Angela Falk
VICE-PRESIDENT: Patrick Altimas
TREASURER: Gil Rhodes
DIRECTOR: Tim Veresh
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patrick Altimas (Québec)
Howard Bebbington (Director at Large)
Mihael Cole (Ontario)
Peter Copple (Alberta)
Angela Falk (Manitoba)
Hirsch Greenberg (Saskatchewan)
Kathryn Gregory (Director at Large)
Dr. Stacey Hannem (Director at Large)
Frances McKeague (Director at Large)
Edgard McLeod (Prince Edward Island)
Gil Rhodes (New Brunswick)
Dr. Verona Singer (Nova Scotia)
Tim Veresh (British Columbia)
Irving Kulik, Executive Director
Nancy Wright, Editor, Justice Report
Lauren Murray, Project Coordinator
Recognizing that the criminal justice system must serve the needs of all people, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an umbrella organization representing all elements of the criminal justice system, including the public. It exists to promote rational, informed, and responsible debate in order to develop a more humane, equitable, and effective justice system.
- To promote improved criminal justice programs, policies and legislation, especially crime prevention programs.
- To recognize and repair the harm done by crime to victims, offenders and the community as a whole.
- To encourage the public authorities, voluntary sector and citizens to collaborate in improving our criminal justice system.
- To foster a greater public understanding of criminal justice issues.
The Canadian Criminal Justice Association (CCJA) Public Education Fund has been established in order to provide the Association with the resources required to carry out its mission.
The fact that the publications and other initiatives of the CCJA can impact the thinking of those responsible for criminal justice legislation and policy in Canada makes the CCJA a national forum in which all views may come together and be disseminated to educate the public and help achieve consensus on issues, directions, policy and laws.
The Canadian Criminal Justice Association is committed to its purpose which is reflected in its efforts to provide the public, criminal justice participants, and concerned observers with balanced information and education on justice issues through such initiatives as:
- Conferences, speaker series, seminars, congresses
- Training opportunities
- Opportunities for debate and information gathering
The CCJA also consults and advises, encourages discussion, monitors progress, and strives for improvement in the following areas:
- Crime prevention
- Community-based programs
- Public policy
- Justice programs and services
- Advocating for fairness, equity and the protection of rights
- Communication, collegiality, consensus and cooperation
- Research and the advancement of knowledge
The CCJA not only advocates for justice, equity and the protection of rights and it fosters communication, collegiality, consensus and cooperation among all stakeholders, it also promotes research and the advancement of knowledge through the following initiatives and publications:
- Partnerships forged with various government agencies in the aim of contributing to the knowledge base;
- The work of the CCJA Policy Review Committee (PRC), including the publication of briefs and testifying before various committees of the House of Commons;
- Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJCCJ), our quarterly peer-reviewed publication, owned by the CCJA and published by the University of Toronto Press (UTP);
- Justice Report, our quarterly magazine;
- Viewpoints, the CCJA position papers publication, updated regularly and available in print and on the CCJA website;
- The STUDENT SPACE section of the CCJA Justice Report and website;
- The support of our provincial affiliate and their initiatives;
- The biennial Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice;
- The establishment of the CCJA Public Education Fund to provide funding in support of research
- The CCJA (biennial) Awards via our online Award system aimed at maximizing participation by the public: Appreciation, Achievement, Restoration, Senator Earl A. Hastings, Crime Prevention, Public Education, Research awards.
- Public education and, since 2014, an annual student award offering financial assistance to a student;
- The work of the CCJA committees.