AGM: September 5, 2018
Over the course of the last year, I began my term as President of the CCJA. I am grateful to our past president, Hirsch Greenberg, for his continued thoughts and support.
The term began with Congress 2017 October 25-27 in Toronto. By all accounts, it was a great success for the CCJA and the public. The turnout was fantastic, the presenters were thoughtful, knowledgeable and diverse and the feedback we received was excellent.
One of the biggest takeaways for the success of the conference was the partnership with the provincial government. This union allowed the CCJA to have economic, strategic and organizational support without sacrificing any of our core values. Moving forward, future Congresses should look at the possibility of these types of partnerships. To this end, I am pleased to note that for Congress 2019 CCJA has partnered with our longtime friends at the Societe de criminology du Quebec.
The board of directors have had an active and productive year. Every board meeting had excellent turnout and we addressed a wide variety of topics. One of the most important issues addressed was our relationship to our affiliates. Some of our most active affiliates expressed concern about the support they receive from CCJA. The board listened and addressed these issues by importantly modifying fee structures, having uniformity among affiliate agreements and ensuring that affiliate presidents were invited to all board meetings to ensure that all jurisdictional issues were represented.
The Policy Review Committee (PRC) continues its prolific efforts researching and responding to proposed justice legislation under the leadership of Howard Bebbington. Numerous bills were addressed including C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act; Bill S-251, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (independence of the judiciary) and to Make Related Amendements; C-45, An Act Respecting Cannabis and to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and Other Acts; and C-46, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to Make Related Amendements to other Acts. On behalf of the board, I wish to extend our thanks to PRC for its role to improve justice for all Canadians.
I attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) conference in New Orleans. Not only was it fascinating to experience criminal justice issues from an American perspective but also to see the organization of a massive conference with thousands of participants.
Importantly, the CCJA also began discussions with the ACJS, the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA), and the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to co-host a graduate student symposium in October 2018 in Montreal.
The Justice Report continues to address comprehensive and thoughtful issues and the new format is visually impressive. Similarly, the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice has maintained its outstanding reputation producing high-quality articles from leaders in the Criminal Justice Field.
We continue to receive financial support from Public Safety Canada and have maintained financial stability under the steady guidance of our longtime executive director Irving Kulik.
Moving forward my hope is that the CCJA continues on its steady path providing education and criminal justice leadership.