James Roots has been a leader in national disability rights for over 30 years. He is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada, author of The Politics of Visual Language: Deafness, Language Choice, and Political Socialization, co-author of The Employment and Employability of Deaf Canadians, and writer-producer-director of the Sign language version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a similar version of the Canadian Human Rights Commission complaints procedure, for which he won a Special Recognition Award.
As a private educational advocate, he has assisted several families in obtaining appropriate educational placement and support services. He was plaintiff in three law cases affirming the accessibility rights of Deaf Canadians. His academic achievements include a Master’s degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Diploma in Book Editing and Design, and certificates in Project Management, Fundraising Management, and Dispute Resolution.
Wyatt Scott graduated from Gallaudet University in 2016 with a double major in Government Studies and World History. He achieved a master’s in Public Administration from Carleton University in 2019. Wyatt’s previous work history involves working at the federal government in a variety of different departments. Recently, he was volunteering at Deaf Youth Canada – Jeunes Sourds du Canada as the Vice President. He served from 2018-2020. He attended the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Youth Camp and WFD Congresses in 2015 and 2019. Wyatt is contracted with CAD-ASC to work as a Project Director. He is excited to be working on a project that will make a positive impact in the Deaf community by collaborating with the federal-level organizations and agencies to design the high-quality accessible services as enshrined in the Canada Accessible Act.
Anna Wren graduated from Gallaudet University this past May 2020. She graduated with a double major in Business Administration and International Studies. Anna has worked in several different fields. She was an intern at the U.S. Congress under Representative Takano. She worked for the Student Body Government at Gallaudet University in several different positions, most notably the Chief Justice, the Speaker of the House, and as an Interim President. She is contracted with CAD-ASC to work as a Communication Coordinator. Anna is excited to work on improving communications between CAD-ASC and the community.
Paula MacDonald was born in Saskatchewan and currently lives in Ottawa. She is an Indigenous Deaf student. Her band is Pasqua First Nation, Saulteaux-Cree. Paula is currently a student at Carleton University majoring in Indigenous and Canadian Studies. She is expected to graduate with honours in the spring of 2023. Previously, Paula graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with an Associate Degree of Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting Technology. Her long term goal is to continue expanding and strengthening both Deaf and Indigenous communities across Canada. Her career goal is to work with Indigenous Deaf communities and provide them with better opportunities and resources that accommodate their home, school, and community. Paula currently works at Indigenous Service Canada as a communication assistant. Paula is contracted with CAD-ASC to work as a Webinar Coordinator. She is looking forward to providing webinars to the community.
Biography coming soon.
Pavel Chernousov has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Moscow State University of International Affairs (MGIMO) and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. His work history includes climate change assignments with the United Nations, the Moscow Carnegie Centre, and research and teaching positions at the University of Ottawa. Pavel has a strong academic background in government programs and international development.
While in the United States on his exchange program, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and letters of recognition from the US Ministry of Defence, the state of Tennessee, and the commonwealth of Kentucky. He was a volunteer at Saint-Vincent Hospital and Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa working with senior and disabled patients.
During his teen years, Pavel was a volunteer at the orphanage house in Russia working with orphan children.