The Citizen Empowerment Project empowers Canadians from underrepresented communities to learn about and engage with national legal and policy issues. Underrepresented communities include youth, newcomers and low-income families. We create campaigns and public education initiatives focused on the biggest issues in our country.
Meet Our Team
Jamil Jivani, Founder and Co-Chair
Jamil Jivani is the founder of the Citizen Empowerment Project and a Visiting Professor and Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School. Jamil formerly worked as a corporate lawyer at Torys LLP and the Tim Hortons Corporate Law Department. He was named the 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year by the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. Jamil currently serves on the board of directors of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto and the Yale Law School Executive Committee. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, York University and Humber College.
Harvey Lam, Co-Chair
Harvey Lam is a management consultant at Accenture and is building The Rumie Initiative. The Rumie Initiative is a non-profit organization bringing free educational content to the world’s underprivileged youth through low-cost technology. He previously worked as a corporate lawyer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and the Ontario Securities Commission. Harvey attended University of Toronto Law School and University of Waterloo. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Michael Thorburn, Manager of Research and Communications
Michael Thorburn is a J.D. Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a Senior Editor on the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and a Caseworker on the Innocence Project. Prior to entering law school, Michael graduated from Simon Fraser University.
Sujoy Chatterjee, Research and Advocacy
Patrick Byam, Research and Advocacy
Hannah Ordman, Research and Advocacy
Andrew Newsome, Community Outreach
Harpreet Gill, Community Outreach
Harpreet Gill is a graduate of Ryerson University with extensive experience working with youth in Toronto. Harpreet is currently a Team Lead, Facilitator and Job Developer at The Career Foundation.
Chris Blackwood, Community Outreach
Chris Blackwood is a Children and Youth Program Coordinator at the St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club and the founder of Gentleman H.A.T.S. Chris is a graduate of Concordia University and is an active mentor and athletics coach in the Jane and Finch and Weston Mt. Dennis communities.