Advisory Group

Denis Tougas

Denis Tougas chairs the Above Ground advisory group. In 2015, Denis retired from L’Entraide Missionnaire after leading its African projects for twenty-five years. Denis is the former coordinator of the Roundtable on the Great Lakes Region, which advocates for greater engagement by the Canadian government on issues such as human rights, corporate accountability, peace and security, aid and women’s rights in Burundi, the DRC and Rwanda. Denis supports the Groupe de Travail sur les Activités Minières en Afrique (GRAMA) at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Theodoros Chronopoulos

Theodoros Chronopoulos is a Senior Programme Officer for Africa at EMpower, the Emerging Markets Foundation. He maintains an independent consultancy practice advising NGOs and philanthropic foundations on corporate accountability, environmental justice, public participation, and social and economic rights. From 2006-2012 he was Programme Director for Social Justice at the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Penelope Simons

Penelope Simons is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. For over a decade Penelope has developed research on corporate human rights accountability. Her current research is focused on the human rights implications of domestic and extraterritorial corporate activity, state responsibility for corporate complicity in human rights violations, and the intersections between transnational corporate activity, human rights and international economic law.

Matt Eisenbrandt

Matt Eisenbrandt is the Legal Director for the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ), a charitable organization that works with survivors of genocide, torture and other atrocities to seek redress and bring perpetrators to justice. Matt focuses primarily on CCIJ’s casework, including litigation involving Canadian companies implicated in abuses overseas. He previously served as the Legal Director for the U.S.-based non-profit organization Center for Justice & Accountability, and is the author of Assassination of a Saint, a book about the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador.

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