Peter Showler is a former Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). He has vast experience in refugee law as a practicing lawyer, a member of the IRB, a trainer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Director of the Refugee Forum at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, where he taught refugee law. Peter is the author of Refugee Sandwich: stories of exile and asylum, a book of short stories on the refugee claim process. In 2009, through Maytree, he issued Fast, Fair and Final: recommendations for improving Canada’s refugee system. He frequently writes and speaks on refugee issues across Canada.
Barbara Jackman was called to the bar of Ontario in 1978. From then on, the primary focus of her practice has been immigration and refugee law, and related constitutional litigation. Ms. Jackman has been an adjunct faculty member of several Ontario law schools (Queen’s University 1988-1990; 1991-2001, 2005-2006; Osgoode Hall, York University 1988-1989; The University of Toronto 1994-1998, 2006-2007). She has also been a very active contributor to Continuing Legal Education programs for the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and academic and community conferences on topics such as the practice of immigration and refugee law, racial profiling, the role and practices of the Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada, issues related to migration and Canadian national security, domestic and international human rights norms and practices, and advocacy before International Human Rights Tribunals.