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Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Human Rights

Second Session, Forty-first Parliament, 2013-14

Chair: The Honourable MOBINA S. B. JAFFER

Monday, March 31, 2014

Issue No. 5

Second meeting on:

Study the international mechanisms toward improving cooperation in the settlement of cross-border family disputes, including Canada's actions to encourage universal adherence to and compliance with the Hague Abductions Convention, and to strengthen cooperation with non-Hague State Parties with the purpose of upholding children's best interests


Justice Canada:

Laurie Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Law Sector;

Marie Riendeau, Counsel, International Private Law Section;

Sandra Zed Finless, Senior Counsel, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Legal Services.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada:

William Crosbie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Consular, Security and Legal Branch, Chief Security Officer and Legal Adviser;

Béatrice Maillé, Director General, Consular Policy Bureau;

Leslie Scanlon, Director General, Consular Operations Bureau.

Missing Children Society of Canada:

Amanda Pick, Executive Director.

International Social Service — Canada:

Dick Chamney, Board President;

Sylvie Lapointe, Director of Services.

International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children:

Ernie Allen, President and CEO (by video conference).


The Honourable Mobina S. B. Jaffer, Chair

The Honourable Salma Ataullahjan, Deputy Chair


The Honourable Senators:

Andreychuk, Ataullahjan, *Carignan, P.C. (or Martin), *Cowan (or Fraser), Eggleton, P.C., Hubley, Ngo, Seidman, Unger

* Ex officio members

(Quorum 4)