BIAS FREE Inc.

The BIAS FREE
Co-operative, Inc.

"Working together to identify and eliminate inequities"

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BIAS FREE Co-operative, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 in the Province of Ontario, Canada, as a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative. We are in the process of applying for charitable status.

We very purposefully choose to incorporate as a co-operative organization as the co-op values and principles are a natural fit with our aims and the values and principles that underpin our work and the BIAS FREE Framework itself. Our slogan: “Working together to identify and eliminate inequities” underscores this approach.

For more information on workers’ co-operatives, see:

http://www.canadianworker.coop and http://www.ontario.coop/

BIAS FREE, Inc. won Ontario New Co-operative of Distinction award at the 2010 Spirit Recognition Awards.

Our Board of Directors

Mary Anne BurkePresident: Mary Anne Burke is an internationally renowned social researcher, statistician, public policy analyst, educator, human rights activist and social entrepreneur. Over her career, she has worked in various international organizations: the Global Forum for Health Research in Geneva and UNICEF at the Innocenti Research Centre in Florence; for the Government of Canada within Statistics Canada, Status of Women Canada, Health Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada; and for the Roeher Institute at York University, Toronto. She is a co-author of Canada's Federal Plan for Gender Equality, tabled by the Canadian government at the UN 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. She later led the development of Gender-Based Analysis (GBA) tools for Canada, and Health Canada's GBA Policy, and she was a founding member of Statistic Canada's Canadian Social Trends project and quarterly peer-reviewed journal, of which she was an Editor for many years. Those who know Mary Anne, know her as a champion of marginalized people, with a passionate commitment to social justice and the human rights of all peoples. She is an "out-of-the-box" thinker, an innovator of new conceptual models, a person who is constantly "flipping the paradigm" and an entrepreneurial organizer.

MargritVice-president: Margrit Eichler is a Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her work on the BIAS FREE Framework grew out of her work on non-sexist and feminist methodology. Her over 200 publications center on methodological issues, family policy, ecological sustainability, and social justice in general. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Sciences, and a former President of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. She is a consultant for national and international organizations including: Statistics Canada, Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Health and Welfare Canada, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Manitoba Human Rights Commission, Law Reform Commission of Canada, Attorney General of Ontario, Secretary of State Women's Programme, Status of Women Canada, Justice Canada and the Global Forum for Health Research.

Lorraine Secretary: Lorraine Touchette is a criminologist and respected senior project manager and social science researcher, recently retired from the Canadian Federal Government. She has extensive departmental, interdepartmental and international project management experience within the federal government, and worked closely with Assistant Deputy Ministers, provincial-territorial government officials, municipal governments and non-governmental organizations. As a gender expert, she served as a Senior Advisor, Women in Federal Science and Technology; as a Policy Analyst, Office of the Senior Advisor on Gender Equality, Deputy Minister’s Office, Justice Canada, and Policy Analyst, Status of Women Canada where she co-authored The Federal Plan for Gender Equality (June 1995) which was co-signed by 25 federal departments, and Gender-Based Analysis - A guide for policy making (1996), an information and training manual on gender-based analysis.

Joe Burke Treasurer: Joseph Burke is a passionate and innovative coach and trainer with more than 35 years of experience motivating disabled and non-disabled athletes to develop to their fullest potential and achieve excellence. He has developed and delivered coaching programmes and certification clinics for international, national, university and high school level athletes and coaches, in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, China and Germany. He has produced one world gold medallist and numerous gold, silver and bronze medallists at international, national, university and high school levels. He has also worked for the World Council of Churches in Geneva, inspiring students from around the world in their learning of English as a Second Language as preparatory to their graduate studies in Ecumenism. A psychologist, coach and educator by training, he also has a strong academic background in business, accounting and computer technology.

First Board Meeting - 2008
Board Meeting

Our Staff:

Master Trainers & International Consultants: Mary Anne Burke & Margrit Eichler

Mary Anne BurkePresident: Mary Anne Burke is an internationally renowned social researcher, statistician, public policy analyst, educator, human rights activist and social entrepreneur. Over her career, she has worked in various international organizations: the Global Forum for Health Research in Geneva and UNICEF at the Innocenti Research Centre in Florence; for the Government of Canada within Statistics Canada, Status of Women Canada, Health Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada; and for the Roeher Institute at York University, Toronto. She is a co-author of Canada's Federal Plan for Gender Equality, tabled by the Canadian government at the UN 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. She later led the development of Gender-Based Analysis (GBA) tools for Canada, and Health Canada's GBA Policy, and she was a founding member of Statistic Canada's Canadian Social Trends project and quarterly peer-reviewed journal, of which she was an Editor for many years. Those who know Mary Anne, know her as a champion of marginalized people, with a passionate commitment to social justice and the human rights of all peoples. She is an "out-of-the-box" thinker, an innovator of new conceptual models, a person who is constantly "flipping the paradigm" and an entrepreneurial organizer.

MargritVice-president: Margrit Eichler is a Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her work on the BIAS FREE Framework grew out of her work on non-sexist and feminist methodology. Her over 200 publications center on methodological issues, family policy, ecological sustainability, and social justice in general. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Sciences, and a former President of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. She is a consultant for national and international organizations including: Statistics Canada, Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Health and Welfare Canada, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Manitoba Human Rights Commission, Law Reform Commission of Canada, Attorney General of Ontario, Secretary of State Women's Programme, Status of Women Canada, Justice Canada and the Global Forum for Health Research.

Trainers & International Consultants: Brigid Burke & Andrea Pupulin

AndreaAndrea Pupulin is an international consultant dedicated to helping the most marginalized and unfortunate peoples. Following post-graduate studies in ethics, human rights theory, political philosophy and international development, he worked with orphans and street children in Brazil and in Egypt, and with Caritas, the World Health Organization and the Global Forum for Health Research. He worked with the BIAS FREE Framework initiative on a UNICEF project in the Kyrgyz Republic, assessing the situation of disabled children and developing a national strategy for an inclusive Kyrgyzstan. He is currently working for WHO on the GATE initiative to increase access to assistive devices for elderly and disabled persons.

Brigid BurkeBrigid Burke is currently completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto. Life experiences such as seeing the marginalization of the Roma people in Italy and witnessing the impact of corruption, conflict and poverty on native youth in Colombia, opened her eyes to the many social, cultural, political and economic determinants of health and inspired her to learn more about addressing health issues in a holistic manner. From 2009-2010 she was the outreach coordinator for the University of Toronto International Health Program’s HIV/AIDS committee. From 2010-2011 she was the Co-coordinator for the University of Toronto Health Program Millennium Project, a new committee she spearheaded with her co-coordinator to engage students to question and evaluate current development models and investigate and address issues of accountability in social development and health discourses. In 2010 Brigid conducted research at the University of Calgary on the impact of climate change on the health of marginalized populations. She also conducted research and published an article on biases in the UN Education for All, Education for Sustainable Development, Education for Human Rights, Inclusive Education and Adult Education initiatives), see: Burke, B. and Wolbring, G. "Beyond Education for All: Using an ableism studies lens and the BIAS FREE Framework". in Development Vol 53 no 4 Education for Transformation, November 2010. She completed a research project studying the implementation of Paulo Freire’s participatory methodology in the work of Reprolatina, a Brazilian NGO promoting sexual and reproductive health rights in Latin America, in 2011. In July 2011, Brigid had the honour of representing the BIAS FREE Cooperative at the United Nations High Level Meeting on Youth. In 2013, Brigid developed and piloted the BIAS FREE Diversity Day Program for Children & Youth, incorporating a Plain Language version of the BIAS FREE Framework into the materials.

Our intent is to add staff over time through a train-the-trainers process, building training capacity in regional hubs around the world.

Volunteers:

ClareResearch Officer: Clare Quinn-Hurley is a recent graduate of Carleton University, where she completed a combined Honours program in Humanities and Philosophy. She was the recipient of a full scholarship and completed the philosophy component of her degree in Leuven, Belgium. She serves BIAS-FREE Co-op as a junior research officer, assisting with project activities, conducting literature searches and preparing analytical reports for BIAS FREE’s database and publication activities. Having studied social theory and political philosophy for the past four years, Clare is excited to be learning about practical applications of these subjects through the use of the BIAS FREE Framework. Clare is a passionate and dedicated individual who loves to travel, experience different cultures and create music.

JoeJunior Research Officer: Joe MacNeil is an undergraduate student at McGill University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. He currently works as a junior research officer at BIAS FREE, and supports the organization in various capacities. He develops project proposals and prepares analytical reports for BIAS FREE’s publication activities, and is responsible for the organization’s social media presence. In 2010, he received his International Baccalaureate Diploma, where he was recognized for his various papers on Soviet economics, the regional history of Maritime Canada, and the epistemology of science. In high school he graduated at the top of his class in Political Science, Philosophy, and American History and was involved in student government. He was an elected member of Colonel By Secondary School’s Student Council, served as the president of the Politics & Philosophy club and Model United Nations, and was the captain of the Colonel By Debating Team.

JonathanJunior Research Officer: Jonathan Ing is a student majoring in Management and Organizational Studies at the University of Western Ontario who has joined the BIAS FREE team for the summer. He graduated with an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa. His expertise lies in the field of business, where he has knowledge of finance, marketing, operations, human resources, and general management. Other academic interests of his are psychology, mathematics, and economics. Outside of the workplace, Jonathan has contributed to altruistic causes at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Habitat for Humanity.

Sep TaheriResearch Officer: Sep Taheri is a Project Lead at Scotia Capital, a Consultant at Artidote Design, and a Board Member and Youth Co-ordinator at Science for Peace. He has founded two not-for-profit organizations, SepsList and Sust·aid·ability. Sep holds an Honours B.A.S degree, specializing in Business Research and Marketing from York University. Currently, he is in the process completing a Master’s of Information Systems and Technology at York University. His aim is to develop innovative information technologies and business strategies which will help communities in developing nations to plan, develop, and implement prosperous and sustainable living strategies. SepsList is an organization founded in 2004 which provides basic items to marginalized people in Toronto. Over the years, SepsList has partnered with retailers, educational institutions, and health centres to help those in need. Sust·aid·ability was founded in early 2011 in partnership with a group of health professionals, environmental and social rights activists. The purpose of the organization is to provide opportunities for self-sustainability in developing nations, all while utilizing and respecting indigenous wisdom.

List of current BIAS FREE trainers-in-training

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Our Global BIAS FREE Network:

The Global BIAS FREE Network is a network of individuals and organizations that is committed to furthering applications of the Framework around the globe. There are currently regional team leaders and network members from every region of the world. BIAS FREE, Inc. aims to strengthen and tap into the Global BIAS FREE Network that has been building over the last five years. An active Network is key to long-term sustainability of work to further applications of the Framework.

Network members, partner organizations, our advisory board and our funders
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