David Asper is a lawyer, businessperson and philanthropist based in Winnipeg Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his community service, the Arbor Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service to the University of Toronto and, in Law School, he was a recipient of the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for the promotion of academic achievement in others.
Starting his career as a lawyer, David focused primarily on criminal defense litigation including successfully representing David Milgaard in overturning one of Canada's most notorious wrongful conviction cases.
Following completion of his Masters of Law at the University of Toronto, David served as Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law. He taught Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, Introduction to Advocacy and oversaw internship students in the University Law Centre clinic. He also supervised and directed student research regarding consent in Sexual Assault cases and the establishment of a permanent archive for Canadian Wrongful Conviction cases. He continues to lecture and comment in popular media on legal matters, and serves on the Law Society of Manitoba Articling Task Force Committee.
Tyler Hodgson is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the National Leader of the White Collar Crime and Regulatory Compliance and Investigations Group. Tyler practices primarily in the areas of corporate governance and regulatory compliance, as well as representing parties during regulatory, criminal and quasi-criminal investigations and prosecutions, both in a domestic and international context.
Tyler regularly directs and manages international compliance reviews and government investigations. He is called to the bar in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Dubai International Financial Centre, and was named as one of world’s leading investigative attorneys in the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Investigations Lawyers and Forensic Experts. Tyler is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, and teaches a course on cross-border investigations and prosecutions.
Tyler has appeared in all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Superior Court of Justice on both jury and judge alone trials. He continues to represent individuals and corporations charged with a wide variety of criminal and quasi-criminal offenses, as well as acting for individuals subpoenaed to testify in proceedings. He acts for foreign governments in relation to criminal, regulatory and extradition matters.
Lewis Klar, Q.C. is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, where he specializes in tort and insurance law. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1997 to 2002. He was admitted to the Bar of the Province of Quebec in 1971 and the Law Society of Alberta in 2000. He was awarded a Queen’s Counsel in 2002, and received the Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to legal scholarship from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta) in 2005.
In 2007, Professor Klar received the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research from the University of Alberta. This is the university’s most senior and prestigious research award. In 2008, Professor Klar received the Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty of Law. Professor Klar is the author of Tort Law, 5th edition, 2012, and the co-author of Canadian Tort Law : Cases, Notes & Materials, 14th edition, 2014. Professor Klar is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a former member of the Alberta Auto Insurance Rate Board. His works have been cited on numerous occasions by the courts in every province in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Anette Sikka received her J.D. from Dalhousie University in Canada in 2002, was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007, and passed the Alabama bar examination in 2014. She is currently awaiting a defense date for her dissertation on trafficking in persons and global migration, in support of a Doctorate of Laws (LL.D) from the University of Ottawa. Anette has worked for the United Nations, United States Department of State and Non-Governmental Organizations in several countries including Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq, providing rule of law expertise, police training, and training and policy advice on gender and security sector reform.
Anette has taught at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and the University of Alabama law school in the fields of human rights, international law and immigration law. Her research interests are in the areas of labor and employment law, gender, immigration and animal law. She recently joined the faculty of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Yvonne Stevens received her LL.M. in Biotechnology and Genomics from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in May 2013. She holds an LL.B. (J.D.) from Canada’s Dalhousie University Law School. Prior to moving to the U.S., Yvonne was an associate at Stikeman Elliott’s Vancouver, B.C. office where she practiced corporate law.
As a Center Research Fellow Yvonne’s interests include genetics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, personalized medicine & healthcare, intellectual property and information technology. Yvonne has co- authored and is in the process of co-authoring several articles in the area of emerging technologies with Center Faculty Director, Gary Marchant and co-leads the 2013-14 personalized medicine student research group. In addition, Yvonne is currently assisting the Center as its social media coordinator. Yvonne is fluent in French, Italian and German. In her spare time, she volunteers with DUET, an organization providing assistance to the elderly and Boxer Luv Rescue, focusing on fundraising and special events. Yvonne is an avid long-distance runner and generally enjoys participating in a variety of sports.