Our Team

Board of Directors

Sara Abdulrahman

Robert Acheson
Lyn Adamson
Janis Alton
Glenys Babcock
Bill Browett
Phyllis Creighton

Veronica Dahl
Chandler Davis

Judith Deutsch
Michel Duguay

Holly Easton
Jorge Filmus
Ali Hashemi

Danny Harvey

Arnd Jurgensen
Ellie Kirzner
Sorpong Peou
Richard Sandbrook
Vladimir Zhagora

Adnan Zuberi

Honourary Directors

Phyllis Creighton, MA (history), UofT, Order of Ontario

Chandler Davis, PhD Harvard

Derek Paul, PhD Queens



Derek Paul obtained a phD degree from Queens University in 1958, having been a lecturer at the Royal Military College of Canada and a researcher there since 1953. He obtained a professorship at the University of Toronto in 1964 and retired from the University in 1995. He was a member of the International Society for Quality of Life studies, an organizer of the International Pugwash Conference in Halifax, NS, in 2003, and active with Canadian Pugwash (on its Board) in 2004. In 2005 Derek co-founded the Global Issues Project, which organized international roundtables on crucial issues until 2012. He is the author of A Leap to an Ecological Economy.




Richard Sandbrook, President

Richard Sandbrook is professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His professional expertise was in the political economy of international development, though currently he studies the politics of climate change. He has written or edited 14 books.




Robert Acheson, Treasurer 

Rob Acheson is the chair of the Nuclear Weapons Working Group and represents Science for Peace on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. His background is in business as the Operations Manager for a corrugated box plant in Markham, Ontario, but peace and justice issues are his passion.  He has met with many Members of Parliament over the years advocating for a Ministry of Peace in Canada and for Canada to sign and ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.




Jorge Filmus,Vice-President

Jorge is a Professor at the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto,and a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.




Ellie Kirzner, Secretary



Veronica Dahl, Member at large


Arnd Jurgensen, Member at large

Arnd Jurgensen’s research has focused on the political economy of the global south,             

especially Latin America.   He has taught at several Universities in Canada and in faculties ranging from applied sciences and engineering to interdisciplinary studies. He is currently doing research and teaching courses on international politics at the University of Toronto. He has been involved in environmental activism for decades and until the recent shut down, was active in the Toronto music scene, performing regularly in venues around town.






William Browett,  Member at Large



Danny Harvey, Board Member 

Danny is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Areas of
expertise and research: global warming science, solutions related to
energy efficiency, sufficiency, renewable energy and diet (and the
connections between them).

Sorpong Peou, Board Member

Professor of Global Peace and Security Studies, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.Sorpong is a long-time member of Science for Peace, having previously served a term as President. Member of the Eminent Persons Group at the Asian Political and International Student Association; Fellow of McLaughlin College, York University; Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Peace and Cooperation; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Cambodian Development Research Institute.



Adnan Zuberi, Board Member

Adnan represents the membership and  loves connecting students, scientists and the general public together. He is deeply concerned about nuclear war, and false pretexts used for conflicts.







Julieta Vargas, Campaigner-Nuclear Weapons

International relations specialist, passionate about international
development, food security and climate change. Julieta is interested in
denuclearization and the intersection between climate change, refugees, war
and gender studies.




Executive Secretary and Office Coordinator

Melisa Kuc



Gary Topp, Communications Advisor

Gary has been an independent Toronto entertainment promoter since 1972. garytopp.com


Professor Geoff Carre, Blog Administrator and Website Advisor

Geoff teaches at the University of Cape Breton.

Skip to content