Yes! I would like to volunteer with JHR

First name:
Last name:

I would like to volunteer

at event
in head office


JHR is staffed and governed by a group of human rights and media development professionals with expertise in Canada and internationally.


Rachel Pulfer

Executive Director

Rachel has managed media development projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining JHR, Rachel was a Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College, and a magazine journalist of 10 years' standing. She was the U.S. correspondent, editorial board member, and columnist for Canadian Business – Canada's national business news magazine. Rachel has previously held positions at Investment Executive Magazine, the Montreal Gazette, and Azure magazine, and her journalism has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and Maclean's Magazine.

As a humanitarian who grew up in Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea, Rachel believes JHR’s mission – empowering journalists to cover local human rights issues ethically and effectively – is an excellent way to put her profession to work for a greater good. She is pleased to be part of making that mission a reality.

Board of Directors

Anthony Wilson-Smith

Board Chair

For the past seven years, Anthony has held senior executive positions, first at a federal Crown Corporation and, more recently, at one of Canada's largest financial institutions.

During this time, he has also been active on the not-for-profit front, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and in the community fund-raising and mental health support sectors. Prior to this, he had a distinguished and award-winning career in journalism as a best-selling author, columnist, foreign correspondent, television and radio commentator and as Editor of one of Canada's largest print publications. During his time in journalism, he worked in all of Canada's provinces and territories as well as reporting from more than 35 countries.

A bilingual native Montrealer, he graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science) and also successfully completed Russian Language studies at The Russian School in Northfield, Vermont.

Wojciech Gryc

Board Treasurer

Wojciech Gryc has a wide range of experience in marketing, analytics, and business. He is the founder of Canopy Labs, a customer relations management software company. Prior to that he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, with projects focusing on business technology, big data, and marketing. Named a Rhodes Scholar in 2008, he studied at the University of Oxford and earned M.Sc. degrees in Mathematical Modelling and Social Science of the Internet. He also studied Mathematics and International Development at the University of Toronto. His employment experience includes working as part of the Predictive Modelling Group at TJ Watson Research Laboratory at IBM Research.

Outside of academia, Wojciech spent seven years as the founder and director of Five Minutes to Midnight, an international NGO dedicated to getting youth involved in human rights through media and journalism. His non-profit work has allowed him to run projects in Chad, Kenya, Brazil, Nepal, and other countries.

Alethea Au

Alethea Au practices in the Corporate M&A and Technology & Outsourcing Groups in Stikeman Elliott's Toronto office. Her practice areas include mergers and acquisitions involving both private and public entities, corporate commercial transactions, corporate finance transactions and various securities matters.She advises on a wide range of corporate commercial matters including those related to corporate governance, corporate structures and general commercial engagements.  She also acts for large and mid-sized technology companies in connection with outsourcings, licensing and technology development and has been involved in IT procurement arrangements in a variety of industries including, financial services, retail, insurance, telecommunications and mining.

In addition, Ms. Au is a member of the Knowledge Management Group of Stikeman Elliott. She advises principally in mergers & acquisitions and corporate commercial transactions for a wide range of corporate entities across various industries and is consulted on a variety of corporate practice matters as well as various drafting and transactional issues.

Ms. Au is responsible for developing, managing and delivering legal content and current awareness to ensure that both lawyers and clients have the benefit of the firm's collective legal expertise and the latest in legal and industry developments. She also participates in the training and education of practice group members about legal, regulatory and market developments through formal and informal education initiatives and the creation, assessment and implementation of legal project management and other value-added initiatives for clients.

She also works on a wide range of other firm-wide Knowledge Management initiatives, including internal and external continuing legal education, publications, legal project management and client development initiatives.

Ms. Au is a graduate of McGill University, Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals and CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance) WIT (Women in Technology) Toronto Chapter.

Michael Cooke

Michael Cooke was appointed Editor of the Toronto Star in 2009. Michael was raised near Lancaster in Northern England and began his career at age 17 as an apprentice reporter. He moved on to work in and around London’s Fleet Street, and at Bristol’s Western Daily Press and emigrated in 1974 to Toronto where he became assistant national editor at The Star, Canada's largest newspaper. In 1977, Michael moved to The Gazette in Montreal, where he served as assistant city editor, city editor and co-managing editor. Michael moved to The Edmonton Journal in 1992 as managing editor and became editor in chief of The Vancouver Province in 1995.

During the winter and spring of 1998, Michael was one of a team of founding editors of Canada’s new national newspaper, The National Post. And, for the summer of 1998, Michael served as the last editor of The Financial Post. He supervised the paper’s merger with the new national newspaper. During both periods, Michael continued to edit The Province, commuting between Toronto and Canada’s west coast.

In 2000, Michael was named editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times and was appointed editor in chief of the New York Daily News in January of 2005, returning to Chicago as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times news Group (100 titles) in 2006. Michael was also re-appointed editor in chief of the Sun-Times in the fall of 2006.

Troy Reeb

As head of Global News, Troy Reeb oversees a team of 1,000 journalists and support staff across Canada and in bureaus overseas. In addition to its flagship nightly newscast Global National, which won the 2013 worldwide Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall News Excellence, Global News is a leading producer of local news through its 12 conventional stations and regional all-news channel BC-1.  A former political reporter and Washington Bureau Chief for Global, Reeb was promoted to the network’s top news job in 2008 and assumed oversight of all station operations two years later. Under his leadership, Global has renewed its focus on investigative and political journalism with the launch of the award-winning newsmagazine 16x9and current affairs program The West Block. Reeb has championed a digital shift that has resulted in continuing a three-year run as Canada’s fastest-growing broadcast news website.  Troy is a 1988 Broadcast Journalism graduate of Lethbridge College and recently completed an Executive Management program at Harvard Business School.  He was named Lethbridge’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2003 and personally supports an annual internship program in his name for journalism students.  He is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Provincial Awards Celebrating Excellence and numerous industry honours.  Troy currently serves on several boards including with Journalists for Human Rights.

Catherine Cano

Catherine Cano is Executive Director of news programs – radio and television at Radio-Canada. In more than three decades of national and international experience, she has held senior executive roles in some of the world's most prestigious media organizations, with an emphasis on both technological and cultural change. She was News Director of SRC (Radio-Canada) and head of all-news channel RDI (Réseau de l’information), the first woman to occupy both positions.

Catherine was Deputy News Director at Al Jazeera English (AJE) in Qatar, and Director of Program Development for CBC News. She has travelled extensively around the world as a journalist, producer and analyst of events ranging from U.S. Presidential elections to international summits, Olympic Games and conflict in the Middle East.

As a former independent consultant and as President of U.S.-based Canovision, Catherine also has extensive experience as a consultant to media organizations on strategy, management, ethics, news production and newsroom structure.
Prior to returning to Radio-Canada in January 2014, she joined National Public Relations in May of 2011 as Managing Partner of the Toronto office. Early in her career, she worked on Parliament Hill in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. Her many awards include two Geminis and the prestigious Michener-Deacon Fellowship. In December 2012, she was honored as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women by WXN, the Women Executive Network.

Ben Peterson

Co-Founder and Board Chair Emeritus

Ben Peterson co-founded Journalists for Human Rights in 2002, and served as its Executive Director until 2011. During that period, JHR grew into Canada's largest international media development organization. Under Ben’s leadership, JHR worked across 15 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and built one of Canada’s strongest student leadership networks. Ben has a BA in Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen's University, and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Ben has received many national and international awards for his work, including Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award, the Action Canada Fellowship and the Queen's University Alumni Humanitarian Award. Ben is a published author and accomplished public speaker.


147 Spadina Avenue, Suite 206 Toronto, ON, M5V 2L7
Journalists for Human Rights is a registered charity #860372853RR0001