Based in Toronto, the Transparency International Canada Secretariat helps oversee TI Canada’s ongoing efforts towards creating better corporate transparency. Working alongside TI Canada’s team of members and volunteers nationwide, they’re involved in advocacy work, research projects, events and initiatives, while keeping up to date on whistleblower actions and shifts in anti-corruption legislation across the country. TI Canada members, experts and volunteer Board of Directors further promote and implement this important work.
TI Canada also occasionally has internship positions open to students with interests in the non-profit sector and learning more about corporate responsibility. Check our Work With Us page for updates.
Alesia Nahirny, J.D., M.A., Hon. B.A.
Executive Director (parental leave)
Alesia is a lawyer and a trained mediator. Alesia holds a Master’s degree from the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies both from the University of Toronto. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and has worked for the Department of Justice both in Ottawa and Toronto. Alesia has worked extensively in the anti-corruption field including for Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin where her work included the publication of the 2008 Report on Revenue Transparency of Oil and Gas Companies. She was also a member of the Judicial Advocacy Working Group advancing the movement’s fight against judicial corruption and strengthening the impact of the 2007 Global Corruption Report. Alesia has helped to organize a number of TI international and regional conferences including the 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Guatemala City. Prior to joining TI Canada as Executive Director, Alesia ran her own legal practice.
James Cohen, M.A., Hon.B.S.S.
Interim Executive Director
James is an international development expert with a background focusing on anti-corruption and security. James’ work includes program management and design, training, research, and fund raising for organizations including the United States Institute of Peace, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, the Global Organization for Parliamentarians Against Corruption, and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. James also worked for Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme from 2011-2013 where he focused on corruption risk to military, police, and peacekeeping, as well as advising governments and civil society including TI chapters. James holds a Masters from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.
TI Canada Researcher on Beneficial Ownership Transparency
Adam has worked in the anticorruption space for the past seven years. After completing a masters degree in global politics at the London School of Economics, Adam did investigative research into the West African oil and gas, and palm oil sectors for anticorruption NGO Global Witness. He then joined a London-based business intelligence and investigations firm, the Risk Advisory Group, where he conducted internal investigations and litigation support work for corporates and law firms. Since 2013, Adam has worked as an independent consultant doing integrity due diligence and investigations for risk consultancies in the US, the UK and Asia. Adam has written on corruption-related topics including asset recovery, the CFPOA, and conducting ethical investigations. Through his work, Adam has become familiar with the use and misuse of corporate structures and offshore centres, as well as the ease of hiding beneficial ownership. He believes that codifying and enforcing beneficial ownership transparency is a lynchpin in the fight against corruption and financial crime.
Simon is a lawyer based in Montreal, Canada. He is presently completing a Master’s degree in administration, specialized in fighting financial crimes at the Université de Sherbrooke. He has obtained his law degree from the Université de Montréal and also holds a Juris Doctor from the same university. HIs research areas include international corruption, whistleblower protection and public policy relating to fighting financial crimes. Simon is also a member of the board of directors of La Ligue d’action civique, an NGO devoted to anti-corruption and good governance in Québec municipal politics.
Legal Committee Intern
Lewis Fainer is in his third year of the JD/MGA program at the University of Toronto. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McGill University, with his undergraduate research focusing on the effects of political corruption scandals in the Latin American region. Lewis has volunteered with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted and has served as a Research Assistant with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
Our Previous Interns
Chloé T Simard
Chloé T Simard recently graduated from the University of Montreal with a Master’s degree in International and Public Affairs. Previously, she completed undergraduate work in International Studies and studied abroad at SciencePo Paris in France.Through this multidisciplinary formation, she studied a wide range of subjects – including corruption – from a political, legal and economic perspective. Last year Chloé also interned at the Quebec Government Office in Tokyo. Her experience culminated with a detailed report on the Office’s activities and on Quebec’s public diplomacy.
Anahita Abavisany is an MBA student at Schulich School of Business, and holds a master degree in Industrial Management with experience in Finance and banking industry. After getting exposed to ethic courses, she decided to get involve in anti-corruption studies. Her participation in CBERN conference was an excellent opportunity to meet co-founders of TI and learn about the great achievement of this organization. She is currently in her 2nd year of MBA with focus on Business and Sustainability, and is determined to help to achieve a world free of corruption.
Isabel is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with a Master’s degree in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her research areas included asylum and refugee policy, global governance and human rights. She has studied abroad at the Lumière University Lyon 2 in France and at the Hertie School of Governance in Germany. Last year, Isabel worked at the International Organization for Migration on the development of a multi-stakeholder project aimed at combatting the exploitation of migrant workers worldwide.
Amartya recently completed his Master’s degree in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies from the University of Toronto, where his research was related to the governance of labour migration and human rights. He has worked with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights where he provided technical support at the Human Rights Council, and researched threats related to civil society activists worldwide. He has also facilitated reconciliation efforts in post-conflict regions in India with the Lutheran World Federation.