Chief Executive, Secure Canada

Sheryl Saperia is currently the chief executive of Secure Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating terrorism and extremism by creating innovative and transformative laws, policies, and alliances that strengthen Canada’s national security and democracy.

Sheryl Saperia has held leadership positions in public policy, advocacy, philanthropy, and government relations. Her educational qualifications include a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Science in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she studied issues relating to political violence, terrorism, and homegrown radicalization.

One of her proudest achievements was drafting and successfully lobbying for federal legislation in Canada that allows victims of terrorism and their families to launch civil lawsuits against local and state sponsors of terrorism.

Sheryl has been a recipient of several awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her ongoing advocacy on behalf of Canadian victims of terrorism, and for her advancement of sound public policy on terrorism issues in Canada.

She is an experienced public speaker and communicator, having testified as an expert witness before House of Commons and Senate committees, and published opinion pieces in newspapers across the country.