Aline Vlasceanu is the full-time Executive Director of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime. She started with the centre at the beginning of 2016, when she began volunteering. She has been employed with the CRCVC since 2017. Aline holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Honours Major in Criminology with an additional major in Women’s Studies, cum laude, and French Immersion from the University of Ottawa. In August 2018 she completed a postgraduate course in Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice at Stockton University in New Jersey. She is fluent in English, French and Romanian and has completed her Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Mental Health First Aid training.
Bernard Forestell joined the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime in late 2019. His primary role is to help you support Canadian victims of crime. Bernie is a professional fundraiser, strategic thinker, marketing and business development professional. He has worked inside large hospital foundations and national industry associations, helping guide generous Canadians to help others. He has helped raise millions of dollars over almost three decades. If you are interested in helping victims of crime, please contact Bernie directly at 1-877-232-2610 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Susheel Gupta, LL.B., Chair
Susheel Gupta was 12 years old when his mother was murdered by terrorists on board Air India Flight 182 as it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland. It was shortly after this tragedy that Sush decided to embark on a career to work within the criminal justice system so that he could do his part to try and ensure no other Canadian or child ever has to endure a similar tragedy. Most recently, he was a Federal Prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (formerly part of the Department of Justice). Currently, he is the Acting Chairperson and CEO of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
He is also the Spokesperson and a member of the Executive for the Air India Victims Families Association and has been working with all the victims for the Air India Public Inquiry. He began his advocacy when he was 14. Increasingly, Sush has become involved actively in victims’ rights issues, services required for victims of crime and victims of tragedies in all forms and assisting in seeking out better laws to protect and serve Canadians.
Susheel is also co-Chair of the Kanishka Project Steering Committee which was established to oversee research grants of $10 MIL set aside by the Government of Canada to further strengthen and protect Canada in the area of counter-terrorism and related issues.
Being both a victim of crime and terrorism as a child and a lawyer working in the criminal law field, Susheel brings a unique and well-equipped background and knowledge to these numerous issues.
Anne Gagne, Board Member
Anne Gagne CPA, CGA began her career in the Canadian Federal Public Service in 1970, working in financial support positions. She left in 1974 to raise a family and returned to the workforce in 1985. In 1987 she began to study part-time (evenings) to obtain a professional accounting designation. She successfully completed and was awarded, her Certified General Accountant designation in June 1995. She has held progressively more responsible positions in various departments in the Public Service over a 30-year career in Finance/Resource and Program Management areas until her retirement in 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer of the Parole Board of Canada. Post-retirement she continued to work part-time as a strategic financial and resource management advisor to the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat until December 2017. She currently continues to work part-time as a consultant.
Anne’s voluntary experience includes having sat on the steering committee of the Small Agency Finance Action Group (SAFAG) before her retirement as well as being an active volunteer (Session Chair) with the organizing committee of the Financial Management Institute (FMI) Professional Development Week for 25 years.
J. Scott Kenney, Board Member
J. Scott Kenney is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His interests include law and criminal justice, deviance, victimology, the sociology of health, social theory, social psychology and emotions. His prior research includes studies of gender, self, coping and agency among families of homicide victims; reviews of the unintended consequences inherent in clients’ encounters with victim service programs; and analysis of the interactional dynamics of restorative justice sessions. He is currently involved in studies of “illegitimate pain,” the sociology of genealogy, as well as conducting research on the construction of meaning among contemporary Freemasons.
Tom Stamatakis, Treasurer
Mr. Stamatakis has sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Police Association (CPA) since 2003 and he has served as its President since May 2011. Tom was the former President of the Vancouver Police Union (VPU) from 1998-2019, as well as the immediate past President of the British Columbia Police Association (BCPA) from 2008-2019. In 2018, he was acclaimed for a second term as President of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA) and continues in that role today.
Mr. Stamatakis has been a constable with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for approximately 30 years, where he enjoyed a variety of assignments prior to his secondment to the VPU. He also sits on the boards of Covington Capital, Odd Squad Productions Society, as well as several Federal/Provincial advisory boards and committees.
In 2017, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in Canada.
Michael Tansey, Board Member
Michael Tansey began his career as a broadcast journalist before moving into government in the early 1980s. After three years as a political assistant, he joined the Government of Ontario as a communications professional. He launched a successful consulting career in the Ottawa area in the mid-1990s. Since then, Michael has worked in every major policy area including Indigenous affairs, health, justice, the environment and intergovernmental affairs.
Michael served as the spokesperson and communications advisor to the Commission of Inquiry into the Bombing of Air India Flight 182, where he saw first-hand the devastating effects that crime can have on the family members of victims. The need to improve the resources and services available for victims of crime became apparent to him when one of his children suffered a serious assault in 2012.
Michael has been active as a minor hockey volunteer for many years. He is also an avid photographer. A native of Montreal, Michael is a graduate of Concordia University (Communications). He is comfortable in English and in French
Shelley Trevethan, Board Member
Shelley Trevethan is a consultant with expertise in the areas of research, the criminal justice system, Indigenous issues and government-related services. Shelley began her career as a psychologist and worked for many years as a criminal justice researcher. Prior to consulting, she was the Executive Director of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, with a mandate to resolve claims of abuse in Indian residential schools. She was also Executive Director General of the Parole Board of Canada, Director of Performance Audit at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, and Director of Indigenous/Community Research at the Correctional Service of Canada. Throughout her career, Ms. Trevethan has focused on issues affecting Indigenous peoples, including their over-representation in the criminal justice system, victimization, and restorative justice. She has extensive experience relating to adjudicative processes, partnership building and government operations.
Jo-Anne Wemmers, Board Member
Jo-Anne Wemmers (Ph.D.) obtained her doctorate in criminology from the Faculty of Law at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). She is currently a full Professor at the School of Criminology of the Université de Montréal, principal researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology, and a member of the Canadian Partnership on International Justice. Former Secretary-General of the World Society of Victimology (2006-2009), Professor Wemmers has published widely in the areas of victimology, international criminal justice, and restorative justice. Her books include Victimology: A Canadian Perspective, (University of Toronto Press 2017), which has been translated into French (Les Presses de l’ Université de Québec, 2017). In 2015, she was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the World Society of Victimology for her contribution to victimology. She is currently Editor of the International Review of Victimology.