Alan Borovoy, Canada

Alan Borovoy has been General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association since May 1968. In this position he has striven to protect rights, including freedom of expression and freedom of association. Alan Borovoy has been a clear and compelling voice for these bedrock rights, which form the basis of civil society and democracy.

As General Counsel of CCLA, Alan has made presentations to public inquiries and testified before parliamentary committees on issues such as mandatory drug testing in the workplace, wiretapping, and police race-relations. He has also spoken out about capital punishment, freedom of information, religious education in the public schools, mail opening, the Official Secrets Act, campus speech codes, and national security.

In addition, Alan was a fortnightly columnist for the Toronto Star, and has appeared on many public affairs programs. He is also the published author of “The New Anti-Liberals”, “Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator” and “When Freedoms Collide”, nominated for the Governor General's Award in 1988.

Alan received his B.A. and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1958. He has received four Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees, many other prestigious awards, and was inscribed in the Honour Roll of the aboriginal people of Treaty Number 3. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982.

Alan has also been a visiting professor and part-time lecturer at Dalhousie, Windsor, Toronto and York Universities.