Our Associates

Vivienne Chin
Senior Associate

Vivienne is a criminal justice professional with more than 20 years of experience in the security and justice sectors, having worked in a government service (Singapore), an inter-governmental agency (Commonwealth Secretariat, London), a non-governmental professional organization (Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association, London) and currently a United Nations affiliated research institute (International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, Vancouver) focusing on the promotion of the rule of law and good governance, human rights, peace-building, criminal justice reform and policy development, and institution building in post-conflict societies.  This includes programmes to assist the effective implementation of international standards and norms and international treaties in particular those relating to transnational organized crime, counter-terrorism, corruption, human trafficking, juvenile justice, women’s rights and violence against women, prison reform and the social reintegration of offenders. 

Allan Castle
Senior Associate

Allan Castle grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia and studied politics and international relations at UBC, the London School of Economics, McGill and Harvard.  Since 1996 he has worked internationally, nationally, and across the BC justice system in the areas of control of organized crime, intelligence-led policing, performance measurement, and justice reform.Allan joined the BC Ministry of Justice in 2011 to oversee business intelligence and performance metrics.  In December 2012 he was appointed Executive Lead of the Justice and Public Safety Secretariat and was directly involved in justice and public safety sector strategy development, as the lead or co-author of one Green Paper and two White Papers on Justice Reform.  His responsibilities included primary oversight of the BC Justice Summit process, involving seven leadership Summits since 2013 dealing with criminal law, family law, violence against women, and mental health in the justice system, as well as support for BC’s Justice and Public Safety Council – work he continues to provide going forward. 

Yvon Dandurand
Fellow and Senior Associate

Yvon Dandurand is a criminologist at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia (Canada), and a Fellow and Senior Associate of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy.  His long career in teaching, research and policy development in the fields of crime prevention and criminal justice has led him to specialize in comparative research.  He has been involved in numerous criminal justice reform and capacity building projects in Canada and abroad, including several projects and studies in the areas of organized crime, human trafficking, witness protection, corruption, crime prevention, policing, and corrections.  He has authored or co-authored several books and tools to facilitate criminal law reform.


Gerry Ferguson

Senior Associate

Gerry Ferguson, University of Victoria Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Law, is a criminal law specialist. He is a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Experts Group on Anti-Corruption Academic Materials. He is co-edited and co-author of Asia-Pacific Legal Development (UBC Press, 1998), was a co-leader of the CIDA-funded Canada Vietnamese Legislative Drafting and Management Program, 1994-95, and a team member of the CIDA-funded Canada-China Procuratoracy Project, 2003-2008, under the direction of the ICCLR. He is also the co-author of the two-volume book, Canadian Criminal Jury Instructions and a co-author of the Annual Review of Criminal Law. Professor Ferguson has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Monash, the University of Airlangga, Indonesia, and the University of Auckland.



Alison MacPhail

Senior Associate

Alison MacPhail is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience in criminal justice and public safety.  She has been responsible for criminal justice policy and legislation for both the federal and BC governments in Canada and has led major legislative and program reforms.  She spent the last nine years of her public service career as a deputy minister in British Columbia, as Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Deputy Minister for Children and Family Development, and as the lead for criminal justice reform.  She is now a consultant specializing in justice reform and access to justice issues and consults widely on a variety of justice organizational, policy and legislation issues.  

Maureen Maloney

Senior Associate

Maureen Maloney is a professor at the Simon Fraser University School of Public Policy, where her current teaching and research interests relate to justice systems, international human rights, and conflict management/resolution. Previously, she was the Chair in Law and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria ( 2000-2010), following a term as Deputy Minister to the Attorney General (1993 to 2000) and Deputy Attorney General (1997 to 2000) of the Province of British Columbia. Before assuming these positions, Prof. Maloney was the first female Dean of Law in British Columbia. Professor Maloney is actively involved in international governance, dispute resolution and human rights projects in South-East Asia, Iraq, China, Brazil, Guatemala and South Africa. She has been a board member of the International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section) and is a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Foundation for International Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (The Hague). She was a board member of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and has also served as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal based in Ottawa.

Ruth Montgomery

Senior Associate

Ruth Montgomery is a policing and criminal justice consultant, specializing in police reform and capacity building, organizational development, organizational performance management, and integrating gender into security sector policy and practice. She has worked nationally and internationally on initiatives ranging from conducting needs analyses, to building organizational structures, policies, and procedures in post conflict countries;  conducting international research;  introducing and improving multi-organizational programming, policies and practices;  and designing and facilitating national and international educational programming.  Ruth is a former police superintendent.  

Daniel Préfontaine, Q.C.  

Senior Associate Emeritus

Mr. Daniel Préfontaine Q.C. is the former President and Executive Director of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Préfontaine spent 27 years as a lawyer and senior manager until his retirement in 1998 at the level of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister. He has been involved in many Criminal Justice reform initiatives as well as representing Canada at International Criminal Justice organizations including the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Commonwealth Law Ministers and the Council of Europe Crime Committee. Mr. Préfontaine has received many awards for his work and in 2006, he was conferred the Award for Alumnus of the Year for Outstanding work in International Affairs by Rockhurst University.

Eileen Skinnider
Senior Associate

Eileen Skinnider is a consultant on criminal justice, gender and human rights issues. She is a lawyer, with an LL.B. (U of S, 1987) and LL.M. in Public International Law (LSE, 1996). Eileen has conducted international legal research for the production of guideline documents relating to the elimination of violence against women, the prosecution of crimes against children, and the international criminal court. She has also been involved in ICCLR's Rule of Law technical assistance projects in Thailand, China, Ethiopia and South Sudan. As a consultant for the United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), she has developed practical tools and training material for criminal justice professionals on violence against women and gender mainstreaming as well conducting assessments of the situation of women in the criminal justice system. Eileen has also worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Afghanistsan, Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia). 

David Winkler QC

Senior Associate

Called to the Bar of BC in 1968. Prosecuted for the City of Vancouver and the BC Attorney General Ministry Criminal Justice Branch (CJB) in all levels of court. Occupied various administrative positions within the CJB including Senior Administrator for prosecutions in the Superior Courts, Regional Crown Counsel and Director of Policy and Legislation. Appointed Queens Counsel in 1999. Was a member of the CCSO, the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Committee of Senior Officials responsible for coordinating inter-governmental activities relating to legal policy and legislation. Was a BC representative at the Uniform Law Conference of Canada and president of the Criminal Section. Appointed ADM Policy Planning and Legislation for BC AG and SG 2002-2004. After leaving government was a member of the CIDA sponsored ICCLR China project, a venture with the Chinese Prosecution service and carried out contracts with several Canadian prosecution Services. Currently a member of the Oak Bay Police Board and President of the BC Association of Police Boards.