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Sheryl Saperia

Director of Policy for Canada

Areas of Impact:

Canadian Policy

Biography:

Sheryl Saperia is the Director of Policy for Canada at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. In that capacity, she expands FDD's national security work among Canadian policymakers, media and allied organizations. 

Sheryl served previously as the director of government relations at a public policy consulting firm in Ottawa, and the senior legal and policy advisor for a counterterrorism advocacy organization in Toronto. She was heavily involved in drafting federal legislation in Canada that allows victims of terrorism and their families to launch civil lawsuits against local and state sponsors of terrorism. After years of effort, the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act was passed in March 2012.

Her work has been published in Canadian and American newspapers including National PostThe Huffington PostOttawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, and The Canadian Jewish News. She has also testified as an expert witness before Canadian parliamentary committees and appeared on television and radio.

Sheryl holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Science degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused on issues relating to political violence, terrorism, and homegrown radicalization. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. In February 2013, Sheryl was awarded 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.

Using SEMA to advance the Canada-Iran relationship

30th January 2017 – The Hill Times

Using SEMA to advance the Canada-Iran relationship

Sheryl Saperia

When Parliament reconvenes on Jan. 30, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development will continue to review the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). SEMA enables Canada to impose targeted sanctions against a foreign state in response to a decision by an international organization of which Canada is a member, or where a grave breach of international peace and security has occurred that has resulted or is likely to result in a serious international crisis. more...

Analysis & Commentary

30th January 2017 – The Hill Times

Using SEMA to advance the Canada-Iran relationship

Sheryl Saperia

When Parliament reconvenes on Jan. 30, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development will continue to review the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). SEMA enables Canada to impose targeted sanctions against a foreign state in response to a decision by an international organization of which Canada is a member, or where a grave breach of international peace and security has occurred that has resulted or is likely to result in a serious international crisis. more...

3rd October 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe? Answer: Both

Sheryl Saperia

An American media spotlight on Saudi Arabia re-appeared with the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Did the kingdom play a nefarious role in that terrible day? If so, should 9/11 victims be able to sue the Saudis in American courts, as proposed in the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act? While President Barack Obama wrestles with Congress over this bill, it’s worth considering what Canada’s own foreign policy on Saudi Arabia should look like. more...

20th September 2016 – The Huffington Post

Greens Should Follow Germany’s Lead And Reject Israel Boycotts

Benjamin Weinthal, Sheryl Saperia

While Iran's regime continues to expand its nuclear facilities and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's war has caused a half million deaths, the Green parties in North America are bizarrely preoccupied with boycotting the Jewish state. more...

9th September 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

No Panacea for Radicalization

Sheryl Saperia

The case of Aaron Driver, the 24-year-old Muslim convert killed by police before he could carry out a terrorist attack against a major urban centre, has again focused public attention on Canada’s capacities to combat radicalization. more...