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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.

4th January 2018 – The Hill Times

How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests

Sheryl Saperia

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested. more...

Analysis & Commentary

4th January 2018 – The Hill Times

How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests

Sheryl Saperia

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested. more...

2nd January 2018 – Co-authored by Danny Eisen - Huffington Post

Why Canadians Should Care About The Body Of A Kidnapped Israeli Soldier

Sheryl Saperia

It is not surprising that hostage-taking is a favoured weapon in the terrorist arsenal. more...

22nd November 2017 – Canadian Jewish News

Ottawa’s Takeaway From U.S. Decertification of Iran Deal

Sheryl Saperia

Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump chose not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal on the grounds that its terms fail to accomplish their objective of stopping Iran’s illicit nuclear program. Like most areas of Trump policymaking, the decision got caught in the haze of controversy surrounding the president. Canadians must see through that haze. more...

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...