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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.

A Canadian Consensus on Iran?

20th July 2018 – The Canadian Jewish News

A Canadian Consensus on Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

During the 2015 election, the Liberals pledged to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, and until last month, the government consistently stuck to that message. However, on June 12, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his caucus voted in favour of a Conservative motion that, although non-binding, signalled an abrupt departure from their previous policy on Iran. more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th July 2018 – The Canadian Jewish News

A Canadian Consensus on Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

During the 2015 election, the Liberals pledged to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, and until last month, the government consistently stuck to that message. However, on June 12, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his caucus voted in favour of a Conservative motion that, although non-binding, signalled an abrupt departure from their previous policy on Iran. more...

12th June 2018 – Toronto Sun

Is Canada a safe haven for corrupt Iranian officials and their money?

Sheryl Saperia, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trudeau government has been under heavy fire lately for its continued pursuit of re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran, but a shift may be underway. On Monday, several members of the Liberal caucus were strongly supportive of a Conservative motion that calls for, among other things, an immediate cessation of any negotiations to restore diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic and a prompt designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code. more...

30th April 2018 – The National Post

Full Comment: Iran lied to get a deal that we can’t enforce anyway

Sheryl Saperia

Israel has just pulled off a spectacular covert mission to extract from a warehouse in southern Tehran 55,000 pages and 183 CDs of secret Iranian files detailing that country’s nuclear program. more...

21st March 2018 – The Canadian Jewish News

Standing up for Iranian Women

Sheryl Saperia

Maryam Mombeini, the wife of a Canadian-Iranian professor who died in a Tehran prison under suspicious circumstances last month, was detained by Iranian authorities while trying to board a flight to Canada on March 8 – International Women’s Day. more...