Exposing and stopping hate

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network is an independent, nonprofit organization made up of Canada’s leading experts and researchers on hate groups and hate crimes. Our Advisory Committee includes journalists, academics, court-recognized experts on hate crimes, lawyers with decades of experience with hate groups, people who stood up to the neo-Nazi Heritage Front in the 1990s, and leaders in communities that are being targeted by hate.

We are proudly anti-racist, anti-hate, and anti-fascist.

Our mandate is to monitor, research, and counter hate-promoting groups and individuals. We accomplish this mostly though our journalism, but also use a variety of methods so long as they are legal, ethical, and reasonable. We do not, however, engage in any on-the-ground organizing and encourage you to contact your local anti-racist groups if you want to get involved at that level.

Bernie Farber

Bernie Farber Chair

Acknowledged as one of Canada’s most accomplished NGO CEOs, Bernie M. Farber’s career spans more than a quarter century focused on human rights, anti-racism, pluralism and inter-ethnic/faith/race relations. His efforts have been documented in numerous Canadian Human Rights publications, books, newspapers and magazines. His work has also been cited for its expertise in a number of academic publications. Mr. Farber has successfully run large NGO’s and Foundations such as Canadian Jewish Congress, the Paloma Foundation and he is recently retired as Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute.

Today, Mr. Farber is a human rights consultant, newspaper columnist and social justice advocate. He has received numerous awards for his civil rights work including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, Government of Canada 125 Commemorative medal and the Ontario Association of Chief’s of Police Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to Policing in the province of Ontario amongst others.

Amira Elghawaby

Amira Elghawaby Board Member

Amira Elghawaby is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate. Along with frequent appearances on Canadian and international news networks, Amira has written and produced stories and commentary for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Globe and Mail. Amira spent five years promoting the civil liberties of Canadian Muslims as human rights officer and later, as director of communications, at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) between 2012 to the fall of 2017. She is currently involved with several initiatives to promote civic engagement in diverse communities, including as a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, the Silk Road Institute and as an advisor to the Muslim Fellows in Toronto. Amira obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001.

Amira Elghawaby est une journaliste primée et une défenseure des droits de la personne. Outre ses apparitions fréquentes sur les réseaux d'information canadiens et internationaux, Amira a écrit et produit des histoires et des commentaires pour CBC Radio, l'Ottawa Citizen, le Toronto Star, la Literary Review of Canada et le Globe and Mail. Amira a passé cinq ans à promouvoir les libertés civiles des musulmans canadiens en tant qu'agent des droits de la personne et, plus tard, en tant que directrice des communications, au Conseil national des musulmans canadiens (CNMC) entre 2012 et l'automne 2017. Elle participe actuellement à plusieurs initiatives pour l'engagement civique dans diverses communautés, y compris en tant que membre fondateur du conseil d'administration du Réseau canadien anti-haine, de l'Institut Route de la Soie, et conseiller auprès les boursiers musulmans de Toronto. Amira a obtenu un baccalauréat spécialisé en journalisme et en droit de l'Université Carleton en 2001.

Richard Warman

Richard Warman Board Member

Richard is a human rights lawyer perhaps best known for having dedicated an enormous amount of his personal time, energy, and resources over the past 20 years to monitoring and countering the efforts of those who seek to poison our communal well with hate. This work has predominantly focused on the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements, particularly the spread of hate propaganda through the Internet. Since 2001, he has been the successful complainant in 16 consecutive cases before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dealing with Internet hate. (richardwarman.ca)

Richard est un avocat des droits de la personne qui est peut-être le plus connu pour avoir consacré une quantité énorme de son temps, de son énergie et de ses ressources personnelles au cours des 20 dernières années à surveiller et contrer les efforts de ceux qui cherchent à empoisonner notre bien communal avec la haine. Ce travail a principalement porté sur les mouvements de suprématisme blanc et néo-nazis, en particulier la diffusion de la propagande haineuse par Internet. Depuis 2001, il a été le plaignant qui a réussi dans 16 causes consécutives devant le Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne face à la haine sur l'Internet. Richard est membre du conseil d'administration du Réseau canadien anti-haine. (richardwarman.ca)


Nigel Barriffe

Nigel Barriffe Board Member

A community organizer and an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board in Rexdale, Nigel is a Board member of the Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, Board Chair of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and a member of the Good Jobs For All Coalition. He was the interim-treasurer of the Ontario Alliance of Black School Education (ONABSE) and a former Co-Chair of the African Heritage Educator’s Network (AHEN). Nigel’s activist work focuses on quality public education, good green jobs, and a more just society for all inside and outside the classroom. His efforts have been recognized through a number of community service awards including the 2011 Urban Heroes Award, the 2012 JS Woodsworth Award and the 2014 Jack White Service Award from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He holds a Masters’ degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner Board Member

Sue Gardner's work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everybody in the world has access to the information they need to make good decisions. Sue spent the first decade of her career as a journalist at the CBC, where she worked at As It Happens, Sunday Morning, and other much-loved CBC programs. Afterwards she ran the CBC's English-language website CBC.CA. In 2007, Sue became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the San Francisco-based non-profit that operates Wikipedia, the world's largest and most popular information resource. Today she serves as an advisor, consultant, and board member for a wide variety of organizations, mostly in the realms of journalism, education, technology, and human rights. Sue has an honorary doctorate of laws from Ryerson University, was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the world's 70th most powerful woman, was the inaugural recipient of the Knight Foundation's Innovation Award, was named Cultural Humanist of the Year by the Harvard Humanist Association, and is a proud recipient of the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for Defending Internet Freedom.

Kurt Phillips

Kurt Phillips Board Member

A high school and junior high school teacher since 2002, Kurt is the founder of and former lead writer for Anti-Racist Canada which for more than 12 years has been one of the premier anti-racist websites in Canada used by academics, journalists, and law enforcement. His work has been cited by media including CBC, Toronto Star, Vice Canada, Press Progress, and Ricochet. Kurt was featured on an episode of "The Fifth Estate" in 2020 which focused on groups who monitor hate online. A graduate of the University of Regina in the areas of anthropology (1998) and education (2002), Kurt has received a number of awards during his career including Excellence in Teaching.

Evan Balgord

Evan Balgord Executive Director

Evan is an investigative journalist and researcher covering the rise of the new far-right and hate groups in Canada. He is a fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs Fellowship in Global Journalism and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Before this, Evan was working as a Special Assistant to Toronto Mayor John Tory. He served as a Vice President of the Canadian Association of Journalists and is a non-academic affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.