Members

Kathryn
Campbell

Professor Campbell is the director of Innocence Ottawa, and has spent decades researching issues relating to miscarriages of justice, including research examining the limits of expert testimony in criminal trials, a comparative study regarding the impact of preventive detention strategies on wrongful conviction, an examination of schemes of exoneration and compensation for the wrongly convicted, as well as a study of questions around the admissibility of problematic evidence. Her other research interests include Indigenous justice, youth justice and animal law.

Eilish
McNamara

Eilish is currently a graduate student in the Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology, at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she attended the University of Ottawa, where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Anthropology. In 2017, following the completion of a Paralegal diploma at Algonquin College, she received her Paralegal license from the Law Society of Ontario. Her research interests include official misconduct, youth gang desistance, and access to information for Indigenous Peoples living in rural and remote communities.

Sahr
Malalla

Sahr Malalla is a second year criminology master’s student at the University of Ottawa and is passionate about mobilizing knowledge surrounding prison (in)justices and reform. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, specializing in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, she worked as a civil litigation legal assistant for approximately three years. Sahr’s research interests are in the governance of spaces and bodies, both within and outside prison walls, and hopes to further her studies at the doctoral level. Through her membership with Innocence Ottawa, Sahr is committed to assisting individuals that have been negatively impacted by our legal system.

Chelsey
Chen

Chelsey Chen is currently pursuing a J.D. at the University of Ottawa. She recently completed her BA in the Criminology Specialization program at the University of Alberta. During her undergraduate degree, Chelsey developed a passion for social justice and has dedicated her life to building a fair criminal justice system. This passion has led her to work with Innocence Ottawa to give everyone a chance at justice.

Thalya
Pateridis

Thalya Pateridis is a first-year master’s student in the Criminology program at the University of Ottawa. She recently completed her Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Criminology at uOttawa. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a law career. Her research interests include law and society, restorative justice, systemic issues facing Indigenous populations and miscarriages of justice. 

Julia
Hockin

Julia Hockin is currently pursuing her JD at the University of Ottawa. Julia completed a BA (honours) with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph. During her undergraduate degree, Julia focused on social justice issues during her classes and volunteer work. It was her desire to fight for justice that led Julia to pursue law school, and volunteering with Innocence Ottawa.

Sina
Menz

Sina graduated with a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and has been a member of Innocence Ottawa (IO) since 2014. Her thesis “Post-conviction Claims of Innocence: Investigating a Possible Miscarriage of Justice in the Case of Michael Kassa” was published in 2017 and is based on one of IO’s long-standing clients whose memorandum for conviction review was submitted to the Criminal Conviction Review Group (CCRG) on July 29th, 2019. Sina continuous to follow her passion for social justice issues and is currently employed with the Government of Canada.

Kia
Andersen

Kia Andersen is currently pursuing her J.D. at the University of Ottawa. She recently completed her BA in Media, Information and Technoculture with a minor in criminology at Western University. During her first year of law school she became passionate about miscarriages of justice and how to help. She has always been interested in taking an intersectional approach to social justice projects and applies this lens and passion to her work with Innocence Ottawa.

Cassandra
Bergeron

Cassandra Bergeron (she/her) is currently completing her JD at the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, she completed a BScS in Criminology and worked as a legal assistant. As a volunteer with Innonece Ottawa, she is fighting alongside those facing miscarriages of justice within the criminal justice system. Cassandra is interested in implementing structural changes to revitalize the CJS. She is further interested in finding ways to address the access to justice crisis through creative and innovative solutions.

Mackenzy
Brochu

Mackenzy Brochu is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. In the foreseeable future, he is looking into pursuing law school.
Additionally, Mackenzy Brochu has worked under Dr. Campbell in assisting her with ongoing research projects. He works with Innocence Ottawa to give voice to ones that have been silenced
and promote trust, respect, honesty, and communication with whom have been victim to miscarriages of justice.

Bradley
Suave

Bradley is a second-year master’s student in the Criminology program at the University of Ottawa. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and began with Innocence Ottawa in October of 2019. His research interests include miscarriages of justice, public commissions of inquiry and criminal justice policy. He is currently completing his master’s thesis on the intersection of wrongful convictions and Public Commissions of Inquiry.

Lisa
Coutu

Lisa Coutu is currently in her second year of Law School at the University of Ottawa. Her passion is access to justice, and she is dedicated to being part of the solution to the problem of wrongful convictions. Lisa intends to practice criminal law and is studying to learn how to build a justice system that addresses the impacts of systemic racism and the legacy of colonialism.

Olivia
Bronetto

Olivia Bronetto is a graduate student in the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program at Carleton University. Previously, Olivia attended the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (now Ontario Tech University) where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Justice Studies with a minor in Political Science. During her undergraduate degree, Olivia developed an interest in wrongful convictions and criminal justice policy. Her passion for justice has lead her to become a member of Innocence Ottawa where she strives to help those who claim to have been wrongfully convicted.