The Corporate Citizen & COVID-19: Human Rights and the Corporation

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT (UTC–04:00)
Public Event: Virtual Event

Presented by CIGI and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

This four-part virtual panel series is presented by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in collaboration with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. The series celebrates the publication of CIGI’s newest book, Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law, which explores the legal frameworks and standards of conduct for multinational corporations.

This session focuses on the human rights impact of multinational corporations, what they are doing to address this issue, and what national governments and international institutions are doing to strengthen corporate accountability. Expert panellists will discuss how human rights have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and how corporations are both contributing to and working to mitigate these effects. They will consider how government and industry action in the coming months could strengthen socio-economic justice and shape a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • Daniel Fombonne, Senior Legal Counsel, Director (Global Compliance), Kinross
  • Rebecca Johnson, Professor, University of Victoria
  • Bonnie Leonard, Legal Advisor, Assembly of First Nations
  • Jason MacLean, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick, and Adjunct Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
  • Sheri Meyerhoffer, Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise
  • Chris Tollefson, Professor of Law, University of Victoria

View the other sessions in this series: