Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

Our Staff

The staff of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family have backgrounds in law, psychology, social psychology, sociology and philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Carleton University, the University of Calgary, the University of Guelph and the University of Montana. Visit the Contact page for direct telephone number and email address information.

Lorne D. Bertrand, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate

Lorne Bertrand, Senior Research Associate Lorne Bertrand has been with Institute since 1993. Lorne obtained his B.A. (First Class Honours), M.A. (with Distinction), and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa. Prior to coming to the Institute, Lorne completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Psychology Department at the University of Calgary, followed by research positions at Calgary Health Services and the Alberta Lung Association.

John-Paul E. Boyd, A.O.C.A., M.A., LL.B.
Executive Director

John-Paul Boyd, Executive Director John-Paul Boyd is responsible for the overall operation of the Institute, and is a member of the bars of Alberta and British Columbia. Prior to joining the Institute in 2013, John-Paul spent fourteen years in private practice in Vancouver, serving as a litigator, arbitrator, mediator, parenting coordinator and children’s counsel in family law disputes. John-Paul is frequent speaker on family law topics for the National Judicial Institute, the courts of Alberta and British Columbia, the National Family Law Program, continuing legal education providers and community groups.

Joanne J. Paetsch, B.A.
Administrator & Research Associate

Joanne Paetsch, Administrator and Research Associate Jo Paetsch has been Administrator for the Institute since its establishment in 1987. Joanne obtained her B.A. in Psychology (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary in 1996. In addition to her administrative duties, Joanne also acts as a Research Associate, spending approximately half her time on project development and research activities.

Alysia C. Wright, M.S.W.
Coordinator of Alberta-based Research Projects

Alysia Wright, Coordinator of Alberta-based Research Projects Allie Wright took her M.S.W. from the University of Calgary in 2013, after obtaining her B.S.W. from the University of Montana in 2011, and joined the Institute in 2014. As the Institute's Coordinator of Alberta-based Research Projects, Alysia builds partnerships with community groups and government agencies active in the social services sector, develops research projects that are relevant to and will benefit Albertans, and undertakes research for publication.

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