Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, became Archbishop of Vancouver in 2009. He was born in Ottawa, Canada. Archbishop Miller previously served as Archbishop Secretary of the Congregation of Catholic Education in Rome, as President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. He is a member of the Commission for Christian Unity of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and represents the Conference on the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. Archbishop Miller taught theology for many years in Houston, Mexico and Rome and is a prolific author, a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching, and a popular speaker at international conferences.
Stan Leyenhorst has lived with the effects of a spinal injury for almost forty years. During most of this time, he has been gainfully employed in a number of different fields, and at present runs his own recycling and building business while also working full-time as an accessibility specialist. In addition, he volunteers with organizations that promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities, with feeding the homeless, as well as being active in his church community and organizing a neighbourhood Bible Study. In the past twenty years, Stan has had several “near-death” experiences. He knows what it is to be ready to die; he knows what it is to live life to its fullest. Stan lives in Cloverdale with his wife and enjoys the beauty of creation and good food.
John Carpay was born in the Netherlands, and grew up in British Columbia. He earned his B.A. in Political Science at Laval University in Quebec City, and his LL.B. from the University of Calgary. Fluent in English, French, and Dutch, John served the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as Alberta Director from 2001 to 2005, advocating for lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government. Called to the Bar in 1999, he has been an advocate for freedom and the rule of law in constitutional cases across Canada. As the founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, John has devoted his legal career to defending constitutional freedoms through litigation and education. He considers it a privilege to advocate for courageous and principled clients who take great risks – and make tremendous personal sacrifices – by resisting the unjust demands of intolerant government authorities. In 2010, John received the Pyramid Award for Ideas and Public Policy in recognition of his work in constitutional advocacy, and his success in building up and managing a non-profit organization to defend citizens’ freedoms. He serves on the Board of Advisors of iJustice, an initiative of the Centre for Civil Society, India.
Dr. Paul Chamberlain is a professor of ethics and philosophy of religion at Trinity Western University. He is an effective communicator both in and out of the classroom. Drawing from the media and using a professional power point presentation, his seminars are both interesting and relevant. Dr. Chamberlain has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows and debated on university campuses on topics such as the foundations of morality and the legalization of medical assistance in dying. He is a frequent guest speaker at public functions and is the author of four books as well as a number of articles addressing current social and moral issues.
Irene De Souza recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Psychology and English Literature. For the past two summers, she worked as an intern for the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform, a non-profit pro-life organization that works in the educational branch of the pro-life movement. This past year, she joined them as part time staff and will be joining them again this summer. Irene is an experienced speaker, having given dozens of talks to schools, parish groups and other pro-life organizations. She is constantly inspired by her CCBR colleagues and their dedication to protecting the lives of the most vulnerable. To God Be The Glory!
Master of Ceremonies
Pavel Reid is the Director of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He holds masters degrees in theological studies and in divinity. He has led diocesan offices in pro-life, family, young adult and evangelization ministry. Pavel has lectured widely and has appeared in the electronic and print media representing the Archdioceses of Vancouver and for the Military Services and other organizations.