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History and Structure



The Institute’s organizational structure includes committees with specific responsibilities.  The three actively engaged are the Governance, Scientific, and Seamless Committees.  These committees provide advice, guidance, support, and recommendations to the Institute’s Executive Committee (the Executive Director, Director of Client Services, and the Director of Peel Institute of Research and Training at Family Services of Peel).  Members of each committee are listed, as are the Terms of Reference.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee provides strategic directions and strategies on achieving the mandates of the Institute.  The committee is made up of a combination of leaders from academia, policy makers, police, service providers, survivors of violence, and community organizations from the public and private sectors. 

The committee members are:

  • Sandra Rupnarain
    Executive Director, Family Services of Peel
  • Monica Riutort
    Director, Peel Institute of Research and Training, Family Services of Peel
  • Atiya Ahsan
    President, Zonta e-club of Canada 1
  • Dr. Firdosi Mehta
    Adjunct Professor of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Joan Simalchik
    Director of Gender Studies Dept., University of Toronto Mississauga

Governance Committee Terms of Reference

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee provides advice, guidance, and support on research, scientific and clinical matters related to violence and violence prevention.  Members are selected through professional and scientific societies, academia, health, education, government, non-governmental, and public sectors.  The committee members are:

  • Monica Riutort
  • Sandra Rupnarain
  • Susan Silver, BA, MSW, PhD
  • Trisha Wilson

Scientific Advisory Committee Terms of Reference


Are you looking to get involved in ground-breaking research and training that the Institute is spearheading? Please follow the steps below:

  1. Category A: Student Practicum- If you are looking to complete Student Practicum hours submit a letter of interest with an updated resume to [email protected].
  2. Category B: Volunteer – If you are interested in volunteering as a researcher or writer with the Institute, please submit your letter of interest specifying the area of expertise and an updated resume to [email protected].


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