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Christine Hanson

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Chief Executive Officer
Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

Christine Hanson is an international lawyer and diplomat who has held a variety of roles at Global Affairs Canada. She was appointed CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2016.

Prior to returning to Nova Scotia, she was the Minister-Counsellor, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., where she led a team dedicated to advancing Canada's interests on a wide range of high-profile foreign policy and trade files with the U.S. Congress and sub-federal governments.

Previously, Christine served as Director of the Treaty Law Division. She has also served as Deputy Director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Criminal and Security Law sections. Prior to that, she led Canada's ICC and Accountability Campaign to support the work of the international courts and tribunals. In this capacity, she also served as part of Canada's Sudan Task Force.

Christine was previously posted to Canada's Embassy in Washington where she worked in Congressional and Legal Affairs and subsequently in the Office of the Ambassador. Christine also served at Canada's Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Christine completed a graduate degree in international law from Georgetown University. She also earned degrees in law, public administration and political science from Dalhousie University. She was awarded the "Building a Better World" alumni award from Dalhousie in 2014. She was also an International Women's Forum Global Leadership Foundation Fellow in 2015-16. She currently serves as Chair of the Education and Communications Working Group of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies.