Ernie Regehr is Senior Fellow in Defence Policy and Arctic Security at The Simons Foundation of Vancouver (www.thesimonsfoundation.ca), and Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel University College, the University of Waterloo. He is co-founder of Project Ploughshares, the Ecumenical Peace Centre of the Canadian Council of Churches and one of Canada’s premier peace and security centres (http://www.ploughshares.ca/). His publications on peace and security issues include books, monographs, journal articles, policy papers, briefs to Parliament, and op-eds.
Ernie has served as an NGO representative and advisor on numerous Government of Canada delegations to multilateral disarmament forums, including Review Conferences of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and UN Conferences on Small Arms. In 1990-1991 he was Canada’s representative on the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Arms Transfer Transparency that led to the creation in 1992 of the UN Conventional Arms Register, and in 2001 was an adviser to the Government of Kenya in the development of a regional arms control agreement on small arms known as the Nairobi Declaration. While with Project Ploughshares he traveled to and engaged with governments and civil society groups in various conflict zones, especially in East Africa, contributing, for example, to Track II diplomacy efforts related to the conflict in southern Sudan and civil society engagements in reconciliation in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has served on the Board of the Africa Peace Forum of Nairobi, Kenya, collaborating on multiple small arms control and conflict reduction projects. He is a former Commissioner of the World Council of Churches Commission on International Affairs, where he was active in developing the WCC’s influential position in support of Responsibility to Protect. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.