2022 Speakers

2022 In-Person March For Life Speakers

Jared White

Jared White has been the Executive Director of Advokate, BC’s largest life-affirming charity, for over ten years. In that time he has overseen the creation of three pregnancy care centres and a thriving Province-wide sexual integrity program that has reached nearly 30,000 public school students to date.

He lives in Abbotsford with his wife and four children, and is passionate about all social justice issues, especially those that impact children and other vulnerable people groups. In his free time, Jared is active at his local parish, an avid weightlifter, and enjoys playing games with his wife and children. An accomplished public presenter to all ages, Jared is routinely a featured speaker at pro-life events including the BC March for Life.

Fr. Thomas Lynch

Fr. Tom Lynch is the President of Priests For Life Canada. Fr. Tom has been directly involved in advocating for the rights of the weak and defenseless for the past 30 plus years.

Fr. Tom was born in Lindsay, Ontario, on July 29, 1957, and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario, on May 25, 1984. His extensive knowledge and experience has made him a popular advocate, lecturer, and teacher in the area of family and life. His work includes: Ethics Consultant with the Archdiocese of Toronto, Ontario Catholic Conference of Bishops, and the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops (1994-2006); Lecturer in Moral Theology; St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto ON, where he teaches Bioethics, Sexuality, and Marriage, and Papal Teaching on Social Justice (1995-present); and Lecturer at St. Paul’s University, Ottawa ON where he taught on Sexual Issues and Catholic Morality, Bioethics, and Introduction to Moral Theology.

In addition to his role as National President of Priests For Life Canada, Fr. Tom serves as rector of St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral Church in Peterborough, Ontario. Fr. Tom continues to use his extensive knowledge and resources within the Catholic community to advance the purpose and aims not only of Priests For Life Canada but of the entire Canadian Pro-life movement.

Colleen Roy

Colleen Roy lives in Chilliwack with her husband, Scott, and their six children.  Colleen writes for the B.C. Catholic’s Homefront column, and is a homeschooling consultant for Mother of Divine Grace School in California. Before homeschooling her own six she worked as the director of Coquitlam Pro-Life society. She is a passionate believer and defender of family values, and the right to life and all things good, true, and beautiful.

Alex Schadenberg

Alex has been the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition since July 1999 and became the International Chairperson in 2007. EPC’s goal is to build a well-informed, broadly based membership of groups and individuals in order to establish an effective social barrier to euthanasia and assisted suicide. EPC is based in Canada, and is working to launch EPC-USA in May in Washington, DC. EPC-International, which has standing at the UN, has member groups in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. EPC has organized numerous international symposiums on euthanasia and assisted suicide, drawing attention to this world-wide epidemic.

Alex has had articles published in newspapers world-wide and has the world’s most widely read blog on issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide (www.alexschadenberg.blogspot.com). Alex has become known as the definitive source of information on issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide as seen in his book entitled, Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. He is currently working on a book featuring the best articles on euthanasia and assisted suicide as well as producing a new video/documentary. EPC’s video entitled, “Turning the Tide,” sold more than 1800 copies since 2007.

Alex is also a world renowned speaker and has spoken throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy. Alex has debated euthanasia enthusiasts Jan Bernheim, Wanda Morris, and Udo Schuklenk.

Alex works with many other groups to establish an effective world-wide opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, such as: HOPE Australia, TAS, Choice is an Illusion, and the Care Not Killing Alliance. Alex is married to Susan and they have six children.

Angelina Ireland

Angelina was born and raised in Winnipeg. She attended the University of Winnipeg where she received a Bachelor’s degree and then went to Ottawa and received a Master’s Degree in political science from Carleton University.

Afterward, she went to live in London , England where she entered the world of credit and finance working for British Telecom. Upon returning to Canada she lived in Toronto and then moved to Vancouver and worked as an accountant. 15 years ago she started her own business and now works with other small businesses.

After a diagnosis of cancer she became a client of the Delta Hospice Society. When she recovered to good health she joined the Board of Directors. After the last AGM she was elected the President of the Board of Directors.

Catherine Glenn Foster

Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D., serves as President & CEO of Americans United for Life.

AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. AUL is the pioneer of the state-based model legislative strategy, which works to save lives today while undermining the so-called “reliance” interest adopted by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey: the false idea that women “rely” on abortion to succeed in American society. Under Foster’s leadership, AUL pursues and refines a mother-child strategy that looks at the interests and vulnerabilities of both, protecting them from abortion industry abuses.

Foster has litigated precedent-setting § 1983 and other constitutional questions, abortion and maternal health, health and safety regulations, False Claims Act healthcare and Medicaid fraud, euthanasia and assisted suicide, denial of medical care, First Amendment rights, genetic engineering issues, Freedom of Information Act and open records issues, and healthcare and corporate conscience protections.

Foster has authored and testified on numerous domestic, foreign, and international legislation and initiatives, many based on her litigation, as well as white papers, articles, and op-eds on current litigation, choice of law and other legal issues, science, medicine, international human rights, and finance relating to policy making, media, and cultural debates.

Foster has testified before and advised the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Investigative Panel and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and other federal and state bodies and representatives. She is an experienced keynote speaker and has spoken throughout North America, Europe, and Australia on legal and life-related issues, including debates and lectures at legal seminars on philosophy, political theory, history, constitutional jurisprudence, and public policy analysis. She and her work have appeared extensively in national media and have received awards, including one for an article on human rights relating to embryo adoption.

Foster spent seven years with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Washington D.C. office, where she was litigation counsel advocating for the dignity of all human life in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and led ADF efforts in the areas of euthanasia, assisted suicide, excellence in care, and related topics.

Foster then founded and managed a law practice focusing on respect for the sanctity of human life and support for like-minded organizations, and led Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA as Executive Director.

Foster serves on the boards of And Then There Were None, Christian Legal Society D.C. Metro Chapter, and Rockville Women’s Center, as well as on the advisory board of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.

Foster earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and also holds an M.A. in French from the University of South Florida, with a thesis on the effects of the interwar French mandate in Syria and Lebanon on the modern Middle East, and a B.A. in History and French from Berry College.

Foster is admitted to the bar in Virginia and Washington D.C., as well as the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 5th, 8th, and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, an inaugural member of the Federalist Society Founders Club, Senior Fellow in Legal Policy at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and a fellow with the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding.

Rev. Aidan Plug

Rev. Aidan Plug was ordained as a pastor of the Langley Canadian Reformed Church on October 18, 2020. He has a Master of Divinity degree from the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and History from the University of Western Australia.

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