Canadian Fulbright Student 2006-2007
I will never forget the first time Mr. Vancise talked about the Section 15 equality provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on that cold February afternoon in Regina. It was my Grade 12 Law class at Campbell Collegiate and my teacher Mr. Vancise propelled me on the path to where I am now, inspiring me to stand up for human rights, encouraging me to critically analyze the law, and lighting the spark that ultimately led to my work as a lawyer. For nearly 10 years now, I have worked in international development, traveling to places such as Ukraine, Mexico, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos on behalf of the Government of Canada and to Ethiopia on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association to support law reform efforts, as these countries work to strengthen their justice systems. Undertaking this work, I have appreciated the hallmarks of the Canadian justice system, experienced firsthand how other countries can inform our own approaches to important justice issues, and gained a deeper understanding of how our justice system needs to improve and address very pressing issues of systemic discrimination. It has been 18 years since that cold February afternoon in Regina, but I think of Mr. Vancise often and am so deeply grateful for the ways in which he first opened my eyes and heart to how Canada can both share with and learn from other countries in our collective quest for justice, equality, and human rights.
Prasanna Ranganathan is a lawyer, writer, and social media strategist. His Master of Laws thesis from Columbia Law School (where he was a Fulbright Award recipient) was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014. Prasanna has worked with a corporate law firm, the Government of Canada, and the United Nations. He is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and a social media strategist, organizing promotional campaigns for movie studios, Oprah Winfrey, and Arianna Huffington. Prasanna is an Associate Producer on the documentary filmDream, Girl about female entrepreneurs, which premiered at the White House in May 2016.