Together, we can do so much
At Humanist Canada, we strive to create a fair and equal society guided by critical thinking and compassion. We support the efforts of local and regional Humanist groups to advance education in scientific, academic, medical, and human rights fields. We are committed to putting Humanism into practice. Through our ceremonies, outreach, and education programs, we advance free thinking and freedom of choice throughout Canada.
We started out in 1954 as the Humanist Fellowship of Montreal and then became a national organization in 1968, led by our first president, Dr. Henry Morgentaler. For more than half a century, we have been a growing movement at the forefront of social change, involved in such social justice issues as reproductive choice, the right to die with dignity and the advancement of human rights.
In 1996, we were granted the authority to certify Humanist Officiants to perform marriage ceremonies in Ontario. Across the country, our Officiants conduct deeply meaningful ceremonies to recognize significant milestone events in people’s lives.
We are deeply committed to supporting grassroots Humanist activity, advancing Humanist education and increasing Humanist visibility through our national presence and online communications.
Humanist Canada is the operating name of the Humanist Association of Canada. We are a registered charitable organization.
Board of Directors
Martin has been a member of Humanist Canada since 1986 and an Officiant since 2002. He has long-been an advocate for civic and social engagement and believes that connecting with others, on the local, national and international level, is essential. His goal is to see Humanist Canada grow in membership and national influence and continue to be agents of change representing the ideals of reason, science, humanism and progress. He lives in Toronto, has a private practice in relationship counselling, grief and bereavement and is an active recreational athlete.
Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson
Lloyd is a long-time member of Humanist Canada and a board member since 2014. He believes the organization plays an important role in the protection of secular and rational traditions. He has a private practice as a psychologist, is the Lead Psychologist with the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina and has a history of being active in human rights and aboriginal organizations. He has published numerous articles in academic journals and in Humanist Perspectives. He has also advocated for individuals whose rights have been violated. He lives in Regina.
Ruth first joined Humanist Canada over 10 years ago and has been a practicing Officiant since 2010. She has had several careers, including executive secretary, property manager and Bed and Breakfast owner and operator. As treasurer of Humanist Canada, she manages the financial procedures and policies and ensures full accountability for every dollar raised and spent. It is her goal to see Humanist Canada become a licensing body for Humanist ceremonies throughout Canada. She lives on Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.
Michel joined Humanist Canada in 2014 to directly link Association humaniste du Québec, the purely francophone organization he co-founded in 2005, with Humanist Canada. He envisions a Canada where interactions with local Humanist groups reach a higher level while the organization’s pertinence on the federal and international scene continues to expand. He spent his entire career as an electronic and computer science engineer and enjoys making video biographies of interesting individuals.
Sassan has been a Humanist ever since learning at young age that an egalitarian society must, by its very nature, be both secular and inclusive. He joined Humanist Canada in 2014 and performs bilingual Humanist ceremonies as an Officiant in southern Ontario. He takes an active role on social media and wedding forums to spread awareness of Humanism, the importance of ceremonies in our lives, and the freedom in Ontario to be married by an Officiant of your choice. His goal is to help every Canadian live their life freely and in accordance with their own values and belief without being compelled to participate in religious rituals or being restricted in their freedom by religious institutions to which they don’t even belong. An electrical engineer, Sassan is also the father of two children, a lifelong student of language and literature and an accomplished photographer.
Scott joined the Humanist Canada board in 2018 and was a member of the youth essay contest committee. An undergraduate student at Athabasca University, he is also the Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight Publishing, a publication he founded, and the Vice-President of Young Humanist International (YHI). He is an advocate for Humanist values and in his spare time plays piano, sings in a university choir and hosts weekly human rights calls for a multimedia publication.
John joined Humanist Canada in 2018 because of a strong desire to be connected with a national and international community. He is an electrical engineer who designs and manages electrical systems for commercial and institutional facilities. His goal is to connect like-minded individuals and groups with one another through Humanist Canada to create a unified, national community. He lives in Alberta and, in his spare time, snowboards, runs triathlons, golfs, surfs, plays guitar, does home renos and tinkers on old motorcycles and scooters.
Nicolas joined Humanist Canada in 2015 and subsequently the board in 2019. Born in Ottawa, he is the son of Chilean immigrants who came to Canada seeking a better life. He is passionate about building on the project of Canada, and leading by example to promote secular values here and abroad. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Ethics from Saint Paul University, as well as a Master’s of Naval and Maritime Sciences from the Naval Warfare Academy of Chile. Nicolas speaks Spanish and French, and he lives in Victoria, BC with his wife and young daughter.
Ric joined Humanist Canada in 2016, became a Humanist Officiant in 2017 and joined the Humanist Canada board in 2019. The son of refugees, Ric came to Canada in 1957. A fascination with computing, Ric has spent 40 years working with organizations around the world, implementing leading-edge systems that prepare them for the information age we live in today. Ric has assisted companies such as Ford, Intel, and NASA and cities like New York, Boston, and Baltimore in leveraging technology to improve their efficiencies and meet evolving customer needs. Ric is a believer in life-long learning. His goal is to refocus Humanist Canada’s message and mission so more Canadian Humanists following their values will be compelled to join the organization. He lives in Ottawa and enjoys travel, music, art and architecture, and cycling the bike paths of the nation’s capital.