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Sheryl Saperia

Director of Policy for Canada, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Sheryl Saperia is the Director of Policy for Canada at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. In that capacity, she will expand FDD's national security work among Canadian policymakers, media and allied organizations. Based in Ottawa, Sheryl joins an international team of FDD professionals working out of Washington, D.C., Brussels, Berlin, and Prague.

Sheryl served previously as the director of government relations at a public policy consulting firm in Ottawa, and the senior legal and policy advisor for a counterterrorism advocacy organization. She has been heavily involved in drafting Canadian federal legislation that would allow victims of terrorism and their families to launch civil lawsuits against local and state sponsors of terrorism. She has also testified as an expert witness before Canadian parliamentary committees and appeared on television and radio. The bill, now a piece of government legislation, has been introduced in the House of Commons.

Sheryl recently completed a master's program in comparative politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused on issues relating to political violence, terrorism, and homegrown radicalization. She also holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.