Ireh Iyioha, PhD - Founder and CEO
Trained as an attorney, Dr. Irehobhude (Ireh) Iyioha's work and passions centre on social justice advocacy through service, research, teaching and creative writing. The author of numerous scholarly and creative works in leading Canadian and international journals, she is co-editor of the book Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law (Ashgate, 2015). Prior to joining the University of Alberta in 2011 as a Visiting Academic, she held professorial and teaching positions at Western University and the University of British Columbia, Canada. Beyond her academic platform, Dr. Iyioha has held research and senior policy positions with the Governments of Ontario and Alberta in Canada. She is the recipient of numerous national and international academic awards, fellowships, and recognitions, including the World Congress on Medical Law Award from the World Association for Medical Law, the First Atlantic Bank Prize for Contribution to Peace and Academic Development at the University of Benin, the 2016 Canadian Immigrant of Distinction Award – Under-35 category – for outstanding achievements in professional and service capacities, and a 2017 Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Award for scholarly work that makes a Substantial Contribution to Legal Literature. Named one of 150 Most Accomplished immigrant women in Canada in celebration of Canada150 by the GROW Initiative, Dr. Iyioha has served as the Jack and Mae Nathanson Visiting Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, and Assistant Professor (visiting) at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Canada. She has been a Fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Program in Health Law and Policy (CIHR), a Liu Scholar at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues, and a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the University of Alberta and Stollery Children’s Hospitals and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Since 2012, she has served as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Ethics, Law and Policy at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. She holds law degrees from the University of Benin (LLB with Highest Honours), the University of Toronto, Canada (LLM), and the University of British Columbia, Canada (PhD). She also has a BL from the Nigerian Law School and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is an engaging speaker and a mentor in both the academic and the corporate worlds.