Sheryl Saperia was the director of policy for Canada at FDD. In that capacity, she expands FDD’s national security work among Canadian policymakers, media and allied organizations. 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 in Toronto. She was heavily involved in drafting federal legislation in Canada that allows victims of terrorism and their families to launch civil lawsuits against local and state sponsors of terrorism. After years of effort, the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act was passed in March 2012.
In February 2013, Sheryl was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her ongoing advocacy on behalf of Canadian victims of terrorism, and for her advancement of sound public policy on terrorism issues in Canada. Her work has been published in Canadian and American newspapers including National Post, The Huffington Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, and The Canadian Jewish News. She has also testified as an expert witness before Canadian parliamentary committees and appeared on television and radio. Sheryl holds a JD from the University of Western Ontario and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused on issues relating to political violence, terrorism, and homegrown radicalization. She also has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto.