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DR. SUSAN BREAU
By Ted McDorman
Energy and enthusiasm are the immediate takeaways from meeting
Dr. Susan Breau, who arrived in July 2018 as the new dean
of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. These attributes
have been critical to the success of the J.I.D. program in its first
year, important as the faculty is going through a period of generational
change, and the driving force as the faculty pursues internationalization.
This is well captured by John Borrows, who offered the following
remarks while speaking at a recent event where the federal government
announced a funding contribution for the expansion of the law building for
the J.I.D. program:
I would like to thank Dean Breau for her support of our programs, students
and faculty. Her work with the Indigenous law/common law
degree has been wonderful. She fosters excellence and has helped us
keep perspective and balance in our work. She reminds us to not run
faster than our strength can carry us. When we may feel like there is
more work than time to accomplish it, she keeps us real and helps us prioritize
and keep a proper focus. I am very grateful for her wisdom and
counsel. It has made a huge difference.
Susan brings to UVic Law a wealth of experience and academic contributions.
Behind her boundless energy is an unflagging passion for humanitarian
law and a career path that reflects that passion.
A Queen’s Law grad, Susan practised in Kingston, Ontario for almost 20
years, focusing on family law, criminal law and children’s law. She was a
member of the national board of the Elizabeth Fry Society, a provincial
member of the John Howard Society and a founding member of the
Kingston Sexual Assault Crisis Centre.