Monique St. Germain
Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc.
Monique St. Germain is General Counsel of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc., which operates Cybertip.ca, Canada's tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children. Monique leads the Centre's legal team (3 lawyers, and 2 law students), and is a key member of the senior management team at the Centre. The legal team works collaboratively with and supports all legal aspects of the Canadian Centre's work, conducts legal research, and closely monitors case law that relates to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in order to identify gaps and inform the Centre's position on a variety of legal and public policy issues. For the past four years, the Centre's legal team has coordinated the recording and filing of victim impact statements from identified victims of child sexual abuse material, and files community impact statements on behalf of victims of child sexual abuse material in Canadian "child pornography" cases across Canada. Monique has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada (R. v. Barabash 2015 SCC 29), presented numerous times before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and conducted numerous presentations to Crown Attorneys and others.