Sid Rashid is an Arab-Canadian lawyer, consultant, and community organizer with a passion for advancing the interests of humanity through peace, justice, equality, and the rule of law. Born and raised in central Canada, Sid’s Lebanese roots and travel as a child shaped his outlook on life and the world around him. A humanitarian by nature, he considers himself a global citizen and sees humanity as one, with all divisions and differences as secondary. In 2009, Sid was elected President of the 23,000 undergraduate students at the University of Manitoba, running on a platform of unity, equality and multiculturalism. In 2014, he completed law school at the University of Ottawa receiving his Juris Doctorate concurrently with a Master of International Affairs.
Sid currently resides in Ottawa where he serves as counsel with the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section of Canada’s Department of Justice. His young legal career has included stints at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in Washington D.C., the Canadian Center for International Justice in Ottawa, the United Nations Development Programme in Beirut, and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. Sid’s current work, to contribute to bringing those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes to justice, is a dream come true. Sid’s lifelong aspirations focus on pursing his aforementioned passion, exploring ways to make a difference, and contributing daily to making our world a more peaceful, loving and accepting place.