about mora

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Mora Johnson is a lawyer, consultant, and a leading expert in responsible business practices.  Mora proudly serves the Ottawa community as well as clients around the world.  Her interests include anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance, the human rights responsibilities of business, and modern slavery supply chain due diligence. 

Mora brings to client files almost 20 years’ rich and diverse experience in government, private and non-profit sectors.  Mora served for over 10 years at Global Affairs Canada and then Natural Resources Canada in negotiating and implementing regulatory and voluntary standards relating to transparency and business practices in the extractive sector.  She advised on standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Voluntary Principles, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She served as Head of the Canadian delegation to the OECD Working Group on Bribery, and later to the OECD Forum on Responsible Supply Chains. In 2011, she was elected to co-chair the negotiation process of a Conflict Gold Standard at the OECD, and from 2012-2015 was elected to Chair the OECD Forum on Responsible Supply Chains.  Earlier, Mora served as Legislative Assistant to the Foreign Minister and later to the Minister of International Trade, and as the Executive Assistant to the Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

Outside of government, Mora served as Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center located in New Haven, Connecticut, as well as clerking in the Office of the Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone.  She articled at one of Canada’s largest law firms and studied law at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where she won an award for ranking 3rd in a class of 180 in the graduating year. 

 

conferences & speaking engagements

 

May 9, 2018, Canadian Institute 17th Annual forum on anti-money laundering & financial crime

 The Canada Papers? Obscured "True" Ownership and Lessons Learned from Other Jurisdictions

 

april 30, 2018, Canadian corporate counsel association national conference

Ethics and the In-house Counsel: What is Your Role In Combatting Labour Abuses?

 

March 14, 2018, University of Ottawa, faculty of Law

 Beneficial Ownership Transparency in Business Law in Canada

 

March 27, 2017, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law 

Supply Chain Due Diligence:  Lessons Learned from Mechanisms to Address Conflict Minerals

 

March 22, 2017, University of Western Ontario, Faculties of Geology, Business and Law

 Supply Chain Due Diligence and Responsible Sourcing of Minerals and Metals

 

March 8, 2017, Ryerson University Business School

State & Non-state Regulatory Innovations: Learning from Conflict Minerals

 

December 2016, Carleton University Canadian Studies Doctoral Program  

Introduction to Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

 

November 2016, International Commission of Jurists Conference on Modern Day Slavery

Lessons Learned from Supply Chain Due Diligence Mechanisms to Address Conflict Minerals

 

November 2016, Canadian Conference on International Law  

Just and Reasonable Settlements for Transnational Human Rights Abuses

 

March 2016, University of Western Ontario, Faculties of Geology, Business and Law

Supply Chain Due Diligence and Responsible Sourcing of Minerals and Metals

 

February 2016, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Supply Chain Due Diligence:  Lessons Learned from Mechanisms to Address Conflict Minerals

 

November 2015, Canadian Conference on International Law

Supply Chain Due Diligence and Responsible Sourcing of Minerals and Metals

 

November 2014, Canadian Conference on International Law

Chair, Book Panel Re Governance Gap by Penelope Simons and Audrey Macklin

 

June 2013, Partnership Africa Canada

Towards Responsible and Conflict Free Mineral Supply Chains

 

March 2013, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Annual Convention 

The Growing Market Demand for Responsibly Produced, Conflict-Free Metals

 

May 2012, Paris, London Bullion Market Association Responsible Gold Forum

Coordination and Implementation of Key International Initiatives

 

May 2012, Paris, OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains 

Introduction to the Supplement on Gold