Jean Symes



After graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in economics, Jean spent several years in the financial sector. Deciding to pursue her passion for social justice activism, she became involved in human rights monitoring with a coalition of Canadian NGOs, where her role included intelligence-gathering, political analysis, strategic planning, and coordinating the coalition's efforts to turn policy dialogue into development action.

Jean works with Inter Pares’ Africa program team and its Economic Justice thematic, with an emphasis on resource extraction and tax justice. Previously, Jean was part of Inter Pares' Latin America team, focusing on refugees and people displaced by political violence. Jean was responsible for developing Inter Pares' programs in Peru and Colombia, including its first programs on peace-building, and on sexual violence against women in the context of war. Jean has also held the positions of Program Coordinator and Director of Communications.

Jean has served on a number of domestic and international boards. She is currently the Chair of the Canary Research Institute for Mining, Environment and Health, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of MiningWatch Canada, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability.