Alex Young is an articling student in OKT’s Toronto office, providing Aboriginal consultation, policy and other advice.
Prior to joining OKT, Alex worked for the governments of Canada and Ontario. At the federal government, focussing on civil and political rights, he reviewed funding applications for human rights training and represented Canada in negotiation of bilateral international agreements and resolutions at the United Nations General Assembly and at the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe.
For the provincial government, addressing economic, social and cultural rights, he directly advised the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term care on stakeholder relations and legislative and fiscal policy. Later, as a civil servant at the provincial level, he managed funding for mental health and addictions services.
Outside of legal and policy work, Alex is a co-founder and teacher at the Buddhavipassana Meditation Centre, an insight meditation centre in Toronto which helps people to overcome trauma, depression and anxiety. He is also slowly trying to learn Ewe-based dialects and improve his French through the Association culturelle des Togolais en Ontario.
Through all his work, Alex seeks to advance two objectives as necessary foundations for meaningful economic advancement and social cohesion: the promotion of peace cultures through dialogue and meditation and the advancement of peaceful legal structures through human rights. He views reconciliation between Aboriginal peoples and settlers to be the most important indicator for the realization of these objectives in Canada.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London (England) and a Global Professional Master of Laws from the University of Toronto.