Susheel Gupta
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Susheel Gupta

“A life-changing event has the ultimate power to shape who and what we will become.”

Occupation: Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, a lawyer by profession, adjudicates cases involving complaints of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Personal Life
  • Born in India in 1972, came to Canada when he was 4 months old.
  • Terrorists murdered Susheel’s mother in 1985 when he was 12 years old.  People in Canada built a bomb, which was placed onboard, the plane his mother was on. This bomb resulted in the deaths of 329 people.
  • It was this event in Susheel’s life, which motivated him to further a career in the justice system and try to do his part to make the system better.
  • Susheel has a little girl who is now 5 years old.  Her middle name is Harrison, named after George Harrison of the Beatles.  He also has a 2 year old so life is pretty busy!
Personal and Professional Experiences
  • Susheel spends a lot of his spare time volunteering with young people and also on advocating on behalf of victims of crime.
  • He has travelled around the country and overseas to speak on issues of countering terrorism and protecting people from terrorists.
  • A former Federal Prosecutor where he specialized in cases involving Cybercrime including cases of hacking, offensive content, music downloading, counterfeiting and piracy and other crimes on the Internet.
  • Susheel is making a tremendous impact in the area of Human Rights Violations on an international scale.
From his Human Rights of Anti Terrorism Speech in 2006:

“I am here to speak to you as a victim of terrorism or as someone directly affected by terrorism in Canada to speak about some of the experiences of families affected by the terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985. …two bombs were placed on board two planes leaving from Canada. One bomb exploded while in transit at Tokyo’s Narita Airport killing two baggage handlers and the second bomb exploded while the plane was over the coast of Ireland killing all 329 people on board.”

“I was 12 years old when I woke up one Sunday morning to the sound of our home phone ringing at about 6:35 am. Within minutes, my father told my big brother and I that our mother was gone. Her plane had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. She was dead. The sound of my father’s pain still echoes in my ears today.”

“I started volunteering heavily with several community organizations. Worked extra hard in school and did all I could to help my father at home. I promised myself for my mother I was going to work in a field where I could make my country Canada, safer, healthier, and happier. That turned into my decision to become a lawyer.”

“Unfortunately, from the first day of this mass murder, most Canadians failed to recognize it as a terrorist activity and failed to respond to the needs of victims’ families….Following the immense public outcry from families, the media and the public, Canadians have realized the extent of the poor treatment …It took the Government of Canada 20 years to officially recognize this as a Canadian tragedy…Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the first PM to follow through with a promise to call for a full judicial inquiry into the Disaster.”