Joanna Baron, B.C.L./LL.B

Executive Director

Joanna Baron has been the CCF’s Executive Director since 2019. Previous to that, Joanna was the founding Director of the Runnymede Society. A native of Toronto, Joanna studied classical liberal arts at St. John’s College, MD, and earned civil and common law degrees at McGill University. She clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2013. Following her clerkship, Joanna worked in barrister’s chambers in London, UK as a Harold G. Fox Scholar. Following her return to Canada in 2014, Joanna practiced criminal law with the late Edward L. Greenspan, appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Adam Revay, B.A.

Operations Director

Adam Revay earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2006. Since joining the CCF in 2008, Adam has been involved in redesigning the CCF website and in co-ordinating the Foundation’s involvement in social media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Adam produced the CCF’s first in-house YouTube video titled, “U of C: University of Censorship.” He was also instrumental in planning and organizing the Foundation’s 2008 and 2009 law conferences. Adam enjoys the great outdoors and is an experienced skier. He is also a computer hobbyist and an avid gamer. Adam lives in Calgary with his wife Chloé.

Derek From, J.D.

Staff Lawyer

Derek From has worked at the Canadian Constitution Foundation since 2009. He graduated with a degree in law from the University of Western Ontario after earning degrees in philosophy and religious studies. His law practice is focused on advancing personal and economic liberty by advocating for individual freedom in the courts. He has contributed to a number of important constitutional cases on freedom of expression, freedom of religion, property rights, and equality rights. His articles regularly appear in newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Financial Post, Huffington Post, and others. He frequently appears in the media discussing issues such as freedom of expression, individual liberty, and human rights. Derek’s work has appeared in the Alberta Law Review and the C2C Journal and he was a contributor to the Fraser Institute’s 2012 “Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom”. Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and volunteering within his community.

Russell Phillips, B.A.


Russell earned a B.A. from Mount Royal University in Calgary in 2013. Since joining the Canadian Constitution Foundation in 2014, Russell has been involved primarily with its communications work as well as helping plan and organize the Runnymede Society’s annual Law & Freedom conference.