Angélique Codina is an internationally published author and experienced media professional with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. Skilled in team building, media relations, media marketing, social media, administration, and television, she is dedicated to creating and producing relevant media content, mainly focused on the arts and transformative social issues. As a human rights, peace, civil rights, and social action activist, she advocates for inclusion, diversity, and intercultural cohesion among institutional and private contexts. She is fluent in six languages, including English, French, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, and has elementary proficiency in German.
Angélique holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa and has also majored in international diplomacy and cooperation (University of Ottawa), philosophy and political science (McMaster University), philosophie (Cégep du Vieux Montréal), English literature (Mercy College), and arbitration services as a qualified arbitrator in alternative dispute resolution. As a legal assistant to former Parliamentary counsel, Mr. Joseph Maingot, she was involved in the drafting of legislation for the House of Commons, and was the author of an article on the Law Reform Commission of Canada which appeared in the Inter-Parliamentary Bulletin, a publication that is distributed in all of the democratically-elected parliaments of the world.
During this period, Angélique worked with the Privy Council Office and the then Department of External Affairs and acted as press and liaison officer during the first Economic Summit of the G-7, which took place in Ottawa. She was responsible for escorting heads of state, including British Prime Minister Thatcher, and French President Mitterand, and the foreign delegations at the summit. Angélique was also employed with the legal department of the Canadian Transportation Commission, and the Department of Justice where she worked as legal researcher, and was legal assistant to several judges (i.e., Judge Guy Goulard, Judge Marin, Judge Beaulne), including the Honourable Justice Louise Charron, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Over the years, Angélique was also involved in a number of high profile civil rights and human rights cases, and in 1987 was successful in having the contempt of court section of the Criminal Code of Canada declared unconstitutional. She has appeared regularly on television and on the radio and has published articles and other writings in various publications including the Globe & Mail, a Canadian national newspaper. As Vice-President and Artistic Director of the International Peace Festival, Angélique is committed to promoting the role and value of art and culture in peace and reconciliation processes and to advocating for innovative perspectives on peace as promoted through the arts.