Wendy Cukier is president and co-founder of the Coalition for Gun Control (CGC), an alliance of more than 300 major policing, public safety and violence prevention organizations including the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs and the Canadian Public Health Association.
Ms. Cukier launched the Coalition for Gun Control in the wake of the 1989 Montreal massacre, after 14 women were fatally shot at Ècole Polytechnique by 25-year-old Marc Lépine, who was armed with a semi-automatic weapon. The CGC is meant to reduce gun death, injury and crime.
Ms. Cukier and the CGC were instrumental in pressuring the Liberals to introduce a bill requiring the licensing of all gun owners and registration of all firearms in 1995 - an effort to reduce crime by making guns traceable - and has been an active proponent of its cause ever since, notably an important voice against the proposed scrapping of the long-gun registry this past September.
Ms. Cukier is also on the board of the International Action Network on Small Arms.
Nominator: Ms. Cukier was nominated by the Transformational Canadians Panel.