The CCRL Executive
Christian Domenic Elia, PhD
Executive Director, Catholic Civil Rights League
On June 30, 2014, Christian assumed the role of Executive Director after having served on the CCRL Board since 2011. He holds four degrees, including a PhD from the University of Toronto. He currently serves as faculty at Niagara University as Assistant Professor and BPS Program Coordinator. He has an extensive background in Catholic leadership, which includes postings in educational and ministerial settings including that of Director of the Office of Catholic Youth (OCY) for the Archdiocese of Toronto from 2008 to 2011.
Philip Horgan, JD
President (currently on leave) and General Counsel
Philip Horgan is a Toronto based lawyer, who has operated his own firm since 1996. Mr. Horgan has appeared at all levels of courts and tribunals, including over 40 interventions in significant appellate cases across Canada on religious and conscience rights and constitutional freedoms on behalf of the Catholic Civil Rights League and the Faith and Freedom Alliance. He has been involved in over 20 such interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he has appeared as counsel on many occasions, most recently in Trinity Western (2018), Saguenay (2015), and Carter (2015).
He is a past president and current executive member of the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto. He served as Chair of the Parent Advisory Council of St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto between 2004 and 2009. Phil received the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Alumni Award in 2006.
In December 2012, Phil was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Il Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada in advocating for freedom of conscience and religion, services to the legal profession, and development of public policy.
Phil has been an active participant in minor hockey as a coach, referee, and executive member, with the North York Knights and Forest Hill Force hockey organizations. He has been named Coach of the Year on two occasions.
Phil is married to Christine, and they have five adult children.
Board of Directors
Edward De Vita
(National Capital Region)
Nicholas Newman, MD
(Greater Toronto Area)
Chaplain: Archbishop Adam Exner, O.M.I., Archbishop Emeritus of Vancouver
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