Who we are



The Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies is a federal non-profit organization focused on developing and promoting criminological scholarship for both emerging and experienced members of the criminology and legal disciplines. By identifying, studying, and advancing emerging criminological issues, the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies aims to promote currency in knowledge among those responsible for administrating and advancing issues relating to criminal justice and the law in Canada.

Message from the President


Let me begin by quoting Rabindranath Tagore-“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence”.

The Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies is a vehicle run by the students and for the students, in order to take education to places, metaphorically, and literally. The new board is made-up of final year students leading various committees and freshman’s working as their alternatives in order to transfer knowledge and experience. Our organization will aspire to include students from different institutions nationally and internationally this year and create a diverse networking opportunity for all. Our educational tour to Ottawa in May-2017 is the highlight of the year and we are working towards making scholarships available to students pursuing their education in criminology and legal studies. With anticipation to expand partnership with other institutions, CACLS is heading towards establishing its own brand and identity in the institution of knowledge.

The legal mood and sphere is quickly changing in Canada. With the real possibility of marijuana being legalized to growing safe injection sites, the opioid crisis in most Canadian cities, and the growing police misconduct, all puts learners at the front seat and prepares them to face reality. CACLS aspires to help students transition from a protected book knowledge realm to a realm of reality. It is my hope to lead this pack to knowledge passed on by professionals working in the field. It is my hope to make learners question everything they know about criminology and law.


Ritesh Dalip Narayan, BA LLM
Mount Royal University


Our Team


ritesh narayan, president

Ritesh Narayan is a Lecturer in the Department of Justice at Mount Royal University since 2010. Prior to coming to MRU in 2010, he had taught at several public and private institutions and mainly specializing in Criminal Law and Criminology. Before entering into academics, Ritesh has worked for various law firms in areas of criminal, civil litigation, corporate, and family law.  Ritesh holds a Certificate and Diploma in Criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology from University of the Fraser Valley, and a Master of Law degree from Brunel University in London, England. He is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Ritesh’s area of research includes sentencing of criminals, racism, white collar crime, and private policing.

allison strasser, vice-president

Allison Strasser is a student enrolled at Mount Royal University working on her BA in criminal justice. Her future aspiration is to attend the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario to further her knowledge in legal studies. When not studying, you can find Allison volunteering throughout the city but primarily at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.


cody hoy, director of finance

Cody Hoy comes to the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies (CACLS) with several years’ experience working with non-profit societies. Most recently he has served as a member of Columbia Basin Trust’s (the Trust) Youth Advisory Committee where his duties included adjudication of Youth Grant applications and participating in community engagement activities to identify community challenges and opportunities and set future strategic direction for the Trust’s activities. In his five years as a Director for Golden and District Search and Rescue, he assumed the roles of both Equipment Manager and Vice President and was actively involved in securing capital to purchase GADSAR’s current base of operations. As Director of Finance for CACLS, Cody will oversee the financial workings and obligations of the society. Cody is currently pursuing on his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. 

taylor sauerwein, director of fundraising

Taylor is currently studying in his third year, Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University with the aim of completing an honours thesis in his final year. Future aspirations include furthering his educational scope through graduate studies. Taylor’s primary interests within the justice system include, counter-terrorism, security, Canadian policing and the judicial system. As the Director of Fundraising at the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies, Taylor is responsible for raising money on behalf of the organization while planning to produce effective income targets over various revenue streams. Further, Taylor hopes to mitigate costs for student members while ensuring effective growth and development of the organisation.

Maggie thaxter, executive director of fundraising

Maggie Thaxter is a student enrolled at Mount Royal University. She currently working at obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice; intrigued by all things law related. Upon graduating, she has high aspirations to work within different justice related careers and continue expanding her knowledge on the dynamics of crime. 

brandon lijdsman, secratary

Brandon Lijdsman is currently a criminal justice student at Mount Royal University whom has aspirations to attend a law or graduate institution. As secratary of the Canadian Association of Criminology and Legal Studies, Brandon hopes to develop and create connections with peers in the field that will share valuable and experienced knowledge where he will be able to develop an advanced understanding of the Canadian criminal justice system. When Brandon is not indulged in his studies he enjoys playing hockey, snowboarding, camping, shooting, and attending diverse social events.  

haley jarmain, director of social media

Haley Jarmain is a criminal justice student at Mount Royal University. Prior to her academic endeavor at Mount Royal, Haley obtained her Broadcast News diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Upon graduating SAIT, Haley secured a job as a news anchor and reporter in Calgary and continues to work part-time. Upon graduation Haley intends to go to law school to peruse her passion for criminal law. When not working or studying, Haley is usually travelling. 


cinzia giacchetta, executive director of events planning

Cinzia is a Mount Royal criminal justice student who aspires to attend law school upon graduation. She assumed the role as Director of Events Planning to further her knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system. Cinzia played a vital role in the planning of the 2017 Ottawa educational tour.