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Marv Bernstein


Marv Bernstein is a lawyer with 34 years of professional experience. Currently, he holds the newly created position of Chief Policy Advisor for UNICEF Canada, which he assumed in September 2010.

From 2005 to 2010, Marv served as Saskatchewan’s second Children’s Advocate, where he was an independent officer of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. Marv had 28 years of advocacy and senior leadership experience in the child welfare field in Ontario prior to assuming his appointment as Children’s Advocate in Saskatchewan. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Director of Policy Development and Legal Support at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in Toronto. For 20 years prior, he served as Chief Counsel to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, and for three years before that, he acted as In-House Counsel to the Children’s Aid Society of York Region in Newmarket, Ontario.

Marv has litigated child welfare cases at all court levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada on two occasions. Marv is a widely published author, and has written extensively in the areas of children’s rights, child welfare, adoption, mediation, corporal punishment, privacy and access to information in the child welfare sector, inquests and social worker liability.