Ena Chadha Karen Sharma

Join us on May 19th at 12:00pm EDT for an exciting webinar co-hosted by Algonquin College’s Inclusion Infusions and the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education.

Human Rights Concerns in Post-Secondary Education: The View from Ontario & Manitoba

Post-secondary education has an important role in leading, modeling, and educating on the values of the nation. However recent events in Canadian society are bringing renewed attention to the role institutions play in the ecosystem of human rights. This event promises to be a pointed and timely conversation between Ena Chadha, LL.B., LL.M., Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission, Karen Sharma, Executive Director at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and Toni De Mello, Chair of the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education. This discussion with prominent change makers in Human Rights will examine the current challenges and standards that post-secondary education should be achieving in ensuring the human rights of their learners and employees.

This event is free and open to all.  To register please visit: https://algonquincollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rczTTl8sQMSSgS8FYt3Agw

Ena Chadha, Interim Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission is a very experienced and highly respected human
rights lawyer, educator and mediator. She recently served as a co-reviewer of the Peel District School Board systemic racism review. She is the former Chair
of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre and a past Vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, where she issued several leading decisions in the areas of race, disability and sexual harassment. She also began her career as counsel to the OHRC.

Interim Chief Commissioner Chadha was the Director of Litigation at ARCH (Disability Law Centre), a test case clinic advancing the equality rights of the disability community. As an equality rights litigator, she has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on a number of significant constitutional and human rights matters. She has published extensively on equality rights, including in the Supreme Court Law Review and the National Journal of Constitutional Law.

Interim Chief Commissioner Chadha was born in New Delhi, India and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ryerson, received her LL.B. from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994. She received her LL.M. degree from Osgoode in 2008. She also holds certificates in Advance Alternate Dispute Resolution and Mental Health Law.

Appointment: July 22, 2020 – July 21, 2021

Karen Sharma (she/her) is a first generation South Asian living in Winnipeg – Treaty One territory.  Karen is currently the A/Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, where she has worked for the past six years.  As the Commission’s Executive Director, Karen leads the promotion and protection of human rights in Manitoba through administration of Manitoba’s human rights complaints system; the development of policy and
research; and the delivery of human rights education.  In addition, Karen is a co-organizer with Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, a collective that
creates programming that centres and celebrates Two-Spirit, Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, people of colour. She also co-chairs the Board of Directors
of the Women’s Health Clinic.  She has an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and is pursuing a Masters degree in Public Administration and Policy.  


Tanya (Toni) De Mello is Ryerson University’s inaugural Assistant Dean for Student Programming, Development and Equity and Chair of Chair of the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education. Toni formerly served as the Director of Human Rights at Ryerson, under the Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion and works in collaboration with Ryerson’s administration, faculties, associations and unions and student groups to engage in programming, service delivery, and curriculum development in order to operationalize diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. She is a human rights lawyer and holds Bachelors’ degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Waterloo; a dual Masters degree in Public Policy and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University; two law degrees (common and civil law) from McGill University Faculty of Law and a PhD from the University of Toronto that focused on access to the legal sector in Toronto. She has over 20 years of experience working in the post-secondary sector in governance, student affairs, and admissions, and for the last 10 years, in human rights.



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