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OHRC welcomes Interim Chief Commissioner

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July 23, 2020

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) welcomes the appointment of Ena Chadha as Interim Chief Commissioner, effective July 22, 2020.

Interim Chief Commissioner Chadha 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.

The OHRC congratulates Interim Chief Commissioner Chadha on her appointment and looks forward to her leadership in the OHRC’s work to promote, protect and advance human rights.

Media contact:

Rosemary Parker
Manager, Communications & Issues Management
Ontario Human Rights Commission/Commission ontarienne des droits de la personne