Christine Hart is President of Accord/hart & associates inc., one of Canada's leaders in conflict management. For thirty years, as a lawyer, mediator, facilitator and arbitrator, she has practiced, taught and written in the fields of dispute resolution, commercial, regulatory and environmental law.
Elected an M.P.P. in 1987, she served an apprenticeship as Parliamentary Assistant in the Ministries of Health, Environment and Treasury, and was appointed to the Ontario Cabinet in 1989 as Minister of Culture and Communications. After public life, Christine went on to successfully create and implement for Ontario's Superior Court, the first court-connected mediation program in Canada. She founded Accord/hart & associates inc. in 1998 to focus on preventing and resolving disputes in both the public and private sectors.
For many years, Christine has been involved in mental health issues through her service as a Member of the Ontario Consent & Capacity Board, the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, and her participation in health policy issues while in government. A CAMH Trustee since 2011, she is a member of the Governance, Research and Property Committees, having chaired the latter for the last three years.
Throughout her career, Christine has been an active participant in her community. She is a Director of The General Insurance OmbudService, and is a past Director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), where she chaired the committee responsible for overseeing the building of T1, Goodwill Toronto, Sheridan College, Kingsway College School, Roots of Empathy, the Canadian Stage Company and a variety of other not-for-profit organizations, as well as a member of the Board of the Ontario Bar Association.