October 13, 2016 – Dr. Kwame McKenzie is one of five new Ontario Human Rights Commissioners.
Dr. McKenzie is the Director of Health Equity at CAMH. He is also a professor and the co-director of the Equity Gender and Population Division at the University of Toronto's department of psychiatry. Dr. McKenzie is Chief Executive Officer of the Wellesley Institute and a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council to Ontario's Minister of Health. He serves on the boards of the United Way Toronto and Ontario Hospitals Association.
“Kwame McKenzie’s appointment to Ontario Human Rights Commission recognizes his immense contribution to issues of social justice and human rights,” says Lori Spadorcia, Vice President of Communications and Partnerships, CAMH . “As a leading advocate for the rights of immigrants, refugees, ethno-cultural and racialized groups, Kwame brings a wealth of global experience to his role as Commissioner.”
The commission, established in 1961, administers the Ontario Human Rights Code and has a mandate to develop public policy on human rights, conduct public inquiries and promote a culture of human rights across the province.
Members of the commission meet approximately five times per year to provide strategic leadership and advice to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, evaluate its impact and performance, and engage with the public and diverse communities across Ontario.