Human Rights Legal Support Centre

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Board of Directors

The Human Rights Code provides that the work of the Centre is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Government of Ontario. The Board is comprised of five members including the Chair.

Meeting Minutes

Patrick Case

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Patrick Case was appointed as Chair of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre in October, 2010. He currently teaches in the department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. He teaches human rights and Charter related courses and is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Case is also a member of the board of Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that helps educators worldwide link the past to moral choices today.

From 2006 to 2010 Mr. Case held an appointment as a Commissioner at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He has been a trade unionist, a school trustee and a practitioner whose chief focus was serving women who were victims of male violence. Mr. Case has served as a staff lawyer in the Family Law Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, which was created as a part of the federal government’s redress agreement with Japanese Canadians and has been a Co-Chair of the Equality Rights Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada. Appointed October 20, 2010 to October 19, 2018.

Nancy Gignac

Nancy Gignac has served as an elementary school teacher, vice-principal, and principal with the Greater Essex County District School Board. She also served as Supervising Principal of Special Education, primarily responsible for special education programs and services in both elementary and secondary schools. Ms. Gignac has been a Program Developer and Sessional Instructor with the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor, and is currently working as a self-employed education consultant. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society and the Maryvale Adolescent and Family services as both board member and President. Appointment September 17, 2009 to November 24, 2017.

Mary Gusella

Mary Gusella has served as the Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Canadian Chair of the International Joint Commission of Canada and the United States, a member of the Public Service Commission, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Chair and President of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation. In addition, she was a board member and President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and a member of the Canadian Human Rights Museum Advisory Committee. Ms. Gusella holds a membership with the Law Society of Upper Canada and the International Commission of Jurists - Canadian Section. She has a Certificate from the Canadian Securities Institute and holds undergraduate degrees from the Universities of Toronto and Ottawa. Appointment September 17, 2009 to November 24, 2017.

Patrick Nadjiwan

Patrick Nadjiwan is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Mr. Nadjiwan has practiced Aboriginal Law for the past fifteen years, providing general legal counsel to clientele of First Nations Governments, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal organizations, and Aboriginal individuals. Mr. Nadjiwan operates his own legal firm, Nadjiwan Law Office, and has diverse experience in areas such as litigation, First Nation governance, corporate governance, administrative law, employment law, and constitutional law. Appointment September 17, 2009 to November 24, 2017.