Friday, May 22, 2020

Renu Mandhane

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada appointed [Faculty of Law alumna] Renu Mandhane (JD 2001) a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Brampton) effective immediately. 

Madam Justice Mandhane was appointed Chief Commissioner of the OHRC in October 2015. [She was previously Executive Director of the Faculty of Law's International Human Rights Program from 2009-2015.]

Under her leadership, the OHRC has played a pivotal role in addressing systemic discrimination against the most marginalized and vulnerable people in Ontario. She has been a strong proponent of demographic data collection, especially in relation to policing, corrections and child welfare.

Madam Justice Mandhane built public confidence in Ontario’s human rights system by enhancing the OHRC’s governance and accountability, by forging sustainable relationships with diverse stakeholders, and by meaningfully committing to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. She was a particularly strong advocate for and defender of the OHRC’s independence.

Republished in part from the Ontario Human Rights Commission press release