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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Human Rights Commission

RANDALL ARSENAULT

is a Police Constable for the Toronto Police Service. Randall’s community involvement includes serving as a Volunteer for the Greenwood Coalition.

VIOLETTA IGNESKI

Violetta Igneski is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. Her community involvement includes serving as a member for Canadian Philosophy Association. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.

JEWEL AMOAH

Jewel Amoah is a Human Rights & Equity Advisor for Halton District School Board, and a former lecturer at the University of the West Indies. Her community involvement includes serving as Public Legal Education Coordinator for the University Rights Advocacy Program (U-RAP UWI).

BRIAN EYOLFSON

Brian Eyolfson is a lawyer who practices alternative dispute resolution, primarily in the area of human rights. He has a B.Sc. in psychology and an LL.B. from Queen’s University, and an LL.M., specializing in administrative law, from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1994. Brian was a Commissioner with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, from September 2016, to June 2019. Prior to that, Brian served as Acting Deputy Director in the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. He was a full-time Vice-Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, between 2007 and 2016. Brian was also a Senior Staff Lawyer with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, where he practiced human rights, Aboriginal and administrative law, and he previously served as Counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Brian is a member of Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3 territory.

GARY PIETERS

Gary Pieters has been an educator for over 25 years and is currently a principal with Toronto District School Board (TDSB). He is a social justice champion whether as president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) from 2012-2015; advising the provincial government on Equity in Education as a member of the Ontario Ministry of Education, Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education (MACSE); or as a member of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Modernization in Measurement Advisory Panel. He is also Vice-Chair and a Member of the Toronto Islands Residential Community Trust Corporation. His extensive knowledge base and experience are leveraged through community building, youth engagement, through an equity, inclusion, diversity, anti-racist, anti-oppression and dismantling anti-Black racism lens.

ENA CHADHA

Ena Chadha is an experienced human rights lawyer, investigator, educator and mediator. A proud member of the South Asian community of Brampton, she has dedicated her career to equality rights and conflict resolution. Ena served as Vice-Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from 2007 to 2015, where she rendered noteworthy decisions in the area of racial discrimination, sexual harassment and disability accommodation. Previously, Ena was Director of Litigation with ARCH: Disability Law Centre and worked as counsel with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She has litigated before various court levels, including prominent Constitutional challenges before the Supreme Court of Canada, advancing Charter rights in workers compensation, immigration law and government services. Ena has a Journalism degree from Ryerson, a LLB from University of Saskatchewan and a LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ena has spoken and published extensively on gender, race, disability and harassment.