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Ratna Omidvar

Senator, Senate of Canada

Expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. April 2016, appointed by Prime Minister Trudeau to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. Founding Executive Director and currently Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Former Chair, Lifeline Syria. Director: Environics Institute; Samara Canada. Chair Emerita, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. Co-Author, Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015). Recipient of honours and awards, including: Order of Ontario (2005) and Member, Order of Canada (2011), for advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and devotion to reducing inequality in Canada; Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2014), for contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations.