Samara board member Ratna Omidvar recommended to the Senate of Canada

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Samara board member Ratna Omidvar recommended to the Senate of Canada

Ratna Omidvar

All of us at Samara Canada would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Samara’s board director Ratna Omidvar, who was today recommended by Prime Minister Trudeau to be appointed to the Senate of Canada as an independent senator. 

These seven independent senators have been chosen by a new process in an effort to create a non-partisan Senate. According to the Prime Minister’s website, “Over the last three months, the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments undertook broad consultations in Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec – and provided the Prime Minister with a number of non-binding recommendations. From that pool of candidates, the Prime Minister selected the seven new Senators he will recommend to the Governor General.”

“Ratna is an exemplary Canadian who has shown ongoing commitment to strong democracy and good governance,” said Samara’s board chair and co-founder Michael MacMillan. “We wish her all the best as she takes on this challenging new role.”  

More about Ms. Omidvar:

Ms. Omidvar has a long history of service since her arrival in Canada from Iran. She is experienced in issues that surround immigration, multiculturalism, diversity, citizenship, integration, and minority rights. Currently, she is the founding Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of the Global Diversity and Migration Exchange at the Ted Rogers School of Management, at Ryerson University.

She was Executive Director and President of Maytree from 1998 to 2014. During that time, she founded the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and DiverseCity on Board, both of which have been replicated nationally and internationally to deal with the integration and inclusion of immigrants into the workforce and the community.

Ms. Omidvar is currently Chair of Lifeline Syria. She is also a Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH), The Environics Institute, and Samara.

She is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, and is one of the few Canadians to have received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations.

She was recognized in 2010 by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s top nation-builders of the decade, and has an Honorary Doctorate from York University. She was named to the inaugural Global Diversity List sponsored by The Economist magazine in 2015 as one of the Top 10 Diversity Champions worldwide.


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