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Dr. Tanya (Toni) De Mello

With a background comprising finance, management consulting, and law, Dr. Tanya (who we call “Toni”) De Mello has spent much of her career focusing on, and researching, equity, diversity and inclusion with a focus on unconscious bias. She is a human rights lawyer and a certified coach and mediator and a leading educator on equity and diversity in Canada. She teaches at Ryerson University and was the Director of Human Rights for four years. She is currently opening Ryerson’s Faculty of Law, the Lincoln Alexander School of Law – Canada’s newest law school, as the Assistant Dean of Students, Development, Programming and Equity. In addition to founding two NGOs, Toni has served in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the World Food Programme in Geneva (Switzerland), Senegal (West Africa) and Columbia (South America).