Barbara Hall was formerly the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She was appointed on November 28, 2005 after more than 30 years as a community worker, lawyer, and municipal politician.
Barbara is a long-time advocate for safe and healthy cities. As Mayor of Toronto from 1994 to 1997, Barbara worked hard to build a stronger city. During her time as mayor, Toronto was recognized by Forbes magazine as the best place in North America to live, do business, work, and raise a family. She has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980. She has a B.A. from the University of Victoria.
Barbara has served as Chair of the Board of Harbourfront and as a Director of both the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Laidlaw Foundation. Her long history of community involvement was recognized with a Women of Distinction Award from the YWCA She has also received an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University and an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto.