Barbara Hall, Chair

Barbara Hall

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.