The Honourable Ratna Omidvar
National Advisory Committee

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar

Senator for Ontario, and Co-Founder OnBoard Canada

Senator Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. She is also the co-founder of onBoard Canada. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Omidvar to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. Senator Omidvar is also the Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. Furthermore, she is the founding Executive Director and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ryerson University.

Senator Omidvar serves as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council and is also a director at the Environics Institute, and Samara Canada and is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita. In 2016, Senator Omidvar received Lifetime Achievement Awards from CivicAction and the Canadian Urban Institute, honouring her strong commitment to civic leadership and city building. She has also received a Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, from Ryerson University in 2018 and from York University in 2012.