Board of Directors

The Institute's Board of DIrectors

Michael Mendelson

Senior Scholar, Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Michael is Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.  Prior to his appointment to Caledon he was Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Cabinet Office in Ontario, and previous appointments included serving as Assistant Deputy Minister in Ontario’s Ministries of Finance, Community Services and Health, and  In Manitoba as Secretary to Treasury Board and Deputy Minister of Social Services.

He has published many articles on social and fiscal policy, as well as a book on the issue of universality.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, School of Social Work.  He has undertaken many consulting projects both in the private and public sector since leaving government. Michael also has had numerous appearances on TV and radio and articles in the print media.


 David Eaves

Open Innovation Expert

An expert in innovation David works with leading companies, non-profits and governments on strategy and management. His clients Code for America, the World Bank, Greenpeace as well as several governments and companies.

As an open government expert serves on the Federal Government's Open Government advisory Panel, served on the Australian Gov 2.0 International Reference Group and advises numerous other governments. In2009 his work with the Mayor of Vancouver led to the drafting of the Open Motion which initiated the city's open data portal and other initiatives.

David writes and is invited to speak on politics, public sector renewal, open source and innovation as well as foreign policy and other subjects.He posts several times a week on his blog (, publishes regularly in various forums including the Toronto Star, the WeGov Blog at Personal Democracy Media and has a chapter in numerous books including the O'Reilly Media book on Open Government. Born and raised in Vancouver, David is a graduate of Queen's University and Oxford University.


Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont.

Senator for Ontario,
The Senate of Canada
Distinguished Visiting Professor
Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University 

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ms. Omidvar to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario.

Senator Omidvar is the founding Executive Director and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. GDX is a think-and-do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks. It is dedicated to building a community of international leaders who see prosperity in migration. Previously, Senator Omidvar was the President of Maytree, where she played a lead role in local, national and international efforts to promote the integration of immigrants.

Senator Omidvar is the current Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Migration hosted by the World Economic Forum and serves as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council. She is also a director at the Environics Institute, and Samara Canada and is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita and was formerly the Chair of Lifeline Syria.

Senator Omidvar is co-author of Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015), an Open Book Toronto best book of 2015 and one of the Toronto Star's top five good reads from Word on the Street. She is also a contributor to The Harper Factor (2016) and co-editor of Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success (2011). Senator Omidvar received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, York University in 2012.

Senator Omidvar was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011, with both honours recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and devotion to reducing inequality in Canada. In 2014, she 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.

 Senator Omidvar has also been recognized by Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, by being named as its Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship in 2010. 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. In 2016, she also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from CivicAction and the Canadian Urban Institute, honouring her strong commitment to civic leadership and city building.

Chaviva Hosek                                             

Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

Chaviva Hosek is currently a Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.  From 2001 to 2012, she served as  President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Her previous work was as Director of Policy and Research in the Prime Minister's Office under The Rt Honorable Jean Chretien for seven years, and as Senior Policy Advisor for three years in Opposition. Chaviva was given the Public Policy Forum Outstanding Performance Award in 2003 and the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She has holds three other honorary degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Antonia Maioni

Dean of Arts, McGill University

Antonia Maioni was named Dean of Arts at McGill University on July 1, 2016. Professor Maioni came to McGill in 1994, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Her research focuses on health-care reform and the Canadian political process.She holds a BA from Université Laval, an MA from the Norman Paterson of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.

She has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Duke University, and the European University Institute. Professor Maioni served for 10 years as the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and is a past President of the Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities.  She has regularly engaged audiences in thoughtful dialogues about public policy issues with major news media across Canada.  She is currently a member of CIFAR’s Research Council.