Board of Directors

The Institute is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors, effective July 2012.

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.


Wendy Cukier, BA, MA, MBA, PhD, DU, LLD.

Founder, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University

Vice President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

Dr. Cukier is recognized as one of Canada's leading authorities on diversity and emerging technologies. She founded the Diversity Institute in 1999 and has been an active researcher and advocate of diversity in business and society with over 20 years of experience as a consultant to industry and government. Dr. Cukier is also a co-author of the best seller Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park. Dr. Cukier was named one of the "100 Alumni who shaped the Century" by the University of Toronto in 2000. She has also been awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the Canadian Public Health Association Award of Merit, and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross, one of Canada's highest Civilian Honours. Most recently in 2011, Dr. Cukier was celebrated as one of “25 Transformational Canadians” by the Globe and Mail/Lapresse/CTV. 


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

President, Maytree

Ratna Omidvar is President of Maytree, a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs. The foundation is known for its commitment to developing, testing, and implementing programs and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom and in public office.

Two of the best known recent initiatives have been the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project. Both initiatives were launched in partnership with the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance). Internationally, Maytree is best known for the Cities of Migration project.

Ratna serves as a director of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Connect Legal, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and is chair of the Board of Directors of TRIEC. She has been appointed to a number of taskforces, including the Transition Advisory Board to the Premier of Ontario in 2003, to Prime Minister Paul Martin’s External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, and to the Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force to examine Canada's support system for the unemployed. Ratna is the co-editor of the book Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success (Coach House Books, 2010).

Ratna is a Fellow of Centennial College, and received an honorary diploma from George Brown College and an honorary Doctor of Laws from York University.

In 2006, Ratna was appointed to the Order of Ontario. In 2010, Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail profiled her as its Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship. In 2011, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada for her advocacy on behalf of immigrants and for her devotion to reducing inequality.

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.