Women & Leadership: Mary Anne Chambers
February 19, 2019 | By Piali Roy |
Join us on Monday, March 4 for the next Peterson Leadership Speaker series event with a former Ontario minister.
Mary Anne Chambers is a former minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and a minister of Children and Youth Services in the Government of Ontario. She will speak on women and leadership, followed by an interview with Professor Mel Cappe and a Q&A session.
WHEN: Monday, March 4, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
WHERE: Room 160, Canadiana Gallery
Mary Anne Chambers was elected in 2003 and served until 2007 in the riding of Scarborough East. She has also served as a senior vice-president of Scotiabank, the chair of the Board of United Way of Canada, the vice-chair of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, the president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, a governor of the Air Cadet League of Canada, the vice-chair of the Rouge Valley Health System, the president of the Project for Advancement of Early Childhood Education (Canada), and the vice-chair of the Board of Cuso International. Chambers is a member of the boards of the University of Guelph, United Way of Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, YMCA Toronto, and Tropicana Community Services. She is currently a governor of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and a director of GraceKennedy Ltd.
Chambers has been named to the Order of Ontario and is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal. Lakehead University, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, and York University have all awarded her a honorary doctor of laws degree. A recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth the Second and the Queen Elizabeth Second Diamond Jubilee Medal, Chambers has also received the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s Medal of Appreciation, a University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s Award, a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction Award, and other awards in recognition of her work in community building and on behalf of children and youth.
Chambers has personally funded scholarships for more than 35 university and college students in Ontario. From 2007 to 2017, in partnership with University of Toronto Scarborough, she sponsored and served as an adviser for the IMANI Academic Mentorship Program, which has benefitted hundreds of middle- and high-school students. The IMANI program was recognized in the 2015 Toronto Vital Signs Report, published by the Toronto Community Foundation, as one of the ideas and innovations that point the way forward for Toronto.