Terms of reference for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

A. Purpose

The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) Board of Trustees is to assist the Board and the Presidentand CEO in ensuring that the mandate of the Museum to promote human rights and respect for all is fully reflected in its internal operations as well as in its programming, with a view to overcoming systemic racism, discrimination and oppression, and to model an inclusive society built on respect for one another.

B. Composition and Operations

  1. The Committee shall be composed of no fewer than three trustees and no more than five trustees. The Board Chair shall be an ex-officio voting member of the Committee. The President and CEO shall be an ex-officio non-voting member of the Committee.
  2. The Board shall appoint the Committee Chair from among the Trustees.
  3. The Committee shall meet at least three times each year.
  4. A majority of the Committee members shall represent a quorum.
  5. The membership of the Committee may also include non-voting external independent advisors engaged to expand the experience and expertise of the Committee.
  6. The Secretary to the Committee shall be the Corporate Secretary or delegate.

C. Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide high-level oversight over an external review of CMHR workplace culture, practices, policies and processes for the purpose of examining recent allegations of systemic racism, homophobia, sexual harassment and other forms of oppression.
  2. Receive and disseminate (with due attention to the protection of personal information and privacy) reports received from the external reviewer(s).
  3. Oversee the development of an action plan after consideration of recommendations contained in external review report(s), recognizing that the fight against systemic racism, homophobia, sexual harassment and other forms of oppression must be ongoing, and must be a priority.
  4. Monitor and provide accountability for the Museum’s compliance with implementing the action plan referenced above.
  5. Working with other Board committees, initiate and participate in the development of new policies or the revision of existing ones, related to matters of systemic racism, discrimination and oppression.
  6. Act as the Board’s champion for changes to CMHR workplace culture that promote a bias-free work environment and a fully welcoming institution for all staff, visitors, donors, board members and community partners.

D. Committee Member Skills and Qualifications

Committee members and external advisors should have experience working on diversity and inclusion issues and, ideally, lived experience as a member of a group which has historically experienced discrimination or oppression. They should have a commitment to diversity and inclusion and be committed to continuing the process of self-understanding and education at the CMHR, and should be comfortable talking about race and discrimination issues.

Ideally the Committee composition would include members of Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+ and racialized communities.

E. Accountability

The Committee shall report on its discussions to the Board at each Board meeting in accordance with the Committee guidelines.

F. Effective Date

These terms of reference are in effect as of June 26, 2020.

Committee Members

External Advisors to the Committee

  • Esi Codjoe (term: July 14, 2020 – July 13, 2022)

    Esi Codjoe is a lawyer at Turnpenney Milne LLP. Her practice focuses on workplace law, including employment law, human rights, training, mediations and investigations. She is a previous Vice Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal. Esi taught Business Law and Labour and Employment Law at Ryerson University.

    Esi was legal counsel, employee/labour relations at McMaster University; she provided advice on employment law matters. She was in‐house litigation counsel at the Ontario Nurses’ Association. Esi routinely litigated grievance arbitration cases and provided advice on human rights.

    Esi is a current member of the Labour and Employment Law Section executive of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). She was the Toronto Regional Director on the OBA Board of Directors and member of the Governance Committee. Esi is a past chair of the OBA Equality Committee. From 2009–2013, she was an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section. She has served as the Secretary, and Director of Professional Development for the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

    In 2018, Esi was named as one of Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 lawyers, and in 2019 Lexpert named her as a Change Agent in Law.

  • Céleste McKay (term: July 14, 2020 – July 13, 2022)

    Céleste McKay is Métis from Manitoba, with a background in social work and law, including an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa, and LL.B. from the University of Victoria and a B.S.W. from the University of Manitoba.

    Céleste is a consultant, working on human rights, policy, philanthropy, and research, primarily for Indigenous peoples. She has focused strongly on the human rights of Indigenous peoples, including the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls; language and cultural rights; and rights related to self‐determination. Since 2002, Céleste has worked extensively within the international human rights system, including the working groups that finalized the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Commission on the Status of Women.

    Her greatest source of joy is her family, her son, Evan Raoul Chartrand and her partner, Dean Herkert.