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Four Advisors Nominated to Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee

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Four Advisors Nominated to Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee

Ministry of Labour

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn has appointed four advisors to government's new Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee.

Linda Davis

Linda Davis is Past-President of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario (BPW Ontario), of which she is currently an Executive Board Member, as well as the Board's Equal Pay Coalition representative. She was President of BPW Ontario from 2012 -2014, and has been a member of BPW London since 1993. BPW Ontario is a non-sectarian, non-profit, non-partisan feminist organization that promotes the interests of working women. It operates within the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (BPW Canada) to improve the status of women in all sectors of society, especially in business, the professions and industry.

Linda Davis has worked at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, since 1987. She is currently the Work Team Coordinator for the Information and Customer Service Team in the Office of the Registrar.

Dr. Parbudyal Singh

BA (University of Guyana), MBA (University of Windsor), PhD Human Resources Management/Labour Relations (McMaster University).

Dr. Parbudyal Singh is a Professor of Human Resource Management at York University, Toronto. Dr. Singh's research covers emerging issues in human resources management and labour relations. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many in top journals, such as Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, Organizational Psychology Review, and the Journal of Business Ethics. He is also the co-author of one of Canada's leading textbook on Human Resources Management, (Managing Human Resources, 7th Canadian edition, Nelson Canada, 2013). 

He is a former Associate Dean in the School of Business, University of New Haven, Connecticut, and a former human resources manager in a large multinational manufacturing firm. He has consulted with and advised more than 30 Canadian firms, many of them leaders in their fields.

Emanuela Heyninck

Emanuela Heyninck is currently serving her third term as head of the Pay Equity Commissionfor Ontario, an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour. The Commission enforces the Ontario Pay Equity Act, aimed at redressing systemic gender compensation issues. In addition to its enforcement and education mandate, the Commission has the authority to research and make recommendations to the Minister of Labour on issues related to pay equity, gender wage gaps and women and work. 

Emanuela is currently President of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and has served on several of SOAR's committees and on the Board of Director and Executive. She is a member of several Advisory Councils, including Conestoga College and the University of Western Ontario Student Law Clinic and is a mentor at Brescia College. She holds an Hon. BA in Italian and French from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.

Before her appointment she practiced civil, family and administrative law in London, Ontario for 25 years. Her past community involvement has included several terms on the Executives of the London Chamber of Commerce, the London Business and Professional Women's Club, the Middlesex Family Lawyers Association, the Middlesex as well as the Ontario Collaborative Law Group, Hospice of London and Investing in Children. 

Nancy Austin

Nancy Austin, the Executive Lead on the Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee, is a skilled administrator and lawyer, who has held significant positions in the Ontario Public Service. In 2014, she was seconded to the federal government to work in Grenada, consulting on and drafting labour legislation. She also taught at Queen's University's School of Policy Studies in the Master of Public Administration Program. From 2004 - 2013, Nancy was the Executive Director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She has extensive knowledge of human rights issues, as well as the many facets of government process, policy development, change management, and decision-making.

After working in private practice, Nancy began her career with the OPS in 1989. Her past positions include: Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Legal Services Division (LSD); Director, Management and Information Coordination Project, LSD; Project Director, Legal Aid Reform; and Director of Legal Services, Ministry of Labour. Nancy has a Masters in Law from York University, LL.B from University of Western Ontario, Executive-MBA from Queen's University, BA from Trent University, and has delivered and participated in many educational programs. 

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