Senator Ratna Omidvar

  • Province: Ontario (Ontario)
  • Affiliation: Non-affiliated (Independent Senators Group)
  • Telephone: 613-943-4330
  • Fax: 613-943-4328
  • Email:  vCard
  • Staff: Wagner, Dana (P); Saunders, Stephanie (E)
    • Follow:


The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont. Senator, 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 expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ratna to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario.

Ratna 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.

Ratna is a director at the Environics Institute, and Samara. She is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita and was formerly the Chair of Lifeline Syria.

Ratna 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.

Ratna 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, Ratna 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.


National Anthem Act

Bill to Amend—Second Reading—Debate Adjourned

June 21, 2016

Criminal Code

Bill to Amend—Second Reading

June 03, 2016

See all speeches