Mediator, Investigator, Adjudicator
Ena Chadha is an equality rights lawyer and a former Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (2007-2015). Ena holds advanced Alternate Dispute Resolution Certificates in Negotiations and Mediations, as well as a Certificate in Mental Health Law.
Prior to her appointment with the HRTO, Ena practiced privately in the areas of human rights and employment law. She served as counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission and as Director of Litigation with ARCH Disability Law Centre, a test case clinic specializing in disability and equality rights issues. As a human rights litigator, Ena argued cases before all levels of courts, including three prominent constitutional challenges at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ena is an adjunct lecturer with the Schulich School of Business at York University, and teaches in the areas of Negotiations and Power & Politics. Ena’s Masters thesis critically examined the disclosure of complainant’s health records in human rights litigation and was nominated for York University’s excellence in research award. She has published extensively on equality rights issues, focusing on disability, race, gender and harassment.
Ena also serves as the Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre and regularly provides executive human rights training and investigation services to colleges and universities across Ontario. She is an experienced mediator and investigator and is competent in conducting trauma-informed investigations. The Canadian Bar Association has also recognized Ena as a Leader of Change and in 2019, she was awarded Female Professional of the Year by the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.