Charlene Theodore, Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association

As chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s equality committee, Charlene Theodore headed a leadership diversity initiative within the OBA, an organization led predominantly by white men since its formation in 1907. Charlene brought together public- and private-sector leaders to plan a leadership pipeline for women and people of colour, and the resulting strategy was adopted by the OBA for implementation in 2017 and 2018 to change the future face of the Bar Association. She is currently OBA Treasurer and an in-demand speaker on gender equality and the equal representation of women of colour. Charlene has also been extremely active as a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and is currently Treasurer. Charlene served as counsel for the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, organizations representing predominantly female workforces.
Back to list of Winners for 2017