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Members - Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee

Four advisors, appointed by Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, lead government’s new Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee.

Emanuela Heyninck, Pay Equity Commissioner

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 OntarioPay 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, Executive Lead

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.

Dr. Parbudyal Singh, External Advisor

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 refereed publications, many in top refereed journals such as Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, Organizational Psychology Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership Quarterly, British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Labor Research, Management International Review, Journal of Business and Psychology, Comparative Labor Law Journal, Relations Industrielles, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Resource Management Review, Personnel Review, and Human Resource Planning. He is a co-author of one of Canada's leading textbooks on Human Resources Management (Managing Human Resources, 7th Canadian edition, Nelson Canada, 2013).

Dr. Singh has won numerous scholastic awards, including the PhD best student prize in 1998 from McMaster's School of Business. He is also the recipient of SSHRC research grants, major national competitive graduate student scholarships, and the winner of a McMaster University teaching award for outstanding teaching quality. He is listed in Marquis's Who's Who in America (2003-04) and Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2003 and 2004). At York University, he has won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research, the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. He has supervised more than 40 graduate students – both at the Masters and PhD levels.

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

Linda Davis, External Advisor

Linda Davis is Past-President of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Ontario (BPW Ontario) and is currently an Executive Board Member, as well as the Equal Pay Coalition representative on the Board. 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 which promotes the interests of working women. It operates within the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (BPW Canada) towards the improvement of the status of women in all phases of society, especially in business, the professions and industry.

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