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Mary Anne Chambers

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A former minister of training, colleges and universities and a minister of children and youth services
Canada’s International Development Research Centre, GraceKennedy Ltd.
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A former Scotiabank Senior Vice-President and former Ontario  Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and  Minister of Children and Youth Services, Mary Anne Chambers has also served as Chair of the Board of United Way of Canada, Vice-Chair of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, President of the Canadian Club of Toronto,  Governor of the Air Cadet League of Canada, Vice-Chair of the Rouge Valley Health System,  President of the Project for Advancement of Early Childhood Education (Canada), Vice-Chair of the Board of Cuso International and Member of the Boards of the University of Guelph, United Way of Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and YMCA Toronto.

She is currently a Governor of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a Senior Fellow at York University’s Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, a Member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Guelph’s Institute of Development Studies, and a Director of GraceKennedy Ltd.  

Mary Anne has been named to the Order of Ontario and is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal. She has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by the University of Toronto, York University, Lakehead University and the University of Guelph. A recipient of the Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals of Queen Elizabeth the Second, Mary Anne has also received the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s Medal of Appreciation, a University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s Award, a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction Award, among other awards.

Mary Anne has personally funded scholarships for more than 50 university and college students in Ontario. In partnership with University of Toronto Scarborough, she sponsored and served as an advisor for the IMANI Academic Mentorship Program which has benefitted hundreds of middle and high school students.