Culture Counts Conference Opening Remarks – Hon. Mitzie Hunter and Gary Anandasangare
Mitzie Hunter was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2013 as the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. She was re-elected in 2014.
Hunter currently serves as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. She was previously Minister of Education and Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. Before that, she was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services.
She has worked as CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. She champions unlocking the GTA’s potential by ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and prosperity.
Hunter and her family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1975, and she grew up in Scarborough. Hunter graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus) and completed an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Gary Anandasangaree is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and community activist who has advocated tirelessly for education and justice.
Gary attended Osgoode Hall Law School, was called to the bar in 2006, and went on to manage his own firm in Scarborough. He has also served as a strong advocate for local youth, intervening in cases of wrongful student expulsion and suspension. Gary has been a passionate advocate for human rights issues, regularly representing Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada at the United Nations. He has been working closely with the Government of Canada since 2009 to push for a credible accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge Park in 2015.
In parliament, Gary continues to advocate for human rights through his role on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs. He also founded and chairs of the Liberal Human Rights Caucus.