Nuzhat Jafri is the Principal of Fair Practices Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in equity, inclusion, diversity, human rights and accessibility. She has developed and delivered anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and training programs. She has led and conducted systems reviews of employment practices, professional licensing/registration practices, workplace culture/environment and developed and implemented solutions for issues resulting from the reviews. She is also a Consulting Associate with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) where she provides diversity and inclusion consulting services to a range of clients.
Nuzhat served as the first and only Executive Director of the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) from September 2007 to August 2017. The OFC's mandate is to ensure that anyone applying for licensure to practice in a regulated profession in Ontario is treated fairly regardless of where s/he was educated. She has wide leadership experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. In the Ontario government, Nuzhat led legislation and policy development, human resources and communication functions in various ministries and agencies, including the Ministries of Education, Community and Social Services, Culture and Citizenship and Immigration. In the private sector, she directed diversity and equity initiatives at Scotiabank and at the Bank of Montreal.
In the community, Nuzhat is President of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) and has been a long-time national board member and volunteer with the Council. She also serves on the board of directors of The Pluralist Foundation and has served as chair and member of several other non-profit boards, including the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, ACCES Employment, and South Asian Family Support Services. She is multilingual and holds a BA in French language and literature from the University of Toronto and a MLS from the University of Western Ontario.