November 10, 2011
Katherine Hewson, 2011-12 Amethyst Fellow, School of Policy Studies
Katherine Hewson is the 2011-12 Amethyst Fellow in the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University. She is on leave from her position as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Citizenship and Immigration Division of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The Division is responsible for immigration policy and programs, including settlement, alnguage training, and initiativesaimed at eliminating labour market and professional registration barriers for newcomers. The Division is also responsible for initiatives to strengthen the voluntary sector and provincial honours and awards programs.
Katherine holds a B.A. (English) from Glendon Colelge, York University and a LL.B. from the University of Toronto. She began her career with the ONtario PUblic Service in 1988 as a policy advisor at the Ministry of Labour where she worked on employment standards, labour relations and pay equity. She has also worked as counsel to the Ontario Labour Relations Board and at the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Katherine has held a number of positions at the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, including Manager of the Employment Equity Legislation Project; Director of the Equal Opportunity and Disability Access Branch, responsible for equal opportunity, disability, vulnerable adults, and human rights; and Director of the Citizenship Development Branch, responsible for immigration and settlement, and the voluntary sector. As Assistant Deputy Minister, she has led the development of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement, the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act and other initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for newcomers to Ontario.