Chaviva Hosek is a Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance. From 2001-2012 she was the President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Prior to that she served for seven years as the Director of Policy and Research in the Prime Minister’s Office of the Rt.Hon. Jean Chretien (1993-2000). Between 1990 and 1993 she ran the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau and was Senior Policy Advisor to Mr. Chretien as Leader of the Opposition.Between 1987-1990 she was an elected member of the Ontario Legislature and served as Minister of Housing between 1987- 1989.
A lifelong feminist, Dr. Hosek was an active member of the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women, chaired the Women’s Studies Program Committee at the University of Toronto, and was a member of the elected executive of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women between 1979-1987. She served as its President from 1984-1986.