Vice chairwoman, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
Esi Codjoe has adjudicated many human rights matters and has written important decisions, including: TST-59122-15 (Re), in which a landlord was found to have harassed an elderly tenant; O’Brien v. Toronto Transit Commission, which involved access to health records; Szego v. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, in which a man’s claim of having being fired for being heterosexual and thus contrary to human rights law was dismissed; and TSL-70014-16 (Re), where a disruptive tenant was evicted. She has an impressive track record coupled with extensive involvement within the legal community, including the promotion of racialized and black lawyers. Codjoe has also been quietly mentoring women of colour, and she has forged relationships with an impressive network of women who work in-house and in government agencies. Codjoe has been one of the voices and organizing forces of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. She is instrumental in shaping and organizing CABL events and professional development sessions and bridges the gap within the black legal community. Codjoe is also a tireless and dedicated mentor and thoroughly involved in the Ontario Bar Association.
WHAT VOTERS HAD TO SAY:
“Esi Codjoe is an outstanding lawyer, mentor and tribunal member that is having a significant and positive impact on human rights in Canada.”