Emanuela Heyninck is head of the Pay Equity Commission for Ontario, an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour. The Commission enforces the Ontario Pay Equity Act, which aims to redress systemic gender discriminatory compensation practices.
In her capacity as Commission head, Ms. Heyninck regularly speaks on women and work issues at the local, provincial and international level. She was part of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women sessions held in March in New York for several years and receives delegations from various countries seeking to learn from the experiences of the Commission. In April of 2015, Ms. Heyninck was one of four individuals appointed by the Ontario government to the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee. The Committee conducted research and held public consultations to seek solutions to close the gender wage gap in Ontario. The Committee’s recommendations were submitted to the Minister of Labour in May of 2016.
Since 2010, Ms. Heyninck has also served as a part-time adjudicator for the Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards. Ms. Heyninck is immediate Past President of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and has served on many of SOAR’s committees and on the Board of Director and Executive. She is a member of several Advisory Councils, including Conestoga College and the University of Western Ontario Student Law Clinic and is a mentor at Brescia College. Before her appointment she practiced civil, family, and administrative law in London, ON for 25 years. She holds an Hon. B.A. in Italian and French from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.