Catherine Frazee, OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.)

Professor Emerita at Ryerson University, CoDirector of the RBC-Ryerson Institute for Disability Studies Research & Education, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission 1989 to 1992,

Catherine Frazee is Professor Emerita at Ryerson University, where prior to her retirement in 2010 she served as Professor of Distinction and CoDirector of the RBC-Ryerson Institute for Disability Studies Research & Education. The Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1989 to 1992, Dr. Frazee’s primary areas of focus in recent years have been the exploration of cultural work grounded in the experience of disability, the illumination of ableist habits of heart embedded in our social ethos and, in direct response, the reframing of disability as a distinct and resilient social identity. She has provided expert testimony before Federal and Provincial Courts on human rights and disability disadvantage and has contributed actively in Supreme Court of Canada interventions of strategic concern to disabled Canadians, most recently in relation to the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Dr. Frazee has published extensively on human rights, precarious citizenship, and the activist resistance of disabled people. Dr. Frazee has received honourary degrees from Carleton University, Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick and McMaster University and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014 for “her advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities, and as an advocate for social justice”.

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