For the past thirty years, Dr. Ma has held senior positions within government and on a myriad of administrative agencies and tribunals, involving matters of immigration & refugee status, social justice, landlord and tenant issues, public education, race relations, human rights and health. A former Alternative Executive Chair of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario as well as former Associate Chair of the Landlord and Tenant Board, she is also a former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner and former Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
Dr. Ma's career in the public sector was preceded by a private law practice. A member of the Law Society of Ontario, she holds an LL.B degree from the University of Toronto, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994. Prior to that, Dr. Ma was a well-published research scientist in the drug and therapeutic bio-medical research and material science field. A former National Research Council of Canada Scholar and post-doctoral Fellow, Dr. Ma holds a PhD degree in chemistry from Simon Fraser University. Her recent interest includes access to justice and the intersection of law and science, particularly in the decision-making process, as well as the science of racism and its linkage to systemic racism.
Dr. Ma has given much of her time and service to many professional, academic and community organizations relating to access to justice, racial equality, ethnocultural relations and women’s rights. A founding Director and former National President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, she was also a founding Director and former National Secretary of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada, and a former Director of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council.
Dr. Ma has been recognized for her service and achievements with a number of awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Race Relations Award by the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and the SOAR medal from the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.