Maryka Omatsu was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1948 and was educated at the University of Toronto (M.A.) and Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975. She is Canada's first Asian woman judge--appointed in 1993. She was the former chair of the Ontario Rights Tribunal and was an adjudicator for the Law Society Clients' Fund. She practised environmental, human rights, criminal and immigration law in Toronto for 15 years. She was also a counsel to the National Association for Japanese Canadians in their struggle for redress.