Antonella Ceddia is a litigation lawyer at the City of Toronto, with expertise in human rights law and policy. In addition to being litigation counsel, Antonella advises the City of Toronto, its agencies, boards and commissions and the Toronto Police Services Board and Chief of Police on policies, practices, and how to provide services to the public, equitably and free of human rights barriers. Before joining City Legal, Antonella was a litigator at McCarthy Tetrault LLP for six years. She completed her articles of law at the Court of Appeal for Ontario where she clerked for Justices Abella, Moldaver, Feldman, and Austin.
Before studying law, Antonella held senior professional roles in the public and private sectors, with a focus on strategic policy advice and analysis. She worked at the Ontario Cabinet Office, the Office of the Mayor (City of Toronto, Mayor Barbara Hall), the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and Ryerson University. Antonella operated her own management-side consulting practice and advised large private and not for profit corporations on human rights matters including investigations, complaint resolution, development and training on human rights policies, and procedures, and how to create the conditions for a workplace culture that respects human rights, that is equitable and inclusive.
Antonella has an LL.B (Queen’s) and M.A. (Waterloo) and B.A. (University of Toronto). She holds Certificates in Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution (Windsor Law) and in Not-for-Profit Governance (Rotman School of Management).
In the legal community, Antonella was Co-Chair of the Practice Advisory Committee to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She has served on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association Constitutional Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section, and the Executive of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. She teaches at the Osgoode Professional Development Intensive Course on Written Advocacy, each year for the last 15 years, and the Osgoode Certificate in Human Rights Theory and Practice. She is a regular presenter, each year, at legal conferences. Each year, for the past eight or nine years, Antonella lectures at Ryerson University in graduate and undergraduate courses on human rights law and incorporating human rights requirements into planning of cities. At Ryerson, Antonella developed and taught Canada’s first full-time course on human rights, equity and urban planning.
Antonella has served on several boards of directors including the United Way of Toronto where she was Chair of the United Way Allocations Committee, responsible for oversight of United Way member agencies’ organizational performance, use of donor dollars and allocation of donor funds. Antonella also served as Chair of the Community Resources Consultants of Toronto, an organization focussed on services for consumer-survivors. Antonella was national Chair of the Canadian Association Against Sexual Harassment in Higher Education (CASSHE). In the last six years and continuing, Antonella has lead a women’s network that she founded called MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Antonella speaks Italian, French, and some Spanish. She is a first generation Canadian whose first language is Italian; she was raised in central/downtown Toronto where she continues to live today.