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Women in Rail: Karima Hashmani

Karima Hashmani

Karima is the Chief Inclusion Officer at Metrolinx and she is building equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) capacity across the organization to create an equitable workplace and a culture of belonging. This includes embedding EDI into Metrolinx’s work – from workplace practices to how it engages and works with communities.

Karima has more than two decades of experience addressing complex EDI and human rights issues within the education, social housing, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Karima was the Executive Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Toronto where she focused on addressing systemic change within policies and practices on accessibility, sexual & gender diversity and anti-racism. While at U of T, Karima co-convened the National Dialogues and Action and the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Karima spent 12 years at Toronto Community Housing, holding many roles in human rights, equity, and community development.

Karima has dedicated her career to amplifying voices, advancing systemic change, and fostering inclusive environments.

Karima Hashmani