​Debbie Douglas

Executive Director, OCASI

Debbie Douglas is the Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). Through her work in the NGO sector and particularly at OCASI, Ms. Douglas has highlighted issues of equity and inclusion including race, gender and sexual orientation within the immigration system and promoted the creation of safe, welcoming spaces within the settlement and integration sector.

A well-known face in Ontario and across the country, Ms. Douglas is often called upon by governments to share her expertise. Ms. Douglas is a member of the Immigration and Refugee Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Ontario and the federal government’s National Settlement & Integration Council. She co-chairs the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table and was appointed a member of the province’s roundtable on Violence Against Women. Additionally, she co-chaired the provincial Anti-Black Racism subcommittee. She is currently on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board of Directors, and was most recently appointed to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Board of Directors.

She has been the recipient of several awards including the Women of Distinction from YWCA Toronto (2004); the Amino Malko award from the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (2008) and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Anti-Racism Award (2014).