Richard D. Sharpe

  • Panelist

Richard has been a human rights advocate for 30 years, both at the community and institutional levels. Until recently, he worked within the Canadian Federal Public Service. There he held several national positions representing employees as both a union representative and as a leader in employee-led organizations. He is currently the director of the Black Equity Branch, Treasury Board Secretariat in the Ontario Public Service. His work regionally and nationally is intended to improve the condition of Black and African diaspora communities in Canada. He is a strategist, a public speaker and presenter on issues focused on result-based approaches to addressing anti-black racism and other forms of racism and discrimination within the workplaces and institutions. His interests are in working towards a just society in which everyone is able to reach their full potential. He has developed and revitalized employee-driven networks of colour within the federal government, and built partnerships with communities of colour in the larger society.