Your Equity Ally

Nicole Bernhardt is an experienced trainer, investigator and mediator in the fields of equity, anti-harassment, and human rights. In addition to her professional activities, she is currently completing a PhD at York University, conducting research into the efficacy of systemic equity-driven change efforts within the framework of human rights.


She has worked as an investigator with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and as a Conflict Resolution and Human Rights Consultant with the Ontario Public Service. Nicole has led equity-driven organizational change projects within the Ontario Public Service, and has acted as an Equity Specialist for professional and community organizations seeking to improve the fairness and harmony within their workplaces.


She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Queen’s University. She won a Canada-wide internship competition, with the Sheldon Chumir Foundation; a Calgary-based organization that seeks to promote ethics and leadership in public life. She has presented papers and workshops on equity throughout Canada as well as internationally.  Nicole is the 2015 award recipient of York University’s Abella Scholarship for Studies in Equity.
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What people say about Nicole
Stephen Small“Nicole always meets or exceeds her performance commitments. Her ability to understand complicated issues is complemented by her analytical skills. She exhibits a strong capacity to resolve workplace conflicts.”Steven F. Small Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of Ontario
Mo Jeng“She is competent, diligent and pays much attention to details. Nicole stood out as an outstanding panelist, presenter and communicator to a diverse and well informed audience. I really will never have enough of hearing Nicole speak on human rights and equity issues.”  Mo Jeng (PhD) President, African Canadian Federation of London & Area (ACFOLA)
Dennis Pilon “Nicole impresses me with her ability to move people through some of the toughest issues, keeping everyone focused on what is at stake, while building positive relationships amongst the participants. She is both professional and personable. In my experience, Nicole creates such a productive environment, people don’t want to stop the work they are doing. If you want to start the challenging, but ultimately necessary and rewarding work of addressing equity issues, I can’t recommend Nicole highly enough.”  Dr. Dennis Pilon Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Political Science, York University