We cannot live apart.

I’m Tina Lopes. I have enjoyed 30 years of work on equity, diversity, human rights and anti-oppression.

So often people assume that this work divides us. I am dedicated to this work because it expands the communities of belonging that we all long for. In my experience, when this work is done well, we bring more people of diverse identities together in authentic ways.

I know this work is not easy and it can be challenging for organizations to stay the course. I have over thirty years of experience doing this work in a variety of sectors, including federal and provincial government departments, school boards, child welfare agencies, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, and various large and small health and social service agencies. 

Regardless of whether the organization is a large institution or a small community agency, I’ve seen how transformative the work can be when it is led well. I’m in this work because it matters to me.

VISION
Leadership that can unite us when we are most divided 

PROCESS
I co-create participatory, whole-hearted processes that generate collaborative and wise leadership

OUTCOMES
Leaders who remain steady under pressure, appropriately attuned to the well-being of others, and ensure equitable distribution of opportunities and resources in fair and fiscally responsible ways.

My Services
I guide decision-makers through complex strategic change initiatives. I am recognized for my ability to bring clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues. 

Leadership Development and Coaching

Developing authentic, ethical leadership for equitable outcomes

Organizational Development and Change

Getting past the repetitive organizational habits and patterns of resistance to change

Building Powerful Teams

Working across difference, finding consensus and clarity for action

I am grateful and privileged to live in Toronto and to work within the territory of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum, a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat Nations who have cared for this land for millennia.

I also acknowledge my presence on Treaty 13 land, home of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Since arriving here forty-five years ago, I have been a guest who has benefited from the gift of living on these Indigenous territories, and I work to support Indigenous self-determination, self-government and all rights identified in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I facilitate the exchange of ideas on sensitive issues in a respectful, conscientious, and ultimately effective way, building consensus and fostering understanding. 

Tina has a clear, no nonsense, but empathetic approach to her human rights work. It is an approach that inspires confidence and gets positive results. The only regret that you will have in working with Tina is not having known her sooner.

Patrick Case, L.L.B., L.L.M.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Equity Secretariat, Ministry of Education

Tina has a clear, no nonsense, but empathetic approach to her human rights work. It is an approach that inspires confidence and gets positive results. The only regret that you will have in working with Tina is not having known her sooner.

Patrick Case, L.L.B., L.L.M.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Equity Secretariat, Ministry of Education

Get in touch.
Email Tina at tina@tinalopes.com, or connect via phone at 416-465-5386.