Peggy Nash is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, Faculties of Arts and Community Services, in the field of women’s advocacy and leadership. A former NDP Member of Parliament from Toronto, she served as Official Opposition Critic in the portfolios of Finance and Industry. She also served as president of the federal NDP during the leadership of Jack Layton. Prior to her first election in 2006, she was a senior labour negotiator with UNIFOR, in the auto, transportation and service sectors. She also pioneered initiatives to end gender-based violence, promote a national childcare program, and boost women’s political involvement. She is a co-founder of the multi-partisan organization Equal Voice, and was a long-time executive committee member of the Canadian Labour Congress. In 2009, she was named a YWCA Women’ of Distinction. She is a frequent media commentator and an international speaker on the economy, women’s rights, and democratic engagement.