Robyn Aaron is a human rights professional with 15 years of experience in community and international development, advocacy, policy, and strategic planning, for the governmental, non-profit and private sectors.
Currently, Robyn is a senior human rights and governance specialist for Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development). Among her many responsibilities, she advises staff and management on matters related to human rights-based approaches to development, governance, and children’s rights —applying gender equality principles to her work. She is also a branch co-champion for psychological health and well-being in the workplace. Previously, Robyn served as senior advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch, for Global Affairs Canada.
Her career in the governmental sector also includes working for the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), where she co-chaired the Federal Interdepartmental Working Group on Children’s Rights, and was a representative on the Interdepartmental Working Group on Trafficking in Persons. In the non-profit sector, Robyn spent several years at UNICEF Canada—including director for international programmes and domestic advocacy specialist, where she appealed to various levels of government to better align with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Robyn is especially passionate about child protection, migration, mental health and supporting survivors of trauma. She is a volunteer employment mentor with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and volunteers with the Children’s Aid Society. In addition, she has volunteered with Mothercraft Ottawa, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, the Canadian Red Cross and other community organizations.
Robyn has a Master in Environmental Studies from York University, a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University, and is certified in refugee mental health. Currently, she is pursuing additional studies in counselling and trauma.