Chase McNabb hails from Owen Sound, Ontario, a small town located two hours North of Toronto, nestled on the Eastern shores of Georgian Bay. Chase holds a Bachelor of Art (Honours) from the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs where he studied Peace, Conflict and Justice and African Studies. Currently based in Toronto, Chase is a recent graduate from the Masters in Human Rights Studies program at Columbia University, where he specialized in Business and Human Rights and rights of Indigenous Peoples. While at Columbia, Chase worked at Human Rights Watch in the Children's Rights Division working on a campaign titled "BehindTheBling." The campaign seeks to exert pressure on some of the world's largest luxury jewelry companies to enact more transparent sourcing standards in order to ensure that their supply chains are not tained by human rights abuses, especially those linked to child labour. The report can be found here.
Prior to his Masters, Chase worked with for the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa while also conducting research on the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has also spent time in Cameroon researching the nexus of illegal wildlife trafficking and West African conflicts and in Kenya where he completed a field course on Peace, Conflict and Community in East Africa.
For the past five years Chase has worked for a non-profit based in Toronto called Children of Hope Uganda which helps empower war-affected youth in Northern Uganda through supporting social enterprise and education. More recently he was a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon where he worked on the Lebanese Host Community Support Project (LHSP) which strives to reduce tensions among Lebanese communities and Syrian refugees through improving access to basic services. Outside of academia, Chase loves to combine his passion for social justice advocacy and photojournalism by using photography as a platform to underscore our common humanity and dismantle socially constructed notions of difference. His current research focuses on the right of Indigenous Peoples to free, prior and informed consent and the potential of human rights impact assessments in advancing human rights within the international mining sector.