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 New York City, Chase is a first year candidate for the Masters in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University, with a concentration in Business and Human Rights.
Prior to joining Columbia, Chase has interned 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 interned 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 Canada’s policy framework, which has resulted in Canada becoming a haven and financial hub for mining companies notorious for gross violations of human rights.