Chisanga Puta-Chekwe became Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Deputy Minister Responsible for Women's Issues on March 9, 2009.
DM Puta-Chekwe was previously Chair of the Social Benefits Tribunal. He spent a year in Zambia on a leave of absence from the OPS, working as Country Manager for First Quantum Minerals, with responsibilities for government liaison, negotiations and policy development.
In 1998, he became the founding Chair and CEO of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal. His experience also includes several senior positions with Canadian and international organizations, including the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Meridien International Bank, England, and the law firm of Lloyd Jones & Collins, Zambia.
DM Puta-Chekwe studied law at the University of Birmingham in England. A Rhodes Scholar, he received a Master of Laws degree from the University of London, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.