Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo is from Kahnawake, a Mohawk community located outside of Montreal. After graduating from Concordia University, he moved to Toronto in 1993, making Scarborough his home. Working in the financial sector, he discovered his love for teaching, setting him on a path to get his Bachelor of Education. Mr. Hamilton-Diabo has taught ESL to recent arrivals to Canada; coordinated a life-skills and careers program at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto; and taught at Emmanuel College (Victoria University) and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Wilfred Laurier University). In 2000, just as he was about to embark on a teaching career with the TDSB, First Nation House lured him away, effectively beginning an 18 year journey at the University of Toronto, in which 16 were at First Nations House. There, he had various roles: Student Recruitment Officer; Academic and Financial Aid Counsellor; and Director. In April of 2017, Mr. Hamilton-Diabo was appointed Director, Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Toronto.
Mr. Hamilton-Diabo is a devoted Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Raptors fan and knows far more about superheroes than one should. He lists his greatest accomplishments as follows: Co-Chairing the TRC Steering Committee at the University of Toronto; receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Emerging Leader; and most importantly, being with his wife Patsy for over 28 years and having three awesome children (along with a fish, a cat and a bunny).