Winston Mattis holds a M.P.A. from Queen’s University and a law degree from the University of Windsor together with a variety of other undergraduate credentials, including a project management certificate.
Winston started out his professional career in sciences after studying biochemistry at York University. He worked for a short time in the Ministry of Health in the c reference laboratory. He then worked on a nationally syndicated evaluation project for the federal government as an interviewer before starting his own research company from which he provided consultancy services. While working as a consultant, Winston researched numerous issues for community-based organizations. Winston was one of the persons who helped in the initial stages of forming Eva’s Place. While providing consultancy services, Winston enrolled in the Public Administration Program at Ryerson Polytechnic, now Ryerson University and later on in Queen’s University M.P.A program. At Queen’s University, Winston started P.S. 2000 the first ever M.P.A. student-led magazine. The purpose of the magazine was to publish the creative policy ideas of M.P.A. students. Instead of going on to a doctorate in policy studies, Winston opted to enroll in the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor.
Over the years, Winston has worked in numerous fields including policing, human rights, community development and training. Winston was the researcher who evaluated the structure of apprenticeship in Ontario’s construction trades for the Royal Commission: Access to Professions and Trades in Ontario. Winston was also a member of the consulting team that was responsible for researching and designing the Race Relation and policing Policy for the Solicitor General of Ontario. Winston was a delegate to the first ever federally sponsored Multiculturalism conference at which he addressed the assembly.
Throughout his career Winston has appeared in the media in a variety of capacities. As a musician and performer, Winston produced several albums and singles on Toronto’s music scene. He was one of the founders of the label SEE (Starlyte Entertainment Enterprise), a label that will soon be revived. The label will not only produce and distribute approximately 300 songs from various music libraries, but will manage the careers of various up and coming artists.
Winston practiced Labour and Employment Law for fifteen years in Ontario, advising employers and employees on a wide range of human resources issues. Prior to starting his own law practice Winston articled with Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie, a boutique Labour and Employment Law Firm in Ontario.
A former Board Member of Ballet Creole, Winston has a long history of working in the performing arts industry. Winston is a also former musician/producer and dancer who worked for a short time in theatre. The holder of a certificate in photography from Humber College, Winston is also a published author who enjoys a reputation of being one of Canada’s leading thinkers in the areas of discrimination, and diversity management in the workplace.
In 2014 Winston founded a media enterprise called WINN (Workplace Intelligence Navigation Network). The site presents workplace information and stories in a multi-media format. A combination of training and other videos are made available to the general public. WINN goal is to amass the largest selection of workplace related information on the internet anywhere in the universe. The WNN site is scheduled to go live on April 05, 2015.