Akio Maroon is a dedicated Single Mother, an Educator, and an International Human Rights Advocate who identifies as a queer, gender-fluid Black Womxn. Akio has spent just over 11 years employed in the field of Occupation Health & Safety and 14 years in Human Rights advocacy.

Akio is a passionate Community Organizer who has been a powerful and consistent voice on the topics of Consent Culture, Black Liberation, Equality, Workers & Sex Professionals Rights and Violence Against Women. Akio currently sits on Ontario's Permanent Roundtable on Violence Against Women providing innovative policy advice to the government on ongoing and emerging gender-based violence issues and assisting in the implementation of the It's Never Ok Action Plan

Akio Maroon is an Executive Board Member at Pride Toronto and Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project; the Founding Director of the Toronto Childcare Collective (TCC) an organization that supports the participation of parents, in racial socioeconomic and justice work, and the Founding Director of Grind Toronto - Toronto’s only sex positive movement for Black, Indigenous folks and People of Colour that celebrates safer sex and promotes consent culture.

In 2016 Akio Maroon was recognised with the BCCA Human Rights Award and the Leading Women Building Communities award for exceptional leadership to improve the lives of Women and Girls.