Director and Deputy Director

Deborah McLeod, Director
Deborah McLeod has been with the Commission since its inception in 2004, first as Deputy Director and now as Director. Before moving to Yellowknife, Deborah lived and worked in Inuvik.  Deborah has a PhD from the University of Alberta, holds the designation of Canadian Human Resources Professional (CHRP), and has trained extensively in facilitation and mediation. Since 2013, Deborah has been involved in an international leadership master class which periodically brings together people from across the globe to explore how to develop effective and authentic leaders through mindfulness, creative process, and collaboration.

Janet Grinsted, Deputy Director
Janet Grinsted began at the Human Rights Commission in February of 2014, and is currently serving as Deputy Director.  A resident of the Northwest Territories since 1991, Janet worked for over 20 years in various roles at the Department of Education, Culture and Employment in the Government of the Northwest Territories.  Janet has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, a Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.


Staff members assist both the Commission and the Director in fulfilling their mandates. Staff members provide a wide range of services to the public. This includes providing information about the NWT Human Rights Act to the general public and to parties involved in the complaint process.

Emily Lodge, Human Rights Officer
Emily Lodge began working for the Commission in 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary.  Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, Emily brings valuable experience from her previous positions in the public sector of the NWT. She deals with intake and inquiries for the Commission.

Marcus Jackson, Human Rights Officer
Marcus Jackson started working with the Commission in 2013.  He holds  Bachelor of  English and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees and is our communications and community engagement officer. Marcus worked in a variety of positions throughout Alberta and BC before making Yellowknife his home in 2010. He volunteers his time and skills as a graphic designer to various organizations in the city.

Raegan Mager, Human Rights Officer
Raegan Mager has been with the Human Rights Commission since September 2014. She obtained a Law Clerk Diploma from Centennial College and Studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Toronto. Raegan has lived in the NWT for over 25 years and has 10 years of experience in various sectors of the Government of the Northwest Territories. Raegan’s role within the Human Rights Commission is assisting people in resolving human right disputes.

Linda Noseworthy, Administrative Officer
Linda Noseworthy arrived in the Northwest Territories from Newfoundland in 1996. Her previous employment experience has been with the municipal, private, and non-government sectors. Her formal education includes bookkeeping and administrative training. Linda started to work for the Commission in 2009. Linda not only brings a wide variety of experiences and skills but also a mature outlook to her role in this office as Administrative Officer.

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