Role of the Director

The Director of Human Rights is responsible for the administration of the complaints process and the office of the Commission. The Director also acts as Secretary of the Commission. The Director of Human Rights is appointed by the Legislative Assembly for a period of four years.

The current Director of Human Rights is Deborah McLeod.

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 Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), 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.

Administration of the complaint process

The Director may dismiss complaints or forward them to the Adjudication Panel for a hearing. For more information about the complaint process, visit Our Process. The Director acts as registrar of complaints and ensures that the decisions of the Adjudication Panel are accessible to the public. For these decisions, visit Decisions.

Administration of the Commission office

The Director is responsible for the administration of the Commission office. This includes the supervision of employees, the implementation of the Commission’s business plan and other administrative responsibilities. The Director also acts as Secretary of the Commission.