Role of the Executive Director
The Executive Director of Human Rights is responsible for the administration of the complaints process and the office of the Commission. The Executive Director also acts as Secretary of the Commission. The Executive Director of Human Rights is appointed by the Legislative Assembly for a period of four years.
The current Executive Director of Human Rights is Nicole MacNeil.
Nicole MacNeil was appointed as the Executive Director of the NWT Human Rights Commission in November 2020. Ms. MacNeil brings years of experience from her time as a private practice labour and employment lawyer, and from within the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Labour Relations Division. Her career has led her through advising on harassment and accommodation policies, participating in human rights mediations, and overseeing workplace harassment investigations.
Administration of the complaint process
The Executive Director makes recommendations to the Commission who decide whether to dismiss complaints or forward them to the Adjudication Panel for a hearing. For more information about the complaint process, visit Our Process. The Executive 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 Executive 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 Executive Director also acts as Secretary of the Commission.
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