November 24, 2022

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Alberta Human Rights Information Service - November 24, 2022

Message from the Alberta Human Rights Commission

On November 24, 2022, the Alberta Government appointed​ Kathryn Oviatt as Chief of the Commission and Tribunals at the Alberta Human Rights Commission for a five-year term.

Ms. Oviatt is well-respected in the human rights field. She has served as Member of the Commission for three terms and as Acting Chief of the Commission and Tribunals for two years. Ms. Oviatt led the Commission as interim Chief from November 2021 until July 2022.

Ms. Oviatt has spent her entire legal career practicing in administrative law, including in human rights, labour and employment, professional regulation, privacy, policing, and education. Since 2015, she has exclusively practiced as a neutral adjudicator, including as a labour arbitrator in Alberta and federally, holding the Chartered Arbitrator designation from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada. She was also legal counsel to the Court of King's Bench of Alberta.

Ms. Oviatt's term will begin on December 1, 2022, for a five-year period ending November 30, 2027. Read her full bio here.

"I am deeply humbled and honoured to serve in the role of Chief of the Commission and Tribunals at the Alberta Human Rights Commission. The Commission plays a crucial role in protecting Albertans from discrimination and fostering equality as we apply the principles of the Alberta Human Rights Act.

"I have great confidence in the staff and organization, and I look forward to building on the work they have been diligently carrying out. This includes continuing to address timeliness in the complaint process, learning from and listening to the broader community, and promoting human rights.

"I would like to express my deep thanks to Dr. Evaristus Oshionebo for stepping into the role of interim Chief since September 27, 2022. The Commission was fortunate to have someone as accomplished and well-respected as Dr. Oshionebo to fill this role during this period of transition. I am pleased to have him continue in the role of Acting Chief.

"Human rights are as important now as ever. The Commission will continue to boldly carry out the work of advancing justice and equality in Alberta."
Kathryn Oviatt, incoming Chief of the Commission​ and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission

"It was my pleasure to serve as Chief of the Commission and Tribunals over the past two months. Ms. Oviatt is a skilled decision-maker who is dedicated to upholding human rights, and I am confident that the Commission is in great hands under her leadership. I look forward to continuing as Acting Chief and to working with Ms. Oviatt as I resume my role as a Member of the Commission. I wish her all the best during her term as Chief."
Dr. Evaristus Oshionebo, outgoing Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission