Greetings all Staff and Members,
I am extremely pleased to announce that our friend and colleague David L. Thomas has been appointed as Chairperson to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. This is very exciting news for all of us. David has been appointed for a term of 7 years and will commence his new duties on September 2, 2014.
I know you will all join me in welcoming David and I hope you are all as excited as I am to be able to work with him further over the coming years.
A link to the announcement from the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada can be found here.
Congratulations David and welcome aboard.
The purpose of the Canadian Human Rights Act is to protect individuals from discrimination. It states that all Canadians have the right to equality, equal opportunity, fair treatment, and an environment free of discrimination. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) applies these principles to cases that are referred to it by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). The Tribunal is similar to a court of law, but is less formal and only hears cases relating to discrimination. For further information about the different roles of the Tribunal and the Commission, please see About the CHRT and Jurisdiction.