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About Us

Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners carry out the responsibilities of the Commission as set out in The Human Rights Code. Commissioners are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council and represent the geographic, cultural, social and economic profile of Manitoba.
The Commissioners provide strategic direction to the Commission.  They also have specific responsibilities with respect to complaints made under The Human Rights Code, and their decisions are reviewable by the Court of Queen's Bench.

Photo of Vice-Chairperson John BurchillA/Chairperson, John Burchill is Chief of Staff for the Winnipeg Police Service.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University, a Bachelor of Laws. from the University of Manitoba and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall, York University. He was a police officer for 25 years, six of which were spent as supervisor of the Hate Crimes Team.  Prior to re-joining the Winnipeg Police Service John worked as a Crown Attorney with Manitoba Justice and a Risk Manager with the University of Manitoba.


Loretta Ross is a lawyer and the Treaty Relations Commissioner of Manitoba. She has a Bachelor of Laws from Queens’ University. She has practiced law for over 20 years dealing with child and family matters, trust and corporate law, land claims and residential school claims and has acted as legal counsel to numerous First Nation governments and organizations. She is a member of the Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba.  Loretta remains actively involved in the community by serving as a director on a variety of boards.



Jeannette Acheson is a Parole Officer with the Correctional Service of Canada and has worked with them in a variety of positions since 1984. She has a B.A. with distinction in Criminology and Psychology from the U of M and is fluently bilingual.  She often acts as an expert witness for the Correctional Service of Canada in the area of Dangerous Offenders testifying in Manitoba and Ontario courts.  She is the Vice Chair of the Manitoba Police Commission and has served on the Board of The Laurel Centre, a treatment centre for women who were sexually abused as children, and continues to serve as an Honourary Board member. She is alsoTrustee for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Photo of Michael Reader Michael Reader is the Director of Capital Management for the Northern Regional Health Authority. He has worked with the NRHA since 2008. Prior to this he worked with Tolko Kraft Papers and previous owners of The Pas paper mill for 28 years as an Industrial Electrician & 3rd Class Power Engineer.  During that time, he held various positions with the Union Executive of the Communications Energy & Paperworkers Union and previous Canadian Paperworkers Union. He is of Métis ancestry and was born and raised in The Pas. Mike enjoys all aspects of northern living and is an avid outdoorsman. 


Photo of Ian Grant Ian Grant is former Chief of Police with the City of Brandon-Brandon Police Service and is currently serving as a Special Advisor for Public Safety programs at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon. He has a B.A. from Memorial University and a Masters in Rural Development from Brandon University. Ian also holds an Honorary Diploma in Police Studies from Assiniboine Community College.  He began his policing career with the RCMP in 1980 and in 1985 joined the Brandon Police Service. He played a key role in the development of The Missing Persons Act during a secondment with the Province of Manitoba.  Ian has been involved with boards including Sisters in Spirit Walk Organizing Committee and Community Mobilization Westman.

Photo of Tracy LeipsicTracy Leipsic is a speed skating coach with the River Heights Speed Skating Club, coaching all levels of athletes including beginner, Provincial teams, Masters and Special Olympics athletes. She has a Business Administration diploma from Red River Community College and is a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker with 17 years of experience in the insurance industry. She is the Vice President, Finance of the Manitoba Speed Skating Association, and has been involved with the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Canadian Sport Centre MB, Revolution Diving Club and Winnipeg Jewish Child & Family Services.

Darcy Strutinsky is a consultant to the public and private sector on respectful workplace, harassment and discrimination issues in unionized work environments.  He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and has worked for extensively in the area of human resources and labour relations, primarily in the health care field, holding senior management positions with the Labour Relations Secretariat, Health Sciences Centre and Seven Oaks Hospital.  He serves as a member of the Manitoba Labour Board and the Labour Management Review Committee, and with the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.


    Human Rights Seminars

    Learn more about sessions scheduled in your area.



    Learn more about things like discrimination against persons with disabilities who use service animals, discrimination on the basis of gender identity and the principles of reasonable accommodation.


    30 years of The Human Rights Code

    Read more about the human rights milestones over the last 30 years of The Human Rights Code in Manitoba.

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Winnipeg Office

p: 204-945-3007 | f: 204-945-1292
700-175 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R8

Brandon Office

p: 204-726-6261 | f: 204-726-6035
341-340 Ninth Street, Brandon, MB R7A 6C2


Toll Free: 1-888-884-8681