Judge David Arnot was seconded from the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan on January 15, 2009, and was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission for a five-year term. On January 15, 2014, Judge Arnot was reappointed as Chief Commissioner for an additional five-year term.
David Arnot attended the University of Saskatchewan and received his LL.B. Degree in 1975. In 1978, he became a Senior Crown Prosecutor. He was appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in 1981. In September of 1994, Judge Arnot was seconded to the Federal Department of Justice as Director General of the Aboriginal Justice. In May 1996, Judge Arnot was promoted to the position of Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Justice for Canada.
On January 1, 1997, he was seconded by the Federal Government to be the Treaty Commissioner for the Province of Saskatchewan for a 10 year period. Judge Arnot introduced the phrase “We are all Treaty people” to capture the nature of the Treaty relationship in Canada.
Judge Arnot’s work on the “Teaching Treaties in the Classroom Project” was specifically cited as a model for Canada by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism in his report presented in March 2004. In October 2005, the Office of the Treaty Commission was selected by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to receive its biennial Award of Excellence for education programs in the public and government sector.
Judge Arnot has produced and directed a number of video education projects. He has been involved in education for the Judiciary through the National Judicial Institute, the Western Judicial Education Centre, the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges, and the American Judges Association. Judge Arnot was honoured by the Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch as a recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award” for 2007.
In 2014, he received the Miklos Kanitz Holocaust & Human Rights Award from Congregation Agudas Israel (Saskatoon). Bell Media CTV Saskatoon recognized Judge Arnot as the 2016 Saskatoon Citizen of the Year.
Ms. Colleen Cameron-Bergan
Colleen Cameron-Bergan is an accomplished executive with policy-making, strategic planning, and communications experience in the telecommunications industry. She is also an active leader in the Aboriginal and health care communities in our province. Ms. Cameron is a member of the Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation who currently resides in Saskatoon with her family. She was appointed to be a Commissioner in February 2015.
Mr. Paul Favel, Q.C.
Originally from the Poundmaker Cree Nation near Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, Paul Favel is a highly regarded lawyer with McKercher LLP who has worked extensively within the First Nations community. He is currently a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Paul was awarded a Queen’s Counsel designation in 2010. He was appointed to be a Commissioner in June 2011.
Ms. Jan Gitlin
Jan Gitlin is a community leader, social justice advocate, and promoter of random acts of kindness. She worked for CTV Saskatchewan as a senior account executive for over twenty years, she has co-chaired the Saskatoon Holocaust Memorial for fifteen years, and, in 2012, became a founding co-partner for Think Good. Do Good., a Saskatoon-based organization that works with schools to find ways to improve our world. Jan is currently a mentor for the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business. She was appointed to be a Commissioner in June 2011.
Ms. Heather Kuttai
Heather Kuttai is an author and writer with a focus on disability issues such as inclusion, service provision, and maternity. She has a background in disability policy development, leadership in management, and post-secondary education administration. Ms. Kuttai is a three-time Paralympic medal-winning athlete who resides with her family in Saskatoon. She was appointed to be a Commissioner in February 2015.
Mr. Michael San Miguel
Michael San Miguel is a long-time community builder with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, culture, and public service. He is a skilled leader in the non-profit housing industry, promoting the importance of safe, affordable homes and strong communities. He currently resides in Saskatoon with his family. He was appointed to be a Commissioner in December 2016.
Mr. Barry Wilcox, Q.C.
Barry Wilcox is a senior member of Prince Albert’s legal community and has been a partner with Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law Office since 2008. A longstanding and respected member of the Prince Albert bar, Barry is known for his expertise in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has appeared before all three Saskatchewan Courts and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission on behalf of clients. He began serving as a Commissioner in June 2011.