Kathryn Oviatt is the appointed Chief of the Commission and Tribunals with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Ms. Oviatt has spent her legal career practicing in administrative law, including in human rights, labour and employment, professional regulation, privacy, policing, and education. She has also been published in many leading cases in Alberta human rights law. Since 2015, Ms. Oviatt has exclusively practiced as a neutral adjudicator, including as labour arbitrator in Alberta and federally. Other past appointments include the Hearing Panel for the Real Estate Council of Alberta, the General Insurance Council, the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and its Safeguarding Tribunal (which addresses abuse, harassment, and discrimination in sport), the Law Society of Alberta’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Subdivision Development Appeal Board for the City of Edmonton.
Ms. Oviatt was called to the Alberta Bar in 2006, and holds the designation of Chartered Arbitrator from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada and a certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice from the Foundation of Administrative Justice. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001 and a Law degree in 2005, both with distinction from the University of Alberta.