Meet Your Commission

The Honourable Richard Chartier (Chair)

The Honourable Richard Chartier (Chair)

The Honourable Richard Chartier was appointed to the Provincial Court of Manitoba in 1993 and then to the Manitoba Court of Appeal in 2006. Prior to that, he had been a partner in the Winnipeg law firm of Aikins MacAulay and Thorvaldson. While at Aikins he was also the Disciplinary Court Judge at the Stony Mountain Federal Penitentiary, Deputy Chief Commissioner for the Residential Tenancies Commission, and Expropriation Inquiry Officer for the Province of Manitoba.

Since his appointment to the bench, he has been asked to preside over different commissions and his work has been recognized. For example, in 1998, he was asked to review French-language services in Manitoba. The Chartier Report Above All, Common Sense was tabled in the legislative assembly. The Government of Manitoba has since implemented all of his recommendations. In 2005, he received a national award, the Gold Medal for Innovative Management, from the Canadian Institute of Public Administrators for his work on the Domestic Violence Front-End Project. In 2006, he went to New York City to receive the United Nations Public Service Award for that same project. In 2011, he was named a Knight of the Order of La Pléiade by the Francophonie in recognition of the positive impact of the Chartier Report in Manitoba.

He is also a strong believer in community service. He has been Chair of the Board of Directors at the St. Boniface Health Centre, the Taché Centre, the Foyer Valade and was Vice-Chair of St-Boniface General Hospital. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Université Saint-Boniface.


Dr. Kelly Saunders (Member)

Dr. Kelly Saunders (Member)

Dr. Kelly Saunders is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Brandon University, where she teaches a variety of courses in Manitoban politics, Canadian politics, and public administration. A lifelong Manitoban, Dr. Saunders has published numerous articles on Manitoba politics and disclosure legislation in the federal public sector. Her current area of research focuses on Métis politics and governance and its impact on Canadian federalism. She previously worked at Manitoba's Council on Post-Secondary Education and is currently a member of the Status of Women Review Committee at Brandon University.


 

Dr. Paul Thomas (Member)

Dr. Paul Thomas (Member)

Dr. Paul G. Thomas is professor emeritus in Political Studies and the former Duff Roblin Professor of Government at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Thomas is the author of approximately 100 articles and chapters in books on Canadian politics. He has served on numerous committees appointed by the federal, provincial and municipal governments. In addition to winning multiple teaching and community outreach awards from the University of Manitoba, Dr. Thomas was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the Vanier Medal for exceptional achievement in the field of public administration, and was admitted into the Order of Manitoba. He also served on the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Manitoba in 1982–1983 and again in 1993–1994.