David Langtry is Acting Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). Since joining the CHRC as a full-time Commissioner in 2006, David has delivered thousands of decisions on discrimination complaints. He has served as Deputy Chief Commissioner since 2007 and as Acting Chief Commissioner since 2010.
Under David's leadership, the CHRC has prioritized services to the most vulnerable groups in Canadian society. He spearheaded outreach to Aboriginal peoples, and ensured effective implementation of a change to the Canadian Human Rights Act that extended human rights protection to residents of First Nations communities.
David works closely with other human rights commissions both in Canada, and around the world. He sits on an international accreditation committee responsible for determining whether national human rights institutions in other countries meet a defined set of criteria including independence, pluralism, and the authority to advise their governments when human rights violations occur. He is also currently serving as President of CASHRA, the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies.
David is an accomplished lawyer and senior executive with more than 35 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Child and Family Services and as Executive Director of the Multiculturalism Secretariat in his home province of Manitoba.