Members of the Panel

 

Sheldon Toner – Chair and Adjudicator

Sheldon was appointed as a member of the Adjudication Panel in 2012.

Sheldon Toner was appointed Chair of the Human Rights Adjudication Panel in March 2016, and is currently the Chair.  As a member of the panel, he has mediated human rights disputes, conducted pre-hearing conferences, adjudicated human rights issues and written decisions. He is also a partner in Dragon Toner Law Office and an instructor with the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ).  He has practiced in a variety of areas focusing mainly on administrative and employment law, and he advised and represented boards and tribunals in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

 

Colin Baile – Adjudicator

Colin was appointed as a member of  the Adjudication Panel in 2014.

Colin Baile has been involved with administrative justice in the North for over thirty years. He has served as Chair of several administrative tribunals including the NWT & NU Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, NWT Liquor Licensing Board, and Rental Office. He has also served as a member on tribunals such as the NWT Human Rights Commission, Employment Standards Adjudication, NWT Human Rights Adjudication Panel, and professional associations’ discipline Boards of Inquiry.

Taking an active role, Colin has made several presentations to the NWT Legislative Assembly on various administrative justice issues such as administrative justice reform and Ombudsman legislation.

In addition to adjudicating administrative matters, Colin has represented individuals before various tribunals, provided training to several decision-making bodies, and developed policies and procedures for tribunals.

He is presently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals, and is an instructor with the Foundation of Administrative Justice in Alberta.

 

Paul Parker – Adjudicator

Paul was appointed as a member of the Adjudication Panel in 2018.

Paul Parker works as a lawyer. His law practice is varied with a focus on litigation and administrative law. He has experience in both the private sector and in government.

He has training and experience in mediation and is on the roster of mediators for the Northwest Territories family law mediation program.

Paul also has experience as an adjudicator with various independent administrative tribunals in the Northwest Territories. He is the former Chairperson for both the Social Assistance Appeal Board and the Student Financial Assistance Appeal Board. Currently, he is a lawyer-member of the Mental Health Act Review Board.

 

Jay Sengupta – Adjudicator

Jay was appointed as a member of the Adjudication Panel in 2021.

Jay Sengupta is a mediator, investigator and adjudicator. Prior to launching her mediation and investigation practice, she served for 10 years as a full-time Vice-chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). From 2012 to 2018, Jay was part of a specialized team of adjudicators who made up the Child and Youth division of the Social Justice Tribunals of Ontario, focusing on issues relating to children and families. During that time, she was cross-appointed to the Child and Family Service Review Board (CFSRB), the Custody Review Board (CRB) and the Special Education Tribunal (OSET). Jay has worked in a senior role in the school board sector, as senior legal counsel at the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario and began her career in Ontario’s legal clinic movement where she worked as a lawyer, clinical instructor and executive director. She was also a member of a roster tasked with assessing claims under the Canadian Armed Forces sexual misconduct class action settlement. In addition to her private mediation and investigation practice, Jay works as an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal where she hears capacity, misconduct and licensing cases involving lawyers and paralegals. She is also a member of the the inaugural discipline committee of the College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents (CPATA) and the Northwest Territories Human Rights Adjudication Panel.

 

Louis Sebert – Adjudicator

Louis was appointed as a member of the Adjudication Panel in 2021.

Louis Sebert worked as a lawyer for many years. His law practice was varied, with considerable experience in administrative law.  In 2015 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and served as Minister of Justice from 2015 to 2019.

Prior to being elected, Louis had a diverse practice as a lawyer and served on several administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Adjudication Panel and the Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal.  He also taught on a part time basis for many years at Aurora College in Fort Smith, where he currently lives.