The commission’s mandate is to foster equality and reduce discrimination. It does this through public education and community initiatives, by resolving and settling discrimination complaints and through the human rights tribunal.

“I am thrilled that someone with Collin’s skills and experience will serve our province as the chief of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. This is a vital body that helps protect Albertans’ most important and sacred rights as equal persons.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“Human rights are fundamental to our democratic way of life. It is my honour to lead the commission as we work to uphold the standards Albertans expect and deserve in their daily lives. I look forward to engaging communities across the province to ensure human rights protections are responsive to Albertans’ needs.”

Collin May, chief, Alberta Human Rights Commission and Tribunals

May takes on his new five-year role as chief, effective July 14, after serving on the commission for three years and looks to continue its mandate to ensure all Albertans are offered an equal opportunity to earn a living, find a place to live and enjoy public services without discrimination.


May is senior counsel with DD West LLP, specializing in estate planning and administration, corporate and commercial transactions, and corporate governance. He is a current tribunal member on the Alberta Human Rights Commission and is the hearing chair for the Real Estate Council of Alberta.

May has also served on the board of directors of Farm Credit Canada, the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for Alberta, the Law Society of Alberta Credentials and Education Committee, and the Law Society of Alberta Trust Safety Committee. He has a bachelor of arts from the University of Alberta, a bachelor of laws from Dalhousie Law School, and a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard.