November 20, 2018

Board welcomes Jay Sengupta as its New Human Rights Commissioner

On December 3, 2018, Jayashree (Jay) Sengupta will join the Peel District School Board as Human Rights Commissioner, a position that is new to the board. In this role, Jay will identify and address systemically based human rights and equity issues, and ensure that the Peel board is in compliance with Ontario's Education Equity Action Plan, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and employment equity and accessibility matters.  Under Jay's leadership, the Human Rights office will also oversee the following:
  • Reviewing human rights complaints;
  • managing the human rights investigations and mediation process;
  • developing human rights education and training;
  • providing analysis and advice on human rights, including religious accommodation, inclusion strategies, support tools for traditionally marginalized communities and other equity issues.
Jay has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and has been practicing law since 1992.  Before joining the Peel board, Jay was Senior Counsel in the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario. There, she was responsible for handling cases related to systemic issues, implementing the strategic direction of the legal team, and providing legal support on operational and corporate issues. Prior to that, she served as Vice-Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from 2008 to 2017. During that time, she conducted mediations and hearings under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and was part of the tribunal's Child and Youth division, specializing in complex cases involving children and youth.

From 2014 to 2017, she was the Vice-Chair of the Child and Family Services Review Board and Custody Review Board. In this role, she heard applications and appeals of matters affecting children, youth and families, including school expulsions, adoption refusals, removals of Crown wards from long-term care placements and emergency secure treatment of children with mental health issues.  From 2012 to 2017, she served as a member of the Ontario Special Education Tribunal, conducting mediations and hearings of appeals filed by parents/guardians of students with exceptionalities.     

Jay is also a part-time member of the Law Society Tribunal, an independent adjudicative tribunal within the Law Society of Ontario that processes, hears and decides regulatory cases about Ontario lawyers and paralegals.  

We look forward to working with Jay to help us continue to build cultures of respect for human rights and equity within the Peel board.
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