Carla Qualtrough is a Delta-based lawyer with a strong background in human rights, inclusion, and sport. Her focus has been on addressing inequity and advancing social policy objectives, particularly as they relate to traditionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups. Carla herself has a disability, being visually impaired since birth.
Carla currently works as a Vice-Chair with the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal of BC. She has previously worked as legal counsel for the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Carla also works as a mediator and arbitrator, and has taught mediation and negotiation courses around the world.
Carla chairs the Minister’s Council on Employment and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities. She advises the Minister of Social Development on issues related to persons with a disability, and helped lead a province-wide consultation initiative developing a white paper on disability.
Carla has worked and volunteered extensively in sport. She was Director of Inclusion and Director of Sport Initiatives for the 2010 Legacies Now Society, developing a strategy to make the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games a true celebration of diversity and inclusion. Carla acted as Senior Advisor to the Parliamentary Secretary (Sport) to the Prime Minister, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State (Physical Activity and Sport), and as Special Advisor to the Director General of Sport Canada.
Carla is currently Vice Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society, a Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and Vice-President of the Americas Paralympic Committee. She previously served as Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada for three years, and President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee for four years. She has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times, and has won a number of other awards for her volunteer work, including a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Carla competed nationally and internationally in the sport of swimming, representing Canada at the Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, winning three medals.
Carla lives in Delta, BC with her husband Eron Main and their four children.