Margaret Thom was appointed as the 17th Commissioner of the Northwest Territories in 2017 and reappointed in 2021. She had previously served as Deputy Commissioner from 2005 to 2011.
Ms. Thom was born and raised in Fort Providence in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories. She has been active in the North as an educator, councillor, facilitator, and volunteer with many years of service to the people of the Northwest Territories. She also served the Dehcho Divisional Education Council as a School Community Counsellor at Deh Gáh Elementary and Secondary School in Fort Providence for close to 20 years.
Ms. Thom has provided leadership on numerous boards in the Northwest Territories, including as a Governor of the Aurora College board, a member of the Territorial Board of Secondary Education/Akaitcho Hall Advisory Board, and as Vice-Chair of the Nats’ejee Keh Treatment Centre.
She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a member of the Northwest Territories Education Hall of Fame. She has been awarded the Order of the Northwest Territories as well as the Wise Woman Award by the Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories.