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Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Victoria

Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
Director, Policy and Appeal Management
$87,600 – $114,100.25 annually (effective July 1, 2018)

Bring your legal expertise and leadership skills to this unique opportunity.

The Director, Policy and Appeal Management, reports to the Tribunal Chair and is responsible for providing leadership and direction to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Tribunal. Three administrative staff and the Manager, Appeals report to the Director who develops key internal policies, process and procedures to ensure the effective, smooth and efficient operation of the Tribunal. As such, the Director oversees a 1.7 million dollar budget and is responsible for human resources. This role ensures the Tribunal is in compliance with the Documents Disposal Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and responds to requests under this Act.  Another key aspect of this role is managing various contracts and exploring and leading and implementing new programs as necessary as well as ensuring software solutions remain current and have sufficient technical support.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • A law degree from a school of recognized standing combined with three years of legal experience.
  • Management experience including three years’ experience in a managerial role supervising staff.
  • Experience managing a budget and managing contracts.
  • Experience in managing a number of diverse and complex projects.
  • Experience drafting policy, briefing notes, correspondence and reports.
  • Preference may be given to candidates with experience in administrative law and tribunal or quasi-judicial work.
  • Preference may be given to candidates with experience working in a unionized environment

For more information and to apply online by July 19, 2018, please go to: https://bcpublicservice.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/52052

 


Industry Training Appeal Board – 1 Member

Requisition # 2302400
Job Location Canada-British Columbia-ALL
Job Stream Construction/Trade
Job Type Appointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open 1
Posting Date 25-Apr-2018
Expiry Date 25-May-2018
Educational Requirements N/A
Languages Required English

Mandate and Structure

The Industry Training Appeal Board (ITAB) is an independent quasi-judicial administrative tribunal established under section 10 of the Industry Training Authority Act (the Act) and has operated since 2006. The Board’s fundamental purpose is to provide a specialized independent, accessible and cost-effective forum for the hearing of appeals from decisions of the Industry Training Authority regarding apprentices, trainees and industry training credentials. Decisions made under the Act must balance the need to meet industry training needs and the need to ensure fair process for individual trainees. The ITAB must exercise its jurisdiction in compliance with the rules of natural justice and in accordance with administrative law principles. Members of the tribunal are expected to demonstrate objective and balanced judgment, fairness, consistency, and timeliness.

Administrative support is provided to the Industry Training Appeal Board from the Appeals Office of the Environmental Appeal Board/Forest Appeals Commission.

Board Composition

The Board consists of a Chair and members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council for a term of up to five years.  Members are selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience in industry training and administrative justice. The Chair, who is generally a lawyer, assigns members to sit on a panel of up to three members to hear specific appeals. Board membership is sought from a wide range of stakeholders in the industry training, trades education and legal communities throughout the province.

Competencies

Board members should possess the following personal and experiential attributes:

Lawyers

  • Experience appearing before administrative tribunals or previous experience as a member of a tribunal;
  • Administrative, or regulatory law specialization;
  • Litigation, civil procedure experience;
  • Knowledge of the principles of administrative fairness and natural justice; and,
  • Familiarity with the Industry Training Authority Act and regulations.

Industry Training Experts

  • Credibility and proven respect in the industry training community;
  • Breadth and depth of experience in trades education, training, accreditation, apprenticeship and credentials certification fields;
  • Experience with the Industry Training Authority Act and the regulations and knowledge of the regulatory framework for industry training programs, apprenticeship and certification; and,
  • Ability to apply legislation/policies to real-life situations.

General Skills for all members (In addition to both categories above)

  • Excellent Analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Understanding of administrative fairness principles;
  • Basic computing and internet skills;
  • Ability to conduct hearings in a fair and efficient manner;
  • Good judgment and independent decision-making skills, and,
  • Ability to give high quality, well-reasoned written decisions on a timely basis.

Vacant Position(s)

The Board is currently recruiting for one vacancy and is seeking applicants with legal expertise at this time. Preference will be given to candidates with significant knowledge and expertise in the field of administrative law. A basic knowledge of the BC Apprenticeship system is helpful, but not required.

Time Commitment

Hearings are intermittent, with appeals heard as they arise. Members may be asked to make themselves available for one to three days at a time when requested to sit on a hearing panel.

Term

In accordance with section 3 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, members may be appointed for a term of 2-4 years and are typically appointed for an initial term of 2 years.  Members may be eligible for reappointment, however, reappointments are not guaranteed.  Lengths of terms may be adjusted to ensure optimal succession planning and staggering of appointments.

Compensation

Compensation for Members is determined by Treasury Board Directive 1/17, Remuneration Guidelines for Appointees to Administrative Tribunals.

List of Current Governors and Senior Executives

Appointed First Appointed End of Term
Gordon Armour 31 May 2012 31 July 2019
Robert Kueng 31 May 2012 31 May 2018
Martha Dow 31 July 2013 31 July 2018

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

https://www.brainhunter.com/frontoffice/seekerViewJobDetailAction.do?sitecode=pl526&jobId=2302400&page=search&external

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.  For more information about the appointment process, and to view a copy of the guidelines, refer to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office website (www.gov.bc.ca/cabro) and link to the page “The Appointment Process”.


Hospital Appeal Board – One public/lay member

Requisition # 2301170
Job Location Canada-British Columbia-ALL
Job Stream Medical/Healthcare
Job Type Appointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open 1
Posting Date 05-Apr-2018
Expiry Date 03-May-2018
Educational Requirements N/A
Languages Required English

About the Board

The Hospital Appeal Board is a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal continued under Section 46 of the Hospital Act.

In BC, most hospitals are organized to provide for hospital care for the patients of private medical practitioners. However, before a practitioner will be allowed to serve a patient in a hospital, he or she must obtain a permit from the “board of management”, which authorizes the treatment of patients in the hospital under the Hospital Act. These permits are more commonly known as “hospital privileges” or “admitting privileges”.

The Hospital Appeal Board’s fundamental purpose is to provide a specialized, independent, accessible and cost-effective avenue of appeal, as an alternative to the court process, for health practitioners who disagree with a decision of a hospital’s board of management regarding the granting of hospital privileges. The Board hears appeals filed by medical practitioners, dentists registered under the Dentists Act, midwives or any person registered as a member of a prescribed health profession from:

  • a decision of a hospital’s board of management that modifies, refuses, suspends, revokes or fails to renew a practitioner’s permit to practice in a hospital; or
  • the failure or refusal of a hospital’s board of management to consider and decide on an application for a permit in a timely manner.

For further information please see the board’s website at www.hab.gov.bc.ca .

Membership

Under section 46(4) and (4.1) of the Hospital Act the minister must appoint 10 members of the Hospital Appeal Board as follows:

(a)       one member designated as the chair;

(b)       one member designated as the vice-chair;

(c)       one member selected from among 3 or more individuals nominated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons;

(d)       one member selected from among 3 or more individuals nominated by the College of Dental Surgeons;

(e)       one member selected from among 3 or more individuals nominated by the College of Midwives;

(f)        one member selected from among 3 or more individuals nominated by the British Columbia Medical Association; and

(g)       four other members selected after a merit based process.

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

The Board receives a number of applications for appeal each year and generally holds two to four full hearings per year. Hearings usually take two to four weeks of hearing time. A panel of three members hears each appeal.

The Board’s hearing process is set out in the Hospital Act and the board’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Once a practitioner files a notice of appeal, it is forwarded to the respondent hospital, which has 30 days within which to file a response. Upon receipt of the response, the chair and legal counsel for the parties meet informally to determine the number of witnesses and days (5-20 generally) required for hearing, to discuss exchange of documents and other disclosure issues, as well as try to determine any preliminary legal issues that need to be decided prior to the hearing. Possible dates and locations to convene the hearing are also determined. Registry staff then confirm the availability of witnesses and parties and the chair sets the date for hearing and selects the panel to hear the appeal.

The appeals are heard by way of “hearing de novo” which requires the Board to hold a rehearing in the full sense rather than simply reconsidering the original decision. Therefore, the procedure allows the parties to adduce whatever evidence and argument they consider relevant and they are not restricted to adducing the evidence that was before the hospital board of management when the original decision was made. The Board has the authority to affirm, vary, reverse or substitute its own decision for that of a board of management on the terms and conditions it considers important.

Hearings are complex and can vary widely in length depending on the complexity of the issues under appeal and the amount and kind of evidence to be adduced. However, most hearings require at least one full week, and often two to three weeks of hearing time. The Board may order disclosure of relevant documents from either side and hears each case in a formal, trial-like manner. Most parties to the proceedings are represented by experienced legal counsel.

The proceedings can be quite complex and involve legal issues as well as a substantial amount of documentary and oral evidence from medical professionals. These decisions could have serious results for the practitioner involved. For most physicians, the ability to practice medicine fully and effectively requires extensive use of hospital services and the consequences for a practitioner who fails to obtain these privileges can be severe, particularly for specialists who spend the bulk of their practice in the hospital environment. In addition, the Board has a fundamental duty to protect the public by ensuring that hospitals observe and maintain high levels of patient care. The hospital board is ultimately responsible for the quality of care provided within the hospital so it will need to take care in who it chooses to provide care. In addition there are fiscal pressures to control health costs and the realities of dealing with shortages in beds, facilities and non-medical staff that must be taken into account.

The granting and revocation of hospital privileges can lead to significant conflicts between a practitioner’s desire for maximum access to public hospitals, the hospital’s need to exercise control over the number of practitioners working in the institution and their qualifications, and the public’s interests in an efficient and high quality health care service. It is the responsibility of the Hospital Appeal Board to ensure that hospitals exercise their duties and balance these conflicting needs fairly and reasonably.

After a hearing, the Hospital Appeal Board issues detailed written reasons for its decision which are made available to the public. The legislation contains a privative clause, which states that the decisions of the Hospital Appeal Board are final and binding and not subject to further appeal, but rather to judicial review only.

Accountabilities

The Board measures its performance and success primarily according to its ability to deliver its appeal mandate in a specialized, independent, accessible and cost-effective way. Inherent in this are the following key elements of performance success:

  • Board staff understand and regard themselves as a critical part of the Board’s public service function;
  • Board members are available for and committed to Board work;
  • Parties receive a fair hearing and a decision which is lawful and reasoned;
  • Stakeholders understand their rights to appeal and regard the Board as a credible forum for the resolution of their grievances.

Board Competencies

All members should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings,
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions; capable of a wide perspective on issues,
  • ability to listen and work as a panel member,
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the board,
  • strong reasoning and decision making skills,
  • common sense, good judgment, ability to be fair and open-minded; Keen sense of fairness and respect for all parties,
  • understanding of the essential elements of conducting fair and objective hearings,
  • ability to ask questions in a non-confrontational manner,
  • understanding of administrative fairness and natural justice,
  • experience in health related field and/or legal training and knowledge,
  • effective communication skills, including superior analytic and writing skills,
  • ability to define issues in a clear and concise written manner,
  • mix of legal, business, medical profession, community interests an asset,
  • reflect the diversity of the province and of the health care professions,
  • ability to listen to, digest and analyze a large volume of evidence,
  • able to commit to setting aside time for hearings in blocks of one to four weeks at a time; Able to travel and be away for one to four weeks at a time, and
  • previous leadership or tribunal experience is an asset.

Vacant Position

There is currently one vacancy on the Board. The Board is currently seeking an individual with experience in the field of hospital administration and/or governance.

Time Commitment

The Appeal Board receives a small number of practitioner appeals each year and generally holds between two and four full hearings per year. The hearings can be quite complex and involve a significant number of expert and professional witnesses. Most parties to the proceedings are represented by legal counsel. While some hearings can be completed within three to five days, others have required up to 15- 20 hearing days.   Accordingly, it is imperative to have members who are available to sit in substantial blocks of time consecutively over a short period of time so as to ensure that the hearings do not drag out unduly long due to member unavailability.

The hearings can be held anywhere in the province at the panel’s direction. The Board has hearing facilities attached to the Registry office in Victoria, however, due to the convenience of the professional witnesses and the parties, the hearings are often held in Vancouver or elsewhere, depending on the hospital involved in the appeal. Accordingly, it is important to have board members who are available to travel and who can be away for several days or weeks at a time.

Term

Members are appointed by Ministerial Order for a fixed term of two to five years following a merit-based process and after consultation between the Chair and the Minister of Health.

Compensation

All members of the board are appointed as part-time members and are compensated on a per diem basis according to Treasury Board Directive 1/17.

List of Members

Name

Initial appointment
Current term began
Expiry
Occupation
Perry, David G. (Chair) Dec 7/12 Dec 31/17 Dec 31/18
Vickers, Cheryl Lynn (Public/Lay Member) Mar 1/16 Mar 1/18 Mar 1/19
Blackman, Dr. Douglas H. (College of Physicians and Surgeons Nominee) Feb 20/12 May 31/18 May 31/21
Nemrava, Joanna M.   (College of Midwives Nominee) May 18/10 May 31/18 May 31/19
Riley, Charles F. (Public/Lay Member) May 18/10 May 31/16 May 31/18
Champion, Dr. Paul (BCMA Nominee) Oct 20/09 Oct 31/16 Dec 31/18
Piercey, Dr. Maureen L. (Public/Lay Member) Dec 7/12 Dec 31/15 Dec 31/19
Robertson, Stacy Frank (Vice Chair) Oct 28/14 Dec 31/16 Dec 31/19
Unruh, Lorraine R. (Public/Lay Member) Oct 28/14 Dec 31/16 Dec 31/19
Doyle, Dr. Kevin (College of Dental Surgeons Nominee) Oct 28/14 Dec 31/16 Dec 31/19

 

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

https://www.brainhunter.com/frontoffice/seekerViewJobDetailAction.do?sitecode=pl526&jobId=2301170&page=search&external

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.  For more information about the appointment process, and to view a copy of the guidelines, refer to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office website and link to the page “The Appointment Process”.


Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Victoria

Investigator
$56,478.64 – $64,337.78 annually

Multiple positions available

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General assumes responsibility for ensuring the security and economic viability of British Columbia’s communities through effective policing, corrections, protective and regulatory programs. Under the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General umbrella, the Policing and Security Programs Branch superintends law enforcement and other security programs in the province.

The Security Programs Division provides statutorily governed public safety programs such as: Criminal Records Review (CRR) Program, Security Services Act (SSA) Program, and non-statutorily governed programs such as the Protection Order Registry (POR) and the Personnel Security Screening Office (PSSO).  The Division is also expected to provide security screening for potential retailers and workers involved in the cannabis industry, if federal and provincial legislation is passed legalizing cannabis and allowing for the development of a non-medical cannabis retailer regime.

The Investigator is accountable for providing investigative and analytical support related to the risk assessment processes required under a number of pieces of legislation including potential upcoming provincial cannabis legislation, the Criminal Records Review Act, the Security Services Act, the Body Armour Control Act, the Armoured Vehicle and After-Market Compartment Control Act, and for the Personnel Security Screening Office.  Risk Assessments are used to determine whether an applicant is suitable for employment, licensing, or permitting purposes based on criminal records and other information/criteria as appropriate.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in a related field (i.e. Public or Business Administration or equivalent) OR a combination of education and related experience may be considered.

Related experience must include:

• A minimum of 2 years of investigative experience working within a government regulatory environment: Investigative experience is defined as and must include: information gathering, interviewing, applying facts to criteria set out in Acts, Regulations and/or policies, and making recommendations; PLUS
• A minimum of 2 years of interpreting and applying knowledge of Acts, Regulations and Policies.

For more information and to apply online by May 15, 2018, please go to: https://bcpublicservice.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/50118

 


Board Chair (Full-time)
Lead the province’s independent watchdog in promoting sound forest and range practices

The Forest Practices Board is seeking an experienced leader who is respected by a wide range of forestry-interested stakeholders. Do you have a reputation for high standards, objective and balanced judgment, fairness and consistency? Are you an innovator with the vision to guide the Board? Do you thrive on objectively analyzing forestry issues of public importance and providing strategic direction?

This is an opportunity to combine your experience working both on the ground in resource management and in administration, policy or legislation. The role of Board Chair will enable you to make a solid and lasting contribution to the stewardship of forest and range resources to benefit all citizens of British Columbia.

The Board is an independent government agency that plays a vital part in sustainable forest management within BC by providing assessments of the state of forest and range practices and making recommendations for improvement to government, industry and the public.

In accordance with the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA), the Board has a mandate to: conduct periodic, independent audits of forest practices/planning and the adequacy of government enforcement; investigate complaints from the public; carry out special investigations; appeal certain decisions to the Forest Appeals Commission; and publicly report on whether the provisions of FRPA and the Wildfire Act are met.

Prior to submitting your expression of interest, please review the documents: Candidate Skills Profile and Role Definition, or contact Dave Clarke at (250) 213-4702.

Your submission should clearly outline how you meet the selection criteria in the Candidate Skills Profile, including:

  • General Qualifications
  • Personal Attributes
  • Education, Knowledge and Experience
  • Communication Skills
  • Strategic Leadership and Policy Participation
  • Human Relations Skills

The Chair is appointed by Cabinet, through an Order-in-Council for a 2 to 3-year period, renewable for a second term.

Closing Date: Midnight, April 21, 2018
Apply to: Dave.Clarke@bcfpb.ca

Review Officer – Administrative Tribunal – Decision-maker/Lawyer

Do you have decision-making experience with an administrative tribunal? Do you enjoy critical, analytical thinking, applying law and policy, and weighing evidence to resolve disputes? Are you a skilled writer? We’re looking for senior decision makers to join us as Review Officers at our head office in Richmond.

Appointed by the Chief Review Officer and reporting to a manager, the Review Officer is a senior statutory officer of WorkSafeBC pursuant to the requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Act. The Review Officer is assigned to a team but works independently to manage, resolve or decide disputed issues which are often contentious and complex. The Review Officer adheres to principles of procedural fairness and responds to customer service needs and changing priorities. Consider joining a strong, committed team who value hard work but understand the need for a
balanced lifestyle. Do work that matters supporting an organization mandated improve the health and safety of workplaces across the province.

What you’ll do

As a Review Officer, you’ll make, document, and communicate decisions in writing, within statutory timeframes, following reviews of compensation, rehabilitation, prevention, and/or assessment
decisions. These decisions are published and provide a resource to WorkSafeBC stakeholders. Although not responsible for providing direct supervision, you’ll provide work direction and you’ll be a member of the corporate management team. Decisions of the Review Officer are the final decisions of WorkSafeBC, subject to appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT), or in some cases, to judicial review by the Courts.

Is this a good fit for you?

Required competencies include the ability to:

  • Independently manage a fluctuating volume of cases of varying complexity, under time constraints and productivity demands
  • Work effectively with a variety of individuals and establish respectful, productive, and collegial working relationships that include providing and receiving constructive feedback
  • Identify issues, weigh evidence, logically analyze complex submissions and information, and make reasoned and timely decisions, using applicable rules and regulations
  • Adopt organizational objectives, think strategically, and carry out job duties to achieve these objectives
  • Effectively coach and mentor
  • Clearly and concisely explain, present, and summarize information verbally at a level appropriate to the intended audience
  • Generate creative options for problem resolution using sound judgment and maintaining objectivity
  • Actively listen and apply interviewing/questioning techniques to gather and clarify information from a variety of parties
  • Prepare written decisions that are fair, well-reasoned, and understandable to parties using plain language
  • Fairly and empathetically address the needs of clients in an environment that may be sensitive, adversarial, or hostile
  • Adapt to technological and other change

Your background and experience:

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree and five years of adjudication, complex decision making, or legal practice are required
  • Well-developed written, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in the workers’ compensation or personal injury compensation systems is an asset

Please provide details on your resume how your characteristics, accomplishments, and prior work experience relate to the following competencies:

  • Independently manage a fluctuating volume of cases of varying complexity, under time constraints and productivity demands
  • Work effectively with a variety of individuals and establish respectful, productive, and collegial working relationships that include providing and receiving constructive feedback
  • Identify issues, weigh evidence, logically analyze complex submissions and information,and make reasoned and timely decisions, using applicable rules and regulations

Who are we?

At WorkSafeBC, we’re dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across British Columbia. We partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent injury, disease, and disability. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, we provide compensation, and support injured workers in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We also work diligently to sustain our workers compensation system for today and future generations. We’re honoured to serve the 2.3 million workers and 231,000 registered employers in our province.

What’s it like to work at WorkSafeBC?

It’s challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth. Every day, the work we do impacts people and changes lives. What we do is important and so are the people we do it for.

Our benefits

Being part of WorkSafeBC means being part of a strong, committed team. Along with a competitive salary, your total compensation package may include vacation, optional leave arrangements, health care and dental benefits, and contributions toward your retirement pension. As a member of our team, you’ll have access to services and benefits that can help you get the most out of work — and life. Learn more about what we offer.

We’re an inclusive and accessible employer, committed to employment equity objectives, and we invite applications from all qualified individuals. Please note that this position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

To apply

Visit the career page at www.worksafebc.com and select Current Opportunities to submit a resume and cover letter that details your characteristics, accomplishments, and prior work experience related to the requirements for the position. We can only accept applications submitted through our website.

Application deadline: April 5, 2018

Thank you, in advance, for applying. Unfortunately, we’re only able to contact those whose applications we will be pursuing further.

 


Judges for the Dispute Tribunal and the Appeals Tribunal

Does your professional conduct demonstrate consistent adherence to high ethical principles and standards?

The United Nations is looking for judges for the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT), which are part of its internal system of administration of justice that addresses employment-related disputes.
The Judges will be appointed by the General Assembly from candidates recommended by the United Nations Internal Justice Council, an independent body established by the General Assembly.

Work experience: Applicants, in the case of the UNDT, will have at least 10 years of judicial experience in the field of administrative law, or equivalent, within one or more national jurisdictions and, in the case of the UNAT, at least 15 years of aggregate judicial experience in the field of administrative law, employment law, or the equivalent within one or more national or international jurisdictions; relevant academic experience, when combined with practical experience in arbitration or the equivalent, may be taken into account towards five of the qualifying 15 years.

Fluency in oral and written English or French is required.

Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

For more information please visit: http://www.un.org/en/oaj/unjs/docs/JudicialVacancyEN.pdf  – English

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Chair
Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
Salary $147,000 to $168,000

Business and Structure

The Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal (Tribunal) is an independent, adjudicative tribunal established with the proclamation of the Employment and Assistance Act, 2002.

The Tribunal hears appeals of the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction reconsideration decisions that refuse, reduce or discontinue income, hardship or disability assistance or a supplement under the Employment and Assistance Act and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act, and Ministry of Children and Family Development reconsideration decisions that refuse, reduce or discontinue a subsidy under the Child Care Subsidy Act.

The Tribunal receives over 700 appeals per year and manages all aspects of the appeal process. Up to 8% of the Notices of Appeals received may be rejected as non-jurisdictional. A maximum of three members may be appointed to panels which make determinations based on a “reasonableness” standard of review. Currently the Tribunal has 98 members throughout British Columbia to enable hearings to be held within the legislated 15 business day timeframe. The appellant’s preference of in-person, teleconference or written hearing is considered in the determination of hearing type.

More information can be found on the Tribunal’s website, http://www.eaat.ca.

Governance Structure

The Chair and Vice Chairs are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council in accordance with the Employment and Assistance Act and the Administrative Tribunals Act. Members are appointed by Ministerial Order.

The Chair is accountable to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. To fulfill this mandate the Chair has Deputy Minister level authority for all human resource and finance matters. The Chair manages and evaluates the performance of the Vice Chair(s), staff and members and makes recommendations to the Minister based on merit-based appointment and reappointment processes.

The Tribunal does not have jurisdiction over constitutional questions or jurisdiction to apply the Human Rights Code.

Tribunal decisions are subject to review by the courts and are posted without personal identifying information on our website.

Responsibilities

The Chair provides strategic leadership for the Tribunal and is accountable for overseeing the performance of the Tribunal financially, administratively and operationally. The Chair’s responsibilities include monitoring the quality and consistency of adjudication decisions, ensuring they meet the legislative criteria; and reviewing the assignment and work of the Vice-Chairs and staff. The Chair is responsible for managing performance while not interfering with the independence of the members in decision making. The Chair is responsible for setting appropriate performance measures and for maintaining positive stakeholder relations.

The Chair promotes an environment that will foster the continuous improvement of the Tribunal and its appeal management strategies by incorporating leading-edge technologies.

The Chair is responsible for the effective and efficient resolution of appeals, information, privacy and confidentiality requirements and ensuring the legislative timelines are met.

Accountabilities

  1. Provides for the strategic direction of the Tribunal, including the direct management of members, staff and resources, in order to provide an efficient, responsive and cost effective service
  2. Manages responses to: media; stakeholders; the public; MLAs and information and privacy requests.
  3. Establishes practice and procedures not inconsistent with the regulations of the Tribunal
  4. Manages the development and implementation of Tribunal operational strategies.
  5. Directs the allocation of workload to the Vice-Chairs and appoints members to hear appeals.
  6. Accountable to the Minister for the financial management of the Tribunal.
  7. Ensures the Tribunal effectively communicates its role and responsibilities and results to the Minister, stakeholders and the public including the publication of an annual report.
  8. Makes recommendations on appointments and reappointments to the Minister based on merit based processes.
  9. Accountable for improving the specialized knowledge and competencies of Tribunal members as it relates to employment and assistance appeals and administrative law.

Competencies and Attributes

Candidates must have the following qualifications, competencies and personal attributes:

  • Have an understanding of the essential elements for the conduct of fair and objective appeals
  • An understanding of the key aspects of the relevant Acts and Regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and work within a complex regulatory environment, correctly interpret governing legislation and make appropriate and sound decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct legal research and to stay current with case law and legal trends which do or may impact the operation of the Tribunal and to manage organizational change to respond to such developments
  • Sound knowledge of and the ability to implement the principles of administrative fairness and natural justice
  • Demonstrated skills regarding management, financial administration and human resource development
  • Legal education; preferably with experience in both litigation and solicitor work
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound legal advice and guidance in the context of an organizational structure with multi-stakeholder or client groups
  • Excellent legal writing, legal research and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to provide strategic leadership within an organization with multi-stakeholder or client groups
  • Public speaking and / or presentation experience.
  • Computer literacy
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a high volume of work and work under pressure independently. 

Time Commitment

This is a full-time position. Some travel may be required.

Term

Pursuant to the Administrative Tribunals Act:

Chair’s initial term and reappointment

      (1) The chair of the tribunal may be appointed by the appointing authority, after a merit based process, to hold office for an initial term of 3 to 5 years.

(2) The chair may be reappointed by the appointing authority for additional terms of up to 5 years.

Compensation

The Chair’s remuneration is in accordance with Treasury Board Directive 1/17, at a salary range of $147,000 to $168,000.

List of Current Tribunal Members

For a complete and up to date list of current Tribunal members, please visit:

http://www.eaat.ca/CMFiles/PanelMembers23Jan2018.pdf

Process for Applying for the Appointment

https://www.brainhunter.com/frontoffice/seekerViewJobDetailAction.do?sitecode=pl526&jobId=2297986&page=search&external=

Applications should be submitted by March 8, 2018.

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines. For more information about the appointment process, and to view a copy of the guidelines, refer to the Public Sector Management website and link to the page “Appointments in the Public Sector”.

 


BC Ministry of Finance
Financial Institutions Commission
Vancouver, BC
Investigator, Market Conduct
Salary $62,000 – $86,000 annually

The Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia (FICOM) is a Vancouver-based regulatory agency of the British Columbia Government. FICOM’s four pillars of responsibility are pension plans, mortgage brokers, financial institutions (including credit unions, insurance and trust companies) and the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation. For more information about FICOM visit our webpage.

The Investigator deploys investigative best practices in the handling of urgent, complex, and high risk cases relating to misconduct of financial institutions (i.e., insurance, trust, and credit union) regulated by the Government of British Columbia.  The Investigator exercises considerable initiative and flexibility when responding to the changing circumstances of complex investigations.  Management, executive, and legal counsel rely on the Investigator’s acumen, judgement, and tenacity to make compelling cases for regulatory action which is subject to public scrutiny.

In making file management decisions, the Investigator draws on their knowledge of the legislation, evidentiary standards and requirements, industry knowledge, and prioritizes files according to risk of harm to the public.  The Investigator may be required to occasionally travel and give evidence at administrative hearings as required.

The Investigator operates in a sensitive position and diplomatically represents FICOM. He or she builds positive relationships with Ministry of Attorney General legal counsel, regulators from other jurisdictions or business sectors, other functional areas within FICOM, the regulated entities, and the general public.  

Qualifications for this role include:

  • Organizational and/or academic coursework in administrative law and advanced investigative techniques, preferably leading to a certification, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  
  • Post-secondary degree in business, insurance, law, or criminology (preferred).
  • Five (5) years of recent and progressive investigative experience, preferably in a regulatory, corporate security, law enforcement or related environment.  Preference may be given to candidates with investigative experience in the areas of insurance and/or financial services.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered.

For more information and to apply by November 19, 2017, please go to: https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=45521


Board resourcing and Development Office
Multiple locations
Safety Standards Appeal Board
Members receive a per diem of $450 for work undertaken on behalf of the Board in addition to reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.


Business and Structure                                                                                 

The Safety Standards Appeal Board is an independent administrative tribunal established by the Safety Standards Act to hear appeals of administrative decisions made under the Act. Its jurisdiction was expanded in 2007 to allow it to hear appeals from decisions of the registrar under the Homeowner Protection Act and in 2017 to hear appeals of administrative penalties under the Building Act. It has broad powers under the Administrative Tribunals Act to design its own rules of practice and procedure and to employ alternative dispute resolution processes. The Board currently has 5 members, including the Chair.  However, there has been a vacancy on the Board since May 2017.  All members of the Board are part-time Ministerial appointees.  The Chair and Vice-Chair have backgrounds in administrative law.  The other members have legal, technical or construction backgrounds in order to ensure there is sufficient expertise on the Board to fairly adjudicate appeals from the technical disciplines over which the Board has jurisdiction.  The Board has one full-time employee (registrar).  The Board’s annual budget is approximately $200,000.00.

Strategic Direction

The Board’s membership is designed to ensure the Board has the appropriate technical capacity and detailed knowledge of the relevant regulated industries to accommodate appeals under the Safety Standards Act, the Homeowner Protection Actand the Building Act.

The Board will continue to enhance its effectiveness by refining its Rules of Practice and Procedure, Practice Directives and Guidelines, policies and other information published on its website to clarify its jurisdiction and powers and the appeal process and create efficiencies with accessing the services provided by the Board.

Governance Structure

The Board operates at arm’s length from the government in its decision-making capacity. The Chair is responsible to the appointing authority for the Board’s performance.

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

The Board’s role is to hear appeals of administrative decisions made under the Safety Standards ActHomeowner Protection Act and Building Act in accordance with the provisions of the Acts, as amended by the Administrative Tribunals Act, the rules of administrative law and the principles of natural justice. The Board may use a variety of techniques to resolve disputes prior to a hearing, including the settlement conferences and mediation.

The impact of the Board’s decisions may be considerable and may involve substantial financial implications or changes in practice. Members of the Board are expected to maintain the highest possible standards and must be able to demonstrate objective and balanced judgment, fairness, consistency and timeliness.

Responsibilities

Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:

Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the Board. Includes: monitor and improve quality of Board’s processes, ensure appropriate members; ensure appropriate Board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulate roles and responsibilities for the chair, vice-chairs, members and registrar; define Board process and guidelines; and identify potential candidates for membership.

Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the Board’s enabling legislation, relevant provisions of the Administrative Tribunals Act and the principles of administrative justice, review and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.

Strategy and Plans: Enhance the Board’s capacity to provide low-cost alternatives to oral in-person hearings such as alternative dispute resolution, hearings by written submissions and where oral hearings are required, video-conferencing. Provide training to board members with an emphasis on early dispute resolution, particularly settlement conferences and mediation.

Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate board members; oversee management succession and development.

Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems; ensure appropriate risk management systems, ensure code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines in place.

Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.

Communications: Enhance the Board’s effectiveness by refining its Rules of Practice and Procedure, Practice Directives and Guidelines and other information published on its website to clarify any grey areas relating to its jurisdiction and powers and the appeal process, particularly the use of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution process.

Accountabilities

When hearing appeals the Board must consider the maintenance and enhancement of public safety or the purposes of the Homeowner Protection Act, as the case may be. Unless an appeal is withdrawn, the parties otherwise agree, or the appeal is resolved in another way, the Board must hear an appeal as soon as practicable after receiving the appeal.

The Board must meet the expectations of its enabling legislation and applicable provisions of the Administrative Tribunals Act.

In carrying out its work, the Board operates within the broad policy direction set by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the budget set by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Board Composition

Board members should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • Exercise appropriate discretion in resolving matters that come before the Board within the statutory framework of the Safety Standards ActHomeowners Protection Act, Building Act and the Administrative Tribunals Act and associated regulations; the Board’s Rules and the management framework established by the Chair;
  • Conduct hearings or participate at hearings;
  • Weigh and consider evidence to determine the relevant facts, interpret and apply the law and arrive at a balanced and considered decision;
  • Write clear, concise decisions which identify and canvas all relevant issues, evidence and submissions and provide appropriate analysis to support the conclusion reached;
  • Treat parties to proceedings before the Board fairly, courteously and with respect;
  • Complete assignments in a timely and orderly manner;
  • Make recommendations to the chair for improvements to the rules, policies, practices or procedures of the Board;
  • Assist in the orientation and training of new members

Personal Attributes

All members should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues covered by the relevant legislation;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • commitment to continuous learning about the rules of administrative law and the principles of natural justice;

Competencies

Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including;
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector;
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization;

Governance Experience

While previous experience as a governor is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of an administrative tribunal and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to the Board’s decision-making and oversight.

Part of the organization’s commitment includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for members.

Other Considerations

Within the context of the required board skills requirements, consideration is given to diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by the organization.

Vacant Position(s)

There is one unfilled vacancy on the Board and a number of members terms are set to expire. The vacancy on the Board is for a member with legal expertise, including experience relating to alternative dispute resolution. The following are the attributes sought for the vacant positions currently under consideration:

  • Exercise sound judgement and skill in the conduct of proceedings and in communication with other public agencies or the public;
  • Participate in procedural rulings and utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as settlement conferences, wherever possible to resolve appeals prior to a hearing;
  • Previous experience adjudicating disputes with a proven ability to base decisions on sound technical expertise and experience relating to the areas regulated by the Board’s enabling legislation;
  • Additional consideration is given to candidates with experience or particular interest in adjudication or alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation.

Time Commitment

Most Board members would be expected to conduct or participate in several appeals per year. Each appeal may involve a one or two day hearing (often conducted in writing rather than in person) plus two or three days for preparation and decision writing. Hearings may be conducted by the member alone or by the member sitting as part of a panel of the Board.

Members may also be requested to facilitate alternative dispute resolution processes or appeal management conferences from time to time. These generally require a half day of a member’s time.

If requested by the Chair, a member may be asked to participate in one or two public education events annually.

Term

Safety Standards Act, section 43: Members are appointed by the Minister after a merit based process and consultation with the Chair.

Administrative Tribunals Act, section 3 (1): A member, other than the Chair, may be appointed by the appointing authority, after a merit based process and consultation with the Chair, to hold office for an initial term of 2 to 4 years.

Administrative Tribunals Act, section 3 (2): A member may be re-appointed by the appointing authority as a member of the tribunal for additional terms of up to 5 years.

Compensation

Compensation is payable pursuant to Treasury Board Directive 1/17. Members receive a per diem of $450 for work undertaken on behalf of the Board in addition to reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.

List of Current Governors and Senior Executives

 

First

Appointed

Term Ends Occupation
Appointed:
Emily Drown, Chair May 15, 2008 December 31, 2017 Lawyer
Jeff Hand March 5, 2014 March 5, 2020 Lawyer
Tim Haaf May 1, 2004 December 31, 2017 Technical expertise in pressure vessel operation and building/construction standards
Ted Simmons May 1, 2004 December 31, 2017 Technical expertise in electrical safety and building/construction standards
Terry Bergen March 5, 2014 March 5, 2020 Technical expertise in building/construction standards
Elected: N/A
Ex-officio: N/A

 

Senior Executives:

Registrar: Yvonne Linge

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines. For more information about the appointment process, and to view a copy of the guidelines, refer to the Board Resourcing and Development Office website (www.gov.bc.ca/brdo) and link to the page “The Appointment Process”.