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Symposium 2021 Program

April - May 2021
1:00PM - 2:30PM (ET)



April 1, 2021 

Reimagining Administrative Justice
This session kicks off the 2021 Virtual CCAT Symposium. It will explore the roots of administrative justice, present critiques of current practice, and present an optimistic vision based on community, network and openness that can help guide decision-making as we look forward to a post-pandemic world.

Moderator:  Ian Darling, Chair, Condominium Authority Tribunal (ON) 

-  Nick O’Brien, co-author of Reimagining Administrative Justice

April 8, 2021 

"You're on Mute" - Lessons from a pandemic
COVID-19 brought many sudden changes to administrative tribunals. We all had to be flexible and find new approaches to conducting daily business. This session will consider the many positive impacts from these changes, and also explore some tales of spectacular failure. Trust us: for many adjudicators, being on mute was the least of their problems!

April 15, 2021 

Trauma-informed Therapeutic Jurisprudence - Can tribunals be therapeutic
How should participants, decision-makers and administrators experience administrative justice? What can we do to reduce the trauma they experience? Can they contribute to healing? Trauma-informed lawyer and podcaster, Myrna McCallum, and prominent writer David Wexler will discuss this and other aspects of this topic. 

Moderator:  Adrian Wright, Curriculum Development Coordinator, Foundation of Administrative Justice

-  Myrna McCallum, founding lawyer of Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services
-  David Wexler, University of Puerto Rico, School of Law; University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

April 22, 2021 

All the stories yet to be told: Why diversity matters, and why it's So hard to achieve
If we could sum up the experience of the past year, it would be the importance of listening to the diversity of views
But beyond good intentions, how can the administrative tribunal community ensure that everyone has a voice? Why is it so difficult to go beyond cosmetic changes? What are the obstacles? How do we overcome the natural resistance that prevents us from listening meaningfully to what everyone has to say?

How can we not only do better, but excel? We have brought together three experts who will show us that perhaps all we need to do is ... dare.

-  Michael Gottheil, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission 
-  Me Farah Rousseau, Lawyer, Labour Standards, Pay Equity or Occupational Health and Safety Board (CNESST)
-  Alexis Wawanoloath, Articling Student, Neashish & Champoux s.e.n.c

April 29, 2021 

Administrative Law Update
Calling all law nerds! Do you love admin law but never seem to have enough time to keep up with new decisions? Are you interested in what’s going on in other jurisdictions? Is your idea of fun a debate about reasonableness and correctness? Then this session is for you! Join us as we explore the new, the exciting and the different.

Moderator: Margaret Leighton, Law Society Tribunal (Ontario)

-  Paul Daly, Chair in Administrative Law and Governance, University of Ottawa
-  Sherry Liang, Assistant Commissioner, Tribunal Services, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
-  Mary Liston, Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

May 6, 2021 

Pulling Back the Curtain: Managing access to justice at the tribunal front counter
Access to justice arises as soon as matters come to administrative tribunals, well before decision makers are involved. What goes on behind the front counter before, during and after hearings? How do front line staff facilitate access to justice at different tribunals? What do staff find easy and difficult in ensuring access to justice?

Join us to hear about these topics directly from the front line: staff working at tribunal registrar offices, customer service, and otherwise engaging with tribunal users. Decision makers may hear some eye-opening news, and staff will have the chance to listen and learn from their peers. 

Moderator: Cindy Chiasson, Hearing Commission, Alberta Energy Regulator

- Jeremy Fraser, Deputy City Clerk, Appeals and Tribunals, City of Calgary