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Speakers are available to talk to groups on the following administrative law topics.

Administrative law is about the fair administration of the laws, regulations and policies that govern our everyday life. Administrative tribunals are court-like, but are intended to be faster, less formal, and less expensive than courts. Tribunal members, also known as “statutory decision-makers” are typically appointed because they have expertise in the subject area (e.g., environmental regulation, truck transport safety, or farming practices) or specific experience in administrative law. Tribunals handle a wide range of disputes, ranging from matters of land use to the protection of human rights, to social assistance benefits and complaints about health practitioners.

Contact Information:

Topics:

  • Role of administrative law in reviewing police conduct
  • Oversight of the police

Topics:

  • Role of public complaint bodies
  • Community liaison and outreach

The Dispute Resolution Office (DRO), of BC’s Ministry of Justice, provides information about BC tribunals, statutory decision makers and others in BC’s administrative justice system, and how those entities work to provide an effective alternative to the courts to resolve disputes.  The DRO researches and advises government, tribunals and others on opportunities for improvements to British Columbia’s administrative justice system.

Contact Information: David Merner
Executive Director, Dispute Resolution Office
PO Box 9222 Stn Prov Gov’t
Victoria, BC V8W 9J1
Phone: 250-514-5507
Fax: 250-387-1189
Email: David.Merner@gov.bc.ca

The Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board hears appeals from licensing, registration and certification decisions about community care (adult and child care) facilities, assisted living residences and early childhood educators.

Contact Information

Lauri Balson
PO Box 9425 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC, V8W 9V1
Phone: (250) 387-3464
Fax: (250) 356-9923
Email:  ccalab@gov.bc.ca

The Environmental Appeal Board hears appeals from decisions of government officials on environmental issues (e.g., water licences, contamination site remediation orders, pesticide permits).

Contact information:
Colleen Smith: (250) 356-1646

The BC Farm Industry Review Board (BCFIRB) supervises the regulated commodity boards in BC and hears appeals by individuals who are affected by decisions of the commodity boards.  It may also hear appeals concerning grading licence issues and complaints regarding farm practices used by agriculture and aquaculture operations.  BCFIRB also uses various forms of dispute resolution processes to assist parties to resolve issues by agreement.  BCFIRB can provide speakers in the following areas:  Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan, and Prince George.

Contact Information:

Jim Collins, Executive Director
PO Box 9129 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC, V8W 9B5
Phone: 250-356-8945
Fax: 250-356-5131
Email:  firb@gov.bc.ca

The Forest Appeals Commission hears appeals from certain decisions made by government officials related to forests and the environment.

Contact information:
Colleen Smith:
(250) 356-1646

The Hospital Appeal Board provides medical practitioners with an avenue of appeal from hospital board of management decisions affecting their hospital privileges.

Contact Information

Lauri Balson, Director
PO Box 9425 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC, V8W 9V1
Phone: (250) 387-3464
Fax: (250) 356-9923
hab@gov.bc.ca

The BC Human Rights Tribunal adjudicates human rights complaints that arise in BC and are covered by the Human Rights Code of BC.

Speakers:
Jessica Connell
Katherine Hardie
Denise Paluck

Contact information:
To request a speaker, contact Nikki Mann: (604) 775-0055
nikki.mann@gov.bc.ca

The Industry Training Appeal Board hears appeals by individuals who are affected by certain decisions of the Industry Training Authority regarding industry training credentials, industry training recognition credentials, registration as a trainee or registration of an industry training agreement.

Contact Information

Lauri Balson
PO Box 9425 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC, V8W 9V1
Phone: (250) 387-3464
Fax: (250) 356-9923
Email:  ccalab@gov.bc.ca

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) provides speakers with expertise in patents, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property that share their knowledge at no cost to Canadian organizations. They mostly provide speakers for the following two outreach activities:

The IP Bank of Speakers is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). CIPO and IPIC deliver three free intellectual property (IP) presentations to public and private organizations across Canada. The aim is to enable students and business people to become familiar with IP as a strategic business instrument.

Intellectual Property (IP) Case Studies The IP Case Studies are teaching tools that demonstrate the strategic value of IP to college and university students. Since the launch of the IP Case Studies project in September 2009, CIPO has successfully delivered sessions at more than 70 post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Contact information:
Michel Loiselle: (204) 983-2687
Business Development Officer, Prairie Region

Outreach – Business Development and Partnership
Industry Canada
400 St Mary Ave, 4th floor
Winnipeg MB  R3C 4K5
Facsimile:  (204) 984-4329

The BC Labour Relations Board is an independent, administrative tribunal with the mandate to mediate and decide employment and labour relations matters related to unionized workplaces.

The Labour Relations Code (the "Code") governs all aspects of collective bargaining among provincially regulated employers and employees.

Contact information:
Ken Saunders: (604) 660-9639

The Passenger Transportation Board makes decisions on applications relating to the licensing of passenger directed vehicles (taxis and limousines) and inter-city buses. Available to speak on passenger transportation regulations.

Contact information:
Jan Broocke, Director
Phone: (250) 953-3782
Email: Jan.Broocke@gov.bc.ca

The Property Assessment Appeal Board hears appeals from the Property Assessment Review Panel. The board members listed can speak to groups about administrative law generally or the property assessment appeal process specifically.

Contact information:
Cheryl Vickers
Phone: 604-775-3117
Email: Cheryl.Vickers@paab.bc.ca

Simmi Sandhu
Phone: 604-775-1740
Email: Simmi.Sandhu@paab.bc.ca

Valli Chettiar
Phone: 604-775-1740
Email: Valli.Chettiar@paab.bc.ca

Fax: 604-775-1742
For biographies of the speakers, see Board Members Backgrounds.

The Commission of Public Complaints Against the RCMP is an independent agency, established to receive and review complaints about the conduct of RCMP members in the performance of their duties. The CPC acts as a third party and is not part of the RCMP. Complaints are examined fairly and impartially. The CPC can provide speakers in regions throughout British Columbia and Canada.

Contact Information:

Patricia ColdreyLo
Director, National Intake Office
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
PO Box 88689
Surrey, BC, V3W 0X1
Phone: 1800 665-6878
Email: Patricia.ColdreyLo@cpc-cpp.gc.ca
Region: British Columbia

Topics:

  • Role of administrative law in reviewing police conduct
  • Oversight of the police

Richard Evans
Senior Director, Operations
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
Bag Service 1722, Station B
Ottawa, ON, K1P 0B3
Phone: 1800 267-6637
Email: Richard.Evans@cpc-cpp.gc.ca
Region: National

Topics:

  • Role of public complaint bodies
  • Community liaison and outreach