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April 29 & 30, 2009

University of Alberta Conference Centre


This conference will focus on tribunals creating access to administrative justice for their clients and stakeholders.
Creating effective access to fair processes is one of the biggest issues facing tribunals today and often one of the most misunderstood issues. Access is a client focus but the tribunal must take the steps to create the access. Effective can mean affordable, understandable, timely and predictable processes and outcomes. It can mean self-empowering, reflective of the user’s needs, responsive, flexible and appropriate to cultures. Effective access can mean having streamlined processes (including productive and aggressive case management) or processes appropriate to the dispute (proportional). How can tribunals meet the challenges of creating effective access for their clients? What new techniques, rules, procedures and ideas are tribunals using to meet these challenges?

2009 Conference Brochure
2009 Speaker Papers

Agenda

 

Wednesday, April 29
6:30 pm Registration
7:00 pm AGM
7:30 pm Key Note Speaker
Opening Doors: Tribunals Creating Effective Access to Administrative Justice
Brian Goodman
8:30 to 10:30 pm Reception
No Host Bar
Thursday, April 30
7:30 am Registration & Coffee 
8:15 am Opening Remarks – Martha Miller & Cheryl Ryder, Co-Chairs
Greetings from:
FAJ President – Brock Taylor
Government of Alberta – Peggy Hartman, Q.C.
Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals – TBA
8:30 am Plenary Session:
Tribunals’ Responsiveness to the Mentally Ill Participant 
The Honourable Mr. Justice Edward F. Ormston 
9:30 am Concurrent Sessions
Workshop 2: Cultural Diversity: How Do Tribunals Respond?
Beth Bryant
Workshop 4:  Residential Schools Tribunals:  What Are the Lessons Learned? Daniel R. Ish, Q.C.
John Trueman
Workshop 6: Streamlined Processes: Can Tribunals Use One Model Code? William W. Shores, Q.C.
Micheal Finley
10:45 am Networking Break 
11:15 am Concurrent Sessions
Workshop 3: Administrative Dispute Resolution: The New ADR
Bill Diepeveen
Sandra L. Schulz, Q.C.
Workshop 5: Focus on Fairness: Access is Critical! Kevin Fenwick, Q.C.
Joanne Smart
Workshop 7: Make it Clear: What Are You Really Saying? Christine Mowat
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Workshop 1: Evidence: Are the Old Ways the Only Ways? 
Carol M. Zukiwski
Julie Gagnon
Workshop 4: Residential Schools Tribunals: What Are the Lessons Learned? Daniel R. Ish, Q.C.
John Trueman
Workshop 5: Focus on Fairness: Access is Critical! Kevin Fenwick, Q.C.
Joanne Smart
2:45 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm Canadian Forum on Civil Justice Diana Lowe, Q.C.
3:15 pm Plenary Session
The Intergenerational Challenge: “Differences are Not Difficulties”
Brenda Robinson
4:30 pm Conference Wrap Up
Martha Miller & Cheryl Ryder, Co-Chairs

 

Conference Only Registration:

Members: $495.00 Non-Members $625.00
Take advantage of Pre-conference and Post-conference courses

  • Interpreting Legislation – April 28 & 29, 2009
  • Evidence – May 1, 2009