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It is a busy month for the FOAJ as we host our Annual General Meeting, CTAJ™ Graduation and the Human Rights and Charter Values for Tribunals course in Edmonton.

The FOAJ Annual General Meeting and CTAJ™ Graduation

April 16th, 2019

Radisson Edmonton South – Palm Room

Edmonton, AB

Evening Agenda

5:30pm – Welcome Reception & Dinner

6:30pm – Annual General Meeting

7:30pm – Certificate in Tribunal Administrative JusticeTM Graduation

8:00pm – Presentation

8:30pm – Networking

Register Now

Human Rights and Charter Values for Tribunals Course

April 15 & 16, 2019

Edmonton

Instructors: Adrian Wright/Sheldon Toner

The Charter of Rights plays an important role in the work of most tribunals.  Many may rely on the Human Rights Act in the course of making a decision.

We are excited to announce that the Human Rights and Charter Values for Tribunals course is coming to Edmonton in April! This two-day course covers the essential features of both the Charter of Rights and the Human Rights Act.  It is relevant to tribunal members, advocates and staff.

The purpose of this advanced workshop:

  • Overview of Charter of Rights and Human Rights
  • Analysis of human rights legislation
  • Recognizing human rights issues problems by decision-makers and staff
  • Presenting human rights cases
  • Knowing what to do when confronted with human rights issues
  • Understanding and developing a process for addressing human rights issues in the tribunal context
  • Sensitivity to human rights issues

Who should take this advanced workshop:

  • Decision-makers in areas likely to encounter human rights issues. This could be any administrative tribunal but principally in the areas of human rights, workers’ compensation, employment standards, social assistance, student loans, landlord tenant, immigration, and pensions.
  • Administrators of decision-makers in these areas
  • Advocates appearing before these decision-makers
  • Staff in organizations encountering human rights issues

Learn more

Register now

Download Our Full 2019 Course Calendar by Clicking Here.

For more information, please contact assistant@foaj.ca or call 780-466-0501

The Courses We Offer

Administrative law impacts us all in so many ways every day.  It is important that the decision makers are well trained. We encourage you to consider our education, particularly if you are involved in administrative tribunal work, or if you want to prepare for potential appointment to an agency, board, or commission.  Employers look favourably on applicants who have completed FOAJ courses and the Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™.

We offer a variety of courses on a regular schedule throughout the year, and most qualify for the Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice TM. Regular education days are scheduled in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and the Atlantic Provinces.

What courses does the Foundation offer?

Who should take our courses?

The Foundation of Administrative Justice provides essential educational courses for tribunals and the people who appear before them. This also includes appeal and discipline committees for professional organizations, unions, and other professional associations.

While tribunal associated people are the core course participants, the foundation also can provide effective education to those appearing before tribunals. Are you from the Real Estate Council, the Nurses Association or the College of Physiotherapists? Are you a case manager, investigator, or appeals facilitator? Discover what our workshops and training can offer for your professional development.

What will you learn?

“Participating in the FOAJ programs helped our organization deliver our services in a manner that is meeting stakeholders expectations. It is truly helping us achieve our Vision, Mission and Values.”

– Workers’ Safety & Compensation Commission NWT and Nunavut

“The course curriculum has improved decision making and communication for our staff that render decisions related to all matters under the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act of New Brunswick. FOAJ education has also brought clarity to our decisions appearing before an appeals tribunal, resulting in higher confirmed rates.”

-WorkSafeNB

“We have been able to create a standardized, transparent process for staff and stakeholders… [a]s a result, we’ve reduced our decisions from approximately 30 pages down to 10 or under. Through the implementation of much of our training, we’ve been able to reduce hearing to decision release time from a high of 272 days in 2012 to 45 days in 2018.”

-Saskatchewan Municipal Board

“Since taking the course I have written 3 arbitral decisions and I can say without any doubt that my written decisions are:

  • Clearer
  • more logical in approach; and
  • easier to read.

Thank you for choosing to take the time to teach this course amidst your busy practice!  I know that I as well as readers of my decisions have already benefited from the knowledge transferred at the course.”

-Michelle M. Simpson, Simpson Law

To read more feedback on our courses, view testimonials here.

View our upcoming courses

2018 marked the 20 year celebration for the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ)! What started in 1998 as four courses in the province of Alberta has exponentially grown to a Canada-wide organization that now offers more than 45 courses with over 5,000 individuals trained. As we begin 2019, we want to take a moment and reflect on the success of the past year and look ahead to the exciting future for the FOAJ.

The Road to Success, a journey through the 20 year history of the FOAJ. Click to see the full-sized image.

It all began in 1998 when the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals organized a “Train the Trainer” for the Prairie Provinces (AB, SK, MB) so those provinces could begin offering their own administrative tribunal training.

By 2002, the society was incorporated and had an operational Board of Directors. As our rapid growth continued, new courses were created, an annual conference was established.

A significant milestone was reached in 2009. In 2009, the Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ™) was created. A first in Canada, this Certificate assists tribunals and participants to evaluate and support competencies in administrative justice roles. Since our first graduation ceremony in 2010, we have had over 600 individual graduates from the program!

In 2018, we celebrated 20 years and international expansion as five participants from Kenya attended  two courses in New Brunswick in February and returned to complete their CTAJ™ in Edmonton in the fall.

It is truly exciting to see how far we have come!

Get Involved with the FOAJ in 2019!

Our 2019 Course Schedule Calendar is now available. You can access it by clicking here. Start 2019 off right and make sure to plan your courses for the new year and work toward your CTAJ™.

There are three streams to the CTAJ™. As a participant, you can select the stream that best matches your role or career path.

These include:

  1. Tribunal Member (for the appointed or elected board members and decision makers)
  2. Administrator (for staff and other support personnel)
  3. Advocate (for clients, presenters and counsel).

After you have selected the stream best suited to you, you can begin to plan to complete the program. You can also work on your CTAJTM program on your own time with our e-learning courses. These courses mirror the in class experience and are a great way to pursue professional development while still keeping up with your responsibilities at work.  No travel time or expenses.

We look forward to another successful year for our organization. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved in our courses, membership or other general questions, please contact us directly.

Who is the Foundation of Administrative Justice?

The Foundation of Administrative Justice provides essential educational courses for Canadian tribunals and the people who appear before them. These administrative tribunals have a tremendous influence on the day-to-day lives of Canadians, as they decide rights and entitlements related to licensing, status of people and things, and money and benefits owed. They are often known as the ABCs, or agencies, boards, and commissions of the federal and provincial governments.

Tribunals also reach into the private sector through appeal and discipline committees for professional organizations, sports groups, unions, and other associations. Perhaps your business has had to take out a liquor license; maybe you want to appeal a municipal development decision; you may have been involved in a labour dispute, or have had an issue with your doctor or teacher. Tribunals are involved, and often central, in all these cases. Our foundation can help you understand all aspects of these various tribunals.

Certificate and Course Offerings

The Foundation of Administrative Justice offers a Certificate program: Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ™). This Certificate assists tribunals and participants to evaluate and support competencies in administrative justice roles. The certificate is a comprehensive collection of our courses with an evaluation at the end of each course offering.

Our courses, including eLearning options, are offered on a regular basis throughout the year, to provide maximum flexibility for newly appointed members. These courses focus on interpreting laws, presenting and weighing evidence, holding effective hearings, and making and writing decisions. We provide the only comprehensive education for members, prospective members and staff of quasi-judicial boards and commissions across Canada, which includes northern and eastern provinces.

The training is designed and delivered by professionals who have been or are involved in administrative tribunals. Our course costs are favourable to course offerings from other organizations, because the Foundation operates on a non-profit basis.

Join Us

We encourage you to consider our education, particularly if you are involved in administrative tribunal work, or if you want to prepare for potential appointment to an ABC. Employers look favourably on applicants who have completed FOAJ courses and the Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice™.

While the core of our students largely consist of individuals who are associated with tribunals, the Foundation provides effective education to those appearing before tribunals as well. We encourage you to become a member to receive a discount on course fees in addition to many other benefits.