Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario

Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009

Vice Chair: Position Description


The purpose of the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009 (“ATAGAA”) is to ensure that adjudicative tribunals are accountable, transparent and efficient in their operations, while remaining independent in their decision-making.

The Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (“SLASTO”) have developed documents to meet the legislative requirements of the ATAGAA.

Section 7 of the ATAGAA requires that every adjudicative tribunal shall develop a member accountability framework.  The framework must contain, among other things, a description of the functions of the Members, Vice Chairs and Associate Chairs of the constituent tribunals. It also must contain a description of the skills, knowledge, experience and other attributes and specific qualifications required of a person to be appointed as a member of the tribunal. This position description pertains to a Vice Chair.


Vice Chairs are Members appointed to one or more of the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario’s constituent tribunals (Animal Care Review Board, Fire Safety Commission, Licence Appeal Tribunal, Ontario Civilian Police Commission and Ontario Parole Board) and have a Member’s duties and responsibilities.

In addition, Vice Chairs may be assigned, where applicable, a range of dispute resolution, risk and public safety assessment, investigative, decision-making and supervisory functions and specific duties to enhance dispute resolution, assessment, investigative and decision-making excellence, and the efficiency and the effectiveness of one or more of SLASTO’s constituent tribunals.

Key Duties

In addition to the duties outlined in the Member position description and as assigned from time-to-time by the Executive Chair or an Associate Chair, a Vice Chair, where appropriate:

·         Conducts and/or facilitates a range of dispute resolution, assessment, investigative and decision-making processes and may perform supervisory functions involving complex or novel issues of law or procedure.

·         Contributes to the jurisprudential leadership of one or more tribunals.

·         Serves as a Team Leader, and in that capacity may:

o   Provide day-to-day guidance, assistance and mentorship to Members or Vice Chairs assigned to his/her team;

o   Participate in the assignment of work to team members;

o   Participate in the peer review of decisions drafted by team members while reinforcing their responsibility for the ultimate decision and avoiding any undue interference with the substance of their decision;

o   Participate in the performance assessment of team members; and

o   Provide input into the response to public complaints regarding Members.

         ·            Conducts reconsideration of tribunal decisions, where appropriate.

         ·            Leads training and development programs and projects as assigned across SLASTO.

         ·            Plays a role in enhancing the reputation and standing of SLASTO with the public and in the justice community by maintaining positive, productive and appropriate relationships with stakeholders and all interests appearing before SLASTO, and with other tribunals and participating in assigned activities for these purposes.

         ·            Contributes to efforts to advance the effectiveness, efficiency and fairness of SLASTO rules and processes, dispute resolution, assessment, investigative and decision making excellence and access to justice by participating in, or leading (if so assigned), efforts to effect change.

         ·            Leads committees and undertakes special projects and assignments.

         ·            When so assigned by the Executive Chair, acts in the place of an Associate Chair who is absent or unable to act.


A Vice Chair will have all of the qualifications of a Member plus the following, where appropriate:

·      Leadership skills, tact, judgment to guide, mentor, assign, review and support teams of Members and Vice Chairs outside of a formal reporting relationship.

·      In-depth understanding of the professional, institutional, policy and community context in which SLASTO operates.

·      Detailed understanding of the jurisprudence and rules of the tribunal(s) of which they are a Member and of the work, policies and procedures of SLASTO’s other constituent tribunals.

·      Comprehensive practical knowledge of the continuum of dispute resolution, assessment, investigative and decision-making practices to mentor and coach others and to recommend options for change.

·      Advanced dispute resolution, assessment, investigative, decision-making and analytical skills to resolve complex matters involving multiple interests, under public scrutiny.

·      Effective communication, interpersonal and mentoring skills to positively influence and communicate with staff and stakeholders.

·      Superior writing skills to communicate, review and comment on complex decisions in a manner that is clear, concise and well-reasoned.

·      Knowledge of and commitment to SLASTO governance practices.

Alternative Formats

This position description is available in various accessible formats including Braille, audio tape and large print. For alternative format or a paper copy, please contact the Office of the Executive Chair, SLASTO.


This position description will be reviewed every 3 years along with the other documentation required by ATAGAA.

This position description was adopted by the Executive Chair, Linda P. Lamoureux, on March 31, 2014.

Contact Information


Office of the Executive Chair

Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario

250 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Suite 401

Toronto ON M5T 2Z5

Phone: 416-327-6500

Toll free: 1-844-242-0608

TTY: 416-916-0162

TTY Toll Free: 1-844-650-2819


This document is available on SLASTO’s website:  

If you have any questions about this document or would prefer it in an alternative format, please contact the Office of the Executive Chair, SLASTO.