Advocacy and Innovation Committee

The Advocacy and Innovation Committee is a new standing committee of SOAR. Its terms of reference are as follows:

  1. Identify emerging public interest issues and innovative ideas of relevance to the administrative justice community.

  2. Make recommendations for how SOAR can best pursue or respond to issues and ideas, and advocate on behalf of the SOAR membership on matters of concern to the membership.

  3. Create and maintain processes for the active engagement of the SOAR membership in the work of the Committee.

  4. Foster working relationships with other organizations to develop partnerships on public interest issues of concern to the administrative justice community.

In early 2015, the Committee embarked on a project which lead to a statement of principles on re-appointments for members of adjudicative tribunals. The first phase of this project consisted of a study of the impact of the “ten-year cap” on appointments. This research is now completed and the report, along with appendix, about the impact of the cap on Tribunals, members and the public is now available on our website. The second phase of the project will involve research into how other jurisdictions deal with the issue of term limits on appointments to adjudicative tribunals.

The current committee members, as at January 2021, are:

Heather Gibbs, Committee Chair, Immigration and Refugee Board

Michall Huynh- Immigration Consultants Canada

Keith Cooper - CPAO

Anne Gottleib- Condominium Authority Tribunal

Josephine Racioppo -SJTO, Tribunals Ontario

Sherry Darvish- WSIAT

Marcia Valente

Dawn Kershaw- Tribunals Ontario

If you are interested in becoming involved in the work of the Committee or have suggestions for further projects that the Committee could undertake, please consider volunteering by contacting our Executive Director, Daphne Simon, at


Advocacy and Innovation Committee Updates

SOAR Study on the Impact of the Government Directove on Term Limits for OIC Appointments

The SOAR Advocacy and Innovation Committee has published three documents of interest to the membership:

  • Study on the Impact of the Government Directive on Term Limits for OIC Appointments
  • Appendix to the Study on the Impact of the Government Directive on Term Limits for OIC Appointments
  • SOAR Report on Tax Status for Part-Time OICs

Please use the following links to download a copy of each document.