SOAR's 31st Annual Conference 2019 - Strengthening the CORE: FUNdamental Concepts and Skills

SOAR's 31st Annual Conference 2019

Strengthening the CORE: FUNdamental Concepts and Skills

Thursday November 7, 2019

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto   

Early Bird Registration ($450 plus HST) still available.

9:00am Welcome from Conference Co-Chairs

CAROLINE KING, Vice-Chair, Assessment Review Board, ELTO
CYNTHIA PAY, Member, Immigration and Refugee Board Canada 


9:15-10:15am MORNING PLENARY Fundamentals of Self-Care:  Using mindfulness to successfully navigate work and life challenges in today’s administrative law world.

10:30-11:45am Concurrent Morning Workshops

  • Loose Canons: Taking a Shot at Statutory Interpretation MODERATOR: VOY STELMASZYNSKI, retired Solicitor, OLRB SPEAKER: PROFESSOR RANDAL GRAHAM, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law


  • Telephone Talk: Adaptive Approaches to Early Resolution MODERATOR: CECILE LANDON, Dispute Resolution Officer, Landlord and Tenant Board, Tribunals Ontario SPEAKERS: CAMERON VALE, Nurse Investigator /Mediator, College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario (CPSO); CINNIE NOBLE, Lawyer /Mediator; JEANIE THEOHARIS, Vice Chair, License Appeal Tribunal, Tribunals Ontario


  • Enhancing Regulators' Transparency-Open Data, Social Media and more... MODERATOR: PREEYA SINGH, Director of Professional Conduct and General Counsel CASLPO, SPEAKERS: CRISTINA de CAPRIO, Lobbyist Registrar, City of Toronto; MICHAEL SALVATORI, CEO/Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers; ANNETTE MCKINNON, Patient Advisors Network

11:45-12:30pm LUNCH

12:30-1:45pm Concurrent Afternoon Workshops

  • Meeting Client and Stakeholder Needs on the Frontlines - Practical Tips for Addressing Conflict and Crisis MODERATOR: GRACE KNAKOWSKI, Secretary to the Commission, Office of the Secretary, Ontario Securities Commission, SPEAKERS: JUDY TSAO, Outreach Counsellor, Parkdale Community Health Centre; LUKE BROWN, Interim Director, Ombudsman Toronto, ELAINE STONE, Manager Investigations and Resolution, College of Physicians and Surgeons


  • Decision Writing: Top Tips and Tackling Common Road Blocks MODERATOR: ANSHUMALA JUYAL, Senior Counsel, Legal Services, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, SPEAKERS: TIM MOSELEY, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission; SUSAN OPLER, Ombudsman, Ombudsman Toronto; JENNIFER KHURANA, Vice-Chair, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal


  • Admin Law 2019: (R)evolution? MODERATOR: MAUREEN CARTER_WHITNEY, Member, Condominium Authority Tribunal, SPEAKERS: MICHELLE ALTON, Tribunal General Counsel, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal; MICHAEL FENRICK, Partner, Paliare Roland; AUDREY MACKLIN, Professor & Chair in Human Rights Law, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

11:45-12:30pm LUNCH

2:00-3:15pm AFTERNOON PLENARY Balancing Justice: Assessing Credibility and Evidence

MODERATOR: JAY SENGUPTA, Human Rights Commissioner, Peel District School Board  SPEAKERS: MARK J. SANDLER, Senior Partner, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP; JUSTICE WILLIAM LEMAYSuperior Court of Justice

3:25-4:30pm CLOSING PLENARY: Making Sense of the Successes and Failures of Human Memory

MODERATOR: CAROLYN SLON, Senior Legal Counsel, Ontario Securities Commission SPEAKER: PROFESSOR STEVE JOORDENS Ph.D.,
Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough

4:30pm Networking Reception

The SOAR 2019 Conference Committee have developed the above workshops and plenaries for the conference day. As is SOAR’s custom, the committee has ensured that there sessions for both new and seasoned adjudicators and regulators as well as for staff and counsel.  Stay tuned to this page for future updates!



Please check back for program updates and schedule changes.

Please note that all registrations are firm.  No refunds are permitted for cancellations. No sharing of registrations are permitted.

November 7th, 2019 8:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
The Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5G2L2
Event Fee(s)
$450 plus HST $ 508.50

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