SOAR's 32nd Annual Virtual Conference 2020 - SOARing in a New Era of Innovation

SAVE THE DATE - November 5, 2020 9:00am-12:40pm EST

SOAR's 32nd Annual Virtual Conference: SOARing in a New Era of Innovation

Thursday November 5, 2020

9:00am - 12:40pm, delivered remotely, live q and a

Fee: $195 plus HST


2020 Conference Co-Chairs

NOELINE PAUL, Member, Condominium Tribunal Authority
CYNTHIA PAY, Member, Immigration and Refugee Board Canada 

This year's conference will be a little bit different. It will still be offered on the first Thursday of November as it has been for the last 31 years.  The Committee and Co-Chairs have develped relevant content to our current reality. We'll be delivering workshops and plenaries remotely, live and interactive.  It will run from 9:00am - 12:40pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and network, live and in real time. 

9:15a.m. - 10:00a.m. Opening Plenary

10:05a.m. -10:50a.m. Workshop 1

Mitigating Systemic Barriers to Access to Justice in Disruptive Times

Even in the best of times, many people experience barriers to access to justice due to factors beyond their control. In disruptive times, these barriers can be exacerbated.   For example, someone may not be able to navigate the internet or even access technology.  Moreover, they may have a physical or mental disability that prevents them from communicating effectively with decision-makers.   Other socio-economic circumstances may prevent them from availing themselves of proper advocacy or representation. Systemic discrimination can have a disproportionate impact on historically disadvantaged communities in times of crisis.  How can such barriers be mitigated by government agencies and tribunals on a systemic basis?  EDI accredited by the Law Society of Ontario, 45 minutes

10:55a.m.-11:40a.m. Workshop 2

Video Hearings: The New Reality?

An expert panel will discuss how regulators and adjudicators are innovating to conduct video hearings in the pandemic period. Highlights will include how regulators/adjudicators have evolved their practices to ensure access and accommodation, taking into account diverse participants, varying technology, and self-represented litigants, while adhering to open court and fairness principles. What are the tools and techniques that can be used? Practical tips and lessons learned will be highlighted during the discussion and shared with the audience.

11:45a.m.-12:30p.m.Workshop 3

Agile Regulation: Regulating in an Age of Disruption

As new products enter the market and the gig economy expands, we need to find ways to regulate emerging technologies quickly to protect the public interest without stiffling innovation. What is right touch regulation? How do we regulate new products and services that did not exist in the past? How are regulators adapting to disruptive technology?

12:30-12:40p.m. Closing remarks

12:40pm -Networking (bring your lunch)

The SOAR 2020 Conference Committee is currently planning this year's workshops and plenaries. As is SOAR’s custom, the committee is ensuring a wide variety of sessions for both new and seasoned adjudicators and regulators as well as for staff and counsel. 

Stay tuned to this page for 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 5th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   12:40 PM
Delivered Remotely
Event Fee(s)
Individual Registration $ 195.00 + $ 25.35 HST

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