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Announcement 2013-2015 Soar Board Of Directors And Executive

The Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) is pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors Elections and Executive Committee for the 2013-2015 term. In October 2013, SOAR launched its first electronic elections platform. A number of exceptional candidates came forward and expressed an interest in volunteering for the SOAR Board and furthering SOAR's mission. The Membership votes were finalized and results presented during the Annual General Meeting held at SOAR's 25th Silver Jubilee Annual Conference at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto. At their first meeting held November 20th, 2013 the new Board elected their Executive Officers. Please join us in congratulating the new SOAR Board and Executive. Click here to read their biographies.

SOAR President

Emanuela Heyninck, Commissioner, Pay Equity Commission
Part Time Adjudicator Health Professions and Health Services Appeal Review Boards

September 12, 2013 Special Meeting of Members Agenda and Materials

CALL TO MEETING OF MEMBERS

Thursday September 12, 2013

4:30-6:00pm

Humber Room

MacDonald Block, 900 Bay St. Toronto, ON

PLEASE RSVP to Caroline MacIsaac BY WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2013

You are invited to attend a special meeting of Members of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators(SOAR) to review and amend SOAR By-Law#1.  Materials will be posted using a projector during the meeting, if you would like your own paper or electronic copy please see below.

Please download the meeting agenda and materials:

Sept 12 ByLaw Meeting Agenda

ByLaw#1 Proposed Amendments

SOAR By-Law Current

CONCORDANCE to SOAR ByLaw #1

Highlights of the proposed amendments:

  • Changes to definitions of Member categories
  • Make-up of the Board of Directors
  • Changes to term of office for Board of Directors
  • Establishment of Standing Committees
  • Changes to Election timing and process
  • Executive Director
  • Conflict of Interest

Please join us for this important discussion. SOAR appreciates your continued support.

SOAR is a volunteer organization comprised entirely of members of the administrative justice community, whose mission is to promote administrative
justice through education, advocacy and innovation.

 

Learn more about SOAR:

SOAR's Mission

SOAR  Bylaw

Learn more about the Structure of SOAR

Overview of SOAR's Training & Education

SOAR Publications

Meet the Board

Volunteer

Virtual Boardroom

SOAR Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Mission The mission of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators is to advance administrative justice through education, advocacy and innovation. Guiding Principles Leadership SOAR's profile in and outside the community is recognized as providing leadership and direction on issues of importance to the administrative justice community and the public that it serves. Education SOAR provides quality, timely and relevant professional development opportunities to its membership and the broader community through a variety of delivery models and strategic collaborations. Advocacy and Innovation SOAR advocates for the excellence and integrity of the administrative justice system and provides opportunities to discuss and address issues affecting the community. Information SOAR's website provides pertinent and timely access to current information affecting the administrative justice community. SOAR communicates regularly about its activities and matters of concern to its Members and the community. Capacity SOAR effectively generates sustained and robust revenue to support its educational and leadership initiatives. Governance SOAR's organizational structure supports and promotes good governance practices, operational efficiencies, inclusive policies and strategic priorities.

Structure of SOAR

SOAR is a non-profit association of individuals (institutions do not qualify).

SOAR is divided into four sections:

  • Chairs,

  • Full-time adjudicators or dispute resolution officers,

  • Part-time adjudicators or dispute resolution officers,

  • Staff and Management.

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Governance

The Society is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of elected section members, a President elected by the members of the Board of Directors, and an Executive Committee appointed by the Board. To see a listing of the current members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, go to Meet the Board page.  A  "Call for Expressions of Interest" is distributed annually to all SOAR members seeking volunteers for the Board.

Membership

SOAR has approximately 900 members from over 150 agencies, boards and commissions. As well, there is a "Circle of Chairs" which meets on an occasional basis.

Finances and Resources

There is no general funding or revenue other than surpluses from the SOAR annual conferences, training programs and the Adjudicators' Manual. There is no membership fee. Work is generally done by volunteers with the co-operation of volunteer agencies.

SOAR's Mission and Guiding Principles

The mission of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) is to advance administrative justice through education, advocacy and innovation.

The creation of SOAR and its constitution was approved by resolution of the Conference of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators in 1991 followingskd284429sdc 47 some five years of informal collaboration of chairs, members and executive staff of administrative justice system agencies. This collaboration had been focused on activities of an ad hoc "circle" of Ontario chairs, the Macauley inquiry, the annual Conference and CCAT (the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals).

The organization of SOAR was completed in the fall of 1992, with the inaugural meeting of the Board of Governors (now the Board of Directors) held on November 4, 1992.

SOAR was incorporated as the "Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators; Societe ontarienne des arbitres et des regisseurs", as a non-profit organization, in December 1993.

SOAR is explicitly non-partisan. Its focus is the public interest.

Membership

Membership in SOAR

The Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators is committed to an ongoing process of education and communication with its members in order to pursue issues of importance to adjudicators and staff in the administrative justice community. SOAR, encourages individuals in the agency sector to join the Association and participate in its various activities.

Joining SOARThere is no cost to be a member. In the near future, you will have exclusive access to upcoming website features such as:

  • Professional development opportunities.

  • Member Only access to SOAR Resources

  • Social networking with others in the adjudicative world.

  • Being part of SOAR's advocacy efforts in support of the administrative justice community.

  • Member incentive offers for SOAR sponsored events.

SOAR members are also encouraged to provide the Board of Directors with feedback on the different educational and policy initiatives undertaken by SOAR. We are very sensitive to the views of our members and try to respond to them in the development of each successive endeavour.

Please join online now or download the SOAR membership application and return by fax, email or by mail.

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