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A joint program of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development – the creators of acclaimed Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals – the Advanced Certificate in Adjudication will take your skills to the next level. The Advanced Certificate is designed to cover in-depth the key areas that experienced tribunal adjudicators have identified as essential to their professional development.

The modular design of the Certificate allows you to customize your learning pathway and take programs in the precise areas that you need to develop.

Current planned offerings include:

Additional elective modules on other critical issues will be announced on a rolling basis throughout 2017 and 2018.

Certificate Requirements

5 days of program modules must be completed within a two year period and you must also successfully pass an in-class or online assessment in each module (format varies by program).

Space is strictly limited in each program to ensure an engaging learning experience. Delegates who have declared their intention to complete the Certificate (after completion of first module) will be given priority placement in subsequent modules.

Register now – in one or more programs – to secure your place.



  • Lorne Sossin, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Voy Stelmaszynski, President, SOAR; Board Solicitor, Ontario Labour Relations Board

Program Director

  • Pamela Chapman, Legal Educator and Consultant

Faculty includes

    • Shelley Appleby-Ostroff, Sessional Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
    • Aaron Barth, Ph.D., President Dialectic Solutions
    • The Honourable John Evans, Counsel to Goldblatt Partners, Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal (retired)
    • Michelle Flaherty, Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
    • Heather Gibbs, Vice-Chair, Environmental Review Tribunal Ontario (ELTO)
    • Greig Henderson, Professor, University of Toronto
    • Neil Khanna, Counsel, Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO)
    • The Honourable Susan Lang, Ontario Court of Appeal (retired)
    • Justice John Laskin, Ontario Court of Appeal
    • Margaret Leighton, Counsel to the Executive Chair/Manager of Legal Services, Social Justice Tribunals of Ontario (SJTO)
    • Sherry Liang, Manager of Adjudication, Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
    • Leslie H. Macleod, Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School; Founder, Leslie H. Macleod & Associates
    • Virginia McRae, Sessional Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
    • Justice Anne Molloy, Superior Court of Justice
    • Barbara J. Morris, Program Coordinator & Professor, Humber College
    • Tim Moseley, Vice-chair, Ontario Securities Commission
    • Zeynep Onen, Workplace Safety & Insurance Tribunal
    • Deborah Pressman, Arbitrator, Financial Services Commission of Ontario
    • David A. Wright, Chair, Law Society Tribunal



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Heather Gore Liddell at hgoreliddell@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

Mediation for Adjudicators
June 14, 2017

Effective Hearing Management
October 2, 2017

Managing Evidentiary Challenges
December 4, 2017

Advanced Administrative & Regulatory Decision Making
February 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In Person

Advanced Decision Writing
March 22 & 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In Person

Culturally Competent Adjudication
April 16, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In Person

Effective Communication in the Hearing Room
June 4, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In Person


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

Advanced Decision Writing
$1195 plus HST

Mediation for Adjudicators
$695 plus HST
$1195 plus HST w/ workshop (NOTE: workshop is only available to program attendees)

Effective Hearing Management
$695 plus HST

Managing Evidentiary Challenges
$695 plus HST

Advanced Administrative & Regulatory Decision Making
$695 plus HST

Culturally Competent Adjudication
$695 plus HST
$895 + HST w/ workshop (NOTE: workshop is only available to program attendees)

Effective Communication in the Hearing Room
$695 plus HST

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

This program is recommended for:

  • graduates of the SOAR/OsgoodePD Certificate in Adjudication;
  • those with two or more years of full-time experience as an adjudicator, OR an equivalent amount of experience as a part-time adjudicator; OR
  • senior tribunal staff, such as counsel, who work closely with adjudicators and would benefit from advanced training in adjudication

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A joint program with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR)


What past attendees have said about the Certificate in Adjudication:

“Well oiled machine! Excellent control of time & deliverables.”
R. Richards
RG Richards

“A great practical program for new adjudicators, those interested in becoming adjudicators or those who appear before adjudicators! The program laid the framework for fair & effective adjudication. The presenters were knowledgeable & engaging, and the practitioners provided some very valuable tips & feedback.”
Zirka Jakibchuk
Ontario College of Teachers

“Thanks to all speakers & administrators! I really learned a lot this week & my confidence has improved in this area.”
Christine Coulter
Queen’s University

“Absolutely outstanding from every point of view!”
May 2016

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.