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A joint program of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development

Learn to run a fair and effective administrative proceeding. Over the course of 5 years, the Certificate has provided hundreds of professionals with the practical skills and legal knowledge they need to perform effectively in the administrative adjudication arena.

Working with real-life fact scenarios, problems and demonstrations, you will acquire a solid foundation in the legal underpinnings of administrative adjudication, develop and refine your adjudication skills, and learn practical strategies for effective hearing management.

What You Will Learn:

  • A foundation in the key principles of administrative law
  • Learn how to manage a hearing ‒ from start to finish
  • The legal and practical requirements for administrative decisions
  • Explore the evolving challenges faced by administrative adjudicators
  • Discuss common challenges, and successful strategies, with other adjudicators
  • Gain insight from experienced adjudicators and leaders in administrative justice

The program culminates with an interactive hearing simulation and guided decision writing exercise, in which you’ll benefit from individualized feedback from recognized experts in the field.

The Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals is also available in an Online, Blended format.



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  • Heather Gibbs, Assistant Deputy Chair, Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB)

Program Director

  • Pamela Chapman, Legal Educator and Consultant

Recent faculty has included:

  • The Hon. John Evans, formerly of the Federal Court of Appeal, now counsel to Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • The Hon. Stephen Goudge, formerly of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, now counsel to Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • The Hon. Susan Lang, formerly of the Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Hon. Justice John Laskin, Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Hon. Justice Kevin Whitaker, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Toronto), Former Chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board
  • Raj Anand, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Benjamin Berger, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Christopher D. Bredt, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Sandra (Sandi) Driesel, Member, Assessment Review Board/Environment & Land Tribunals Ontario
  • James (Jim) Girling, formerly Legal Director, Divisional Priority Projects, Legal Services Division, Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Janice Gauthier, Chair, Health Professionals Appeal & Review Boards
  • David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Corporate Services, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • James Gorham, Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
  • Michael Gottheil, Executive Chair, Social Justice Tribunals Ontario
  • Yola Grant, Associate Chair, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
  • Louise Horton, Member, Landlord Tenant Board
  • Freya Kristjanson, Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLPv
  • Sherry Liang, Assistant Commissioner, Tribunal Services, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • Taivi Lobu, Vice-Chair, Health Professionals & Review Board
  • Sophie Martel, Vice-Chair, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
  • Michael Newman, Vice-Chair and Senior Lawyer Member, Consent and Capacity Board
  • Susan Opler, Vice-Chair Consent and Capacity Board, Ontario; Member, Law Society Tribunal
  • Carole Prest, Counsel to the Tribunal Chair, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
  • Luisa Ritacca, Stockwoods LLP
  • Jo-Ann Seamon, Senior Counsel & Manager of Legal Services, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Carol Street, Symes, Street & Millard LLP
  • David A. Wright, Chair, Law Society Tribunal



Fees include attendance and program materials.

Program Changes

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

Cancellations, Rainchecks 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 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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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:
Gail Geronimo at ggeronimo@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

August 23-27, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Online - Live, interactive
Register for this program

December 6-10, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Online - Live, interactive
Register for this program


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$3,295 plus HST

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • Recent appointees to administrative agencies, boards and tribunals
  • Professional regulators
  • Members of disciplinary bodies
  • Adjudicators from the provincial, federal or municipal sectors
  • Leaders required to conduct hearings in the broader public sector, including health and education
  • Professionals looking to transition into the adjudicative sector
  • Legal professionals who regularly appear in front of administrative boards, tribunals or agencies

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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.