Associate Chair: Position Description
Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009


The purpose of the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009 (“ATAGAA”) is to ensure that adjudicative tribunals are accountable, transparent and efficient in their operations, while remaining independent in their decision-making.

Tribunals Ontario has developed documents to meet the legislative requirements of the ATAGAA.

Section 7 of the ATAGAA requires that every adjudicative tribunal shall develop a member accountability framework. The framework must contain, among other things, a description of the functions of the Members, Vice Chairs and Associate Chairs of the constituent tribunals. It also must contain a description of the skills, knowledge, experience and other attributes and specific qualifications required of a person to be appointed as a member of the tribunal. This position description pertains to an Associate Chair.


Reporting to the Executive Chair of Tribunals Ontario and being appointed as Associate Chair of one or more of its constituent tribunals (Animal Care Review Board, Assessment Review Board, Child and Family Services Review Board/Custody Review Board, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Fire Safety Commission, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Landlord and Tenant Board, Licence Appeal Tribunal, Ontario Civilian Police Commission, Ontario Parole Board, Ontario Special Education Tribunals (En/Fr) and Social Benefits Tribunal), and acting in accordance with Tribunals Ontario’s mandate, mission, core values and governance and accountability documents, an Associate Chair:

An Associate Chair may be appointed as an Alternate Executive Chair of Tribunals Ontario.

Key Duties

In addition to the duties outlined in the Vice Chair position description and as assigned from time-to-time by the Executive Chair, an Associate Chair, where appropriate:

Strategic Leadership

Operational Leadership

Law and Procedure

Dispute Resolution, Risk and Public Safety Assessments and Investigations


An Associate Chair will have all the qualifications of a Vice Chair and Member at a highly developed level plus the following:

Alternative Formats

This position description is available in various accessible formats including Braille, audio tape and large print. For alternative format or a paper copy, please contact the Office of the Executive Chair, Tribunals Ontario.


This position description will be reviewed every 3 years along with the other documentation required by ATAGAA.

This position description was adopted by the Executive Chair, Sean Weir, on August 31, 2020.

Tribunals Ontario – Associate Chair: Position Description