Role of the Appointee
Appointees (adjudicators) at Tribunals Ontario hold hearings, make rulings, review and analyze evidence and make decisions. Because the adjudicator is neutral, they cannot provide legal advice or tell you how to present your case. It is up to you to present evidence that supports your position. The adjudicator may ask questions during the hearing. When the hearing is over, the adjudicator might tell you their decision right away or they might "reserve" the decision, which means they will take more time to consider your evidence and submissions. In either case, you will receive the decision in writing. This decision is sometimes called an order.
How our Adjudicators are Appointed
Our adjudicators are appointed using an open, merit based recruitment process. Here are the full position descriptions for Adjudicator, Associate Chair and Vice Chair. Adjudicator are Order-in-Council appointees. The Public Appointments Secretariat website has more information on the appointments process.
Sean Weir was appointed to the position of Executive Chair of Tribunals Ontario on June 2, 2020 for an interim term of six months.
Sean has an extensive legal background, as well as experience with strategic, operational and governance management, planning and delivery. He was the Chief Executive Officer and National Managing Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais.
In his legal practice, Sean advised financial institutions, corporations and major pension funds. Active in his community, Sean has served as an elected Councillor of the Town of Oakville, a director of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and a director and Chair of Oakville Hydro. Sean was named a "Diversity Champion" by Women of Influence Magazine, received the Lexpert Zenith Managing Partner Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, and was listed in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.