• Position: Adjudicative Tribunals Counsel
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  • Organization: Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
  • Website: www.cpaontario.ca
  • Location: Toronto
  • Term: Permanent; full-time
  • Posting Date:
    October 31, 2020
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    At CPA Ontario, we are a regulator, educator, provider, advocate and thought leader. We ensure that our more than 94,000 members and 22,000 students meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We provide certifications, continued training and learning for the profession. We serve our members and students with a commitment to quality and efficient delivery. We champion the interests of our profession with the business community. And we develop cutting-edge ideas and thinking that evolve the profession. CPAs represent a globally recognized, premium designation. Our Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations in all industries for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, management skills, global perspectives and leadership.

    CPA Ontario’s strategic priorities include attracting a pipeline of new entrants to the profession, building member connectivity, maintaining high standards and creating a strong brand. As an organization, we are guided by a set of core values and behaviors that are reflected in the work we do, how we treat each other, and how we represent ourselves.

    We protect the public. We advance our profession. We guide our CPAs. We are CPA Ontario. For more information, visit us at cpaontario.ca

    For more information on regulatory bodies and their consumer protection mandate, visit the Canadian Regulatory Guide.

    Position Description

    CPA Ontario is currently in search of an Adjudicative Tribunals Counsel who will be responsible for managing and directing the Adjudicative Tribunals (the Discipline, Appeal, Capacity and Membership Committees), providing counsel functions as well as implementing best practices to the disciplinary hearing process. The AdjudicativeTribunals Counsel will work closely with CPA Ontario’s Professional Conduct Committee, General Counsel, Leadership Network, and Senior Leadership Team and reports to the Head, Adjudicative Tribunals.

    Major Responsibilities
    • Manage all aspects of the disciplinary hearing process including Tribunal member selection, coordination of legal counsel, and ensure Tribunals Clerks are carrying out their duties efficiently, effectively, and appropriately
    • Provide legal support for the Tribunals and the office, particularly in matters pertaining to administrative law, procedural fairness, and natural justice
    • Gather, track and analyze hearing data, and create and prepare reports on relevant analytics and Key Performance Indicators
    • Supervise the maintaining and safeguarding of all exhibits and other documents related to a hearing, and all Tribunal information
    • Accountable for ensuring: notices of allegations and hearing dates and related matters are posted accurately and in a timely manner on CPA Ontario’s website; preparation of Tribunal decisions and orders, and the reasons for decision, and overseeing process to finalize, issue and disseminate to parties, units of CPA Ontario, and others; and publication of disciplinary notices to membership, other regulatory bodies and Quicklaw and, as required under the terms of disciplinary orders, in newspapers
    • Draft quarterly reports to Council on the processes and outcomes of the Tribunals, including orders of Tribunals and progress on initiatives and any emerging issues
    • Support Tribunal members by acting as a liaison and advising on regulatory requirements as set out in the applicable governing documents, and by advising adjudicators on complex legal matters
    • Manage the processes for selecting Tribunal chairs, deputy chairs, public representatives and members, and complete onboarding and initial and ongoing training
    • Lead and mentor the Adjudicative Tribunals Clerks with tasks as required, including secretariat duties to the Tribunals
    • Create and manage policies, procedures, guidelines and practice directions, and amendments to regulations and Rules of Practice and Procedure to enhance adjudicative processes
    • Perform case management functions, including presiding over pre-hearing conferences and making rulings on motions
    • Provide legal determinations and advice to CPA Ontario’s Leadership Network and Senior Leadership Team based on materials and submissions presented by them, in areas including interpretation of regulations and rules, sufficiency of materials, feedback from adjudicative committees and chairs, and disposition of preliminary or ancillary matters
    Qualification Requirements
    • LL.B./J.D. member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and licensed to practice law in Ontario is required, with at least 7 years of direct relevant experience
    • Familiarity with or experience supporting a regulatory tribunal
    • Knowledge of CPA Ontario’s Code of Professional Conduct, Bylaws, Regulations, and Rules of Practice and Procedure
    • Demonstrated in-depth professional regulatory knowledge and experience is highly preferred; knowledge of and/or experience with regulatory disciplinary processes
    • Proven experience with Business Process Improvement
    • Demonstrated experience reading and comprehending legislation and other governing documents
    • Demonstrated experience in administrative law and rules, and administrative tribunal or court procedures and requirements
    • Strong and proven people management, leadership and mentoring experience
    • Strong analytical skills and experience developing relevant reports and statistical analysis
    • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams, and Salesforce or other similar computerized databases
    • Proactive, energetic, organized self-starter with a proven ability to handle a variety of duties and responsibilities simultaneously, manage time, determine priorities and meet deadlines
    • Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills, as well as the ability to deal with people using tact, diplomacy and discretion and appreciate the confidential nature of the information the role is exposed to
    • Proven ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
    • Superior writing skills and the ability to summarize complex information clearly and concisely with previous experience writing Tribunal decisions is highly preferred
    • Experience working with senior leaders, including providing legal determinations and advice
    • Sound problem solving and analysis skills are required as this position is responsible for the application of regulations, bylaws, policies, and strategies
    • Excellent critical judgment, understanding, and creative problem-solving skills

    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those being considered will be contacted.

    CPA Ontario is an inclusive employer. Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email accessibility@cpaontario.ca with “Accommodation Required” in the subject line to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.

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