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ESA Review Panel Roster

ESA Review Panel Roster (Effective April 1, 2019)

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has appointed the following members to the ESA Review Panel Roster.

 

Industry Members

Andrew Bloomfield, P. Eng., M.E., MBA Electrical Utilities/Distribution
George Matai, P. Eng., M.E. Electrical Utilities/Distribution
David Wilkinson, P. Eng., MBA Electrical Utilities/Distribution
Darren Desrosiers, P. Eng. Electrical Utilities/Distribution
Patrick Griffin, M.E. Electrical Utilities/Distribution
Lee Lawrence, M.E. Contractor Licensing, Occupational Health & Safety
Michael Mankulich, M.E. Contractor Licensing, OESC
Jeff Dunn, M.E. Contractor Licensing, OESC
Rainer Arocena, P. Eng., PMP., M.E. Contractor Licensing
Ralph Van Haeren Contractor Licensing, OESC, Utilities/Distribution

 

Public Presiding Members

Ellen Pekilis, LLB Governance, Regulatory, Product Safety, Adjudication
Paul Sommerville, LLB Regulatory, Administrative Law, Adjudication, Energy Sector
Reena Goyal, JD, LLM Energy and Infrastructure Law, Regulatory, Dispute Resolution 
John O’Kane, LLB Administrative Law, Adjudication, Agri-sector
Emad Elsayed, Ph.D., M. Eng., P. Eng.   Energy, Electricity and Natural Gas Sectors, Adjudication

 

The above noted Review Panel Roster members have been appointed to succeed current Roster members whose term expires on Sept. 29, 2019. We have planned such an overlap between the outgoing and upcoming Rosters to ensure a smooth transition, exchange of expertise and continuity in the services provided by the Review Panel Roster. Learn more about outgoing Roster. 

View biographies of the individual Review Panel Roster memberrs (Effective Apr. 1, 2019)

The Review Panel Roster was established to hear appeals related to licensing Decisions rendered by the Director of Licensing (pursuant to O. Reg 570/05) and Orders issued by Statutory Directors pertaining to Part VIII of the Electricity Act and associated regulations (including: the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (O. Reg. 164/99), the Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation (O. Reg. 22/04), and the Product Safety Regulation (O. Reg.438/07). Members of the Review Panel Roster are respected professionals from various industries that help shape a culture of safety within Ontario. The Review Panel Roster consists of individuals with adjudicative experience as well as members with expertise in relevant industries regulated by ESA, including product safety, licensing and certification, utilities, standards, and the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

  

Roles and Responsibilities of the Review Panel Roster

 

BACKGROUND
Ontario Regulation 187/09 establishes a process to accept and hear appeals related to the issuance of licensing Decisions rendered by the Director of Licensing and Orders issued by Statutory Directors pertaining to Part VIII of the Electricity Act and associated regulations (including: the Ontario Electrical Safety Code ("OESC"), the Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation (O. Reg. 22/04), and the Product Safety Regulation (O. Reg.438/07)

Following the passage of the Appeals regulation, the ESA established a transparent appeals process that can be utilized by those subject to ESA Orders or Licensing decisions. Those who have been issued a Notice of Proposal by the Director of Licensing and Certification may file an appeal to review the decision.  Individuals who have received an Order or Notice of Defect issued by the Authority also have the ability to request a review of the Order or Notice of Defect. 

Brief Overview of the Review Panel Roster Function
The Review Panel Roster is an independent panel of cross-sector, industry and external representatives reflective of areas in product safety, licensing and certification, utilities, standards, and the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

In order to establish a Review Panel, a Notice of Appeal before the Review Panel must be filed with the ESA’s Director of Appeals. Once established, a Review Panel would hear matters related to the decision(s) made by a Director regarding a Notice of Proposal or an Order issued by ESA.  

Members of the Review Panel are responsible for hearing appeals filed pursuant to the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act and associated Regulation 187/09 regarding decisions rendered by ESA’s Statutory Directors.

When the Director of Appeals receives a Notice of Hearing before the Review Panel in Step 2of the appeals process, he/she will select up to three members from the roster who are able to participate in a hearing.  The Review Panel must be established and a Hearing set within 25 days of a complete application being filed with the Director of Appeals.

Please note: When a Review of an ESA Order before the Review Panel has been granted by the Director of Appeals, a ‘stay’ is put on the Order under review pending the outcome of the review, with the exception of points (1) and (2) below. The Review Panel, upon receiving the Request for Review, may require compliance with the Order that is under review without a hearing:

  1. Where there is an immediate threat to public safety or the safety of any person; and
  2. Will require the electrical installation that is under review, not to be concealed or rendered inaccessible until it conforms to the Electrical Safety Code or Electrical Distribution Safety Regulation.

 

Outgoing Members of the Review Panel Roster

 

Tim Pope C.E.T., Code & Standards, CSA
Gary Rygus Industry Representative Director, Retail Council of Canada
Robert G. (Bob) Lake P. Eng., Electrical Utilities
Michel Bourassa   Code & Standards Representative Director, Standards Council of Canada
Ted Whitworth Consumer Representative
Shelly Cunningham P. Eng., Electrical Utilities
Robert (Bob) Brownie     Electrical Contractor
Klass Degroot Regulatory Sector, Electrical Utilities
Mel Fruitman Manufacturers Representative
William (Bill) Schwartz C.E.T., Electrical Utilities