Who We Are
The Tribunal office is located in Victoria, BC; it consists of a
Tribunal Chair and Vice Chair, staff and 115 members located
throughout the province. The Tribunal is independent from the ministry. The
Tribunal Chair reports to the Minister, Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Chair, Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
Marilyn McNamara worked as a member of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, since its establishment in 2002, and was appointed Chair in April 2006.
Since her appointment, she established a number of governance tools following best practices for administrative tribunals. Previously, Ms. McNamara worked for BC Ferries as the Manager, Corporate Services, responsible for access and privacy legislation as Information and Privacy Officer. Ms. McNamara holds a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland; a Master of Laws, specializing in administrative law, and a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration, both from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She has a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria and certification in Mediation and Negotiation from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Marilyn is Vice President of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT), Chair of the CCAT Professional Development Committee, a member of the Organizing Committee for the annual symposium and a member of the Access to Justice Committee. Marilyn is a member of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals and participates on their Education Committee.
Nielsen is a panel member and acting Tribunal Chair with the Employment and
Assistance Appeal Tribunal. Previously, she was a contractor with the Ministry
of Labour and Citizens' Services, Corporate Accounting Services. In the
community, she is a Director of the Oak Bay Heritage Foundation and as a former
volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and Success By 6. Ms. Nielsen holds her
Bachelor of Arts and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of British
The Tribunal currently has 110 members. For a complete list of members click here
Section 4.3(b) of the Treasury Board Directive 1/17 requires that
remuneration paid to appointees is available on the Tribunal's website by June
30 each year. Click here for the Tribunal Appointee
Remuneration for 2016.