Employment & Assistance Appeal Tribunal of BC

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

Marilyn McNamara

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. 

Jane Nielsen

Vice Chair

Jane 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 Columbia.


The Tribunal currently has 110 members. For a complete list of members click here.

Member Remuneration

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.