On June 21, 2022, the Workers’ Compensation Section held a symposium in honour of Ron Ellis. Ron has made an outstanding contribution to our area of law, both as founding Chair of the then Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal and in his extensive academic and advocacy work since then. Our Section’s award for Excellence is fittingly named after Ron.
The Symposium was attended by around 150 people, over 50 of them in person and 100 virtually. This showed the high level of interest in the event, which was one of the best attended which we have ever sponsored.
The Co-Chairs were Julia Noble of WSIAT and Alec Farquhar of Inclusive Design for Employment Access. We were privileged to hear from a wide range of presenters representing all the phases of Ron’s distinguished career.
Opening remarks by Rosemarie McCutcheon
Rosemarie McCutcheon opened the symposium. This was very fitting, given her role as Ron’s successor as Chair of the Tribunal as well as her earlier career in progressively senior positions in the Tribunal. She and everyone at the Tribunal lives within a framework still much marked by Ron’s vision of excellence and integrity in carrying out the role of a neutral adjudicator of vital issues for workers and employers. Rosemarie ended her remarks by thanking Ron for “setting the gold standard to which we aspire."