Posting alert - Chair of the Board
As is the practice, the chair of a tribunal is asked to advise government a year in advance whether they are seeking re-appointment. My current appointment as Chair of the Labour Relations Board and Employment Standards Tribunal expires on February 4, 2022.
Earlier this year, I advised Minister Bains and Minister Eby that I am not seeking re-appointment. I understand that the vacancy has now been posted on the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO) website. The posting has a closing date of August 8, 2021 with more details here: Position Details (gov.bc.ca).
It is my great privilege to have served for 8 years, as a Vice-Chair appointed in 2014, then as Registrar from 2015 to 2017. Since then, I was first acting chair and then appointed as Chair of the Board and the Employment Standards Tribunal for a 4 year term starting in 2018.
I set a number of goals for myself as Chair. I wanted to engage with stakeholders to build confidence in the Board, make the work of the Board more accessible and transparent, and modernize the Board’s infrastructure. The Board, as an institution, must be effective and responsive to a changing society, economy, technology, and the wide variety of workplaces in this Province. Little did any of us know the unforeseen challenges that would arise from the pandemic but, in many ways, it provided an opportunity to re-envision how we deliver services and enhance access to them.
I am confident that the process of achieving these key goals is well-underway and they are important to the future health and stability of the Board. I also strongly believe in renewal and the importance of stepping aside to make space for a new and different vision. Positive change and momentum need to continue and I have always felt that an Order-in-Council appointment, particularly in the labour relations system, is not a career. It is an opportunity to serve, humbly, with energy, and with commitment.
This was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make, and it involved separating my love of the work from what I believe is necessary for the ongoing growth and success of the Board as an institution. I strongly feel that re-appointment is not about whether I want to stay, but whether I’ve given 100% of my energy to the role during my appointment. Ultimately, my belief in renewal fills me with the confidence of knowing that the Board will continue to grow and flourish under a new set of watchful and caring eyes.
I encourage each of you to circulate the posting. I know there are many exceptional candidates out there and I am excited to see who the next Chair will be.
Jacquie de Aguayo, Chair