The roster for Board of Inquiry Chairs is created by an independent selection committee which evaluates their qualifications. The minimum qualifications currently are:
- A law degree
- At least five years of experience in their professional field.
- Demonstrated experience in weighing conflicting information/evidence to arrive at a fair Decision.
- Demonstrated experience in chairing hearings, meetings, or consultations where there are conflicting interests.
- Experience with human rights legislation or human rights issues.
- Resident of Nova Scotia, subject to the discretion of the Commission to appoint to the Panel Member Roster an individual(s) living within a reasonable travel radius of Nova Scotia, i.e., in a major centre in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
Desirable qualifications include:
From among the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications listed above, preference for appointment to the Panel Member Roster will be given to those who have:
- Experience with administrative or quasi-judicial tribunals.
- Experience applying principles of natural justice.
- Experience with conflict resolution such as mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
- Knowledge of discrimination and its effects on individuals and society. Familiarity with approaches to preventing and remedying discrimination
- Commitment to restorative approaches to dispute resolution
- Experience with social justice issues.
- Experience with cross-cultural issues.
The current Board of Inquiry Chair roster (2015) consists of the following members:
- E.A. Nelson Blackburn, QC
- Lynn Connors, QC
- Kenneth Crawford, QC
- Dennis James, QC
- Donald Murray, QC
- Peter Nathanson
- Benjamin Perryman
- Eric K. Slone