Public proceedings of the Board

Meeting of the Board of Directors on February 5, 2015


Board members present

John McCamus (Chair); Aly Alibhai; Nancy Cooper; Michelle Haigh; James McNee; Derry Millar; Tim Murphy; James Yakimovich; Robert W. Ward (CEO/Ex Officio)


Sue McCaffrey; Stephanie Mealing

1. Meeting agenda

The meeting agenda was adopted.

2. Disclosure of conflict of interest

No conflicts of interest were identified.

3. President and CEOís report (first instalment)

The Board discussed the following portions of the Presidentís report:

3.1 Financial eligibility funding

MAG had advised LAO that the government would return $9 million of the financial eligibility funding to Treasury Board.

The Board authorized the President to share, with MAG, the Boardís displeasure with MAGís decision, and MAGís lack of notice, notwithstanding a clear communications protocol prescribed in the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MAG and LAO.

LAO will now focus its attention on a strategy to ensure that full financial eligibility funding will be allocated and disbursed in subsequent fiscal years.

3.2 Tariffs

LAO will continue to discuss tariff increases with MAG. An unfunded tariff increase could be managed for the coming year, but a MAG decision for tariff increases to go forward without additional funding would be a serious matter in subsequent years.

3.3 Protocol cases

The Board discussed the possible future responsibility for protocol cases.

3.4 Retirement of President

The President announced that he will be retiring as President and Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid Ontario at year end.