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Reflections on a Model for Residential School Reparations

February 15, 2022
4:00 PM EST - 5:30 PM EST
Open To
Ryerson community, public
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Join us at the next Ted Rogers School of Management Dean’s Speaker Series as Daniel Shapiro, Q.C., former Chief Adjudicator, Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, reflects on the Independent Assessment process as a model for reparations for historic wrongs in the Residential School System and the future of mass tort claims in Canada. The virtual fireside chat will be moderated by Ted Rogers School Dean Daphne Taras.

About our guest speaker

Daniel Shapiro, Q.C., C. Arb. (external link) 

Daniel Shapiro, Q.C. is a Saskatoon lawyer who since approximately 2003 works exclusively as a dispute resolution neutral, as mediator (including judicial mediation), arbitrator, referee, adjudicator, and more recently as instructor and trainer. JD, College of Law U of S, 1978; called to SK bar 1979; member of Alberta bar for years prior to Mobility Agreement; completed mediation training in 1994; appointed Queen’s Counsel (Sask.) 1996, Chartered Arbitrator by ADR Institute of Canada 2003, arbitrator under Hepatitis C Class Actions Settlement by ON Superior Court; chaired SK Human Rights Code boards of inquiry; represented hundreds of plaintiffs in personal injury, medical negligence, assault matters; appeared before courts at all levels in SK and AB, BC Supreme Court, Tax Court of Canada, Supreme Court of Canada; past- president, SK Trial Lawyers Ass’n; taught Trial Advocacy, U of S Law, for a number of years; frequent guest lecturer in ADR, Aboriginal Justice and Labour Arbitration. Appointed Charter Member, Canadian Association of Distinguished Neutrals (Arbitration and Mediation), August 2020. Recipient of Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association "Outstanding Lawyer Award," June 2020. Co-Instructed National Introductory Arbitration Course, ADR Institute of Canada/SK, 2020-ongoing. Appointed to Faculty, Foundation of Administrative Justice (tribunal training), 2021-ongoing.

Senior Adjudicator under Indian Residential Schools (IRS) ADR program from inception in 2003; Deputy Chief Adjudicator of IRS Adjudication Secretariat, which administered Independent Assessment Process (IAP), from inception in 2007 until July 2013; July 2013, appointed by then Ontario Chief Justice Winkler as Chief Adjudicator, until the Secretariat concluded its mandate on March 31, 2021. The IAP was part of the largest class actions settlement in Canadian history, dealing with over 38,500 abuse claims nationally. At its peak, the Secretariat had over 100 independent adjudicators throughout Canada, employing ~ 275 staff in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Vancouver. Throughout this period, Daniel also continued to preside over labour and LTD arbitration hearings and to serve as Vice-Chair of College of Physicians and Surgeons (Saskatchewan) Discipline Hearing Committee.

Daniel Shapiro