Former OBA president to lead delivery of support services for 11 federal administrative tribunals
Orlando Da Silva has been named chief administrator of the Administrative Tribunal Support Service of Canada, effective October 27.
Da Silva, who has been an outspoken advocate on mental health in the profession, is currently senior crown counsel at the Serious Fraud Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
The ATSSC provides support services and facilities to 11 federal administrative tribunals through a single, integrated organization. These services include facilities, research and analysis, legal and other case-specific work, registry services, human resources, financial services, information technology and communications. It employs over 600 FTEs, with a budget of approximately $100 million.
The 11 administrative tribunals include the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Competition Tribunal, Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal Canada, Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board, Specific Claims Tribunal, Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada and the Social Security Tribunal.
In his new role, Da Silva will act as the ATSSC’s CEO, with the same rank and status as a Deputy Minister in the Federal Government.
Da Silva was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995, after obtaining his law degree at the University of Toronto in 1993. He then joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as an associate, and later became a partner in 2001.
In 2005, he joined the public sector at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. From 2014 to 2015, Da Silva was president of the Ontario Bar Association, representing 16,000 lawyers in Ontario.