Regulatory reform best practices: Reducing overlap, duplication and inconsistencies
Environmental Protection Review Canada
Margot Priest is the President of the Governance and Legislative Reform Group Inc. in Ottawa.
has advised a number of federal and provincial departments on re-engineering, regulatory structure, the design of institutions and compliance systems, and audits in a legal environment.
offers advice on institutional design (including alternative service delivery mechanisms), governance and accountability systems and frameworks, the development of self-regulatory regimes and systems that use the private sector to achieve public policy objectives, instrument choice, codes of conduct, and consumer dispute resolution for the private sector.
has been a proponent of enhanced corporate governance systems and improved accountability in both government and the private sector.
clients have included a number of government departments and agencies, as well as members of the private sector.
has also advised the Governments of Botswana and Trinidad and Tobago on a number of regulatory issues.
In Trinidad and Tobago, for example, she
has developed legislation dealing with data protection, electronic transactions and consumer protection.
She is currently the Chief Review Officer under the Canadian Environmental ProtectionAct; prior to that appointment, she was the Chair and Vice-Chair of two regulatory tribunals in Ontario, as well as the Chair of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT), a national organization of members and staff of administrative tribunals.
She was a member of the Communications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and founding Chair of the National Institute for Administrative Tribunals.
has been active in the development of training and professionalization of tribunals and has taught "New Administrative Law" in the LLM Programme of Osgoode Hall Law School.
was awarded the 1997 Medal by the Society of Ontario
Adjudicators and Regulators for her
contribution to the Ontario administrative justice system.
is also the co-author of Directorsâ€™ Duties
in Canada: Managing Risk (CCH Canada), the first edition of which was nominated for the Best Business Book of the Year award.
Prior to her appointments to Ontario tribunals, Margot Priest was a senior federal public servant and consultant.
She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the State Bar of California (inactive).
She holds a Masterâ€™s degree from Harvard University, and an LL.B. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
has written and lectured on administrative law, governance and directorsâ€™ liability, telecommunications, regulatory policy and compliance, risk management, confidentiality procedures.