Message from the Chairperson

It is my pleasure to present the 2013-2014 Annual Report of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. As an independent and transparent forum for communication and conflict resolution, the Tribunal serves Canadians by conducting hearings of Federal enforcement and licensing decisions in the transportation industry.

The Tribunal hears cases across the country in the aviation, marine, rail, and the bridges and tunnels sectors (including medical cases). Through an adjudicative process of Reviews and Appeals, we continue to play a unique and active role in the relationship between the Federal Government and the transportation community.

Over the past year, the Tribunal has experienced a significant increase in medical cases. It is anticipated that this trend will continue, along with an increase in the number of Review and Appeal hearings based on the economy and enhanced monitoring of the various modes of federally-regulated transportation, particularly in the rail sector.

These developments bring certain challenges for the Tribunal, such as the number of Members available to conduct hearings expeditiously, and the recruitment and retention of Members with the appropriate skill sets.

I am pleased to report that this year, the Tribunal is deploying innovative and cost-saving measures to address these challenges; from the use of advanced technologies for conferencing and professional development, to the implementation of more efficient internal processes.

Since joining the Tribunal in January 2014, I have already witnessed Tribunal Members' professionalism, expert knowledge, and abilities to render informed, independent decisions. I am proud to be part of a group of experienced Members who are actively engaged on matters of importance to Canada's transportation sector, and to work with a dedicated staff who diligently administer the day to day operations of the Tribunal.

John Badowski
Acting Chairperson