ADRIC 2022 Session Description;
Ombuds, Reconciliation and Dispute Resolution
Gatineau, Quebec • October 20, 2022 – 10:45 am – Noon
Panel Chair: David Paradiso, Deputy Ombudsperson of British Columbia
Panel: Jay Chalke, Ombudsperson of British Columbia, Colette Langlois, Ombud of Northwest Territories, Paul Dubé, Ombudsman of Ontario, Jill Kehaulani Esch, Ombudsperson for American Indian Families, Minnesota, US (appearing virtually)
The panel will discuss the approach in four jurisdictions to address these challenges and improve services and support Reconciliation. Ombuds offices in North America offer a unique approach to the challenge of holding governments to account for injustices encountered by Indigenous people. The flex, low, or no cost confidential resolution focus of ombuds can facilitate accountability, transparency, and dispute resolution. However, challenges, exist in effectively serving Indigenous communities, including low awareness, issues of trust, statutory limitations and adherence to existing processes.
David Paradiso is Deputy Ombudsperson British Columbia. David has 32 years’ experience in the oversight and investigation of public sector agencies. After articling for Ombudsman Ontario, David became an Investigator in the areas of workers’ compensation, social benefits, corrections, family responsibility, the Public Guardian and Trustee, the Human Rights Commission and psychiatric institutions.
He participated in the establishment of the Ombudsman for Canada Post, before moving to the RCMP Public Complaint Commission. He then served as Director of Investigations with the Correctional Investigator of Canada responding to complaints from federal offenders. David became the Executive Director and Senior Counsel for the RCMP External Review Committee and was twice appointed interim Chair, where he reviewed employment grievances and disciplinary decisions affecting RCMP members.
David has a law degree from Western University in London, Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. He is very happy to be working and living in Victoria with his wife and four daughters.