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Horse Racing Appeal Tribunal ("Appeal Tribunal" is the public agency's legal name)

Competition #: 413
Ministry: Treasury Board and Finance
Opening Date: 06/21/2017
Closing Date: 07/21/2017
Role: Public member
Role Required

The President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as a public member of the Horse Racing Appeal Tribunal.

Edmonton or Calgary. Hearings may occasionally be held in other locations across Alberta.
About the Agency

Established by the Horse Racing Alberta Act, the Horse Racing Appeal Tribunal adjudicates appeals by racing participants who appeal decisions made by a track judge or steward.

The Appeal Tribunal is an independent entity and is subject to the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act. It is responsible for establishing the rules which govern practices, procedures and proceedings that are related to horse racing appeals in Alberta, including:

    • dismissing an appeal;
    • allowing the appeal and giving such directions, if any, that the Appeal Tribunal considers appropriate in the circumstances;
    • varying the decision;
    • prescribing the terms and conditions to which its order is subject;
    • making any other decision that in the opinion of the Appeal Tribunal is in the best interest of horse racing, and
    • awarding costs.

As per the Horse Racing Alberta Act, the Appeal Tribunal is comprised of not more than three persons with one member designated as Chair of the Appeal Tribunal.

The expenses and costs incurred in the operation of the Appeal Tribunal are paid by Horse Racing Alberta, in accordance with the Horse Racing Alberta Act. This includes the costs of administrative support for the Appeal Tribunal.

Role Description

As a member of the Appeal Tribunal, you will be:

  • Conducting reviews and participating on appeal hearings to address disputes of rulings made by horse racing officials that fall under Horse Racing Alberta Act.
  • Reviewing, analyzing and weighing written and oral evidence submitted by parties.
  • Assessing cases and reaching consensus on fair, impartial decisions on appeals, based on analysis of facts presented, and review of relevant legislation.
  • Participating in the preparation and review of a written decision following an appeal.

Appointments are by Ministerial Order, for a term of up to three years.

Skills and Experience Required

  • Understanding of effective governance practices. Experience in board or committee governance with knowledge of administrative law and hearing processes is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the theories, practices and procedures related to administrative justice, especially related to quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Working knowledge of administrative law, experience with interpreting and applying legislation, participating in hearing proceedings and delivering decisions.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, collaboration and relationship-building skills and proven success in consensus building in a team environment.
  • A reputation for integrity, fairness and principled decision making founded on sound judgment and analysis is essential.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills to assess complex information and varying points of view, with a track record for sound judgment, fairness, integrity and principled decision making.
  • Experience working with industry organizations and stakeholders, and government representatives.
  • Related education, training or designation is desirable (e.g. Certificate in Administrative Justice).

Specialized Knowledge and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the Alberta horse racing industry and the rules of racing. Prior background or experience in the agricultural sector is an asset.
  • Experience with quasi-judicial tribunal is an asset.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

Candidates should be available approximately 4 – 6 days per year for tribunal activities and be able to travel for hearings.

Appeal hearings are conducted in person, typically in Edmonton or Calgary, although hearings may occasionally be held in other locations across Alberta.

A Ministerial Order prescribes the remuneration for this position. Members are remunerated by honorarium and travel expenses are reimbursed. Remuneration is specified in Schedule 1, Part A of the Committee Remuneration Order, O.C. 466/2007. Current rates:

    • $164 for up to and including four hours in any day, or
    • $290 for over four hours and up to and including eight hours in any day, or
    • $427 for more than eight hours in any day spent on the business of the committee.

Honoraria rates are subject to review.

Additional Documentation

In addition to your cover letter and resume, we require a biography. Click HERE to download form.

Once your biography and cover letter are completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed cover letter and biography into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section before clicking the 'apply' button.

Contact Information

For further information please contact Graham Axford, at (780)-643-3805 or

How To Apply

Carefully read the Recruitment Posting and the Position Profile to ensure this is an appropriate opportunity for you. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.

Online applications are preferred. To apply, click on the 'apply' button, create or sign into your account in the ePAAS system; upload your resume, view the listing under Current Opportunities and click on 'submit application'. The uploaded resume will be automatically attached.

Provide a short 4 line biography using the Biography template found under additional documents section. Your biography should include your name, current work experience, board/committee experience and relevant education. Please note that biographies may be edited for length and clarity.

Once your biography and other required form(s) are completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed cover letter, biography and other form(s) into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section before clicking the 'apply' button.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit a cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number, to the contact provided on the posting. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to assess which candidates' qualifications most closely match the agency's requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted to advance to the next step in the appointment process. You can check the status of each competition on-line at

All potential candidates will be screened for potential conflicts of interest. Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, biography, public agency, and position title.

Link to Enabling Legislation:

Horse Racing Alberta Act