Appeal to the commissioner
The following decisions may be appealed to the commissioner:
Reconsideration decisions by the registrar regarding:
- certificate refusal
- certificate suspension
- administrative penalties
- Decisions by the registrar to cancel a certificate.
The following resources relate to appeals:
- The Commissioner’s Rules of Practice and Procedure for Appeals,
- The Commissioner’s Practice Directive for Oral Hearing Requests, and
- The Notice of Appeal template.
About the commisioner
The commissioner is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council for a term up to five years, with the option of reappointment. Ron McKinnon was appointed commissioner on June 9, 2016.
Commissioner McKinnon was born and raised in B.C. He spent five years as an RCMP officer stationed in Ottawa and Alberta before enrolling in law school at UBC. While in law school, he worked as a correctional officer; upon graduation from law school he opened his own law firm in Cloverdale with a partner and practiced for over 15 years in the areas of administrative law, criminal law, family law, corporate law and litigation.
Commissioner McKinnon was elected a Bencher of the Law Society in 1981 and served in that capacity for four years until his appointment as a judge in 1985. Commissioner McKinnon retired from the Supreme Court of British Columbia at New Westminster on April 21, 2015.
Appeal Decisions of the Commissioner
On July 6, 2018 the commissioner issued a decision which overturned both the registrar’s suspension and cancellation decision for Blue Bird Flight Academy (the “Institution”). The Institution has been reinstated and holds a designation certificate.
- Commissioner's Decision (PDF)