Ian Darling will serve as the first chair of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) starting Oct. 2. The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), recently established to deliver dispute resolution, education and information services, announced last week that its board had appointed the former Tarion ombudsman to the position.
“Ian brings a wealth of experience and familiarity with dispute resolution,” said Tom Wright, board chair of the CAO. “We were impressed with Ian’s emphasis on fairness, his experience in consumer protection, and his customer based approach.
“We are confident that he is well-positioned to lead this new tribunal that will support and strengthen condo communities.”
The tribunal is being established as part of a package of recent legislative reforms aimed at improving consumer protection for condo owners in Ontario. The online dispute resolution forum will focus exclusively on disputes over corporation records to start when it begins to accept applications on Nov. 1.
Darling is tasked with building a team of mediators and adjudicators with the goal of delivering timely, respectful, cost-effective dispute resolution.
“I’m looking forward to joining the CAT as the new chair,” said Darling. “As more and more people choose to live in condominiums, the CAT will be a valued and welcomed service for condominium owners.”
Darling has previously served as ombudsman for Fanshawe College and been recognized with an award for his outstanding contributions to academic ombudsmanship by the Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities. He also spent 10 years on the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman’s board of directors.
Darling completed his Honours Bachelor Degree in History at McMaster University, where he minored in International Justice and Human Rights, and earned his Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution at Antioch University.