Job List

Building Code Appeal Board - 1 Member

Requisition #2317275
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamConstruction/Trade
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open1
Posting Date24-Dec-2018
Expiry Date31-Jan-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure


The Building Code Appeal Board tribunal, a quasi-judicial board, is established under the Building Act for the purpose of ruling on decisions of local government authorities on whether a matter conforms to a Provincial building regulation made under the Building Act. The tribunal has a present complement of the chair, vice chair and three members, all part-time. The term of membership is initially for two years, with possible reappointment for terms up to five years. The present annual budget is $25,000.

The tribunal hears approximately 20 applications each year, with considerable variation in content and complexity. The upcoming extension of the Board’s mandate will likely increase the number of applications being made to the Board. The tribunal must exercise its jurisdiction in compliance with the rules of natural justice and in accordance with administrative law principles. The tribunal primarily makes rulings and hears appeals concerning the decision of a local authority whether or not a matter conforms to a Provincial building regulation. The decision of the Building Code Appeal Board is final and binding and is not open to review in any court.

The impact of the tribunal’s decisions may be considerable and may involve substantial financial implications or changes in practise. Members of the tribunal are expected to maintain the highest possible standards and must be able to demonstrate objective and balanced judgment, fairness, consistency and timeliness.

More information on the Board’s and its operation can be found at:

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities


Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:

Managing Board Affairs:  Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the board and ensuring appropriate board committees are in place; ensuring appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the board, committees, and chair individual governors; defining board process and guidelines; evaluating the board, committees, directors and chair; and identifying potential director candidates.

Organization’s Mandate:  Fully understand the organization’s mandate set by government, review, and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.

Strategy and Plans:  Participate in the development, review and approval of the organization’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with the organization’s mandate as set by government.

Monitor and Report: Account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.

Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.


In carrying out its work, the board operates within the broad policy direction of Part 4 of Building Act and budget set by the Ministry of Attorney General.

Board Composition

The individuals who make up the Board should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:
• review all assigned matters, including documents and evidence available;
• give high quality, well-reasoned decisions on a timely basis;
• exercise sound judgment and skill in the conduct of proceedings and in communication with other public agencies or the public;
• actively participate in a team environment and maintain a closed relationship with colleagues to enhance the quality and effective use of team resources; and,
• act as a resource to new tribunal members and take an active role in their orientation and training.


Personal Attributes

All Board members should possess the following personal attributes:

• high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
• appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
• ability and willingness to raise potentially controversial issues in a  manner that encourages dialogue;
• flexible, responsive and willing to consider change;
• ability and willingness to listen to others;
• capable of a wide perspective on issues;
• ability to work as a team member;
• no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
• strong reasoning skills;
• strong reasoning skills; and
• able to maintain information in a sensitive and confidential manner.



Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:
• operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the Board:
o  essential to have a broad, comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of Provincial building regulations, in particular the BC Building Code,
o excellent written and oral communication skills,
o understanding of case management practices and principles,
o technology,
o communications,
• legal awareness in the context of hearings before the administrative tribunal,
• knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
• knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
• ability to conduct hearings in a fair and efficient manner.


Governance Experience

It is important that candidates for position understand the roles and responsibilities of the position and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.

Other Considerations

Within the context of the required board skills requirements, consideration is given to diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by the organization.

Vacant Position(s)

There is currently a vacancy as a member of the Building Code Appeal Board.   The following are the attributes sought for the vacant position currently under consideration:
• must have a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of Provincial building regulations, in particular the BC Building Code;
• must  have comprehensive experience in the interpretation and application of Provincial building regulations;
• must have knowledge and/or awareness of the structure of the building regulatory process in British Columbia, and its enabling legislation and regulations;
• must have experience in the analysis and application of BC Building Code alternative solutions;
• as meetings are held in Vancouver, BC, preference will be given to candidates that reside in the lower mainland area.


Time Commitment

Meetings are held monthly, usually the third Thursday, and can last up to five hours.


The initial term of the appointment is for 2 years, with possible reappointment for additional terms up to five years.


Compensation is as per Treasury Board Directives, presently $425.00 for members. Expenses incurred while on Board business are reimbursed. Compensation for short meetings is pro-rated.

List of Current Board Members





Term Ends


Lyle Kuhnert, Chair

Jan 2014

Jan 2019


Maura Gatensby, Vice-Chair


Nov 2018


Frances (Frankie) Victor

April 2009

Nov 2018

Building Code Consultant

Douglas Vance

Nov 2014

Nov 2019

Manager, Local Government

Keith Calder

Feb 2016

Feb 2019

Manager, Fire Protection Engineer


Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office website (

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.  For more information about the appointment process, and to view a copy of the guidelines, refer to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office website (


Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(a) of the FOIPPA.  Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at or by telephone at 604 660-0465.