Appointing a Hearing Panel

The Commissioner for Teacher Regulation appoints a disciplinary hearing panel of three members based on the following criteria:

  • One person must be a BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) member, unless no BCTF member is available
  • One person must have knowledge and experience related to independent schools, if a case involves an independent school teaching certificate

Some are selected from the Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board

There are nine members on the Board from the BC Teachers' Council, five of whom are from education partner groups other than the BC Teachers' Federation.

  • Terence Berting  Term expires April 2025
  • Jatinder Kaur Bir  Term expires April 2024
  • Vandy Britton Term expires April 2024
  • Alice Kedves Term expires April 2024
  • Lisa Marie Kishkan  Term expires April 2024
  • Michelle LaBounty Term expires April 2024
  • Danielle Leah Neer Term expires April 2024
  • Cathleen Anne Tenning Term expires April 2025

See BC Teachers’ Council members to learn more about each member.

Some are selected from a pool of pre-qualified legal/professional regulation experts

During a hearing, persons from the public share input from outside the school system. The public hearing panel pool has five members who were appointed based on the results from a public invitation for applications.

Ariel DeJong – Term expires January 2024
Ariel is a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in the Litigation and Insurance Coverage groups. He has experience in educational law having acted for numerous independent schools over the years. Ariel served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Independent School Associations for British Columbia for 21 years and on the Board of Surrey Christian School for 9 years (6 as chair), He currently serves on the Board of The King’s University, where he has served as a Governor for a total of over 15 years. His daughter and son-in-law are both teachers in the Edmonton public school system.

Teresa Mitchell-Banks – Term expires January 2024
Teresa has over 30 years’ experience as litigation counsel. After practising as defence counsel and a family lawyer she went to the Crown where she prosecuted on behalf of the province for 20 years focussing on commercial crime and then organized crime. Teresa then spent three years with the B.C. Securities Commission as Director of Enforcement. She is now in private practice.

Karen Nordlinger - Term expires May 2024
Karen is a family law lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. She has been engaged in the practice of family law since 1975 and as a neutral in labour arbitration since 1995. Karen has extensive experience in complex property division and disputes about support, custody and access. She is a former Bencher and Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of British Columbia. Karen is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Canadian Bar Association's Family Law Section.

Apply to be a Panel Member

Anyone who lives in B.C. can apply to be a part of the public hearing panel pool. The ministry is looking for individuals who have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the public interest and the protection of children
  • Previous experience conducting administrative hearings or writing reasons for decisions
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of administrative law and natural justice
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Applicants must not:

  • Be a current employee of the Ministry of Education and Child Care
  • Be elected to or be a declared candidate for public office in the provincial government or a board of education
  • Be a complainant in an outstanding complaint about a teacher in B.C.
  • Have been a certified teacher at any time during the last 20 years

Applicants must:

  • Consent to a criminal records check
  • Provide information about any discipline or investigation about themselves from a professional body within the last 10 years
  • Be willing and available to take training in administrative law and principles of natural justice, the conduct of fair hearings and evaluating evidence, decision making and writing, and the processes of the Ministry of Education and Child Care

Anyone selected from the pool to serve on a hearing panel is paid approximately $600 per day of a hearing. Travel expenses for hearing panel proceedings are reimbursed according to provincial government rates.

Note: Even though many hearings are scheduled, only a few actually proceed.

If you are interested, send your resume and current contact information (including your email address) by:


Use the subject line “Hearing Panel Pool”

Mail or in-person

Ministry of Education and Child Care
201-828 8th Avenue W 
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2

Address your package to "Hearing Panel Pool"