Chief Administrator, Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada

Orlando Da Silva, LSM

Orlando Da Silva was appointed Chief Administrator of the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSSC) on October 28, 2019.  The ATSSC is responsible for providing support services and facilities to 11 federal administrative tribunals by way of a single, integrated organization.

Prior to joining the ATSSC, Mr. Da Silva served for nearly 25 years as a trial lawyer―most recently as a  Senior Crown Counsel for the Province of Ontario’s Serious Fraud Office―a specialized, expert team of police and crown attorneys responsible for investigating and prosecuting serious financial crimes, corruption, and bribery cases.  He is also a former partner of one of Canada’s largest law firms and former leader of the Corporate-Commercial Litigation team and member of the Indigenous Litigation Team for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General.

In 2019, Mr. Da Silva was a Bencher (Governor) of the Law Society of Ontario which regulates Ontario’s 55,000 lawyers and 12,000 paralegals. From 2014 to 2015, he served as President and CEO of the Ontario Bar Association. During this tenure, he championed a Canada-wide mental health and wellness campaign targeted at the legal profession, speaking publicly about his own experience overcoming depression that has led to a successful and rewarding professional and personal life. 

Mr. Da Silva is a recipient of a Law Society of Ontario Medal, the Ontario Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the Lexpert Zenith Award for Change Agents, the Deputy’s Award of Excellence, the Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for Public Sector Lawyers, and the Transforming Lives Award from Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He has also been recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” lawyers in Canada. 

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