The executive director of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat says Daniel Ish is leaving behind some big shoes to fill.

Ish announced in February he is stepping down from the position of chief adjudicator and the search is on to replace him.

Shelley Trevethan says during his five-year tenure, the outgoing chief adjudicator has shown tremendous commitment and integrity to the independent assessment process.

“For what I find with him, is he is such a deeply committed person to the integrity of the IAP process,” she says. “And, on ensuring there is a claimant-centered focus. It’s going to be difficult to find somebody to fill his shoes. In the end, I don’t think we are going to be able to find someone to fill his shoes in the same way.”

A new chief adjudicator is expected to be in place by early summer.