Consent and Capacity Board
MARGARET CREAL KC
Margaret Creal, K.C. was appointed Chair of the Chair of the Consent and Capacity Board in 2015. Ms. Creal served as an Assistant Crown Attorney in downtown Toronto for 27 years during which time she acquired significant experience in mental health issues in the criminal law context. She was a Designated Specialist in mental disorder, appeared regularly before the Ontario Review Board, assisted in the development of and was a designated Crown in Toronto’s Mental Health Court for many years, appeared in Drug Treatment Court, and was a member of MAG’s Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee. An active volunteer, Margaret serves the Diocese of Toronto (Anglican) as Chancellor.
Lora Patton is a full time Vice Chair at the Consent and Capacity Board. As a lawyer member, she has presided over all types of matters coming before the Board, including those that are complex or sensitive. A Vice-Chair since 2013, Ms. Patton has taken on additional responsibilities including adjudicator recruitment and training, education and evaluation of members; education and information for stakeholders and the public; and senior advice on diverse aspects of Board administration. Before joining the Board, Ms. Patton worked in health law, co-taught programs at Osgoode Hall Law School and York University and co-authored multiple articles and book chapters. In addition to her law degree, she holds a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies.
M. KRISTA BULMER
Krista Bulmer completed both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 2006. Krista was in private practice in Toronto for more than a decade and appeared before all levels of Ontario courts and administrative tribunals. Krista first joined the Consent and Capacity Board as an adjudicator in 2015 and is currently full-time vice-chair. She has co-taught a course for Osgoode’s Master of Laws program in Health Law and has also presented at the Law Society of Ontario.
Gary Strang has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2003. He currently serves as Vice Chair, Public Member. Mr. Strang was previously a member of the City of London Police Service and retired as the Supervisor of the Community Foot Patrol Unit. He received The Governor General of Canada Exemplary Service medal with one bar for his service. Mr. Strang’s community involvement includes serving with the London Cycling Advisory Committee and the International Police Mountain Bike Association. He completed the Ontario Management Development and the Municipal Administration Programs at Fanshawe College and holds certification as a Fire and Explosion Investigator from the National Certification Board.
Michael Newman is a member of the Ontario Bar. He is a Vice-Chair and a Senior Lawyer Member of the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) adjudicating applications under various provincial statutes. In addition to adjudication, Mr. Newman provides public education for the CCB and teaches Law for Health Managers at the Ted Rogers School of Business at Toronto Metropolitan University. He also teaches as a guest lecturer at Osgoode Professional Development including in the Master of Law (Health Law) program. In the past Mr. Newman was actively involved in community organizations, including as a member of the Vaughan Public Library Board as Group Chair of his local scouting organization.
Rajiv Bhatla works in the Operational Stress Injury at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre serving Canadian veterans and RCMP. Dr. Bhatla is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bhatla is Vice-Chair of the Consent & Capacity Board of Ontario. In addition to expertise in concurrent disorders (addictions and mental health), Dr. Bhatla has an interest in psychiatric ethics and is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. In 2011, Dr. Bhatla completed the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bhatla will be joining the Northern Ontario Francophone Psychiatric Program providing high-quality French-language psychiatric services in underserviced areas.
Nina Lester was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1988. She initially practiced corporate law, went on to work for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, and joined the Consent and Capacity Board in 2009. She has served as a part-time Vice-Chair of the board since 2018. In addition to adjudicating complex matters, Ms. Lester also manages a variety of Board administrative responsibilities including new member training, peer education and evaluation, and public outreach. Ms. Lester holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, a Master of Environmental Studies degree from York University, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.
Anthony Warr spent most of his working life with the Toronto Police Service. He started as a Cadet in 1965. He retired from the Service on September 1, 2011 as Deputy Chief. While Deputy Chief he was a member of the Command Team of the Service that achieved significant budget reductions without reducing and in fact in some cases increasing the level of service delivery to the community. The efforts of the Command Team resulted in several hundred additional officers available for front line uniform duties. Her Excellency Michaelle Jean, Governor General, appointed him an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces – O.O.M. He also received the Exemplary Service medal and 2 bars and was awarded the Medal of Merit by the Toronto Police Services Board, He is a member of the International, Canadian and Ontario Associations of Chiefs of Police. In December 2012 he was appointed by Order in Council as a part-time public member of the Consent and Capacity Board
Timothy Vaillancourt has been a member of the CCB since 2012. He is a former operational Sergeant and 1st class Constable with the Midland and Penetang Police Service. He retired after completing 35 years of service to the community. His community involvement included volunteer and director positions with several programs, including Out of The Cold program, co-founding member of Maison Rosewood Shelter, being a member of the Board of Monitors for Central North Correctional Facility, and being a Director of Hospice Tomkins House. Mr. Vaillancourt is also a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal (1st bar)
Peter E. Cook received his Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University and his medical degree in 1974 from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Cook completed his psychiatric residency training at Yale University in 1982. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and sits as a panel member of the Consent and Capacity Board and the Ontario Review Board. In March of 2018, he stepped down as Chief of Psychiatry and Head of Service for Schizophrenia and Community Integration Program, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
Suzanne Clapp is a Senior Lawyer Member of the Consent and Capacity Board (appointed in 2013) and a Lawyer Member of the Ontario Review Board (appointed in 2021). Ms Clapp was called to the Bar in 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds Bachelor degrees in Life Sciences and Physical and Health Education from Queen's University. Ms Clapp was an Associate Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1996-2001) where she practised litigation with an emphasis on health law, professional disciplinary work, and commercial litigation. Ms Clapp was also a Litigation Lawyer with the City of Toronto Legal Services (2002-2006) where she acted as counsel for the City of Toronto in many different types of litigation before various levels of courts and tribunals.
graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2002. Ms. Lakra also has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She is a legal representative for a private research ethics board. In the past, she worked as a legal consultant at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, and at a multi-national company. Her past community work has included the Canadian Mental Health Association and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario, where she served as Vice-President. In her spare time, Ms. Lakra writes fiction.
Dr. Martina Power is a former Consulting Psychiatrist with the Assertive Community Treatment Team at Grand River Hospital and Medical Director at KW Health Centre's Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and had a private community psychiatric practice from 1995 to 2010. Dr. Power holds an MRC Psychiatry designation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an FRCP Psychiatry designation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Gary Kay is a Staff Adult Psychiatrist at the Civic Campus, a Course Coordinator, a Civic-Site Education Coordinator with The Ottawa Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Kay is a former Acting Civic-Site Education Coordinator with The Ottawa Hospital. His community involvement includes serving as Vice-Chair of the Evaluating Exam Psychiatry Committee. Dr. Kay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Queen's University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Brian Chillman is a Partner with McTague Law Firm LLP where he co-chairs the Business Law Group. Mr. Chillman was the former General Counsel and Secretary to the Board with Chrysler Financial Services Canada Incorporated. His community involvement includes serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Windsor Regional Hospital, as a guest lecturer at the University of Windsor (ethics, wills, and estates), and as a mentor of the senior law class at St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School. Mr. Chillman holds a Bachelor of Arts (Business Co-op Program) from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor.
Shashi Raina is a Sole Practitioner in the areas of Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Wills and Estates, Real Estate and Business Law. Mr. Raina is a former Associate Lawyer with Wise Law Office. He is a member of the Law Society Upper Canada and a licensed member of the Bar Council of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Mr. Raina's community involvement includes providing pro-bono legal work. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India.
Linda Martschenko is a lawyer who practiced in the areas of business and immigration law in Windsor Ontario. She appeared before various tribunals and courts including the Federal Court of Appeal. Linda continues to teach Employment Law and Business Law at St. Clair College. In the past, Ms. Martschenko’s community involvement included serving as a member of the Research Ethics Board of the University of Windsor, as a member of the Board of Governors of St. Clair College, as Chairperson and member of the Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee and as Treasurer of Theatre Ensemble in Windsor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor.
John Hanbidge is a lawyer who was employed as Crown Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General from 1982 until 2015. Mr. Hanbidge appeared frequently as counsel for the Attorney General before the Ontario Review Board. He was Chairperson of the organizing committee established to design and implement the Adult Therapeutic Court currently in operation at sittings of the Ontario Court of Justice at London, Ontario. He retired as General Counsel with the Ministry, last serving in the capacity of Acting Crown Attorney for the County of Oxford. In November 2015, he was appointed as a Standing Agent with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Mr. Hanbidge is currently serving as an appointed member of Ontario Review Board and the Consent and Capacity Board. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Law degree from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School.
Mr. John Liddle graduated from the University of Windsor Law School in 1988 and was a practising criminal defence lawyer until 2021. He was a president of the Windsor Criminal Lawyers' Association and was a Regional Director of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers' Association. He taught Criminal Law and Forensic Evidence at the University of Windsor and was a founding member of the local justice committee that created Windsor's Mental Health Court.
George Papatheodorou has been a Psychiatrist member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2015. He held many senior positions as a psychiatrist, including Clinical Chief of the Schizophrenia Program at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health- College Street. For many years he managed the inpatient services of the Early Psychosis Unit at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. He is an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto. He completed Medical School, a rotating internship, and a psychiatry residency from McGill University.
Ross Stewart is originally from Calgary, Alberta. He has resided in Ottawa since 1980. He is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A, (Hons.) -), the University of Ottawa (LL.B.) and York University (LL.M. – Criminal Law and Procedure). He has practised in Ottawa since 1990 with the law firm of Stewart Pilon LPC., in the areas of criminal defence and mental health law. He offers legal services in both English and French. He has appeared in all levels of courts in Ontario and before the Ontario Review Board. Since 2017, he has been a Standing Agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He is a part time professor at the University of Ottawa-Faculty of Common Law where he teaches a course on mental health law.
Dr. Karen Hand is a general adult psychiatrist with experience in program development. While on staff at the former Brockville Psychiatric Hospital, she was the psychiatrist with one of the ﬁrst Assertive Community Treatment Teams in Ontario, participating in the development of the ACT model of service delivery for individuals living with severe mental illness in Ontario; during this time the team received a Government of Ontario Amethyst Award for Excellence in Service. In 1998, when the MOHLTC was beginning to roll out ACT Teams across the province, she was hired to implement an ACT Team in Waterloo Region. As a member of the Technical Advisory Panel for Assertive Community Treatment for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, she is one of the authors of the Standards for ACT Teams in Ontario. She is currently an advisor to the Ontario ACT and FACT Association. Dr Hand is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster School of Medicine. Dr. Hand earned her B.Med.Sc and her M.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Dave McFadden is a retired police constable with over 30 years of service with the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service (1987 - 2014) and OPP Bancroft (1984 -1987). His career included Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Traffic Services. He was the President of the Peterborough Police Association from 2003 until his retirement in August 2014. He also held the position of President of the Police Association of Ontario from 2011 to 2013. Mr. McFadden is a recipient of the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces medal, the Police Officer Exemplary Service medal (1st Bar) and the Queen's Jubilee medal.
Geoffrey Beasley retired as Crown Attorney for Middlesex County in 2012, after 27 years with the Ministry of the Attorney General. He was actively involved in mental health advocacy and training since 1990, appearing as counsel before the Lieutenant Governor's Review Board and the Ontario Review Board. He was co-founder of the Attorney General's training program for Part XXI of the Criminal Code. In private practice from 1982 to 1985, he appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2013 he was appointed as a legal member and Alternate Chairperson of the Ontario Review Board.
is a former Nurse Practitioner at Brighton Quinte West Family Health Team, and a former Practitioner at Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre. Her community involvement includes serving as Treasurer for the Central Easy Association for Smoking Cessation.
Mark Handelman was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978 and holds an MHSc in Bioethics from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Mr. Handelman was first appointed to the Board in 1998 and served a ten-year term, for 8 years of which he was a Vice Chair and Senior Lawyer Member. He was a part time Member of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal from 2008 to 2018. From 2008 to 2019, Mr. Handelman practiced elder law and health care law. His articles on consent and capacity law, mental health law, end of life decision-making and Powers of Attorney have appeared in the popular press as well as peer-reviewed medical and legal journals. He is a Provincial appointee to the Council of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists. He was a member of Pro Bono Ontario and volunteered at Casey House. Until 2002 Mr. Handelman lived and practiced law in London, Ontario, where he also served as President of The Better Business Bureau, President of the London Chamber of Commerce, Director of The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the National Council of Better Business Bureaux, The London Club and of Congregation Or Shalom. He wrote some 300 restaurant reviews and food articles for The London Free Press.
Dr. Natasja Menezes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, at McMaster University. Dr. Menezes is also the Chair of Student Affairs for the Undergraduate Medical Education Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. She completed her medical degree and specialty training in Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She subsequently pursued clinical fellowship training and a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, with a focus on early intervention for psychosis, and determinants of outcome. Her clinical expertise is in early intervention for psychosis, with her primary clinical setting being the Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic. She is very involved in university administration and education, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At the community level, she has volunteered for numerous initiatives promoting mental health and well-being, through various organizations and schools.
is a lawyer who practices law with the firm Donelly Murphy Lawyers Professional Corporation. His areas of practice include, Civil Litigation, Wills, Estates, and Real Estate. Mr. Murphy is designated by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.
is a staff Physician for St. Michael's Academic Family Health Team and a former staff Physician and Locum Physician at Weeneebayko Area Health Authority. Rami is a member of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Ontario Medical Association and College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Nathalie Ranger is a primary care-trained physician with focused clinical practice areas in addiction medicine, psychotherapy and obesity medicine. She has worked as a staff physician in the Addiction Medicine Program at Homewood Health Centre and continues to provide locum coverage, in addition to her outpatient clinical work. She holds a Medical Doctorate from McMaster University and is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, with a Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine. She is also certified as an American Board of Obesity Medicine diplomate.
graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1998 and completed her residency training in Anesthesiology in Toronto in 2005. She is currently working as an Investigating Coroner for the Province of Ontario. Dr. Sarjeant has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2005. She previously served as a Citizen Member on the Toronto Board of Health.
is Project Lead for Improving Access to Palliative Care at Home at Regional Palliative Care Network/ Ontario Palliative Care Network. She is a former Nurse Practitioner and Project Manager at Quinte HealthLink, Belleville and Quinte West. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer at Limestone School Board.
has spent 20 years within the private sector supporting healthcare improvements and industry partnerships within our Canadian Healthcare system. She specializes in identifying and overseeing process improvement initiatives, strategically important joint value projects and partnerships through situational analysis and solution creation. She leverages her diverse therapeutic background of pharmaceutical, medical commodity, genetic testing, complex device as well as a Black Belt Lean Six Sigma certification. Jennifer has published several academic posters and has been a guest speaker at several provincial conferences.
Darlene Kindiak is a licensed Paralegal and Social Worker with graduate training in social work and public policy, whose career spans 30+ years. She carries 15 years of clinical mental health/ leadership experience in both hospital and community-based settings, combined with teaching/ research experience at McMaster and Waterloo Universities. In addition, she carries over 10 years of Paralegal experience attending to criminal court/ tribunal/ mental health matters within hospital-based Forensic services and Legal Aid Ontario. In addition to her current Public Member role, Darlene is an Educator/ Paralegal with the Department of Justice, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace project and Instructor of Mental Health First Aid with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Patricia Doyle is a retired obstetrician/gynaecologist who has been in practice in Etobicoke and Mississauga for over thirty years. She obtained her BMedSc and MD degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed her ObsGyn residency at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. She has had a special interest in mood disorders of pregnancy and postpartum. Currently she works as a surgical assistant in Halton and Peel, and volunteers in animal rescue.
is a nurse practitioner and has extensive experience in the health care field, both in pediatrics and with adults diagnosed with chronic illnesses. While she worked in a tertiary card centre for over 20 years, her current work setting is in the community.
is a partner with The Castle Lawyers in Mississauga. He is a former part-time member of the Social Security Tribunal of Canada. He has served the community as Chair of the Mississauga Appeal Tribunal, Auxiliary Inspector with the Toronto Police Service, Director of St. John Ambulance Toronto Branch, member of the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus Council, and as a volunteer Probation Officer. He is a recipient of the Ontario Auxiliary Police Medal (2nd Bar), the Timothy Street medal of Honor, the APUS Award for the University of Toronto Sesquicentennial and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
is a Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist for Providence Care Hospital Kingston, and a former Primary Care NP for Brighton and Quinte West Family Health Team. Julie holds a Master of Nursing-Nurse Practitioner PHC from Athabasca University.
is a Case Manager at The Hospital for Sick Children, and a former Disability Case Coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her community involvement includes serving as member for board of directors for University Settlement.
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is a former Executive Director for Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer on the fundraising committee for Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre.
is a former Director of Fund Development and Communications for Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, and a former CEO for Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes. Her community involvement includes serving as a board committee member – Quality and Safety Committee for Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre.
Stephen Duggan retired from the Toronto Police Service after 34 years of serving in all areas of the Service. Much of his career focused on investigating criminal activity and specialized units such as the Street Crime Unit and Homicide Squad. Stephen was an adjunct teacher at Humber College for 29 years before retiring. He is a graduate of Humber College, the University of Guelph Humber, and Guelph University.
Kimberley Kirkpatrick is a primary nurse practitioner with a background in Public Health, Emergency and Functional Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor in 2003 and then completed her Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certificate in 2014. She is a member of the Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario. Is a former Executive Director of the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre providing community health and social services to marginalized populations. She served on several community service planning and development projects including Equipe de santé familial communautaire de l’est and the Orleans Health Hub.
is a nurse practitioner for Ontario Shores, and a former nurse practitioner for Lakeridge Health. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as a member of Clarington Municipality Accessibility Committee for Municipality of Clarington.
is a Phlebotomist for Dynacare, and a former Registered Nurse for Clinique de Cimiez, Appel Medical and Centre Cardio-Thoracique. She holds a First Aid and CPR Training from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rouen.
Gail is a longstanding lawyer member of the Law Society of Ontario, practicing as an advocate before the Courts and administrative tribunals for more than thirty years. She acted as a coach, adjudicator and mediator as well. Gail’s community involvement includes serving as a volunteer for the First Interfaith Out of the Cold and as a Director on the Boards of a number of charitable organizations.
is a member of the Ontario Bar and a Registered Trademark Agent. She has served on the Board of Directors of STRIDE, and she currently sits on the Board of Directors of Kerry’s Place Autism Services.
Jane Anweiler is a former Discipline Counsel and Intake and Resolution Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario. Her community work includes serving as a Trustee for the National Association of Women and the Law ("NAWL") Charitable Trust for Research and Education. Jane holds an LLB from Queen's University and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Julie Anderson Handsor is a nurse and is the Director of Operations of the Chatham-Kent Clinical Trials Research Centre. Julie has more than 20 years in practice as a mental health nurse and 16 years as a lead study coordinator in CNS clinical trials. She also teaches Non-Violent Crisis Intervention at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer member for La Sertoma Chatham.
Hilary Alexander has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2019. She previously served on the Complaints, Inquiries and Reports Committee of CPSO. For over twenty years she worked as an Investment Advisor at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Her community involvement included fund raising for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She was also involved with an initiative to improve the quality of life for patients and treatment staff through the therapeutic benefits of professionally performed music in hospitals. The program’s mission was to bring the person out of the patient.
is a former Discipline Counsel and Practice Lead for the Law Society of Ontario. Her community involvement includes serving as an Instructor for Advocates’ Society, and as an Adjunct Law Professor for University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. He holds a PhD in health services research, a master’s degree in critical disability studies and an MBA. Blair's non-profit board experience includes March of Dimes Canada where he served as board chair, Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia and West End YMCA of Toronto. His volunteer experience includes palliative care with Halton Healthcare and the foster puppy program of Canada Dog Guides. He frequently writes and speaks on issues related to health and aging.
has worked within the health care industry in a variety of front line and management roles. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and has additional education in health care management. She has most recently worked in the home and community care environment. She previously served as Executive Vice President, Clinical Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. She is a surveyor with Accreditation Canada and holds an Adjunct Lecturer appointment with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She was on the Board of Directors, Mackenzie Health from 2010 to June 2019.
is a former Lawyer/Partner at Besse Merrifield & Cowan LLP. His community involvement includes serving as a Member of Planning Giving/Legacy Committee for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation, and a former Club Member/Board Member/Club President for Rotary Club of Collingwood.
graduated from University of Toronto with a Master of Science, Faculty of Medicine in 1985. As CEO, Ms. Nytko operated a Continuum of Care Seniors Centre in Toronto for 12 years, dealing with issues of substitute decision making, consent to treatment and competency of mental health patients. For over 9 years, she worked at the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care working with lawyers in areas covered by many acts governing healthcare. Ms. Nytko has previous experience as a Public Member on a National Professional Board. She holds a certificate in Dispute Resolution – Mediation, Negotiation, Facilitation from York University.
has been practicing mediation and arbitration for the past 19 years. Mr. Matheson’s areas of practice include family, labor, employment and personal injury law. His community involvement includes serving as a piper and piper instructor for the Hamilton Police Pipe Band.
Brigitte Pilon is originally from Sudbury. She moved to Ottawa in 1984 to pursue her legal studies. She has practiced in the areas of wills and estates and real estate transactions since the beginning of her legal career. Brigitte taught at the Bar Admission Course in these two areas of law for twelve years. Her interest in the field of education motivated her to run for school board trustee in 2006. She worked at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Centre-Est (CECCE) until 2018. She also helped with the creation of course materials and taught the Real Estate Transactions course at the Law Practice Program for four years. From 1995 to 2017 she administered a legal aid clinic at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre. Today, she practices law with Stewart Pilon LPC. She has been the Executive Director of the Council of Canadian Law Deans (CCLD) since 2006. In 2017 she became a presiding member of the Consent and Capacity Board. She has been teaching at the Ottawa common law faculty since 2010.
Katherine Tomaszewski, of Strathroy, is a member (part-time) of the Consent and Capacity Board, an Associate Lawyer with Bezaire Hemeryck Barnett Professional Corporation, and a Knowledge Team Member with Clausehound Inc. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Children’s Aid Society London and Middlesex Board of Directors.
Francesca Vivona is currently a staff nurse in the Forensic Treatment Unit at the Brockville Mental Health Centre, and a former Registered Massage Therapist. Her community involvement centres around animal rescue organizations, in particular the Boston Terrier Rescue of Canada for which she served several years on the Board of Directors as Adoptions Liaison.
Robert Spence was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. He was in private practice until he was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2002. He continued as a Judge of the Ontario Court until 2021. He has volunteered for a number of community outreach agencies and programs including Lawyers Feed the Hungry and Woodgreen Community Centre.
Chantal Desloges is the senior partner of Desloges Law Group, specializing in immigration and refugee law. She previously taught immigration law at Osgoode Hall Law School and currently teaches at Queens Law School. Chantal is the past Chair of the Homes First Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing supportive housing in Toronto for severely marginalized individuals. In 2013, she was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee. In 2014, Chantal was elected to the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Immigration Section. In 2020, she was awarded the Law Society of Ontario Achievement Award for excellence in developing seminars for lawyers and paralegals. In recognition of her community service to newcomers to Canada, Chantal was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal in 2022. She is a regular commentator in national news networks, and a regular expert witness for Parliamentary Committees.
Deborah Morrish spent 22 years at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in various capacities from decision-maker to senior management at both the Refugee Protection Division and the Refugee Appeal Division. Prior to that she was a Vice-Chair of the Social Assistance Review Board of Ontario for 11 years. Most recently, she was contracted by the UNHCR to address capacity issues at the Refugee Appeal Board of South Africa. She has volunteered at various community organizations including TorontoEast General Hospital as an Emergency Crisis Worker, Board Member for the Community Association for Riding for the Disabled and support liaison for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.
Joyce Curry is a self-employed coach, a former psychotherapist at Women’s College Hospital, and a former investigative social worker for Office of the Children’s Lawyer at the Ministry of the Attorney General. Joyce’s community involvement includes serving as a core team member for Toronto Outer Dragon Boat Club.
Lesley Donald began her career as a French translator for the federal government before joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, first with the Court Interpretation and Translation program and later as a Manager of Court Operations. She managed youth justice and social service contracts for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services until 2015. After retiring, she attained accreditation as a family mediator. She provides French translation services in the context of various volunteer activities.
Harvey Gorewicz spent over 25 years working within the Ministry of the Attorney General, in the Agency Relations Tribunal Division, the Criminal Law Division, Crown Law Office Criminal and Court Services Division. Harvey held the position of Operations Manager in four of Toronto’s largest criminal courthouses and led several Ministry initiatives. Harvey has been an instructor at Humber College for the past six years at the Faculty of Social and Community Services.
Martin Forget is a proud and fully bilingual member of the Franco-Ontarian with over 30 years of experience working in the private and public sector. As former executive of Telus Health Solutions Inc, Emergis Inc, Nortel, and a three-time successful tech entrepreneur, Martin has developed exceptional leadership skills. He also served as a public member on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario from 2013-2015 and volunteers on an ongoing basis supporting the work of various community organizations and individuals involved in the public service who strive to prove the well-being of all member of the society.
Debra Tackaberry is a former senior manager in knowledge management/youth worker portfolio for the Ministry of Labour, and a former senior manager in Policy, Ontario Victim Services for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the board of directors for Durham Family Court Clinic.
Curt Flanagan currently sits as a legal member of the Consent and Capacity Board and Ontario Review Board. He is a former Director of Crown Operations, East Region, Crown Attorney, Leeds and Grenville, and Director of Mental Health and Justice, Criminal Law Division for the Ministry of the Attorney General. He was actively involved in mental health advocacy, training, and education throughout his career, with extensive knowledge in mental disorder and the criminal law.
Myrna Tulandi is an adjudicator at two tribunals, a business lead and lawyer experienced in data and knowledge management, a legal tech lecturer at a law school, and a mentor for Law Practice Program candidates. She worked with domestic and global stakeholders to develop and manage the product direction and roadmap in consequence to Canadian privacy legislation, as well as market sensibilities around data privacy and security. She practiced at bilingual law firms in Toronto and Montreal, with a focus on corporate law, commercial litigation, and trademarks. A member of the Law Society of Ontario, she holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a LL.L. from Université de Montréal.
Susan Johnston is a psychiatrist who practices shared care with a number of family health teams in North Bay, Ontario and with the CMHA in both North Bay and New Liskeard, Ontario. She is also an associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Allison University in 1990, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University in 1992, a Medical degree from Dalhousie University in 1996 and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa in 2001. She has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2001. She completed a Visiting Fellowship in Electroconvulsive Therapy at Columbia University in 2012.
Mary Smith obtained a PhD in Nursing from the University of Victoria in 2018. She has over 20 years of experience as both a Registered Nurse and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and is involved in Indigenous health, chronic diseases, mental health and addictions, teaching and research.
Partha Datta is an Intensivist for Markham Stouffville Hospital. Partha Datta is a member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Ramprasad Bismil is a Staff Psychiatrist at the St. Jospeh's Health Centre, Toronto. He has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2020. He has held several positions as a psychiatrist including the Head of Division of General Psychiatry The Ottawa Hospital and the Chief of Psychiatry at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Dimitri Louvish has practiced Family practiced/ER/Urgent Care/Hospitality medicine since 2004 and held medical positions in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, British Columbia and Quebec. Dr. Louvish has extensive expertise in medical affairs and health services management and administration, occupational health and safety, occupational medicine, general and emergency medicine, public health including communicable diseases, sports medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health and chronic pain management, insurance and compensation medicine, and disability claims adjudication. Dr. Louvish is a board examiner with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Clinical Supervisor with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Professional Member of the Licence Appeal Board of Ontario, Tribunals Ontario and served on the Disciplinary and Preliminary Inquiry Committees with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Dr. Louvish received his Doctor of Medicine M.D.C.M from McGill University, Faculty of Medicine in 2002. He obtained his Bachelor of Science, Major in Microbiology & Immunology with Great Distinction McGill University, obtained his Bachelor of Science, Major in Microbiology & Immunology with Great Distinction McGill University, Faculty of Science in 1996. Dr. Louvish has been awarded 2015 FCFP (Fellowship) designation, 2004 CCFP (Certificant) designation and the 2002 Leadership Award from College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Montreal Community Foundation Award and the Dr. Maurice Brodie Memorial Scholarship from McGill University.
Gerald Shugar completed medical school at the University of Toronto and did his psychiatric training in Toronto, the U.K and the United States. In 1966 he joined the clinical staff of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry which later became the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). His interests have been in psychiatric research, teaching, administration, and clinical practice. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has 25 publications in refereed journals and has authored 5 chapters in psychiatric textbooks. He provided medical-legal consultations to lawyers around the province for 25 years. He has been Chair of the Section on Psychiatry of the OMA and the psychiatric editor of Modern Medicine of Canada. In 2020 he retired from clinical practice on the Women's Inpatient Unit at CAMH. He joined the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) in 2001. He sits on CCB hearings, mentors new psychiatric members and provides outreach to hospital psychiatrists and psychiatric residents around the province.
Kate Uchendu is the operator of a COBS Bread Bakery in Scarborough. Prior to her entry into small business ownership, Kate worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Red Blood Cell Disorders Program (RBCD) at Toronto General Hospital (TGH). She has also worked as a staff nurse in Cardiovascular Surgery at TGH, a Case Manager in Communicable Disease Control at Toronto Public Health, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatric Emergency Management at St. Michael's Hospital. She is an active member of her community in Downtown Toronto where she has lived for the past 19 years, she volunteers in a variety of capacities at the St. James Cathedral, Toronto. Ms. Uchendu holds a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Albina Veltman is the Associate Chair, Equity Diversity Inclusion and Indigenous Reconciliation and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Her clinical work focuses on traditionally marginalized populations, including people with severe and persistent mental illness, people who have developmental disabilities, and people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. She has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Psychiatry Undergraduate Educator Award, the 2014 AMS Phoenix Foundation Call to Caring Grant, and the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists.
Varadaraj Velamoor is a clinical and academic psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Velamoor is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario and a Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Dr. Velamoor is also a former Chief of Psychiatry at the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington. Dr. Velamoor is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK and a fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with a specialist certification in Psychiatry.
was formerly counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Financial Services Commission and a past member of the Licence Appeals Tribunal. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, and President of Community Living Burlington. Mr. Nemet holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.
is an ordained minister and Registered Psychotherapist at True Roots Counselling Services, the Clinical Director at AXIS Integrated Support Inc., and Community Member of Education Implementation Working Group (EIWG) of the Mississauga-Halton Local Health Integration Network. Certified by the Ontario Multi-faith Council, Ms. Cato has served as Chaplain for the Philip Aziz Centre and Social Worker/Chaplain of Tansley Woods Long-Term Care Facility. Ms. Cato has worked with at-risk youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, Addiction and Mental Health, Alzheimer's, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delay, and Palliative Care. Ms. Cato is passionate about human rights, social justice, equality for all and empowering those who struggle to find their voice with strategies designed to enable them to be heard.
is a Psychiatrist at St. Joseph's Healthcare and an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University. Her community involvement includes being a member of the Hamilton Women's Hockey League and the Bruce Trail Association, and former Vice-President of Dundas Minor Hockey Association. Dr. Corey is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and holds a Medical Doctorate from McMaster University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University.
Yvonne Harris was a former Transitional Case Manager and Registered Practical Nurse in the Forensic Mental Health Program at The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. She also worked on the Assertive Community Treatment Team, and at the Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre. She was also a member of the Ontario Review Board and has been involved with numerous Mental Health programs and committees in the community.
is a lawyer who has practiced regulatory law for a number of years in Toronto. Her community involvement has included being actively involved in various development and peace-building initiatives prospective of Middle Eastern minority and refugee communities. Ms. Harvie holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Religious Studies, a Master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies, and a Master's degree in Public Administration.
was employed by Correctional Services Canada as a Health Services Manager for 15 years and a front-line psychiatric nurse for 16 years. Mr. Giroux is a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario. He is involved in his community through the College of Nurses Outreach Program, Mental Health and Corrections, and the Canadian Mental Health Crisis Line (Belleville). Mr. Giroux holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa and a Registered Nursing Diploma.
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is a Lieutenant at the Ottawa Fire Services where he has worked for the past 26 years. Prior to joining the Ottawa Fire Services, he worked in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Infantry Sergeant. Mr. Rainboth has supported various community organizations in the past, including the Eastern Ottawa Resource Center, the Rideau Canoe Club, and Hockey Eastern Ontario. He is also a former competitive coach and currently Level 3 hockey official. Mr. Rainboth holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa.
has over 35 years of experience as an educator in the public sector. During that time she consulted for the Ministry of Education and acted as an Associate Teacher Mentor for the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto. After her withdrawal from service as a full-time educator, Ms. Rasminsky qualified as a Credit Counsellor under the Federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Spanning this entire working period, she has mentored many persons to pursue success in their financial planning, professions, and businesses. Ms. Rasminsky holds a Master of Education degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto.
has practiced family, criminal, civil and estate litigation in both Hastings and Prince Edward Counties since 1998. Mr. Cavanaugh holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University.
served for 18 years as Director of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph. Throughout her career, in the same facility, Mrs. Herne has held a number of positions including Administrator of Alcohol and Drug Services, Nurse Manager, Nursing Coordinator and front-line staff. Mrs. Herne holds a nursing diploma from Conestoga College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Services (USA). She also served as a surveyor for the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation for 14 years.
Daniel Lamberto Ambrosini is a lawyer who has practiced forensic psychiatry and mental health law, appearing regularly before the Ontario Review Board in the past. He operates and manages a law firm and has appeared in various courts and tribunals in Ontario. He holds Bachelor degrees in psychology and civil and common law, Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in psychiatry from McGill University and a post doctorate research fellowship from Harvard Law School. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University where he teaches health law and ethics, has supervised undergraduate and graduate students, taught psychiatry residents, and has conducted empirical research in the areas of neurolaw and neuroethics.
Loree Hodgson-Harris is the Manager of Legal Services with Chatham-Kent Children’s Services. She was formerly an Associate with the Marcus Tobin Law Firm. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member for Dover Centre Memorial Park and Owen Cemetery. Ms. Hodgson-Harris holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor.
most recently served as Executive Vice-President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Prior to that, she served as Vice-President of Quality, Risk Professional Practice and Chief Nursing Executive at Rouge Valley Health System and as Executive Director of Durham Access to Care, the community care access centre for Durham Region in the Greater Toronto Area. She is the former Chair of the Board of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and a former surveyor with Accreditation Canada. Ms. Harris holds Bachelor and Master of Science (Honours) degrees in Nursing from the University of Toronto.
has been a Psychiatrist Member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2002. Dr. Pelletier, has held several senior positions as a Psychiatrist. He was the Division Director and Staff Psychiatrist at the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph for 15 years and was also the administrative director of the Specialized Psychiatry Division for the clinic. Dr. Pellettier was also an Assistant Professor and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University. Dr. Pellettier is the past-President of the Wellington County Medical Society.
is a Fellow of the RCPSC and was Attending Staff (Psychiatry), Adult Inpatients and Outpatients at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital from 1978 to 2013. She is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Woogh was a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Council of Psychiatric Continuing Education, Director of Continuing Medical Education and a member of Residency Training Committee in the Queen’s University Department of Psychiatry. Her research and publications in the field of Psychiatric Epidemiology spanned nearly 40 years.
Eugene Williams of Stoney Creek, Ontario is a retired federal public servant. He is a former Director with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Robert Buckingham was a psychiatrist at the University Health Network (UHN) and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. For many years he directed the emergency psychiatric services and managed a psychiatric intensive care unit at UHN. He is a past President of the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services and the Ontario Psychiatric Association. Dr. Buckingham is also past Director of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Joseph Ferencz holds Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Psychology and a Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph. He completed a Doctorate in Psychology at the University of Waterloo in 1982. After practicing as a psychologist for several years he undertook further training, completing a Medical Doctorate and psychiatric residency at McMaster University. In 1993 Dr. Ferencz assumed the directorship of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. In 2005 he became the Head of the Schizophrenia Service at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and subsequently the Assistant Chief of Psychiatry between 2006 and 2011. He served as the Interim Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Joseph's Healthcare in 2012 through 2014. In addition to his primary areas of practice Dr. Ferencz worked as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service between 1993 and 2013. In 2014 he returned to the full-time practice of Forensic psychiatry at the West 5th site of St. Joseph's Healthcare. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.
is a psychiatrist at North York General Hospital (NYGH) and the University Health Network. He completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health law and medical ethics as well as fellowships in psychosomatic medicine (psychiatric care of the medically ill) and clinical bioethics. He is an assistant professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
is a former Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General and former Team Leader of the Sexual Assault Prosecution Team, Co-Leader of the Child Abuse Team, and Counsel to the Victim Witness Assistance Program. She served as a War Crimes Consultant with the United Nations (Bosnia, Ex-Yugoslavia) and Legal Consultant with the Director of Public Prosecutions (Perth, Australia). Ms. Silver's community involvement includes serving as a member of the board of directors and secretary of Mothercraft (which offers a wide range of support services to families of young children) and as Vice-President of Operations of the Parent Board of University of Toronto Schools and as a Member and Advisor of the Women's Abuse Council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.
Kim Brisson is an Investigator for the Correctional Service of Canada with the Incident Investigations Branch. Prior to this, she was a part-time Professor of Police Foundations and a Conflict Manager for Law Enforcement. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer and fundraiser for CHEO and Victoria's Quilts Canada. She is also a member of the Ottawa Parole Office and the Citizen's Advisory Committee. Ms. Brisson holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.
Yuri Alatishe is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University and an Attending Psychiatrist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Dr. Alatishe is a Psychiatric Member of the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario. Dr. Alatishe holds a Medical Doctorate from Ross University and is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry.
Slavo Johnson is currently a partner with MIT Global Consulting Group, a company specializing in human right designs, mediation, investigation and training. Mr. Johnson is an executive and management consultant with over twenty-five years of experience. Mr. Johnson is a volunteer with Junior Achievement, an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people in the areas of business and economics. He is also Vice Chair of Operation Black Vote Canada and is involved with several groups dedicated to the education of young adults. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of York University where he obtained a degree in Business and Economics, as well as certification in Advanced Performance Management, Business Operations Review and Executive Coaching Principles from the Bell Institute of Professional Development.
D.A. Galbraith is a member of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and member of Ontario Medical Association. He is a former Director for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Fanshawe College.
Dr. Whitehead is a family physician in active practice. She is an expert in issues of consent in health care and has presented at national and international conferences on topics of consent in special populations. She holds an executive certificate in conflict management from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and has completed a one year course in arbitration at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada. She is a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and is a facilitator with the Center for Inter-professional Education. She is currently completing a post graduate degree in Human Rights and International Ethics.
Ranjith Chandrasena is a member for the Consent and Capacity Board and Ontario Review Board. Ranjith is an Academic Director of Psychiatry for University of Western Ontario, and a Consultant Psychiatrist for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.
Rachel Erstling is a consulting psychiatrist for Hamilton Health Sciences, West Niagara Mental Health, Shelter Health Network, and Canadian Mental Health Association Hamilton Branch. Her community involvement includes serving as a consulting psychiatrist for Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health.
Suzanne Legault is a graduate of Queen’s University medical school, subsequently completing her psychiatry training and Masters in Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She held a Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship with research in Medical Psychiatry. She holds an FRCP designation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Medical Licence from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. She was Chief of Psychiatry at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga Site from 1998-2008. Subsequently, she held positions as Inpatient Mental Health Director, general inpatient psychiatrist, and assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In conjunction with inpatient work, she was the Consultant Psychiatrist for the South Central Etobicoke Assertive Community Treatment Team for eighteen years. She retired from clinical practice in 2022.
Christena McDonald is a retired nurse practitioner of Primary Health Care for Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, and a former nurse practitioner of Primary Health Care for London Centre of Hope Family Health Team. Her community involvement includes serving as a primary care nurse practitioner for South West Regional Primary Care Network.
Dr. Kumar Naidu is a physician of Indian origin with M.B., B.S and M.D degrees. He trained in psychiatry in the United Kingdom and qualified to become a Member of the Royal college of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych.) of U.K. He immigrated to Canada in 1988. He qualified as a specialist in psychiatry in Canada and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC). He has been Practicing Psychiatry in Ontario since 1990. He worked in hospitals affiliated with Western University in London, Ontario from 1990 to 2009 and again from 2017 to 2020. During these periods, he provided clinical care to patients, taught and trained medical students and physicians training to become psychiatrists. From 2009 to 2017 Dr. Naidu practiced psychiatry in Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario. Dr. Naidu has been residing in Toronto since September 2020. He has a part time out-patient Psychiatry practice in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Leslie Maunder is also an Alternate Chair on the Ontario Review Board. She has previously worked as Discipline Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario (conducting regulatory prosecutions and appeals) and as Senior Appellate Counsel for a large criminal defence firm. Ms. Maunder is an active participant as faculty in legal education programs and has held a variety of volunteer positions, including being on the Board of several not-for-profit organizations, acting as “duty counsel” for inmate appeals at the Court of Appeal, and managing a soccer team.