Consent And Capacity Board
Margaret Creal 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.
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.
Michael Newman is a member of the Ontario Bar. He was in private practice for 37 years. 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 Ryerson 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.
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.
Rajiv Bhatla is Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and 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, 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.
Gary Strang has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2003. Mr. Strang is an active member of the City of London Police Service and a Supervisor with the Community Foot Patrol Unit. He is a former Police Officer with the London Police Service. Mr. Strang's community involvement includes serving with the London Cycling Advisory Committee and 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.
Anthony Warr is Director of Corporate Risk Management Total Security Management Services Inc. with A.J. Warr Consulting Ltd. He retired in 2011 as Deputy Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service. He served with the Toronto Police Service in various roles for over 40 years. Mr. Warr is a member of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute Advisory Board and a Life Member of the Ontario Associations of Chiefs of Police.
Elisabeth Brückmann graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001. Since 2003, she has worked as a lawyer in community based legal clinics providing service to low-income people. She is currently the Executive Director of West Toronto Community Legal Services. Ms. Brückmann has been an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School teaching legal practice to students in the Intensive Program in Poverty Law. She has volunteered on a number of Boards of Directors, including the Parkdale Community Health Centre, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, and Youth Challenge International. Ms. Brückmann is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Union of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators.
Dr. Virginia Edwards is a Psychiatrist currently working in private practice. She is a former Chief of Child Psychiatry at Toronto East General Hospital and was a lecturer for several years at the University of Toronto. Dr. Edwards is a member of Defense for Children International and a former board member of East Metro Youth Services. She received her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 1971.
Dr. Catherine Krasnik is Clinical Lead of the National Youth Forensic Service in Wellington, New Zealand. Previously she served as a General and Forensic Psychiatrist at Syl Apps Youth Centre. Her community involvement has included volunteering for Leaders for Change with the Maytree Foundation. Dr. Krasnik has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2012. She received her medical degree and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship (Adult & Child Adolescent Stream) from McMaster University.
Gerald Shugar completed medical school at the University of Toronto and did his psychiatric training in Toronto, England 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). He is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His interests have been in psychiatric research, teaching, administration, and clinical practice. He has 25 publications in refereed journals and has authored 5 chapters in psychiatric textbooks.He has provided medical-legal consultations to lawyers around the province for the past 25 years.He has been Chair of the Section on Psychiatry of the OMA and the psychiatric editor of Modern Medicine of Canada. His current clinical practice focuses on assessing and treating patients on the Women's Inpatient Unit at CAMH, the only all women's inpatient unit in Canada. He joined the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) in 2001. He sits on CCB hearings, mentors new psychiatric members and provides outreach to psychiatrists and psychiatric residents around the province to help them prepare for and present at CCB hearings.
Timothy Vaillancourt retired after 33 years as a police officer in the Midland area. He worked in operations including the K-9 unit. He was the Midland Police Association President for many years until his retirement. He retired at the rank of Operational Sergeant. Mr. Vaillancourt has been a volunteer with the Out of the Cold Program, Big Brothers Association, Simcoe County Dual Diagnosis Committee, Simcoe County Homeless Association, and a past member of the Board of Monitors for Central North Correction Centre. Mr. Vaillancourt is also a recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal.
Lonny Rosen is a founding partner of the health law boutique Rosen Sunshine LLP. He has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Health Law. He represents health care professionals, administrators of health care facilities, professional administrative proceedings, and in hearings before various health tribunals. He also serves as independent legal counsel to Discipline Committees of professionals' governing bodies. He is a Director of The Advocates' Society and an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association Health Law Section and frequently speaks and writes on health law issues.
received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and his medical degree from McMaster University. Dr. List completed his psychiatric resiliency training at McMaster University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. List is a Psychiatrist at the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia and an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University. Dr. List has also been a Psychiatric Consultant for Hamilton-Wentworth Public Health, Mental Health and Street Outreach Services, and involved in the evaluation of safety and efficacy of psychiatric drugs in his work with the Therapeutic Products Directorate, Health Canada
Dr. Albina Veltman is 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 LGBTQ. From 2013-2016, she served as the Inaugural Diversity & Engagement Chair of the Undergraduate MD Program at McMaster University. 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.
CHINWE KATE UCHENDU
Kate Uchendu is a Nurse Practitioner in the Red Blood Cell Disorders Program (RBCD) at Toronto General Hospital (TGH). Prior to her role as a Nurse Practitioner in RBCD, she 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 14 years, she volunteers in a variety of capacities at the St. James Cathedral. Ms. Uchendu holds a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto.
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.
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.
is a former Transnational Case Manager and Registered Practical Nurse at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. She has been a member of the Ontario Review Board since April, 2017. Mrs. Harris' community involvement has included being a Representative for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Planning Group for Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental Health Illness Awareness Week. She is a Registered Practical Nurse and a former member of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
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.
has been involved in a wide range of areas of the law including academia, policy work and public inquiries. Ms. Bessner's areas of teaching have been Evidence, Children and the Law, Criminal Law, and Public Inquiries. She is the author of many published articles and has made numerous presentations at universities, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, for the Ontario Court of Justice and at conferences. Ms. Bessner has also worked on a number of public inquiries and in law reform. She has held the position of Senior Legal Analyst at five public inquiries including the Walkerton Inquiry, the Ipperwash Inquiry and the Royal Commission on the Blood System in Canada. As Counsel to the Ontario Law Reform Commission, she wrote reports on Drug and Alcohol in the Workplace, Child Witnesses, the Basis of Liability for Provincial Offences and co-authored the report on Damages for Environmental Harm. She graduated from McGill Law School with a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law degree. She received a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.
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.
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.
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 member of Pro Bono Ontario and volunteers 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. Jennifer Sarjeant graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1998 and completed her residency training in Anesthesiology in Toronto in 2005. Dr. Sarjeant has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2005. She is currently working as an Investigating Coroner for the Province of Ontario.
is a Staff Physician in the Addiction Medicine Service at Homewood Health Centre. She completed her addiction medicine fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and St. Joseph's Health Centre in the University of Toronto PGY3 Enhanced Skills program. She has been an adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University since working at Homewood and is involved in supervising residents on addiction medicine rotations. 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 (CCFP (AM)).
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.
has held the roles of Family Physician as well as a Psychiatrist with Sault Area Hospital where he established an Assertive Community Treatment Team. He was an inaugural member of the Ministry of Health’s Ontario Technical Advisory Panel for the provincial implementation of Assertive Community Treatment. In 2000, he was appointed to the North East Mental Health Implementation Task Force. He received the 2016 “Sault Area Hospital Hutchinson Award” to recognize distinguished contributions to health services in Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma.
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.
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.
is an independent contractor/consultant Nurse Practitioner. She is a former Attending Nurse Practitioner for Lanark County, and a former Academic/Lecturer at Charles Darwin University. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as Nurse Practitioner Steering Committee President, and as Vice-President for Yukon Registered Nurses Association.
is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. Her community involvement includes serving on the Parent Involvement Committee at Iroquois Ridge High School, and as member for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Ontario Medical Association.
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.
ROBERT DAWSON RAINBOTH
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Braden is a retired Associate Professor Psychiatry at Queen’s University. He is a member of the Ontario Review Board, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
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.
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 licensed Paralegal and Social Worker with 20+ years of Certification as a Healthcare Executive. She carries 15 years of clinical mental health/supervisory experience in both hospital and community-based settings (Stratford, Homewood and Joseph Brant Hospitals), along with teaching/research partnership experience at McMaster and Waterloo Universities. As a Paralegal with Legal Aid Ontario (Hamilton District), she represented clients with mental health issues charged with criminal and/or provincial offences. Her tribunal experience includes appearing (Hospital Representative) before the ORB and most recently serving as a part-time community member on the Ontario Review Board.
is a bioethicist at the Centre for Clinical Ethics within Unity Health Toronto (a health network composed of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, and St. Michael’s Hospital). As an ethicist, Dave provides ethics consultation services to physicians, hospital staff, patients, and family members, and he offers support in the areas of organizational ethics, policy development, staff education, and research ethics. He also directs the Centre’s post-graduate fellowship program in clinical and organizational ethics. Dave teaches and has faculty appointments (at the rank of assistant professor) within the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2014, Dave completed his PhD in Philosophy, specializing in ethics, at Harvard University.
is a former Group Director for PostMedia Inc. Ken’s community involvement includes formerly serving as a Co-Founder and board member for Orillia and Area Community Foundation, and as a committee member for local community charities in markets.
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.
is an obstetrician 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 ObGyn residency at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. During her practice at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, she was a part-time lecturer at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, University of Toronto. She has had a special interest in mood disorders of pregnancy and postpartum and served on the Postpartum Mood Disorder Committee at the Credit Valley Hospital.
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.
is a primary care nurse practitioner specializing in sexual health and Windsor Essex County Health Unit. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor in 2003 and then earned her primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2014. She is a member of the Nurse practitioners Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Board of Aesthetic Medicine.
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.
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.
currently serves as a part-time public member on the Complaints. inquiries and Reports Committee of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Hilary is a former Account Executive, Investment, Estate & Wealth Management Advisor for BMO Nesbitt Burns. Her community involvement includes serving as Board Secretary and Director for University-Rosedale PC Riding Association.
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.
RENEE LADOUCEUR BEAUCHAMP
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
a Director of Operations for Chatham-Kent Clinical Trials, and a Registered Practical Nurse, Crisis Intervention Instructor for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer member for La Sertoma Chatham.
is a Clinic Nurse at Dr Enrique Torres MD, and a former Self-Employed Registered Massage Therapist. Her community involvement includes serving as a Board of Director-Adoption Liaison and a Registered Foster Home for Boston Terrier Rescue Canada.
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.
Dr. Robert Buckingham obtained his medical degree from Western University and his specialty qualification in Psychiatry from the University of Toronto. He has held the positions of Medical Director in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Health Network and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. For many years he led the emergency psychiatric program 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, and a past Director of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the Ontario Review Board.
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.
is a Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. His community involvement has included serving as a member of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Program Consultant for the Centre for Suicide Prevention (Calgary). Dr. Links holds Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics from McMaster University.
is a Senior Lawyer Member of the Consent and Capacity Board and was appointed in 2013. 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 where she practised litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, professional disciplinary work, and commercial litigation. Ms. Clapp was also a Litigation Lawyer with the City of Toronto Legal Services where she acted as counsel for the City of Toronto in many different types of litigation before various levels of courts and tribunals. Ms. Clapp has served in various volunteer and leadership roles in her community.
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.
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 surveyor with Accreditation Canada. Ms. Harris holds Bachelor and Master of Science (Honours) degrees in Nursing from the University of Toronto.
is a Chair of Discipline Committee for the Council of Naturopaths of Ontario. Gail’s community involvement includes serving as a volunteer for the First Interfaith Out of the Cold, and as a secretary of the board for Darchei Noam.
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 Ontario Bar and a Registered Trademark Agent. She has serviced on the Board of Directors of STRIDE, and she currently sits on the Board of Directors of Kerry’s Place Autism Services.
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.
is a Knowledge Team Member for Clausehound Inc, and a former certified Educational Therapist for GetLearning.ca. Her community involvement includes formerly sitting as a member on Board of Directors for Children’s Aid Society London and Middlesex.
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.
Daniel Ambrosini is a lawyer who practices forensic psychiatry and mental health law, appearing regularly before the Ontario Review Board on behalf of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. 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, supervises undergraduate and graduate students, and conducts research in the areas of neurolaw and neuroethics.
Frederick Chenoweth has been a partner with the law firm of Beard Winter since 1985 practicing civil litigation. He previously practiced criminal law, family law and civil litigation with Stikeman, Lee & Chenoweth. His community involvement includes serving as board Chair of Friends of NOAH Canada, a registered charity assisting AIDS orphans in Africa. Mr. Chenoweth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
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.
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.
Eugene Williams, of Orleans, is the Director of Federal Prosecution Service, Department of Justice. Prior to this, he was Counsel for the Criminal Law Branch, Department of Justice and Senior Counsel for Criminal Conviction Review Group, Criminal Law Policy. Mr. Williams is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa.
Harvey Gorewicz spent over 25 years working within the Ministry of the Attorney General, for 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. Harvey has been an instructor at Humber College for the last three years, teaching in the Police Foundations Program, within the School of Community and Social Services.
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.
Simon Proops formerly worked in Inside Sales for Baan ERP in Southern Ontario, Partial Load faculty of eBusiness at Humber College Business School, and supplier of web training at WSI/Worldsites. Two of his articles on Direct Marketing were recently published by Home Business Magazine. His community involvement includes producing and consuming products and services for mental health consumer/survivors such as researching and writing for St. Jude's Community Homes' monthly newsletter, and managing a database of supporting housing providers at LOFT Community Services.
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.
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.
F. Zeenath Zeath is the principal and founder of the Law Officer of Zeenath Zeath, established in 2008. She has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. Ms. Zeath practices primarily in the area of family law. She has been on the Board of the Family Lawyers Association from 2015-2018.
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.
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.
Carol Schofield has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry in various senior leadership positions. She is a self-employed consultant, and a former director at Sun Life. Her community involvement includes serving as a judge for the Distributive Education Club of America.
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 is a former director of crown operations in east region for the Ministry of the Attorney General, and a former crown attorney for Leeds and Grenville. Curt’s community involvement includes serving as a volunteer with Their Opportunity Charity.
Partha Datta is an Intensivist for Markham Stouffville Hospital. Partha Datta is a member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Susan Johnston educated grades 1-12 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School 1986. Complete a BSc in Biology at Mt. Allison University, New Brunswick in 1990 (Valedictorian). Went on to compete a BA in Psychology at Dalhousie University in 1992. Graduated from Dalhousie University Medical School in 1996 and went on to do a Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Became a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in 1996. Became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2001. Upon completion of residency she moved to North Bay, Ontario in 2001 where she worked as an in-patient psychiatrist in both acute and chronic psychiatric care at the North Bay Psychiatric Hospital. Northeast Mental Health Centre, North Bay General Hospital and the North Bay Regional Health Centre. In 2012 Susan completed a Fellowship in Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) at Columbia University, New York and was the medical lead of the ECT service in North Bay from 2012-2018.
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Lynn Marie Landry is a practicing lawyer of 22 years with a practice focus on Criminal Law and Mental Health Law. She holds a Masters degree in Law and teaches on a variety of legal topics. She is committed to mentoring and professional development of young lawyers and paralegals. She is enthusiastically involved in volunteering in the community.
Myrna Tulandi is a business lead and lawyer experienced in data and knowledge management. She has worked with domestic and global stakeholders to develop and manage the product direction and roadmap in consequence to Canadian privacy legislation, market sensibilities around data privacy and security, as well as other legislation relating to credit reporting. She has practiced at bilingual law firms in Toronto and Montreal, with a focus on corporate law, commercial litigation and trademarks matters. A member of the Law Society of Ontario, she holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a LL.L from Universite de Montreal.
Andrea Waddell, of Toronto, is a psychiatrist at CAMH and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer for the National Park Service
Mary Smith completed her BScN and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner education at McMaster University in 2002. ln 2011, Mary graduated with a MScN from York University where her research focused on mental health in nursing throughout Canada. She also obtained a PhD in Nursing from the University of Victoria in 2018. Mary brings with her over 20 years of experience as both a Registered Nurse and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health and indigenous health care . Presently she is an Assistant Professor at Queen's University where she is involved in teaching undergraduate and Nurse Practitioners in mental health. ln addition, Mary Smith is an active member of the Ontario Nurse Practitioner Association's Community of Practice in Mental Health.
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.
Dr. Francis Bakewell is an emergency department physician at the Ottawa Hospital. He is an assistant professor and the Director of the Medicine, Ethics, and Humanities program in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Quinlan is a former Superior Court Justice for the Federal Government, and a former Assistant Crown Attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Her community involvement includes serving as a member for the St. Mary’s Refugee Committee.
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.
Dianne Ewer has been a partner at Little Inglis Price & Ewer for thirteen years. Her career as a lawyer followed after years of service as a Probation and Parole Officer. Mrs. Ewer graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a general arts degree in 1977 and from the University of Western Ontario in 1994, with a law degree. She served as the Board Chair for Addiction Services of Thames Valley, London, and as a Board member of the London Arthur Ford Nature Park. She volunteered at community programs such as Lawyer Feed the Hungry, Block Parent and Meals on Wheels, Dianne is a member of the Canadian, Ontario and Middlesex Bar Associations and the local business association.
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 practices in the areas of business law and immigration law as an associate of Martschenko Law Firm practicing in association with Holden & Moorhouse Professional Corporation in Windsor Ontario. She also teaches Employment Law and Business Law at St. Clair College. Ms. Martschenko's community involvement has 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.
Brigitte Pilon is a professor in the Common Law Section at Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. She is a lawyer with Stewart Pilon LPC Barristers and Solicitors. She is also the Executive Director of the Council of Canadian Law Deans. She owns and operates BRISAMA, a business providing office management and legal education services. Her community involvement includes serving as a School Board Trustee with the Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue francaise du Centre-Est. Ms. Pilon holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Laws from Laurentian University.
John Liddle is a criminal defence attorney, practising in Windsor, Ontario. Mr. Liddle is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School. He is a former president of the Windsor Criminal Lawyers' Association and a former Regional Director of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers' Association. He has taught Criminal Law and Forensic Evidence at the University of Windsor, and is a founding member of the local justice committee that created Windsor's Mental Health Court. In 25 years of practice, Mr. Liddle has appeared as counsel on numerous trials in the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice.
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 Charles Stewart was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1990. He maintains a criminal law practice in Ottawa with particular emphasis on mentally disordered accused. In 2014, he received a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Criminal Law and Procedure. Since June 2017, he has been an agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Common Law. He serves as a member of the Area Committee of Legal Aid Ontario and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre.
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.