Ontario Review Board
The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard D. Schneider is a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice. He was previously a criminal defence lawyer and certified clinical psychologist. He was Counsel to the Ontario Review Board from 1994 to 2000 and certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Criminal Litigation. His private practice was generally limited to the representation of mentally disordered accused. He is also Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. He was named Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2002 and is presently Alternate Chairman of the Ontario and Nunavut Review Boards. A great deal of his time is spent presiding at the Mental Health Court in Toronto. His major research interests are competency and criminal responsibility. He has published extensively in the area of mental disorder and the law. Recent books include: Mental Disorder and the Law: A primer for legal and mental health professionals (2006. with H. Bloom); Mental Health Courts: Decriminalizing the Mentally Ill (2007, with H. Bloom and M. Heerema); Annotated Mental Health Statutes (2007); The Lunatic and the Lords (2009).
Hy Bloom, LLB, MD, FRCP(C), is a forensic psychiatrist (and lawyer). He is a founding member of the PSILEX Group, Consultants in Behavioural Sciences and the Law, and CEO of Workplace.Calm, Inc., Conflict and Violence Prevention and Management. He is also a part-time staff member in the Complex Mental Illness/Forensic Services Program at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Dr. Bloom is a psychiatric and legal member of both the Ontario and Nunavut Review Boards, and has recently been appointed to the Health Services Appeal Review Board. Dr. Bloom has lectured extensively and published a number of books, book chapters, articles, and manuals in the field of psychiatry and the law, including Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (Eds. Bloom and Schneider, Irwin Law, 2013, https://irwinlaw.com/product/law-and-mental-disorder/), a 50 chapter textbook. His most recent publication is as lead author of a co-written chapter on use of threat and risk assessment tools in lone-actor terrorism (Lone-Actor Terrorism: An Integrated Framework, Holtzer et al., Eds., Oxford University Press, in press).
Cynthia Fromstein has been practicing criminal law since 1984. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LL.B from the University of Victoria. Ms. Fromstein is actively involved as a presenter at legal education programs and has written numerous articles on law and mental health. Her community involvement has included sitting as Executive Vice-Chair of the Community Advisory Board to Queen Street Mental Health Centre, and as Co-Chair of the Adoptive Council of Ontario.
Dr. Stephen Hucker is a physician and psychiatrist whose practise involves forensic and correctional psychiatry. He has held senior administrative, academic, and clinical positions at Queen's University, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto where he is a Full Professor of Psychiatry with the Forensic Division. He has consulted to governments across Canada and the United States and has provided a number of major official reports. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 books, book chapters, peer-reviewed, and non-peer-reviewed articles and continues to teach nurses, medical students, and psychiatric trainees, and gives lectures and workshops. In 1998, he was awarded the Bruno Cormier Award for Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Forensic Psychiatry and Distinctive Achievements in the Field by the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and Law and in 2017 was elected Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He currently provides forensic psychiatric assessments, court testimony, as well as clinical services and consultations for Correctional Services of Canada.
Dr. Lorie Cappe obtained his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his postgraduate training at McGill University. He spent a year in Trinidad helping to set up a general hospital psychiatry unit in Port-of-Spain. For several years, he was Director of Psychiatric Emergency and Outpatient Services at Sunnybrook Medical Centre. Dr. Cappe has served many years as Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Psychiatry, and as Associate Dean of Admissions for the Faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto.
J. Paul Fedoroff, M.D. is the Director of the Sexual Behaviours Clinic (SBC) in The Royal’s Integrated Forensic Program. Under his leadership, the SBC was awarded the prestigious American Psychiatric Association Gold Award for best outpatient clinical research program in 2015. Dr. Fedoroff is a Full Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine with cross appointments in the Faculty of Law and the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. He is also a Senior Researcher with The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research. He has been President of the International Academy of Sex Research and of the Canadian Association of Psychiatry of the Law.
Barbara Naegele was Executive Director of the Pension Appeals Board of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) from 1998 to 2013. She joined CPP in 1992 as Director of Disability Operations. She is also a former public member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Ms. Naegele holds a Masters degree in Science from the University of British Columbia.
Lucien Faucher is staff Psychiatrist of the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa since 1976. He was Chief of the Psychiatry Department for over 17 years. He obtained his fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Psychiatry. Dr. Faucher holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and obtained his MD Degree from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Thomas Verny is a psychiatrist, writer, lecturer and academic. He previously taught at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, York University, St. Mary's University, Minneapolis, and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He was Director of the Psychiatric In-Patient Service at Toronto East General Hospital, the EGO Programme at York University and founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Education in Toronto. Dr. Verny was founding editor of the Pre and Peri-Natal Psychology Journal, President of the Pre and Peri-Natal Psychology Association of North America from 1983 to 1991, and served on the Association's Board of Directors until 2007. He is the author of seven books and over 45 scientific papers.
Jack Ellis was Clinical Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at the Regional Mental Health Care St. Thomas and is currently working as a part-time Psychiatrist on the team in the outpatient part of the program. At the same time, he continued a small private practice in St. Thomas in a forensic and small psychiatry patient population. In September 2016, he retired from the forensic program and continued his private practice along with his Ontario Review Board work.
Dr. Sandy Wiseman has been practicing forensic psychology for over thirty years. He has also taught for fifteen years as a faculty member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, and coordinated psychological services for various school boards in Ontario. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Dr. Percy Wright is a Psychologist in forensic practice. He has been involved in assessment of Forensic patients at CAMH, Oak Ridge (now Waypoint Centre) and in private practice. He has published articles involving the use of various tests with forensic groups including neuropsychological and intellectual measures as well as personality measures including the MCMI, MMPI and HCR. He has also been involved in oversight of CAMH reports prepared for the Ontario Review board.
Murray Segal is a lawyer. He is a former Deputy Attorney General for Ontario and the former Chief Prosecutor for Ontario. He is the author of several publications on the Charter and various criminal subjects. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and a Board member of the CMHA (GTA).
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.
Gary Chaimowitz is the Head of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton and a Professor at McMaster University. He is active in many professional organizations, including the Ontario Medical Association Psychiatry section, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the International Association of Forensic Health Services.
Robert B. Cormier is a psychologist who has worked in penitentiaries in Kingston in the early part of his career. He subsequently moved to Ottawa and held numerous positions in the Department of Solicitor General, and later Public Safety, including Senior Director, Research and Community Development (2001 to 2006), and Executive Director, National Crime Prevention Centre (2007 to 2010).
Professor Jamie Cameron has been a full-time member of the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto since 1984. She is the editor and co-editor of many books on constitutional law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the author of many scholarly articles. She is on the Board of Directors of Canada's National Ballet School and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Professor Cameron has been on the Board of Trustees at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection since 2004 and completes her term as Vice-Chair in 2013.
The Honourable Mr. Justice John David McCombs is Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario. He was called to the Bar in 1975 Mr. McCombs had a private law practice focusing on criminal law. Mr. Justice McCombs is a member of the Advocates Society and the Canadian Superior Court Judges' Association and served as a member of the Ontario Review Board. Mr. Justice McCombs community involvement includes volunteering as a member of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society and Theatre Passe Muraille.
Roydon Kealey is a lawyer and served as a Judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice until 2011. He was formerly a trial lawyer in private practice with emphasis on criminal and civil litigation. He was also a professor at the University of Ottawa teaching criminal procedure and legal accounting. Mr. Kealey is a former Deputy Judge of Small Claims Court of Ontario. He also did pro bono legal work and legal aid. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Kunjukrishnan is a physician registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He is a trained psychiatrist with special qualifications in psychiatry from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has been practicing psychiatry for more than 40 years, and has been a forensic psychiatrist, practising at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre for the last 38 years. Dr. Kunjukrishnan also has a Master's degree in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Kunjukrishnan has been a member of the Ontario Review Board for close to 20 years, and he is also a member of various medical and psychiatric organizations in Canada and internationally. Dr. Kunjukrishnan is also involved in the academic activities of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Serge Lessard is a Coroner in the province of Ontario. He is an Advisor to numerous pharmaceutical boards on mood, anxiety and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Lessard's community involvement includes building a community clinic to facilitate access to mental health care and is Psychiatrist/Advisor for the Eastern Ontario underserviced area. Dr. Lessard is a Member of the Canadian, Ontario and American Psychiatric Associations. Dr. Lessard holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.
Jim Cyr is the Director, Crisis and Mental Health, Saint Elizabeth Health Care. Previously, he was the Administrative Director, Forensic Program, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, a program he created in 1997. He held this position except for a 5 and a 1/2 year hiatus with the provincial government from 2001 to 2006, where he served as Manager, Special Services and Supports, Policy Development and Program Design Division, and Manager, Mental Health Program, Mental Health and Addiction Branch, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Mr. Cyr has been a member of the Ontario Review Board since January 2013.
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.
E. JEAN POLAK
began her career as a litigation associate at Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington in Toronto, where she practiced from 1989 until 1993. During that period, Ms. Polak took a leave of absence to spend a year in England as a Fox Scholar at Middle Temple in London. In 1993, Ms. Polak relocated to Muskoka to practice civil and criminal litigation and wills and estates with a small firm, and then in her own practice.
is Staff Psychiatrist at Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, METFORS Division, and cross-appointed to the University of Toronto. He was Forensic Psychiatrist Consultant to the Toronto General Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre. Dr. MacDonald is a member-at-large of the Executive Committee, Associates in Psychiatry and member of the Medical Records and Audit Committee, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. McDonald has presented and published papers.
has Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Law School. Mr. Steinberg is a specialist in criminal law. He has represented clients before the Ontario Review Board. Mr. Steinberg is currently the President of the Criminal Lawyer's Association and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
is a Staff Psychiatrist and Forensic Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene; a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Toronto Psychiatric Outreach Program to Nunavut and a Lecturer at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ramshaw has a B.Sc. from McGill University, a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, and an M.D. from McMaster University. She is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Medical Association.
received her Bachelor of Social Sciences (1987) from the University of Ottawa, graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa in 1990 and was called to the Bar in 1993. She has since practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law. Michèle is a past panel member of the Office of the Children's Lawyer, instructor at the Bar Admission Course (Family Law section), and has been a presenter at several Family Law conferences.
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.
has been a lawyer since 1969. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1980, and served as Justice on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice from 1989 to 2016. He has considerable Section 16 and Dangerous Offender experience.
Steven Cohen is a Psychiatrist working full-time in Forensic Psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His community involvement has included Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Cohen's professional memberships include the Canadian Medical Protective Association and the Canadian and the American Academies of Psychiatry and Law. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from the University of Calgary and Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry from the University of Toronto.
is Medical Director, Integrated Forensic Service at the Whitby Mental Health Centre. He currently serves as Medical Director, Mental Health Programmes of Nunavut, Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Consulting Psychiatrist with the Ontario Ministry of Corrections. Dr. Johnston's community involvement includes volunteering with the Gardiner Museum and the President's Circle University of Toronto. Dr. Johnston is currently affiliated with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Baffin Regional Hospital and Whitby Mental Health Centre. Dr. Johnston received his medical degree from McMaster Medical School in 1978 and his certificate in Psychiatry in 1988.
is a retired Judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal. He served from 2002 until March 2013. He is also a former Associate and Partner of Torys LLP. He is President of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, a member and a former Director of the Advocates' Society and a member and a former Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He holds a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree both from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University.
is a retired Judge. He attended Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 1966. He practiced law in Toronto until 1995 when appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice and presided in Toronto until his retirement in April 2014.
is a lawyer practicing criminal and quasi-criminal law in Ontario and Nunavut. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, and to the Nunavut Bar in 2010. In addition to her adjudication work for the Ontario Review Board, she is also an Alternate Chair of the Nunavut Review Board and an appointed adjudicator for the Law Society Tribunal in Ontario. She is a frequent lecturer and participant in continuing legal education, particularly in the areas of criminal and mental health law.
is a Self-Employed Barrister, and a Member (part-time) for the Ontario Review Board and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Her community involvement includes serving as a Volunteer for King Township Foodbank
Ian D. Scott was called to the Bar in 1983. After clerking at the former Ontario High Court of Justice, he spent most of his career as either Crown counsel or defence counsel. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Director of the province's Special Investigations Unit. He is currently in private practice as well as adjunct professor at University of Western Law School. Mr. Scott is the author of Issues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada, the Police Services Act: An Annotated Guide (3rd ed.), and co-author of Salhany's Police Manual of Arrest, Seizure & Interrogation (10th ed.).
Jeffrey Weinstein is a sales agent with Metrosphere Light Corp. and President of Soulful Communications. He is also a former President and Owner of Momentum Sales Agency Inc. and a former professor at George Brown College. Mr. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from McGill University.
Peter Hageraats is a retired Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Earlier in his career, he had a private law practice in Northern Ontario, areas included Algoma District, Elliott Lake, Blind River and Sault Ste. Marie. Mr. Hageraats' community involvement includes serving as a member of Club Richelieu International and a volunteer with the Canada World Youth Organization. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from York University.
Dr. Sam Swaminath underwent training in forensic psychiatry in Leister, England, and he moved to Canada in 1985 to work at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital now renamed as Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. He served in the hospital in different capacities such as the Director of Forensic Services and Psychiatrist in Chief and Clinical Director before retiring in September 2012. He was a member of several professional organizations and has publications in psychiatric journals. He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist for the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services at the Sarnia Jail and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services
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.
Joel Watts MD, FRCPC, DABPN (Forensic Psychiatry) completed his medical degree in 2003, his psychiatry residency in 2008 and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009. He practiced forensic psychiatry at the Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montreal from 2009 to July 2015 and was the Program Director for the Forensic Psychiatry Residence Program from 2012 to July 2015. He now practices at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center (ROMHC). He is currently the immediate past-president of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (CAPL) and the Quebec branch of CAPL. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Forensic Psychiatry Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
ANGELA A. LA VIOLA
Angela A. La Viola is a graduate of the University of Windsor – Windsor Law. She began her career in private practice as Criminal Defence Counsel in 2007. Since then, she has practiced as In-house Counsel involving prosecutions, administrative and regulatory proceedings, including administrative policy review and implementation. She is the former Chair of the Elizabeth Fry Society in Simcoe-Muskoka. Since 2020, she is Legal Counsel leading the management of prosecutions for the Electrical Safety Authority.
Dr. Treena Wilkie is a Forensic Psychiatrist and the Associate Chief of Forensic Services in the Complex Care and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Wilkie is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Ontario Medical Association. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She holds degrees from Queen's University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto.
Bruce Garrow is Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Previously, he was a Partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP working in the area of trial and appellate counsel civil litigation. His community involvement includes volunteering with Lawyers Feed the Hungry -Toronto. Mr. Garrow holds a Master of Law and Bachelor of Law from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montreal.
Philippe Capelle is a Certified Specialist in Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991 and co-founded Capelle Kane Immigration Lawyers in 1994. Mr. Capelle was a member of the Consent and Capacity Board for 15 years, serving as a senior lawyer member with that Tribunal from 2001 through to 2013. Appointed to the Law Society Tribunal in 2013, he adjudicated complaints against lawyers and paralegals that may have failed to meet standards of professional competence and conduct. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor.
Dr. Elizabeth Coleman is a staff psychiatrist in the Forensic Program at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is involved in the research development at Ontario Shores. Dr. Coleman completed her Bachelor of Science degree, Master's degree in Pharmacology and Medical School Training at the University of Toronto. Following this, she commenced her residency training in Psychiatry at New York University and completed this at the Northwestern Deanery in the United Kingdom. Her clinical and research areas of interest include treatment resistant schizophrenia, treatment with clozapine and clozapine re-challenge, clinical audit, least restraint, and service development.
Dr. Shaheen A. Darani is a Staff Forensic Psychiatrist in the Forensic Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, consultant psychiatrist to the Unified Mental Health Court at Old City Hall in Toronto, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. After completing her Doctor of Medicine degree at McMaster University, Dr. Darani specialized in Psychiatry, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She then went on to pursue a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Darani is the Site Director for Postgraduate Medical Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her areas of interest include education interventions in corrections, protective factors in risk assessment, mental health, diversion, and forensic rehabilitation and recovery.
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.
Frank McArdle is Executive Director of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association. He is a former Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and a former Executive Director and Policy Advisor to Ministers of Health and the Attorney General of Ontario. Mr. McArdle is a former member of the Consent and Capacity Board and was a member of the Ontario Review Board from 1996 to 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Laura Banks was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1987. Her practice concentrated on the corporate and commercial area, focusing primarily on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate reorganizations. Ms. Banks provided Canadian and foreign businesses with advice on a wide range of matters including commercial agreements, shareholders, partnership and joint venture agreements. She also advises clients in the establishment and operation of not-for-profit organizations and registered charities. After almost a decade of practicing law, Ms. Banks took a hiatus from her legal career. Since that time she has been actively involved in a wide variety of community initiatives and charitable organizations.
Barbara Murray has been an active community volunteer for the past thirty years, serving as a committee or board member for a wide range of organizations in the fields of education, culture, social justice and health care. She spent six years on the Foundation board of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and three years on the board of Peacebuilders International (Canada), an organization working with at-risk youth in the GTA.
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.
Robert Bigelow is a Judge with the Ontario Court of Justice. Mr. Bigelow is also a member of the Ontario Conference of Judges. His community involvement includes serving as the former President of the John Howard Society of Metropolitan Toronto and as a board member of The Children's Storefront. Mr. Bigelow holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.
Suzanne Clapp 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’s degree in Life Sciences and Physical and Health Education from Queen's University. Ms. Clapp was an Associate Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP where she practiced 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.
Curt Flanagan has been serving as a member (part-time) for the Consent and Capacity Board since 2020, and 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.
MARY MARGARET FOX
Mary Margaret Fox is a former senior counsel for Clyde & Co. Canada LLP / Nicholl- Paskell- Mede LLP, and a former teacher for Waterloo Separate School Board. Her community involvement includes serving as an instructor for the Bar Admission Course.
Peter Vice is a solicitor and partner for Vice & Hunter LLP, and a former Chairman for the Ottawa Police Services Board. His community involvement has included serving as a Trustee, Ottawa Civic Hospital Board of Trustees.
Kristine Arnet Connidis is both a lawyer (LL.B. Ottawa & Cantab, S.J.D. Toronto) and a psychotherapist (D.A.P. Zurich, R.P. Ontario). She is a former partner of Wright & McTaggart and Fasken Martineau Walker in Toronto, practicing in civil litigation, and she has taught Trial Advocacy, Mental Health Law, and Maritime Law, as a law school Visiting Professor. As a volunteer Legal Supervisor for Pro Bono Students Canada, she annually supervises law students in mental health law projects. She has also served as a long-time member and former Chairperson of the Tarragon Village Community Association.
ROBERT DEL FRATE
Justice Robert G.S. Del Frate has been a Superior Court Justice since 2001. Prior to that he was a partner in the law firm of Lacroix, Forest and Del Frate. Judge Del Frate earned his B.A. in French and Political Science from Laurentian University and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a former member and executive of Ducks Unlimited, the Grouse Society of Canada and the Caruso Club. He is also the former Chair of the Board of Governors, Laurentian University Finance Committee. Judge Del Frate is a member of the Advocates Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Sudbury Law Association and L'Association des Juristes D'Expression Français de l'Ontario.
M. LYNNE BRIDGER
Mary-Lynne Bridger is a lawyer called to the Bar in 1988 and is a retired Crown Attorney. She worked in Toronto for 3 decades, prosecuting criminal matters on behalf of the Attorney General of Ontario. She also appeared before the Ontario Review Board and acted as counsel to the Coroner. Ms. Bridger occasionally prosecuted matters in French in Toronto in provincial court. Beginning at the age of 18, all of Ms. Bridger's post-secondary education was in both official languages. She earned a DEC from Cegep de Ste. Foy. She holds a B.A. from Glendon College, York University. She obtained her LL. B from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Bridger was recently a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto, serving for the maximum term of 9 years. She has been a Girl Guide leader for girls ages 5 to 11. Ms. Bridger continues to volunteer on an ad-hoc basis in her community.
Beth Allen was appointed as a Judge with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, in 2007. She continues in that capacity to the present. She is currently, and for several years has been, on the Criminal Team presiding over a variety of criminal proceedings. Beth has worked on a variety of other Teams during her 13-year tenure on the Bench. Education: University of Toronto, BA (1971) and MA (1974), University of Windsor, LLB/JD (1984); Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM (1989). Call to Ontario Bar: 1986. Employment as government lawyer: advocate before the Canadian Pension Commission with the Bureau of Pension, Advocates, Veterans Affairs Canada (1988-1989); hearing counsel with the Immigration and Refugee Board (1989-1991); adjudicator with the Ontario Social Assistance Review Board (1991-1994); and arbitrator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (1994-2007).
Dr. Scott Woodside is a forensic psychiatrist working primarily at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He has an LLB from the University of Toronto and an MD from McMaster University. Dr. Woodside is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Ontario Psychiatric Association.
Until his retirement in 2003, Dr. Donald Braden, of Kingston, was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Queen's University. Dr. Braden holds a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from Queen's University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Rootenberg, of Toronto, holds a faculty position in the Division of Psychiatry, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and is affiliated with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where he is Staff Psychiatrist of the Law & Mental Health Program and a Consultant to the Sexual Behaviour Clinic. Dr. Rootenberg is also Staff Psychiatrist of the Forensic Program and Clinical Head of the Forensic Assessment Unit at the Whitby Mental Health Centre.
ROBERT DAWSON RAINBOTH
Robert Dawson Rainboth serves as a member (part-time) for the Consent and Capacity Board. He is a Captain of Ottawa Fire Services for the City of Ottawa, and a school board trustee for Conseil des Ecoles Catholique du Centre Est. His community involvement includes serving as a Chairman for the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association Santa’s Parade of Lights. `
Michelle McKinnon is a Social Worker, registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1992 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1996. She has experience working in hospitals, community mental health and primary care. She is currently in private practice.
Diana Smith is a Certified Disability Management Professional for an acute care hospital and former chairperson with the Employment Insurance Board of Appeals. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of disability management, in both the private and public sectors. She is a graduate from McMaster University (1999) and holds a science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology.
Martin Hajek is a former Director of human resources for Carefor Health & Community Services, a former Director of human resources for Champlain Local Health Integration Network/Champlain Community Care Access Centre, and a former manager of employee relations for Canadian Blood Services.
Jay Burnside is a sole practitioner who has represented children and adults in mental health law proceedings. Ms. Burnside is a legal member of the Ontario Review Board where she performs the duties of an Alternate Chairperson and serves as a panel member with the Office of the Children's Lawyer. Ms. Burnside is a former President with the North York Women's Shelter Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Dominique Bourget, of Ottawa, has been Staff Psychiatrist of the Forensic Service and Sexual Behaviours Clinic, Royal Ottawa Hospital since 1988, Staff Psychiatrist in the Schizophrenia Programme, Royal Ottawa Hospital since 1998 and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa since 2001. Dr. Bourget is a currently a member and former President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She is also a member of several professional organizations including the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations, the Canadian and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Dr. Sumeeta Chatterjee is a Staff Psychiatrist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Law and Mental Health Program, and a Consultant Psychiatrist to Old City Hall's Mental Health Court and the Toronto Jail. Dr. Chatterjee is an Undergraduate Education Representative of the Medical Education Council and a member of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee of the University of Toronto. Previously, she served as a member of the Psychiatric Residents Association of Toronto and a member of the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario. She holds membership with the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations, the Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Wagdy Loza, of Kingston, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry at Queen's University. He is Chief Psychologist at the Kingston Penitentiary. His work interests are predicting violence and recidivism of forensic and correctional populations. He is President of the St. Lawrence Youth Association Board of Directors and acts as clinical supervisor to university and college students.
ROBERT MCMASTER is a Forensic Psychiatrist with a diverse practice. He works at CAMH with patients who have severe and persistent mental health diagnoses under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review board. He is also the primary consulting psychiatrist to the Ontario Court of Justice on Finch Avenue, is actively involved in outreach psychiatry, and works within the field of addiction medicine. He completed his sub-specialty training at the University of Toronto and is now a faculty member.
DR GILLES BOULAIS
is a self-employed Psychologist. Gilles is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario Inquiry Complaints Review Committee, College of Psychologists of Ontario, Canadian Register of Health Psychologists, Canadian Psychological Association, Ontario Psychological Association and American Psychological Association.
J. CHRISTINE ROSE
completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario with competency in clinical and forensic/correctional psychology. She has experience providing psychological services in forensic hospital settings, as well as provincial and federal correctional facilities.
The Honourable Edward Then is a former Judge with the Superior Court of Justice. He is a member of Ontario and Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association. Edward holds a BA [Hons], MA, and LLB from University of Toronto.
is a Chief for Mental Health Services at Correctional Services Canada, and a Director at MMG Psychology. She is a former Psychologist for Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care at Forensic Assessment Program. Her community involvement includes serving as a Graduate Student Senator at Brock University.
is Discipline Counsel for Litigation Services with the Law Society of Ontario, and Senior Appellate Counsel for Pinkofskys Criminal Trial and Appeal Lawyers. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as Co-Manager and Treasurer at Toronto High Park Football Club.
is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse who has spent his career employed within mental health settings. Mr. Duffy was previously a Director of Patient Care Services of the Integrated Forensic Program for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. He continues to be involved in his local community and is a Director on the Board for Brockville and Area Community Living Association. Mr. Duffy holds a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from the University of Victoria.
is a Psychologist with North Bay Regional Health Centre. Her community involvement includes serving as a vice-president and board member for Harry Sherman Crowe Housing Co-op.
Cathy Plyley retired from Parkwood Institute Mental Health London where she was a Community Treatment Order Consultant since 2001. Prior to that Ms. Plyley was employed at WOTCH London (now CMHA Middlesex) where she held various positions over a 20-year span supporting persons experiencing mental health issues. Since retirement she has provided consultation and program development support. Cathy is a member of the Lawson Health Research Institute and has contributed to research in the area of Community Treatment Orders. She has presented on this topic at many conferences in Ontario as well as internationally. Cathy has served on numerous boards and committees and currently is a member of the Community Treatment Order Advisory Committee (Provincial) assisting in the development of an online education platform. Ms. Plyley is a Registered Social Service Worker and has obtained a Certificate in Mental Health Law from Osgoode.
is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist licensed to practice in the province of Ontario. Monik received Ph.D. in Psychology specializing in criminal recidivism in 2001. Monik’s practice includes personality assessment, risk assessment and treatment with a principal interest in forensic evaluation for criminal and civil proceedings. Monik has a phallometric laboratory and provides individual and group therapy for sex offenders.
completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University. She is a licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in Ontario. She is employed at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, where she also previously served as the Professional Practice Leader for the Psychology Council.
has been a Lawyer since 1988 after obtaining her Bachelor of Laws degree from Queens’ University. Upon her call to the bar she moved to Hamilton and opened her own practice in 1989. Primarily devoted to family law with an emphasis on child protection matters and complex custody and access disputes the practice grew to include 5 Lawyers and a branch office in Brantford, Ontario. Tamra is an accomplished trial Lawyer and has appeared as counsel on trials and appeals at all levels of court up to the Ontario Court of Appeal in addition to matters before various administrative tribunals and coroner’s inquests. After retiring from full time practice in 2008 she accepted a position as Ontario Review Board Consultant to St. Joseph’s Health Care, St. Thomas. In 2011, Tamra served as General Counsel to Kingston General Hospital. More recently Tamra has practiced law in London, Ontario where she enjoyed mentoring new lawyers in the profession.
has worked as a Mental Health Court Support Worker at Old City Hall Court House since 2005, prior to which she worked as a Bail Supervisor for the Toronto Bail Program. Since April 2017, she has been seconded for eight hours per week by the Toronto Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee in the role of Service Resolution Justice Coordinator. Rhona earned a master’s degree in Sociology from York University where her studies focused on the critical analysis of both the legal and psychiatric systems and received a Human Services Counselling Diploma from George Brown College
is a Consultant for J. Kis Medicine Professional Corporation, and a Staff Psychiatrist for Halton Healthcare. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer and committee/advisory board member with Credit Valley Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, McMaster University, Dalhousie University, Canadian Residency Matching Service and Operation Crossroad Africa.
is an Adjudicator, Senior Law Member for the Consent and Capacity Board, a former Self-Employed Barrister/Solicitor, and a former Assistant Crown Attorney.
Dr. F. Wayne Furlong is a Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist in private practice. Until 2002 he was a Medical Assessor for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and until 1999 he was a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. John's Convalescent Hospital for twenty-three years. Dr. Furlong has an undergraduate degree and an MD from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Medical Society, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations, the Ontario Psychiatric Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Medicolegal Society of Toronto and the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Furlong is also certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, by examination in the subspecialty of forensic psychiatry (2013).
is a retired Assistant Crown Attorney. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer with Boost (formally Toronto Child Abuse Centre) and formerly serving as a member for the Board of Directors.
is a former Judge for Superior Court of Justice, Ontario. His community involvement includes serving as a board member for Jewish family & Child Services.
is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, an Associate Clinical Professor for McMaster University, and a former Research and Treatment Associate for Rockwood Psychological Services. Heather holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PhD) from University of Ottawa.
Dr. Ann Jones graduated in Psychiatry in 1992 from the University of Western Ontario and is presently a Forensic Psychiatrist practising at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene. Dr. Jones has clinical and adjudicative experience with persons suffering from mental illness including having been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board. She has been a member of the Ontario Review Board since 1999.
CATHERINE (BETSY) LITTLE
Catherine Elizabeth Little was a teacher with the Grey and Middlesex County Boards of Education for 14 years. She was also the Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) from 1995 to 2004. Ms. Little has been CEO of the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex since 2006. She served as a board trustee for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health from 2009 until June 2016 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre of Activity and Aging. She was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her commitment to community service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.
The Honourable Timothy Lipson has served as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice since 2002. He was Regional Senior Justice for Toronto region 2013-2017. Justice Lipson was a member of the Ontario Review Board from 1986-2003. He was an alternate Chair person of the Ontario Review Board from 1993-2003.
The Honourable Emile Kruzick is a self-employed Mediator/Arbitrator/Case Manager, and a former judge for Superior Court of Ontario. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the board and as President of the Executive Committee of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Julie Albert is a Social Worker and Paralegal in Toronto. She is employed as a Social Worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and has a small Paralegal practice focused on administrative law. She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from McGill University in 1994 and in 2010 graduated from University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work. She obtained her Paralegal license in 2016. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Law Society of Ontario.
Christine Lund is a Criminal Defence counsel who practice in Brampton, Ontario and the surrounding area. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, she articled at Parkdale Community Legal Services and began her Criminal Law career as a Staff Duty Counsel with Legal Aid Ontario. As a private criminal defence lawyer since 2008. Christine is the Peel Director for the Criminal Lawyer’s Association, has a long history on the executive of the Peel Criminal Lawyers’ Association and is an active participant on many courthouse committees including the Alternative Resolution Court (formerly the Mental Health Court).
Kevin McKenna is a former Assistant Crown Attorney, for the Ministry of Attorney General. His community involvement includes serving as a volunteer with Big Brothers, Kitchener-Waterloo. He holds an LL.B. from the University of Windsor.
Dr. Zohar Waisman holds a medical degree from McMaster University and a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry from the University of Toronto. Dr. Waisman holds two Royal College Subspecialty certificates in Forensic Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. He is in private practice and associated with the University Health Network and Homewood. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Toronto.
Dr. Peter Prendergast is a former Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and a former Executive Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He currently works as a Medical Advisor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
David Sandor graduated from law school at the University of Windsor and is a lawyer in good standing with the law Society of Ontario. Since 2002 he has practiced child protection law, criminal law (with a focus in criminal law involving child witnesses) and high-conflict family law. He has served on many boards and committees associated with the justice system, and the provision of key services to individuals and families experiencing mental and emotional health challenges. He is the founder and first president of the Ontario Association of Child Protection Lawyers, and governed Legal Aid Ontario’s courthouse services in Chatham-Kent, Ontario for over a decade.
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.
Padraig Darby received his medical training at University College, Dublin and his psychiatric training at University College, Dublin and the University of Toronto. He was the Person in Charge (PIC) in the Forensic Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from 2012 to 2021 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has a particular interest in ethics and was Chair of the Research Ethics Board at CAMH for over 30 years. He has been a member of the Ontario Review Board (ORB) since 1992 and is also a member of the Nunavut Review Board.
JOHN M BRADFORD
Dr. John Bradford is an Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He previously had a cross-appointment as a Professor in the Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, McMaster University. Dr. Bradford is a graduate in medicine and received a diploma of psychological medicine, both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds specialist degrees in Psychiatry from South Africa, the UK, USA and Canada; he also has an added qualification in Forensic Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Bradford is a Founder of Forensic Psychiatry granted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is the Former Chair of the Examination Board for the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry under the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Bradford's research interests focus on the assessment and treatment of paraphilias, as well as other aspects of forensic psychiatry. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers; more than 50 chapters in academic books, including textbooks; presented at over 350 peer-reviewed international and national conferences, and co-authored 6 books. Dr. Bradford's expertise in the field of forensic psychiatry is well recognized, not only from his peers, media, and judiciary but from many levels of government as well. He has sat on task forces, expert panels, served as an expert witness and provided special consolation to national and international working groups. The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law has recognized his work, having received the Seymour Pollock award in 2007 and 3 other awards. He was the recipient of the Isaac Ray Award in 2009, an international award not limited to psychiatrists, for outstanding contributions in jurisprudence and mental health granted by the American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the Order of Canada granted for his work in forensic psychiatry. In 2019 he was awarded the Yochelson Scholarship from Yale University.
Dr. Lynn Lightfoot received her honours undergraduate degree from Queen's University and then completed her Master's of Applied Science and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Waterloo. She served as Research Director for the Treatment Program Development Research Project at Queens' University before joining the Addiction Research Foundation for 10 years, first as Centre Director and then as Regional Director. Dr. Lightfoot has been an adjunct faculty member at Queen's University and a Lecturer at OISE. Dr. Lightfoot has worked as in independent consultant and practitioner for the last 25 years. She is the author of over 50 scientific articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and government reports in the field of substance abuse, and has a book currently under revision. She has specialized in the development and evaluation of substance abuse treatment programs for forensic populations that have been implemented nationally and internationally. Dr. Lightfoot has an interest in the interface between psychology and the law, and conducts Risk Assessments as well as psycho-legal reports for the courts. Dr. Lightfoot has been a member of the Ontario Review Board, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, the Liquor Licence Board and the Gaming Control Commission. Dr. Lightfoot is also a Designated Capacity Assessor in the Province of Ontario and has been qualified as an expert in addictive behavior and capacity assessment.
James Cheston is a former Chief Psychologist for Ontario Correctional Institute, and formerly self-employed Consulting Psychologist. His community involvement includes serving as a charter board member for Freeing the Human Spirit.
Andrea Gibas is a forensic psychologist for Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, and a former forensic psychologist for Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Andrea’s community involvement includes serving as a Risk Assessment Consultant for the Vancouver Police Department Criminal Harassment Unit.
SATYADEV NAGARI NANDIESHWAR
Satyadev Nagari Nandieshwar, of Hamilton, is attending psychiatrist at the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral Neurosciences, McMaster University. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the sub-specialty of Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Graham Glancy is a founding member of THE PSILEX GROUP, a group which provides consultation to the legal/medical community, correctional facilities, and others. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In this position he has been involved in education and research in forensic psychiatry, and has published a number of papers on this and related subjects. Dr. Glancy has also been appointed Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton. Dr. Glancy helped to institute and run the Sex Offender Treatment Program at the Clarke Institute between 1985 and 1990 and still runs the follow-up group to this program, the Relapse Prevention Group at the Clarke Institute. He was also Post-Graduate Director at the Clarke Institute and Chief of the Forensic Service between 1988 and 1991. Dr. Glancy is a past President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is also on a number of committees at the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law, and was the Chair of the Committee on Sexual Offenders from 1994 to 1998. In his capacity as President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, he has served as a special consultant to federal and provincial government agencies, particularly the Federal Ministry of Justice, regarding a number of matters pertaining to forensic psychiatry. Dr. Glancy achieved his M.B. Ch.B. in 1976 at the Victoria University, Manchester, England, and went on to post-graduate training at Manchester University achieving his membership to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1980. He then came to Toronto as Senior Resident of Forensic Psychiatry at the Clarke Institute and received a diploma in graduate studies. He received his specialist qualifications in Canada (F.R.C.P. (C)) in 1985. In 1997, he was awarded an honorary Fellowship to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, England. Dr. Glancy was awarded the Bruno Cormier Award for outstanding contribution to forensic psychiatry in the year 2000.
Dr Kiran Patel is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, a Member of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Psychiatry & Forensic Psychiatry). He is currently a Staff Psychiatrist within the Forensic Division of the Complex Care and Recovery Programme at CAMH and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He is Clinical Head for the Forensic Early Intervention Service (FEIS), Consultant to the Unified Mental Health Court at Old City Hall Courthouse, and Medical Head – Criminal Justice Interface, a CAMH leadership position. He undertakes additional work with Ontario Provincial Corrections and Correctional Services Canada. Dr Patel’s academic focus is translation of research evidence into best-practice models and protocols. He is also involved with education and teaching development in relation to mental health within Corrections, both Provincially and Federally.
Dr. Maxym Choptiany is a staff psychiatrist in the forensic division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a consultant forensic psychiatrist to Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. He has clinical experience working in forensic inpatient, outpatient, and correctional settings, providing assessment, consultation, and clinical care. He is involved in psychiatric outreach to Nunavut through the University of Toronto.
Craig Fraser is a lawyer and former crown counsel. He is a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto, teaching a course on mental health and the criminal justice system, and he is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. His community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the YMCA.
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.
Mr. Siebenmorgen currently resides in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. He retired from the Ontario Public Service in 2019. He served as Crown Counsel with the Crown Law Office-Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General, from 1983 until his retirement. From 2006 to 2012, he was seconded to the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, where he served as Chief Counsel. He was appointed to the position of General Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General in 2009. Mr. Siebenmorgen has been involved in appellate advocacy, educational initiatives and policy work in relation to Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code since that Part of the Code was proclaimed in 1992. In 2018, he assumed the role of Lead Policy Counsel, Mental Health and Addictions, within the Ministry's Criminal Law Division. Mr. Siebenmorgen is an active member of his local church.
Mr. Herscovitch practices criminal defence with Herscovitch Wyszomierska Jeethan Criminal Lawyers in Toronto. He previously worked for nearly a decade at another prominent criminal defence firm in Toronto. Mr. Herscovitch has conducted trials, appeals and hearings at all levels of court in Ontario and at the Ontario Review Board. He is a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Criminal Lawyers' Association, where he acts as a mentor for junior counsel. He has also taught trial advocacy at the annual Osgoode Professional Development Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Martha Chamberlain, of Toronto, is a Sole Practitioner and former Legal Counsel with the Motherisk Commission and the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member and Openness Committee Chairperson with Adopt 4 Life.
MARGO DEN HAAN
Margo den Haan, of Nepean, is a member (part-time) of the Landlord and Tenant Board and former Litigation Law Clerk with Chiarelli Cramer Witteveen LLP. Her community involvement has included serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors with Mothercraft Ottawa.
Jessyca Greenwood is a lawyer in Toronto, who's practice includes advising on employment and human rights law, in workplace investigations, and assisting clients accused of professional or criminal wrong-doing. She has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario and before various tribunals. Additionally, she has worked with various regulated professionals, defending professional misconduct allegations. Jessyca actively volunteers in the community, mentoring and speaking regularly to students and lawyers and sitting on a number of boards and committees that promote access to justice, inclusion and accessibility.
Dr. Michelle Mathias is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Physician Clinical Lead in the Forensic Rehabilitation Unit at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Dr. Mathias is also a Mental Health Court Psychiatrist at the Ontario Court of Justice of Ottawa. Dr. Mathias is also an Assistant Professor and Director of Education in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Mathias has served as Chair of the Scientific Planning Committee at the Canadian Association of Psychiatry and Law. Dr. Mathias is a Fellow in Psychiatry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Eayrs is a Nova Scotia trained psychiatrist who resides in Toronto and Penetanguishene, where she provides consultancy services to the provincial forensic division at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. She holds lecturer status in the Medical Faculty of the University of Toronto, and was formerly on staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Ontario Shores. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with a subspecialty in forensic psychiatry.
Dr. Benjamin Bordoff, MD, (University of Toronto, 1988), is a Forensic Psychiatrist specialising in criminal and civil medicolegal assessments. He is Clinical Director of the Windsor Law and Mental Health Clinic, a joint program of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Dr. Bordoff is an Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry at Western University and is the consultant psychiatrist for the University of Windsor Student Health Services. In private practice since 1994, he has been a member of the Ontario Review Board since 2001.
Nicole Lemieux-McKinnon, of Ottawa, is the former editor of the Youth Page of Le Droit, Ottawa's only French daily newspaper. Between 1971-1975, Ms. Lemieux-McKinnon was a translator for a national union and was most recently a Registrar at Academie Jeanne d'Arc, a private school for girls in Ottawa. Ms. Lemieux-McKinnon has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Ottawa.
LYNN MARIE LANDRY
Lynn Marie Landry is a practicing lawyer of 22 years with a practice focus on Criminal Law and Mental Health Law. She has a master’s degree in criminal law and Procedure 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.