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Appointee Biographies

Workplace Safety And Insurance Appeals Tribunal

ROSEMARIE MCCUTCHEON

Rosemarie McCutcheon was appointed as the Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) for a six-month term in August 2019, and then for a two-year term, effective January 9, 2020. Prior to that appointment, Rosemarie was a vice-chair, with concurrent roles in the oversight and delivery of WSIAT’s professional development programs, and later, as Alternate Chair - Registrar. Rosemarie started her legal career in litigation as an articling student, but she has always been interested in public law, having earned the Samuel Lerner Q.C. Prize for attaining the highest combined grades in Public Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law upon her call to the Ontario Bar in 1997. Rosemarie entered the administrative law field as an Associate Counsel to the Chair at WSIAT in 1999. Rosemarie has an LL.M. (Administrative Law) and an LL.B., both from Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to participation in professional development programs run by organizations such as SOAR and the OBA, Rosemarie is active in her community, serving as the chair of two volunteer boards and volunteering in youth sports and other community events.

GARTH DEE

Garth Dee was called to the Bar in 1985. Mr. Dee is a lawyer with extensive experience in workers' compensation matters, including as a speaker and as an author.

MELVIN CRYSTAL

Mel Crystal was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980. Mr. Crystal practised litigation before joining the Legal Services Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in 1983. He subsequently became a senior manager at the Ministry and provided advice to the government in the area of Aboriginal Rights to land and natural resources. Mr. Crystal obtained a Master of Laws degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997, and carried on a private practice providing mediation services.

LUKASZ (LUKE) PETRYKOWSKI

Luke Petrykowski is currently a full-time Vice-Chair at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He was formerly a lawyer in private practice who provided representation and advice to businesses and individuals in workplace, industrial safety, and workers’ compensation matters. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor, and a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from McMaster University. Mr. Petrykowski has extensive community involvement by serving the underprivileged, elderly, mentally underdeveloped, and youth of Ontario.

JOANNA SMITH

Joanna Smith holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Ms. Smith is an adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator with extensive experience in labour and employment law. Ms. Smith worked in child welfare for several years and as a counsellor in a Toronto area family service agency for over 15 years, prior to pursuing a career in law.

KEN JEPSON

is a lawyer with experience in litigation and administrative law. He is a former member of the Landlord and Tenant Board, former part-time Vice-Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a former Associate Counsel to the Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Mr. Jepson's community involvement includes fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Princess Margaret Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education degree and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.

CHRISTINA HURAS

has experience in the area of workers' compensation for the past 25 years. Ms. Huras is licenced by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Paralegal since 2008. Since 1993, Ms. Huras has represented client in matters before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Ms. Huras holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Diploma from George Brown College in Workers' Compensation Claims Management. Ms. Huras is active in the community as a member of the Halton Catholic School Parent Council and donates her time to various organizations.

NATALIE PERRYMAN

Natalie Perryman received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ms. Perryman articled at the WSIAT in the Tribunal Counsel Office. She subsequently completed an internship at a human rights clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa before practicing criminal law as a staff lawyer with Legal Aid Ontario. Ms. Perryman has volunteered with the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and was a Board Director for Durham Children’s Aid Society.

SEAN RYAN

Sean Ryan served the WSIAT (Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal) between 1991 and 1999 as Legal Worker and Mediator. In 1999, he was appointed as Vice-Chair (part-time). In 2004, he was appointed Vice-Chair (full-time). Since October 2018, Mr. Ryan serves as Lead Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program at the WSIAT. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in political science.

AGNIESZKA KOSNY

Agnieszka Kosny holds a PhD in Public Heath from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a former Research Scientist at the Institute of Work & Health in Toronto and a Research Fellow with the Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research in Melbourne (Australia). Her research has focused on the design of worker’s compensation systems and on the safe employment integration of newcomers to Canada. She has served as an Academic Partner on the Centre for Research for Work Disability Policy and as a member of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. She currently volunteers on the Board of Directors of a non-profit community organization (Applegrove), serving families in the east end of Toronto.

ANDREW BAKER

Andrew Baker, of Hamilton, is a lawyer with extensive experience in mediation and arbitration. Mr. Baker has appeared before a range of administrative tribunals and boards. Prior to joining the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, he held positions as Legal Counsel with the Ontario Provincial Government and in the private sector where he specialized in labour and employment law. Mr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.

SANDRA SHIME

Sandra Shime served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Office of the District Attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the felony crimes unit. Prior to working as an ADA, she served as Director of Pro Bono Programs at the Women's Bar Association in Boston, Massachusetts and as an Associate Litigation Attorney with Chadbourne & Park in New York City. She is currently employed in concurrent roles as a Vice-Chair and Alternate Chair at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. In this position, she adjudicates and mediates cases and provides training and professional development. Ms. Shime is a certified Mediator in Massachusetts, New York, and Ontario. She volunteers for the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators supporting advocacy training and women’s issues in the law. She is also a mentor with the Women in Leadership Foundation and the Women’s Law Forum at the OBA.

ANGUS IAN BARRA PATTERSON

Angus Patterson was called to the Bar in 2002. He was previously employed at the Law Society of Upper Canada Tribunals Office and as legal counsel at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Mr. Patterson holds a Master of Law degree from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Ottawa.

JIM DIMOVSKI

Jim Dimovski holds a BA from McGill University and an LLB from the University of Alberta. He was a Vice-Chair with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) from 2003 to 2011, and a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) from 2008 to 2011. He has also been a frequent presenter at conferences for both compensation and human rights matters.

RHEA HOARE

Rhea Hoare is a former Senior Professional Development Advisor and Member of the Immigration Appeal Division with the Immigration and Refugee Board and Counsel of Civil Litigation in the Department of Justice with the Government of Canada. Her community involvement includes having served as a volunteer yoga instructor at the Archway Centre for Outpatients with Schizophrenia, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Ms. Hoare holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.

IAN MACKENZIE

Ian Mackenzie is an arbitrator and mediator and has been an adjudicator since 2002. He is also a part-time member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). Mr. Mackenzie is a former Vice-Chair of the HRTO and a former Vice-Chair of the Canada Public Service Labour Relations Board. Prior to adjudicating, he was a counsel with the federal Department of Justice. He also worked in private practice as a labour lawyer and has held a variety of in-house labour relations positions.

CHRISTOPHER RAMSAY

Christopher Ramsay was previously Senior Counsel, Litigation with London Life Insurance Company/Great West Life/Canada Life. He is a former Workers Compensation Specialist with Canada Post and a former Articling Student with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Mr. Ramsay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Laws degree in Dispute Resolution from Bond University (Australia).

JOANNE FRENSCHKOWSKI

JoAnne Frenschkowski is a lawyer with extensive experience in workplace compensation and insurance matters, as well as human rights law. Prior to joining the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, she worked with the Office of the Worker Adviser as a Legislative Interpretation Specialist and as a Worker Representative in the Occupational Health and Safety Reprisal Program. She has also held positions as Legal Counsel with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and the Income Security Advocacy Centre. Ms. Frenchkowski holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar in 1997.

RON HORNE

Ronald Horne retired as an Appeals Resolution Officer with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. He is a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Upper Canada. His community involvement includes fundraising for the Brampton Hospital, and previously served as Co-Chair of his local Church Council. Mr. Horne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History from Laurentian University.

KAREN JACQUES

Karen Jacques career has primarily concentrated on health, safety and disability issues in both legal and non-legal capacities. Her previous law practice focused on litigation, dispute resolution, and Workplace Insurance Law & Employment Law guidance. She has also worked as Manager – Disability Management and Accommodation for Bruce Power. Ms. Jacques actively supports non-profit initiatives including the creation of Hire for Talent. She is currently the founding President for the Kincardine Cheetahs Youth Running Team and a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance. Ms. Jacques holds a B. A. from Wilfred Laurier University in Kinesiology, Physical Education, and Psychology and a J.D. from the University of Windsor.

BRUCE POLLOCK

Bruce Pollock practised employment and labor law for over 35 years with Stikeman Elliot LLP prior to his retirement at the end of 2015. Mr. Pollock appealed at all levels of court in Ontario, both levels of the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also appealed in numerous employment and labor related tribunals in Ontario and the federal sector including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act Tribunal. He was a minor hockey coach for several years and is presently a member of the Board of the West Mall Minor Hockey Association. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queens University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto.

ROBERT SALISBURY

Robert Salisbury holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Resource Management from the University of Akureyri (Iceland). Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983, Mr. Salisbury has extensive experience representing clients on labour and employment law matters. He began his legal career first as a student employee at Parkdale Legal Services and then as a staff lawyer with Simcoe Legal Services. Mr. Salisbury is a former Partner of a national law firm.

KATHARINE EVANS

is a lawyer with extensive regulatory and administrative law experience. Ms. Evans began her career in private practice with Fasken Martineau LLP, and then moved in-house to the position of legal counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Since leaving the OSC, she has held a variety of positions including as the National Director of Compliance and Risk Management at BMO Harris Private Banking, and the Manager of Compliance Processes at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Throughout her career she has both judged at and been Secretary of the Laskin Memorial Moot Court Competition, a bilingual Administrative and Constitutional Law Moot. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

ANN SOMERVILLE

has over 30 years of experience in workplace safety and insurance law. For many years, she worked as a lawyer at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, either as Associate Counsel to the Tribunal Chair, or in the Tribunal Counsel Office. She is a former Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Workers Compensation Section. Ms. Somerville holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.

CHANTELLE ZEHR

has represented clients for 19 years before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). She also worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager for the WSIB, a Manger of an educational service provider and a long term disability Case Manager in the insurance industry. She is licensed with the Law Society of Upper Canada as a paralegal. She attained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfred Laurier University and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Guelph and York University.

MICHAEL MCLOUGHLIN

has extensive experience life and disability claims litigation. He was called to the bar in 1982 and recently retired from the position of Vice-President & Associate General Counsel at Sun Life Financial where he had responsibility for all litigation in Canada involving the company. He has appeared before every level of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal and has been a frequent speaker on insurance claims related topics. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University. In recognition of his contribution as a volunteer he was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Tennis Canada.

DANIEL REVINGTON

As General Counsel of WSIAT, Dan Revington appeared as counsel in numerous complex appeals and acted in dozens of judicial reviews. When he practiced civil litigation with a Toronto firm, his work included acting for injured workers; then, as manager of the Office of the Employer Adviser, he represented employers. Mr. Revington founded the Worker's Compensation Section of the Ontario Bar Association, which provides bi-partisan education programs, and is the only legal organization which makes bipartisan submissions to improve Ontario's workplace safety and insurance system. Mr. Revington received the Ron Ellis Award for outstanding contributions to workplace safety and insurance law.

ELIZABETH KOSMIDIS

Elizabeth Kosmidis has over 25 years of practical experience with the workplace safety and insurance system. Previously, she was a Senior Associate and litigator with the Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie law firm where she practiced labour and employment law with an emphasis on workplace safety and insurance and occupational health and safety. Ms. Kosmidis worked at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for 16 years and held a variety of positions including Senior Legal Counsel to the Board, Director of the Legal Services Branch, Director of the Collections & Audit Branch and Director of the Employer Audit Branch.

SONJA HODIS

Sonja Hodis is a lawyer in private practice in Barrie. Mrs. Hodis has experience in civil litigation with an emphasis on employment, estate and condominium law. Prior to opening her own practice, she was a lawyer with Zwicker Evans Lewis LLP, and was also an instructor at Georgian College. Mrs. Hodis is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Condominium Institute - Huronia Chapter. She is a frequent guest speaker and has published articles on legal topics including employment law, wills and estates, and condominium law.

SUSAN PECKOVER

Sue Peckover has a background in executive compensation, including international stock option consulting, international taxation, and bilateral taxation and social security agreements. She has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She was called to the Ontario Bar in February 1999. She is bilingual in English and French. In her spare time, since 2011, she has volunteered as a genetic genealogist.

ELEANOR SMITH

Eleanor Smith has been a Vice-Chair at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal since 2000. Prior to her appointment as Vice-Chair, she was General Counsel at the Tribunal from December 1989 until 2000. Ms. Smith formerly held the position of Director of Appeals at the Ministry of Labour where she heard appeals under section 32 of the Occupational health and Safety Act. She has also worked as a lawyer in both government and private sector.

NANCY FERGUSON

Nancy Ferguson is a lawyer with a background in administrative law matters. She has worked primarily in the area of public protection including managing, investigating, and mediating, consumer complaints. This includes complaints about breaches of privacy, professional, misconduct, and incapacity. Ms. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree.

EBAN BAYEFSKY

Eban Bayefsky was called to the Bar in 1987. He was most recently a Vice-Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He was an Arbitrator for twenty years at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and a part-time Vice-Chair at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He has been Counsel at the joint office of the Human Rights Board of Inquiry, Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal and Employment Equity Tribunal, and at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Workers’ Compensation Board, Ministry of Labour and Law Society of Upper Canada. Mr. Bayefsky holds a B.A. in philosophy and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, as well as an LL.M. in Administrative Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

SHERRY DARVISH

Sherry Darvish is a Deputy Judge of Ontario Superior Court of Justice for Small Claims Court, a Professor of Tax and Advocacy for the Paralegal Degree Program at Humber College. Sherry’s community involvement includes serving as a board director for the Ontario Deputy Judges Association.

ANITA WONG

Anita Wong was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999. She is a Lawyer practicing civil litigation at Rastin Law in Barrie. Her main areas of practice include personal injury, insurance, employment, and estate litigation. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Laws from Windsor University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit mercy. She volunteers her time with various organizations including the Simcoe County Law Association and the Simcoe County chapter of Helmets on Kids.

BERNARD MORROW

Bernard Morrow is an experienced mediator, adjudicator and ombudsperson. He delivers dispute resolution services through Morrow Mediation. His experience includes practicing employment law and serving as Complaints Resolution Commissioner for the Law Society of Ontario, Adjudicator with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Mediator with the Financial Services Commissioner of Ontario, and Legal Counsel and Senior Facilitator with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Dispute Resolution Office. He has an LL.B. (Western University), an LL.M. (LSE) and a Chartered Mediator designation (ADR Institute of Canada). Active in his community, Bernard enjoys volunteering in youth sports programs and community events.

LINDA GEHRKE

Linda Gehrke is a retired lawyer with a background in administrative and public law, adjudication, dispute resolution and education. She has served as a part-time Vice-Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) since 2015, as a full-time Vice-Chair from 1998-2008, and in counsel roles for the WSIAT from 1985-1998. She served as senior staff lawyer for a community legal clinic from 1980-1985. From 2008-2016, Linda served as Lobbyist Registrar for the City of Toronto. Linda has been an active volunteer in the administrative justice sector, working with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development to develop professional development programs for adjudicators and regulators. She has received the SOAR Medal and Law Society Medal (LSM) for her contributions to administrative justice and the public service.

ISMET ONEN

Zeynep Onen is a lawyer with extensive experience in professional regulation, adjudication, and mediation, as well as administration in the public sector. Her experience includes service as Executive Director of Professional regulation with the Law Society of Upper Canada, Executive Director and Vice-Chair with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and as Arbitrator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Ms. Onen is an active volunteer with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and other community organizations.

TOM MITCHINSON

Tom Mitchinson, of Toronto, has extensive experience in adjudication, investigation and mediation. Mr. Mitchinson was Assistant Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario between 1991-1993, 1994-1996 and 1997-2004. Between 1996-1997, he served as the first Assistant Deputy Minister of Business Planning at the Ministry of Solicitor General and Correctional Services and was Executive Co-ordinator for the Ontario Court of Justice from 1993-1994. Mr. Mitchinson is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a Contributing Editor of Politics Canada and E-Government Reconsidered. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a LL.B from the University of Windsor.

VANDANA PATEL

Vandana Patel is a member of Refugee Protection Division for Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and a former Vice-Chair (full-time) for the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Her community involvement includes serving as a trail volunteer for Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP), Parks Canada.

PAUL ALLEN

Paul Allen is a part-time Vice-Chair with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). Prior to this, he represented clients in matters before WSIAT and before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for the past 25 years. He is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Paralegal. He also has a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick.

DAVID THOMSON

David Thomson is a human resource professional with 37 years of experience in the automotive, transportation and manufacturing industries. His extensive Human Resources Management experience has been attained in the Automotive, Manufacturing and Transportation Industries. His community involvement includes serving as a coach representative at the Orangeville Minor Soccer Club. Mr. Thomson has a mechanical engineering certification from Stow College of Engineering in Glasgow, Scotland.

CARMINE SACCO

Carmine Sacco is a full-time member with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Mr. Sacco has over 20 years of experience in workers compensation matters and has previously represented clients before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Mr. Sacco is licensed by the Law Society of Ontario as a Paralegal since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from the University of Toronto. ‘

RICHARD HOSKIN

Since 1983, R. Kelly Hoskin, of Ingersoll, has held numerous positions with IMT Partnership, including Local Union President (United Steelworkers - USW), President of the USW Southwestern Ontario Area Council and as a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Advocate. Mr. Hoskin has been trained at all levels of the WISB through the Ontario Federation of Labour Occupational Disabilities Response Team.

GERRY CARLINO

Gerry Carlino was an Investigator with the Ontario Ombudsman from 1978 to 2007. Her area of expertise was the investigation of complaints submitted by injured workers against the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Ms. Carlino is a member of Epilepsy Toronto, a former committee member of the Fred Victor Centre and a former fundraising committee member of Transforming Faces, an organization involved in providing surgical correction of cleft palate disabilities to children in developing countries. She is also a former volunteer with Community Care East York and a former board member of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

CLAUDINE SALAMA

Claudine Salama worked with the Public Service Alliance of Canada from 1983 to 2001 as a Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation Specialist. In 2003, she moved to California to work with SEIU Local 250 and a year later, she was recruited to join The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions as a lead for KP HealthConnect (the electronic medical record system). In 2006, she was assigned a new portfolio and led programs at Kaiser Permanente related to Workplace Safety. In 2008, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Harvard Business School (HBS) in Cambridge, MA and completed the HBS Executive Leadership Program. She is a Certified Adult Educator from the Workers' Health and Safety Center in Toronto.

MARY TZAFERIS

Mary Tzaferis is a former Regional Manager for the Office of the Worker Adviser with the Ministry of Labour and Member, Representative of Workers with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Threads of Life - Steps for Life Work Committee and as a member of the Local Advisory Committee for Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. Ms. Tzaferis holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Toronto.

GARY BURKETT

Gary Burkett is a semi-retired Executive who specialized in Human Resources for over 46 years with 3 blue chip companies (i.e. FedEx, Bell Canada and MolsonCoors). In addition, he has over 20 years of board experience with for-profit companies (e.g. Oakville Hydro Corporation, Northern Telephone, Nexacor Realty) as well as with volunteer organizations (e.g. Career Edge, Toronto Youth Employment Services etc.). Mr. Burkett is currently a member of the Halton Regional Police Services Board. He is also a member of the George Brown College School of Business Program Advisory Committee for the Human Resources Post Graduate Program and is a member of The Co-operators Group Limited Service Review Panel. In 2016, Mr. Burkett retired as Managing Director of Human Resources with FedEx Express Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Human Resources Leader.

RICHARD OUELLETTE

Richard Ouellette has had a career in workplace safety and insurance spanning more than 25 years. He worked at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Modified Work Program Specialist. He was an Employer Advisor with the Office of the Employer Adviser, a WSIB Consultant at Compensation Advocacy Services, and former Senior Health Advisor with Ontario Power Generation. Throughout his career he served on the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Advisory Committee. He is a volunteer mentor with Raising Voices, a program developed by the Alzheimer Society of Peel, and with the Mississauga Festival Choir. Mr. Ouellette holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.

(JAMES) IAN THOMPSON

Ian Thompson is a Senior Union Representative, Canada Employment Insurance Union. He is a former National Staff Representative, Canadian Union of Public Employees. His community involvement includes serving as an executive board member with the Italian Canadian Club of Milton. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Multi Sector Pension Plan, Pension Plan Administrative Corporation. Mr. Thompson has served as a member of the Maplehurst Correctional Complex Community Advisory Board since 2016. Mr. Thompson holds a Master of Arts in Social Welfare Policy from McMaster University, and a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University.

KRISTEN SODEN

is a lawyer with experience in employment law and commercial litigation. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 after articling with Lang Michener. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and has completed the Arbitration course offered by the ADR Institute of Ontario. She has always been actively involved in the community and is currently volunteering with Lawyers Feed the Hungry.

SONYA TONI SAHAY

has been an adjudicator with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal for over ten years and an associate, in partnership, of a boutique litigation firm in downtown Toronto. Prior to joining the tribunal, she served as in house forensic counsel with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and as prosecutor, counsel, and mediator with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and law degree.

PATRICIA GREENSIDE

Patricia Greenside is a Member (part-time) for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and a former Member (full-time) for Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as a volunteer for the Women’s Habitat.

ZOE AGNIDIS

Zoe Agnidis has been a registered Physical Therapist in Ontario for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. Through her clinical work in both rural and urban health care settings, Ms. Agnidis has extensive experience assessing and treating musculoskeletal injuries. She has been a freelance medical writer for over 17 years with expertise in preparing evidence-based review articles. Her writing addresses a broad scope of medical topics including musculoskeletal conditions, pharmacotherapeutics, oncology, and rehabilitation programs for injured workers.

WILLIAM (BILL) DAVIS

William Charles Davis has been a member of Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal since 2009. He is a former Executive Director for Toronto and Ontario Automobile Dealers Association, and a former Director of Government Relations for Toronto and Ontario Automobile Dealers Association. His community involvement includes serving as member and President for the Rotary Club Scarborough.

MENA FALCONE JOHNSTONE

Mena Falcone Johnstone was called to the Bar in 1992 and worked for the Office of the Employer Advisor as a medical and legal researcher. She spent six years with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as a caseworker and policy writer. She also worked for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters as a human resource policy advisor and director. She was President and CEO of a company she founded aimed at teaching children the fundamentals of finance and money management. Ms. Falcone Johnstone most recently worked at Johnstone & Cowling in the areas of employment and labour law.

ANTONIO SIGNORONI

Antonio Signoroni is from Toronto and is a lawyer who was called to the bar in 1982. Prior to coming to Toronto to study law, he earned his junior “engineering” degree in Lodi (Milan) Italy. In 1972 he earned an H.B.A at York University, and in 1973 he earned his MA at the University of Toronto while studying at Massey College with an academic scholarship. In 1980 he graduated with his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Signoroni was previously appointed as a chair of the Unemployment Insurance Commission – Board of Referees. His first language is Italian, but he is also fluent in English and French.

MARCEL PIERRE TRUDEAU

Prior to Marcel Pierre Trudeau appointment with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Marcel Trudeau was an Associate with Canadian Injury Management Services Inc. He was formerly the owner of a consulting firm providing claims management, workplace injury management, advocacy and training primarily to Ontario employers in the area of workers' compensation. He also served as Bilingual Advisor to the Office of the Employer Advisor for 11 years. Mr. Trudeau's first experience with the Ontario Workers' Compensation system began in 1982 when he became a claims adjudicator with the Workers' Compensation Board, as it was then called.

JOSEPH PROVATO

Joseph Provato has over 30 years’ experience in workplace safety and insurance matters. Prior to joining the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, he worked with the Office of the Worker Adviser as a Regional Manager and Worker Advisor representing injured workers at all levels of appeal. Mr. Provato holds a Diploma in Social Work from Seneca College and attended York University where he majored in Psychology and is a licensed paralegal in the province of Ontario.

MARLENE KESLER

Marlene Kesler is a public health and occupational health and safety professional. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (2020), a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental and Occupational Health Science from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1999), and a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary (1996). She has worked as a Policy Consultant and a Health and Safety/Industrial Hygiene Consultant in the public and private sectors for 20 years, currently working as Manager, Health and Safety for MediPharm Labs. She holds the designation of Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP, 2003).

STEPHEN ROTH

Stephen Roth is a Lawyer with Roth Professional Corporation focusing on personal injury and employment law. Mr. Roth is a former Independent Insurance Auditor with Adjusters Canada/Crawford Adjusters. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors with Family Services Perth-Huron. Mr. Roth holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree, a Chartered Insurance Professional certification from the Insurance Institute of Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.