Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
LUKASZ (LUKE) PETRYKOWSKI
Luke Petrykowski is a full-time Vice-Chair at the WSIAT. 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 obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Western Ontario. He then obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Windsor where he was the recipient of the Judge Joseph P. McMahon award for highest standing in administrative law and the Legal Aid Ontario award for commitment to public interest law. He also obtained a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (D.O.H.S.) from the Program of Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine at McMaster University, where he later lectured. He has extensive community involvement, including serving the underprivileged, elderly, developmentally disabled and youth of Ontario.
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.
Garth Dee was called to the Bar in 1985. Mr. Dee is a lawyer with extensive experience in workers' compensation matters, including as an advocate, in policy development, as counsel to the Appeals Tribunal and as a decision-maker. Mr. Dee has spoken at numerous professional development events and has been a co-author of a leading loose-leaf service on workers' compensation in Ontario for more than 25 years.
Martha Lai received an Honours Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in English Literature, both from Carleton University. She has worked at the WSIAT since 2007, most recently as a Dispute Resolution Officer and mediator.
Elana Rose is a lawyer and certified mediator. Her public service career began following her call to the Bar of Ontario in 1989. She worked for 19 years in a community legal aid clinic providing legal services and community legal education to disadvantaged communities. In 2008 she was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). For the past 13 years Elana has adjudicated at three divisions of the IRB, namely the Refugee Protection Division, Immigration Appeal Division, and the Refugee Appeal Division. She also adjudicated landlord and tenant matters with the Landlord and Tenant Board. Additionally, Elana has mediated family law matters and taught negligence law at George Brown College. Elana volunteers with various agencies, organizes food drives and has coached recreational soccer.
Vandana Patel holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from McGill University, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit-Mercy and the London International Law Program. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999. She has extensive experience in the fields of immigration and refugee law, human rights law, labour/employment law, and administrative law. She currently serves as an Order in Council (OIC) part-time Vice-chair at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and as a part-time Member at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). She previously was a Governor-in-Council Member at the IRB and an OIC Vice-chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Prior to her appointment to the IRB, Vandana had over 10 years of legal and human rights experience in both Canadian and international settings.
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 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. Agnieszka was first appointed to WSIAT in January 2018 as a Member and then as a Vice-Chair in June 2020. 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. Most recently Agnieszka has volunteered on the Board of Directors of a non-profit community organization (Applegrove), serving families in the east end of Toronto.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Pamila Ahlfeld is a lawyer with an LL.M in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Since 2004, has been an adjudicator with various tribunals, including the Immigration and Refugee Board (RPD and IAD), the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Social Security Tribunal, and the Social Benefits Tribunal. She is currently working part-time as a Deputy Judge at Small Claims Court. She also volunteers with the Coach and Advisor Network at the Law Society of Ontario.
Tatiana Perlin is a self-employed lawyer for Tania Perlin, Barrister & Solicitor, a Roster Mediator of Mandatory Mediation Program, Superior Court of Justice for Ministry of the Attorney General, a self-employed certified mediator, and a Deputy Judge of Small Claims Court in Central East for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Her community involvement includes serving as a Chair of Education Committee for the Ontario Deputy Judges Association.
(HEDY) ANNA WALSH
(Hedy) Anna Walsh is a lawyer, with a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, a PhD from the University of Toronto, a MHSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, and a BSc in Occupational Therapy from McGill University. She articled for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and provided legal research assistance to Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care after her call to the Ontario Bar in 2001. She worked as an Occupational Therapist for the Worker's Safety Insurance Board (Downsview Rehabilitation Center), Sunnybrook Health Science Center and St. Michael's Hospital. She interned with Health Canada's Policy Department and the University of Toronto's Research Ethics Board Health Sciences and participated on the Toronto Board of Health's North York Local Health Committee and the Council of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She taught courses for the University of Toronto and was also an adjudicator at the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.
Health, safety, and disability issues have been at the forefront of Karen E. Jacques' career for 30+ years. Her earlier focus was on training, program management, and emergency response. As Lead Counsel of Jacques Law, Ms. Jacques previously focused on litigation, dispute resolution, workplace safety, employment, and general counsel guidance. She also worked as Manager – Disability Management and Accommodation for Bruce Power. Her first appointment as a WSIAT Vice-Chair was in 2017. Ms. Jacques actively supports non-profit initiatives including community youth programs. She is also a member of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance executive steering committee. Ms. Jacques has a B. A. from Wilfred Laurier University in Kinesiology, Physical Education, and Psychology and a J.D. from the University of Windsor.
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 has extensive experience as a lawyer practicing in Ontario, primarily in the areas of employment and labour law. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1983 and was a partner with the law firm Gowlings. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In addition to his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, Mr. Salisbury holds a Masters degree in Coastal and Marine Resource Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland.
Daria Strachan is a Partner/Lawyer for Shields Hunt Duff Strachan, an Adjudicator (bilingual) for Resolutions Canada, and a Workplace Investigator for NAV CANADA*. Daria’s community involvement includes serving as a Duty Counsel/Amicus/Advisory Counsel for Pro Bono Law Help Ontario.
Ramon Andal was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989, and the Philippine Bar in 1981. He has a broad civil litigation and administrative law practice, including insurance defence, insurance coverage, human rights mental health and capacity law, professional liability, construction, directors and officer’s liability, and environmental claims. He was Contributing Editor of Insurance Law in Canada and the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Insurance Law Title. He served as presiding lawyer member of the Board of Inquiry (Police Services Act), Consent and Capacity Board, and Social Security Tribunal (Income Security Section). He is a founding member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. He is counsel to Filipino community organizations, and coverage counsel to Moodie Mair Walker LLP. The Law Society of Ontario gave him recognition as an Early and Exceptional Ontario Lawyer of Filipino Heritage, as part of the Diversifying the Bar: Lawyers Make History Project.
Claudia D'Angelo is a licensed Paralegal in Ontario and has represented both workers and employers at the WSIB and at the Tribunal. Ms. D'Angelo is also a retired member of the WSIB community having held several progressive positions within the WSIB including Appeals Resolution Officer and Assistant Director. Ms. D'Angelo has an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto in History and English and is certified as an Adult Education Specialist.
Mark Gordon is a part-time Vice-Chair with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) and a part-time Member of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Prior to this, Mr. Gordon guided and supported clients in the management and accommodation of injuries and disabilities in the workplace and represented clients in matters before both workers' compensation boards and tribunals throughout Canada. He is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Paralegal and holds a Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph.
Paul Brennan is a lawyer with over two decades of experience in professional regulation, investigations and decision-writing at the College of Nurses of Ontario, Law Society of Ontario, and Law Society Tribunal. His community involvement has included coaching youth soccer in York Region. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.
André Durette is a native of the City of the Greater Sudbury, where he presently lives in one of its rural areas. He has also lived, studied, and worked for a decade in southern Ontario. He has a Biology degree as well as a Law degree. He has spent most of his working career to date in Human Resources and ended a 20-year career in that capacity at a community college culminating in six years as its HR Director. He has subsequently engaged in a new career as a nascent labour arbitrator, starting with completing the Osgoode Hall/York University Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards and Tribunals. He is completing a six-year volunteer directorship with the St Joseph Health Centre in Sudbury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grant McCaffrey is currently a part-time Vice-Chair of the Tribunal. Grant was appointed to the Tribunal on July 22, 2015. His current appointment expires July 21, 2020. Grant is a retired licensed paralegal with over 28 years of practical experience working within the workplace safety and insurance system. Prior to joining the Tribunal, he was working as an Appeals Resolution Officer and long-standing Appeals Manager at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) where he oversaw a team of Appeals Resolution Officers and senior staff. Grant has completed the Tribunal’s mandatory Professional Development Review program for OICs. He is progressing at a steady pace and will benefit from ongoing training in the conduct of hearings and decision writing over the course of the next two years.
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.
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.
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.
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. ‘
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.
SONYA TONI SAHAY
Sonya Sahay has been serving as a member (part-time) since 2019. She previously served as a member (full-time) from 2017-2018, as a member (part-time) from 2008-2016, and Vice-Chair from 2006-2008. Sonya is a former counsel for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her community involvement includes serving as a parent volunteer for Forest Hill Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Zoe Agnidis has been a registered Physiotherapist in Ontario for over 30 years. She holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy 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 is also a freelance medical writer since 2001, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 also worked at a boutique employment and labour law firm in downtown Toronto.
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 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 is a former member of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and a former public appointee to the Council of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Prior to her shift to administrative law, she worked in healthcare policy and occupational health and safety/industrial hygiene for over 20 years in Ontario. Marlene holds a Master of Laws in Health Law (LL.M. 2020, Osgoode Hall Law School), Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Science (University of Illinois at Chicago), Bachelor of Physical Education (University of Calgary), and designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. She has volunteered with the Public Health Services Health and Safety Association and Girl Guides of Canada.
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.
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 is a semi-retired Executive with extensive commercial and public sector acumen, specializing in Human Resources, in numerous industry sectors. This includes a career with 3 blue chip companies (FedEx, Bell and Molson). In addition, he has over 20 years board experience with for-profit companies (e.g. Oakville Hydro Corporation) as well as with volunteer organizations (e.g. Career Edge). Gary believes the following leadership attributes are important to be successful: fairness, balance, flexibility, transparency, managing conflict towards constructive ends, courage to challenge in a curious and respectful manner, evidence-based decision making, collegiality, listening and satisfying multiple stakeholders with varying interests.
Martial Moreau is a former financial advisor associated with the financial industry of Ontario. A previous member of the Council of a regulated College of the Province of Ontario and holds a Certificate of Service with such College. Served two complete terms on an Audit Committee of a local School Board. For two complete terms, chaired an Arbitration Tribunal for the Algoma UIC District Office. Received a volunteer service award from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, and a Community volunteer recognition certificate from Algoma United Way District. Holds an FMA accreditation from the Canadian Securities Institute. Is a BA graduate from the University of Ottawa.
Jean-Sébastien Gallant is a corporate counsel with a wide range of experience acquired while working in private practice and government. He has a Bachelor of Law and a master’s in economics. He was called to the Law Society of Ontario in 2004. Prior to law, he worked in the Insurance industry. He has taught law at college and university level. His community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Public Sector Forum of the Canadian Bar Association and as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Official Language Committee. He also volunteered for various local sport and community associations. He is fluent in both French and English.
DR. SIMI CHAHAL
Dr. Simi Chahal obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2003 from Life University in Georgia U.S.A. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1997 at Wayne State University in Michigan, U.S.A. She has experience as an Independent Medical Evaluator for various insurance companies and legal teams providing impartial independent reviews of personal injuries, motor vehicle injuries, orthopedic injuries to determine entitlement to accident benefits. She provides clinical and in-home physical rehabilitation for severe and catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, WSIB injuries that are predominantly post-surgical. Simi has been a medical member to CPP-Disability tribunal serving 2 terms under ministerial appointment from 2008-2013. She has worked in adjudication for those filing a disability pension due to physical, psychological disabilities which may preclude them from gainful employment.
Robert Kenneth Gideon Grisdale is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a Course Director for the Faculty of Health, School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University. Robert’s community involvement includes serving as a volunteer with the University health network Friendly Neighborhood Hotline.
Junior Mandoko holds a Master's degree in Law (LL.M) from Laval University / Quebec, a bachelor's degree in depth specialization in international studies, law and social thought from the University of York / Glendon. He is a jurist, researcher, essayist and author of two books on human rights, women's rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal justice, sustainable development and food security. Most recently, he was a member of the Advisory Committee on Federal Judicial Appointments. He has worked for the federal government and teaches at Collège Boréal. He is a member of several Francophone boards of directors in the Toronto region. He speaks French and English.
Juliet Uche is an experienced legal practitioner with a strong professional background and demonstrated track record of achieving results in varied roles from legal representation and legal services. She holds a Bachelors in English Language / Literature, LLB, B.L Law, Canadian Diploma in Immigration Law, and NCA completed with Certification of qualification from Federation of Law Societies of Canada. She recently passed her Barristers licensing exams and is in the process of completing her license with the Law Society of Ontario. Ms. Uche practiced law for 10 years in Nigeria and has practical experience in using Alternative Dispute Resolution methods in conflict management. She previously worked for the City of Greater Sudbury - Pioneer Manor to contribute her quota to the Canadian society. She also worked with the Ministry of the Attorney General - Court Division, in Sudbury, Ontario.
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.