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Appointee Biographies

Animal Care Review Board (Tribunals Ontario)

JEANIE THEOHARIS

Jeanie Theoharis is a lawyer specializing in administrative and regulatory law. She attended University of Toronto and State University of New York, successfully obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctorate in Law, and has been called to the bars of Ontario and New York. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Ms. Theoharis has gained extensive adjudicative and dispute resolution experience having been appointed at various tribunals as a member, vice chair and associate chair. Her community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Peel Region, Chair of the Community Investment Cabinet, Board of Directors for the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association and the UW of Greater Toronto's Management Advisory Group. She has also participated as an assessor for the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, and actively presents sessions on regulatory and administrative law.

KAREN RESTOULE

Karen Restoule currently serves as Associate Chair within Tribunals Ontario, responsible for the Ontario Parole Board and cross-appointed to other constituent tribunals. She previously served as Vice-Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. She is lead for Indigenous Services and previously led SLASTD’s French Language Services. Prior to that, Karen was the Director of the Justice Sector at the Chiefs of Ontario where she led strategic policy efforts on justice and legal issues impacting First Nations across Ontario. She started her career working as a victim rights caseworker, then as a Gladue report writer, and later worked as a probation and parole officer. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa's French Common Law Program, Karen is a proponent of access to justice in both French and English languages across all regions in Ontario. She is actively involved in her community and sits on boards for number of non-profit organizations. Karen is a member of Dokis First Nation. She is fluent in both French and English.

JOANNE FOOT

Joanne Foot is a member for Licence Appeal Tribunal, Animal Care Review Board and Fire Safety Commission, and a Hearing Officer for City of Toronto - Administrative Penalty Tribunal. Joanne’s community involvement includes formerly serving as a volunteer for Toronto Windsurfing Club and Meals on Wheels (Donlands).

ANITA GOELA

is a Bilingual Staff Lawyer with Legal Aid Ontario, a Legal Instructor in the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, and a Translator and Interpreter at Alpha Professionnelles. Her community involvement includes being on the Board of Directors of Sakura Medical Foundation and a Public Legal Educator for faith-based organizations, including the International Muslims Organization of Toronto. Ms. Goela holds a Juris Doctor in Canadian Law from the University of Windsor, a Juris Doctor in American Law from the University of Detroit Mercy, is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.

JENNIFER FRIEDLAND

is a lawyer, mediator. and teacher. She was previously a criminal lawyer and now focuses on dispute resolution in family law. From 2002 until 2017. Ms. Friedland taught Trial Advocacy at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and was Co-Chair of the course from 2012 until 2017. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a teacher for the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, in Whitedog, Ontario, where she also started a drop-in centre. Ms. Friedland is past Vice President of the Board of Directors for University Settlement. and provides pro bono legal services to people of low income. She has a B.A., M.A. and LL.B from the University of Toronto and a B.Ed., from the University of Western Ontario.

HARRIET LEWIS

After her private legal practice, Harriet Lewis became York University's University Secretary and General Counsel. She chaired the board of the Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange, is a past President of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors and past Chair of The Council of Ontario University Secretaries. She is currently President of the Board of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and Vice-Chair of the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront. She was named as one of The Women's Executive Network, "Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100" in 2010.

STEPHANIE KEPMAN

is a lawyer and a full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Prior to her appointment, she worked in criminal and family law. She is fully bilingual and supports access to justice in both official languages. Stephanie holds a Legum Licentiatus and Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

MELODY MALEKI-YAZDI

is a lawyer and a full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Prior to her appointment, she worked in fertility law. Ms. Maleki-Yazdi holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology from McMaster University. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

JESSE BOYCE

Jesse Boyce is a lawyer and full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Previously, he worked as Crown Counsel with the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO). His community involvement includes serving on the board of a non-profit organization and coaching minor hockey. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Florida Coastal School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

LYNDRA GRIFFITH

Lyndra Griffith is a full-time member with the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a part-time member with the Animal Care Review Board, the Fire Safety Commission, and the Ontario Parole Board. Ms. Griffith is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the County of Carleton Law Association. Prior to her appointment, she practiced civil litigation with a mid-sized firm and has appeared as counsel before various courts and administrative tribunals. Ms. Griffith holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Carleton University.

MATTHEW LETOURNEAU

Matthew Létourneau is a full-time member with the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a part-time member with the Animal Care Review Board, the Fire Safety Commission, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, and the Ontario Parole Board. He is the French Services Lead for these Tribunals. Mr. Létourneau is a lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ontario. He practiced employment, labour and administrative law in Ontario, in both French and English, prior to his appointment. He holds a Bilingual Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta’s Faculty St. Jean and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law’s French Common Law Program. Mr. Létourneau is active in the French Language Community of Ontario with over a decade of volunteer involvement. He is also a member of the Young Leader’s Council of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

THERESA MCGEE

Theresa M. McGee is a lawyer with a background in administrative law, criminal law, and Indigenous Justice policy. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick and an Honors Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction from York University in Law and Society. Prior to her appointment to Tribunal Ontario, Ms. McGee served as a Judicial Law Clerk and served as Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, providing strategic legal and policy advice to the Judicial Executive on the administration of criminal, family, and civil justice in Ontario.

LINDSAY LAKE

Lindsay Lake was a Solicitor and Municipal Prosecutor with the City of London for over five years, routinely appearing before all levels of court and conducting prosecutions under several statutes. She was also appointed as a part-time member with the Landlord and Tenant Board. Ms. Lake holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor. Ms. Lake was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007 and is actively involved in her local community and has served on the Board of Directors for the London Regional AIDS Hospice.

RAYMOND RAMDAYAL

Raymond Ramdayal is an Environmental Health Specialist with Toronto Public Health and holds a graduate degree in science from Ryerson University. He is a part-time professor in the School of Health & Life Sciences at Conestoga College and is the past President of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. Mr. Ramdayal is a seasoned adjudicator and has served as board director with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. He has received appointments to various tribunals including the Ontario Parole Board, Fire Safety Commission, Licence Appeal Tribunal, and Animal Care Review Board. Mr. Ramdayal also conducts disciplinary hearings for the Ontario College of Trades. He has served his community in many capacities including as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Brampton and a mentor for at-risk youth in the City of Toronto.

SANTINA MOCCIO

Santina Moccio is an experienced adjudicator. She has worked in this role as a past member of the Ontario Parole Board and the Landlord & Tenant Board and remains cross-appointed to other constituent tribunals. She is a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators & Regulators. Previously, she worked as a law clerk at firms in Toronto and Hamilton. Her community service includes serving in leadership roles on various boards and committees in Hamilton and Niagara.

POEME MANIGAT

Poeme Manigat was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009 and holds an LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has a B.A. in Public Policy and has been a dedicated public servant for eight years. Poeme worked for the Ministry of Labour; appeared before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal; and has extensive experience in legal research and writing, particularly when with the Ministry of the Attorney General (SIU). With the LSUC, he has worked as a jurilinguise, and has taught law at Sheridan College and private institutions in Ontario. Poeme is passionate about mentoring and coaching student-athletes.

SUSAN CLARKE

has been an active member in the fire protection field for over 30 years. She worked as a Fire Protection Engineer at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal for 27 years. responsible for Fire Marshal Reviews of Inspection Orders, training, delivering presentations, and writing articles, as well as participating in the Fire Code writing team. She has worked in the consulting field as a Code Specialist and Senior Fire Protection Engineer, and in several other consulting positions over the years. Ms. Clarke has been a member of, and later in a leadership position with the Canadian Fire Safety Association and the Code Interpretations Advisory Committee. She has supported her local community by serving as Director on several boards. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of Waterloo. and a Master of Business Administration from York University.

SEAN WEIR

Sean Weir was CEO of Canada’s largest national law firm from 2000 to July 1, 2018. In his legal practice, Mr. Weir advised financial institutions, corporations and major pension funds. Active in his community, Mr. Weir served as an elected Councillor of the Town of Oakville, a director of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and a Director and Chair of Oakville Hydro. Mr. Weir was named a “Diversity Champion” by Women of Influence Magazine, received the Lexpert Zenith Managing Partner Award for Corporate Social Responsibility and was listed in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.