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Appointee Biographies

Animal Care Review Board (Tribunals Ontario)


Lindsay Lake has been an Adjudicator with the Licence Appeal Tribunal, the Animal Care Review Board, and the Fire Safety Commission since 2018. Prior to these roles, Lindsay was a Municipal Prosecutor and Solicitor with the City of London conducting prosecutions under several statutes and routinely appearing before all levels of court. Lindsay has also served as a part-time member on the Landlord and Tenant Board. Lindsay completed her B.A. in Women's Studies at Western University, her LL.B. at the University of Windsor, and both the Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards, and Tribunals at Osgood Hall Law School. Lindsay has served on several municipal advisory committees, teaches Tribunal Practice and Procedure at Fanshawe College, is a member of the Family Advisory Council at the London Health Sciences Centre, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection and Victim Services of Middlesex-London.


Stephanie Kepman graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Civil (LL.L.) and Common Law (J.D.) programs. Stephanie is fully bilingual and supports access to justice in both official languages. She is a lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ontario. Prior to her work with Tribunals Ontario, she practiced criminal and family law.


Avril Farlam is a lawyer, Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a Vice Chair of the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal, former chair of the CPP/OAS Administrative Review Tribunal and City of Windsor Hearing Officer. Ms. Farlam holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor Law School. Ms. Farlam has served on the Council of the Ontario Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators, and serves on the Education Committee of the Ontario Deputy Judges Association. Ms. Farlam has taught Advocacy at the Law Society of Ontario Bar Admission Course, taught at St. Clair College and sponsored a student scholarship through the Women's Law Association of Ontario.


Ziba Heydarian is a lawyer, mediator, and focuses on dispute resolution. Ms. Heydarian holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and has a Honours Bachelor of Law from the University of Toronto in Human Biology and Ethics, Society, and Law. Prior to her appointment she practices civil litigation, real estate law, wills & estates, trademarks, and corporate law. Ms. Heydarian also has past experience working as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Federal Court of Canada and was a former member of the Iranian Canadian Legal Professionals Association.


Emma Rhodes is a lawyer with a practice that focuses on child and youth law. She has represented young people for all criminal matters in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. She also represents children as a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children's Lawyer. Emma also works with the College of Early Childhood Educators and is a roster member on the Discipline/Fitness to Practice Committee for the Ontario College of Teachers.


Robert Patchett, of Ottawa, is a Vice-Chair (part-time) of the Landlord and Tenant Board and Lieutenant-Colonel Infantry Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces, and former Senior Strategic Policy Advisor and Senior Military Advisor, Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces Housing Agency. His community involvement includes serving as Branch Service Officer with the Royal Canada Legion.


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 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 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.


Mindy Caterina is a Toronto and Hamilton based lawyer with a practice which focuses on appeals, professional discipline, and criminal/regulatory matters. Prior to starting her law practice, she was an appellate lawyer with two boutique firms and a federal prosecutor. She has argued cases before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Tax Court of Canada, and has intervened in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada.


Peter Simmons is an experienced public sector executive serving as Chief Administrative Officer, Commissioner and Vice President with municipal, regional and provincial governments at operational and corporate administrative levels. Preceded by 10 years of construction management experience he is also the former Director of Municipal and Community Engagement with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). A graduate of universities in Canada, the US and UK, he holds both Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees, and is active in the community currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Peel-Dufferin).


Martin Forget is a proud and fully bilingual member of the Franco-Ontarian with over 30 years of experience working in the private and public sector. As a former executive of Telus Health Solutions Inc, Emergis Inc, Nortel, and a three-time successful tech entrepreneur, Martin has developed exceptional leadership skills. He also served as a public member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario from 2013-2015 and volunteers on an ongoing basis supporting the work of various community organizations and individuals involved in the public service who strive to prove the well-being of all members of the society.


Ashley (Ash) Deathe is a lawyer and workplace investigator in Ottawa, having appeared at all levels of court as well as various boards and tribunals. Most recently, she was one of the counsels to the Independent Assessor under the Merlo Davidson class action settlement agreement, addressing claims related to gender- and sexual orientation-based harassment and discrimination towards women in the RCMP from 1974 to 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law and was called to the bar in 2009. She holds a Master of Law from New York University. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Deathe volunteers on the boards of several charitable organizations


Anxhela (Angela) Peco is a Toronto-based lawyer and policy professional, working primarily in the field of professional regulation. She earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa and holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. Ms. Peco currently volunteers on the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Mass Disaster Response.


Jacqueline R. Castel began her career in the Ontario government where she was involved in developing the regulatory framework for casinos. Subsequently, she served as General Counsel/Corporate Secretary of Casino Niagara and Vice President, Legal & Administration of Casino Rama. Ms. Castel also assisted the governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in developing their regulatory framework for casinos. She is the author of a number of legal/scholarly articles as well as a textbook, which she updates annually, on gaming control law in Ontario. Ms. Castel served on the Board of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (2008 to 2011), the Licence Appeal Tribunal (2011 to 2022) and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (2012 to 2022). Jacqueline Castel holds an Honours B.A. in International Relations (1988) and a J.D. (1991), both from the University of Toronto, and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1993.


Edgar-Andre Montigny completed his doctorate in Canadian history in 1993. He spent several years teaching at variousOntario universities before he decided to study law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, graduating in 2003. He spenthis articles as a judicial law clerk at the Superior Court of Justice, focusing on administrative law issues before the DivisionalCourt. From 2009 until 2016, he was a staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre representing clients on accommodation andhuman rights issues. Ed served on the Advisory Board that helped produce the Law Commission of Ontario’s report on LegalCapacity, Decision-making and Guardianship in Ontario. In 2017 Ed established his practice to focus on issues substitutedecision making and estate issues. He volunteers with St. Michael's Hospital Social Justice Network, preparing Wills and POAdocuments for low-income persons. Since 2019 Ed has been an adjudicator with the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.


Ron Katz is an experienced adjudicator, who first joined Tribunals Ontario in 2021 as a part member of the Criminal Injury Compensation Board. In January 2022 he was appointed as a part time member of the Social Benefits Tribunal, where he remains, cross-appointed with the Animal Care Review Board and Fire Safety Commission. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, playing and watching sports.


Matthew Létourneau is a part-time member with the Licence Appeal Tribunal as well as the Animal Care Review Board, the Fire Safety Commission and the Ontario Parole Board. He is the French Services Lead for Tribunals Ontario. Mr. Létourneau is a lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ontario. He practices employment, labour and administrative law in Ontario and Federally, in both French and English. 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.


Meryn Steeves is a lawyer who has spent the past five years building her practice in Family Law, Real Estate, Wills & Estates, and Civil Litigation. She resides in Peterborough, Ontario. Originally from New Brunswick, Meryn earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from St. Thomas University in Fredericton. During that degree, she spent a semester studying in Sweden, where she met her husband. She then attended the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she co-chaired the Student Animal Law Association at Dalhousie (SALAD). Meryn summered and articled at one of the three largest law firms in Halifax before moving to Peterborough and joining John McGarrity at his full-service law firm, which later became Steeves & McGarrity Law. She volunteers as the Vice Chair of the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation (GPHSF).


Andrew Gawur has over 17 years experience in the pet industry as a successful business owner. His community involvement includes volunteering for Scouts Canada (GTR). He is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipient and a Queen’s Venturer. He is active in independently assisting Ukrainian families fleeing the war zone and relocating in Ontario. He has a passion for the outdoors, spending time in the Haliburton Highlands and Kawartha Lakes Regions with his two dogs.


Nicole Gajraj is an accomplished public servant, having worked with the Centre of Forensic Sciences as a Senior Forensic Scientist. Following this, Ms Gajraj conducted investigations under the provisions of The Law Society Act with the Law Society of Ontario's Professional Regulations Department. Most recently, her work has focused on combating human trafficking for five Police Services in Grey and Bruce County. Ms Gajraj holds a Master in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration (GradDIP). She has testified as an expert witness at all levels of Court in Ontario and has been a visiting Instructor with the Ontario Police College. Her community involvement has included being a Director with Crime Stoppers and a member of The Blue Mountains Arts and Culture Council. Ms Gajraj is a proud advocate for the LGBTQ community.


Alisa Chaplick has a range of experience in adjudication. She is the Vice-Chair of the Discipline Committee of the Home Construction Regulatory Authority. In addition, she is a Member of both the Discipline Committee and the Registration Committee of the Professional Engineers Ontario and a Member of the Discipline Committee of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants. Ms. Chaplick was formerly a member of the City of Toronto Dangerous Dog Review Tribunal. She has worked as an Investigation Counsel at the Law Society of Ontario, Legal Counsel at the Ontario Realty Corporation and as an Associate at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP. She has also served as a Law Clerk at the Federal Court of Canada. Ms. Chaplick received her LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and her LL.M from New York University School of Law.


James Rhodes is a lawyer that has been practicing for almost 22 years. He graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and subsequently went on to pursue a law degree that was granted in 1998 from University of Manitoba. His articling was completed at the Tax Court of Canada and he was called to the Ontario bar in 1999. James Rhodes has worked at the accounting firms of KMPG and PwC, and then worked for the Federal Department of Justice representing the government. Subsequently, he worked as a sole proprietor and then worked at Miller Thomson developing a tax dispute practice. Currently, he works as a sole proprietor under the name TaxationLawyers representing individuals, corporations, and municipal entities across Canada at the audit, appeals, and before the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal.


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.


Sara Mintz is the Alternate Executive Chair of Tribunals Ontario, and the Associate Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal, Child and Family Services Review Board, and Custody Review Board. Ms. Mintz joined Tribunals Ontario as a part-time member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and CFSRB/CRB in 2019. She was appointed the Associate Chair of the CICB and successfully led the Board’s wind-down. Prior to joining Tribunals Ontario on a full-time basis, Ms. Mintz was a sought after matrimonial lawyer, providing her strategic insights and skilled advocacy to clients for nearly two decades. A graduate of the concurrent business and law program at the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Faculty of Law at Western University, Ms. Mintz has written and presented on a variety of issues at professional seminars. She is an active volunteer with charitable organizations. In her spare time, Ms. Mintz enjoys playing and watching sports, and has a fondness for animals.