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Appointee Biographies

Assessment Review Board (Tribunals Ontario)


Ken Bednarek was general counsel for Ombudsman for National Defence and Canadian Forces. Mr. Bednarek previously held positions as Senior Litigation Advisor to the Attorney General with the Department of Justice advising on all litigation of national importance and as senior legal and policy advisor with several federal departments and Ontario ministries. He has been a consultant to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and to the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario. Mr. Bednarek has over 25 years’ experience as a legal contributor in all areas of law and has been a legal editor of tax law for publication. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.


Caroline King, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., is an experienced lawyer with a background in corporate law, adjudication, and management. She articled at Blake, Cassels & Graydon, where she focused on litigation and corporate law. Ms. King was corporate counsel for two different leading Canadian corporations before launching her career in the administrative law community. Her adjudicative experience includes the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and the Assessment Review Board. Ms. King's community involvement includes Co-Chairing the 2018 & 2019 Annual Conferences for the Society of Ontario Adjudicator and Regulators (SOAR), Chairing the 2014 & 2015 SOAR Medal Selection Committees, being elected to the National Board of Directors for Masters Swimming Canada, and Discipline Committee Work for the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance.


Christopher Voutsinas has over 25 years of real estate private equity and investment management experience. Mr. Voutsinas was most recently Board Chair of Infrastructure Ontario, and a board member and member of the Investment and Real Estate Committee of Waterfront Toronto. Mr. Voutsinas has held senior leadership roles at prominent institutions including SEDCO Capital (Managing Director, Head of International Investment, London), Deutsche Bank (Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Asset Management, London), Goldman Sachs (Executive Director, Principal Investment Area, New York and London), and AT&T Resource Management (Portfolio Manager, Basking Ridge). Christopher’s investment expertise and professional experience includes strategy development, building and managing high performance teams, designing and implementing investment policies & procedures, due diligence, transaction structuring, investment and business plan execution (including value-add initiatives, repositioning, and realizations/exits), joint ventures, and relationship management. Christopher holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, an M.S. from M.I.T., and a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Christopher recently completed the ICD – Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP).


Dirk VanderBent has over 30 years experience as a lawyer, mediator, and administrative tribunal adjudicator. After practicing as a litigation lawyer, he has held positions as: mediator and arbitrator in Ontario's no-fault insurance dispute resolution system; Senior Manager, Office of the Chief Justice (Ontario Court of Justice); and Vice Chair (Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal) and (Board of Negotiation). He is currently a Vice Chair at Ontario's Assessment Review Board. His professional qualifications include: Bachelor of Mathematics (University of Waterloo), LL.B (Osgoode Hall Law School), Certificate in Advanced Mediation Skills (Ryerson University), and Certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills (Arbitration and Mediation Institute).


Anthony LaRegina has gained extensive experience in adjudication and alternative dispute resolution while serving as a part-time member of the Assessment Review Board from 2007 to 2017. He is a Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience in assisting corporations in both Canada and the United States. Mr. LaRegina has directed large scale organizational restructuring projects for a number of Fortune 500 companies in a wide array of industries including manufacturing, aerospace, banking, telecommunications, mining, healthcare and transportation. For the last 25 years Mr. LaRegina has been involved on numerous volunteer Boards within his community having benefited the development of amateur sports, local health and religious organizations and his local ratepayers association. Mr. LaRegina holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University.


Jean-Paul Pilon practiced law in Kitchener, Ontario for ten years prior to his full-time appointment to the Landlord and Tenant Board in 2007, and his 2018 appointment to the Assessment Review Board. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and urban studies from Concordia University in Montreal and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He has also taught law as an Adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.


Anita Lovrich is a lawyer and a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Ms. Lovrich holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction in Philosophy and English from York University. She has a background in regulatory and administrative law and has worked as a senior policy advisor in the area of professional regulation. Ms. Lovrich is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.


is a Paralegal and Law Clerk Instructor with Trios College and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Ms. Awoleri's community involvement has included presenting seminars and workshops on family law issues and includes serving as a Women's Coordinator with Centre of Life Church. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. Ms. Awoleri has been a part-time member of the Assessment Review Board since 2014.


Dan Weagant has been a member of the Assessment Review Board since 2010. He also served one year as a member of the Board of Negotiation, from 2019 to 2020. Registered with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) since 1989, he has served as a member of the OALA Examining Board (1991 through 1998) and currently serves as a Reviewer in the OALA Professional Development Program. A former Member and Chair of the St. Thomas Committee of Adjustment, Mr. Weagant has also served his community as a Board Director and President of Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin County and as a member of the W.S. Morrison School Council.


Carly Stringer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa; and a Master of Arts degree from Carleton University. She is a lawyer with over a decade of experience, having commenced her practice at a top-tier national law firm in Toronto before relocating to her hometown of Timmins. Ms. Stringer owned and operated Stringer Law Professional Corporation in Timmins, focusing her practice on municipal, commercial and employment matters. Ms. Stringer has previously completed a prestigious clerkship at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, assisting judges with a range of commercial and municipal law cases.


Paul Brennan is a Toronto-based lawyer with over two decades of experience in professional regulation, investigations and decision writing at a health regulatory college and the Law Society of Ontario. He volunteered for several years as a youth soccer coach in two York Region communities. Paul holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.


enjoyed a long career in public service included serving as a citizenship judge and a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Her volunteerism in the service of various communities and organizations is extensive and included Christian Children's Fund and Global Relief Fund. As a member of the Armenian Canadian Community, Ms. Okhovati has contributed to the Canadian Council of Churches through Montreal's Armenian Diocese and has served as a member of the parish council of the Armenian Church in Mississauga. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature.


Pierre R. Lavigne is a member of the Bar of Ontario and the Bar of Quebec, with a practice in administrative law, litigation, and class actions. His Ottawa based practice has experience in the areas of medical and governmental malpractice, design of compensation systems, alternative dispute resolution, actuarial issues, consent and capacity issues, insurance, and municipal law. He has appeared at all levels of provincial and federal courts up to the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been a sessional lecturer in Insurance and Municipal Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.


(Timothy) James O’Halloran is a management accountant and post secondary school instructor. He is currently working on a doctoral project. His background involves extensive community service at the grassroots level.


Bernard Trottier has been a consultant and advisor for clients across multiple sectors, with a focus on business strategy and digital transformation. Recently he was a Managing Partner for Gartner Inc., a global IT research and advisory firm. He served as Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, which included Parliamentary Secretary roles for Foreign Affairs and la Francophonie, as well as for Public Works and Government Services. He has been a community volunteer for Etobicoke sports leagues and served on the board of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. He is fluent in French and English.


Leo Demarce serves as a member (part-time) for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, owner of Saje Salon + Spa Inc., owner of Blackie’s Corner Ltd, and a self-employed independent business analyst consultant.


Heather Kenny has a background based in healthcare combined with over 20 years of business experience, more than a decade in the advocacy and charitable works sectors and adjudicative experience. These experiences have provided Heather with attributes that include issues identification and management, analytical assessment, conflict resolution and an understanding of both financial and social licence. A strong communicator, Heather has successfully worked with people from a broad spectrum of socio-economic and diverse cultural backgrounds. She strongly believes in social justice, understands due process, and approaches her work with both compassion and firm resolve based in fairness and equity.


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.