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Appointee Biographies

Assessment Review Board (Tribunals Ontario)

KEN BEDNAREK

Ken Bednarek is a former general counsel for Ombudsman for National Defence and Canadian Forces, and a former Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. His community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Ottawa Centre PC Riding Association.

DIRK VANDERBENT

Dirk VanderBent has experience in mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution and has been a Vice-Chair of the Environmental Review Board since 2006. Mr. VanderBent has held positions as a Senior Manager of Judicial Support with the Office of the Chief Justice, Ontario Court, a Plan Representative with the Walkerton Compensation Plan within the Ministry of the Attorney General and an Arbitrator for the Dispute Resolution Group with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He is a former member and Chair of Contact Hamilton for Children's and Developmental Services and a former member of the Alzheimer's Society of Hamilton and Halton. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Laws degree from York University.

CAROLINE KING

Caroline King was born in Toronto and educated at the Glendon (French) Campus of York University, and at the University of Western Ontario Law School. She is a lawyer with over a decade of experience as an adjudicator and arbitrator. She has been a member of two provincial tribunals and has adjudicated cases in all regions of Ontario. Ms. King was on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR). She recently completed a Master of Laws degree from the University of London (U.K)

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.

MAUREEN HELT

Maureen Helt is Vice-Chair (full-time) for the Licence Appeal Tribunal, and a former Senior Legal Counsel for the Ontario Energy Board. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as Chair for the Strategic Planning Committee of Woodgreen Community Services.

D. STEPHEN JOVANOVIC

D. Stephen Jovanovic was a partner with the Windsor law firm of Bartlet & Richardes from 1982 until 2016. His practice focused on employment law/labour relations, administrative law, civil/commercial and insurance litigation. He regularly appeared as counsel before many administrative tribunals, labour arbitrators, mediators and in all levels of courts in Ontario. While practicing in Windsor he also served as a designated Vice-chair with both the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board where he authored in excess of three hundred decisions. Mr. Jovanovic served on the Ontario Bar Association Council for six years and was a Director of The Advocates’ Society for four years. He became the full-time Associate Chair of the Ontario Civilian Police Commission in January 2017 having been a member since 2014. In February of 2019, Mr. Jovanovic was also appointed as the Associate Chair of the Mining and Lands Tribunal as well as the Board of Negotiation. In November 2019 he was appointed as the Associate Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal and continues to serve on several other tribunals.

SUBUOLA AWOLERI

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

holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. Since 1985, he has worked in the area of land use planning and landscape architecture, principally in land development in Southwestern Ontario. He currently operates a consulting practice serving a range of private and public sector clients in the field of landscape architecture, open space planning and design and project management. Mr. Weagant has been a member of the Assessment Review Board since 2010 and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Examining Board since 2013.

JENNIFER GRIFFITH

Jennifer Griffith has gained extensive experience in adjudication while serving as a member of the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities, Ministry of the Attorney General, and as a former member of the Assessment Review Board. Prior to that, she enjoyed a successful career with TD Bank Financial Group, as Assistant Manager Corporate Compliance, a Senior Compliance Officer, and as Human Resources Lead Recruitment Officer. She is a graduate of Ryerson University in Human Resources Management. Over the years, Ms. Griffith's volunteerism encompassed fundraising activities for the Alzheimer's Society (Gibbs Walk), Accessibility Day Awareness for individuals with disability (TD Bank), canvassing for the March of Dimes, and contributions to numerous church activities for the homeless and underprivileged members of the community.

JOANNE LAWS

Joanne Laws has over two decades of experience as an adjudicator and mediator in the landlord and tenant and property assessment fields and was the Ombudsman for the University of Waterloo. In addition, she is a former Independent Adjudicator for Ontario’s Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Office. During her career, she has served on many non-profit and charitable boards including Community Justice Initiatives, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Waterloo Region, and the Canadian Federation of University Women KW.

ANTHONY LAREGINA

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

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.

MARGARITA OKHOVATI

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

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 and was previously a member of the Assessment Review Board from 1992 to 1995.

CARLY STRINGER

Carly Stringer operates Stringer Law Professional Corporation in Timmins, Ontario. Her legal practice is focused on municipal, commercial, and employment matters. Prior to opening her own practice, Ms. Stringer worked at a top-tier national law firm in Toronto, as well as a small full-service law firm in Timmins. She has previously completed a prestigious clerkship at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, assisting judges with a range of civil, commercial, and municipal law cases.

VINCENT STABILE

Vincent Stabile is a Deputy Judge and was formerly a lawyer with Stabile & Partners. He has a certificate in Family Mediation from the University of Toronto, Department of Social Work and an LLB from the University of Windsor. Mr. Stabile is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Clare of Assisi Council, a supporter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Myelin Foundation and Hospice Vaughan. He is currently a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, CIAO and the York Law Association and a past member of the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocate's Society and Family Mediation - Canada.

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.

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.