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Appointee Biographies

Assessment Review Board (Tribunals Ontario)

KEN BEDNAREK

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

ANITA LOVRICH

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.

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.

(TIMOTHY) OHALLORAN

(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

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

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.

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.