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Appointee Biographies

Custody Review Board (Tribunals Ontario)

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.

CATHERINE BICKLEY

Catherine Bickley has been an adjudicator at provincial tribunals since 2000. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph and the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991. Ms. Bickley is active as a volunteer in professional and charitable organizations.

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.

DANIEL MCSWEENEY

Daniel McSweeney has a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto. He began his career as a health promoter in Toronto. Later, he founded and led a successful strategic and program planning and evaluation practice which specialized in supporting pre-natal, early child development, and family support agencies in the GTA. He has extensive experience in administrative law and decision-making as a member of the Refugee Protection Division and Refugee Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

EVA NICHOLS

professional experience includes mediation, adjudication, medical research and genetic counselling. Ms. Nichols has served as a School Trustee, Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario and Senior Researcher with the Learning Opportunities Task Force. She has provided legislative support to several disability organizations. Ms. Nichols is a member of the Ontario Special Education (English) Tribunal, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Child and Family Services Review Board and the Custody Review Board. She received her education in pure sciences in the United Kingdom and has been accredited in alternative dispute resolution through the University of Windsor.

TAMARA JORDAN

holds Master of Social Work and Law degrees. She practiced as a lawyer for several years, including with Goodman and Carr LLP in the areas of family law and sexual assault and harassment, and as legal counsel to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Also, Ms. Jordan has worked as an Investigator with the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth and in various capacities with Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre. Ms. Jordan served six years on the Board of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Legal Clinic. She currently works part-time with Ethical Associates conducting investigations and mediations.

NOELINE PAUL

Noeline Paul has worked in a variety of administrative law areas, both in public service and as a lawyer in private practice. Her professional background includes adjudication in the areas of awards entitlement and civil disputes, and she is an experienced adjudicator within Tribunals Ontario. Previously, Ms. Paul was an Assistant Deputy Chairperson and Member at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations and is an active community volunteer. Ms. Paul is a member of the Ontario Bar.

SILVIA NOVAK

is an Investigator with the College of Physicians and Surgeon's mental health team. She is a former Child and Family Therapist at the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health and former Regional Clinical Supervisor at the Ministry of the Attorney General's Office of the Children's Lawyer. Ms. Novak's community involvement has included being a volunteer consultant with the Bereaved Families of Ontario and with Camp Erin, a bereavement program for children and youth. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Ms. Novak holds a Master of Social Work degree from McGill University.

GABRIELLE POP-LAZIC

Gabrielle Pop-Lazic is a Senior Associate at Jamal Family Law Professional Corporation, prior to which she was a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Gabrielle Pop-Lazic and a Psychotherapist in private practice. Ms. Pop-Lazic's community involvement has included being Chair of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, and former member of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association, and she holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.

JOHN F. SPEKKENS

John F. Spekkens has been a member of the Child and Family Services Review Board and the Custody Review Board since 2010, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board since 2016. For 35 years he was the CEO of two Children's Mental Health Centres. Mr. Spekkens has a Master's degree in Social Work from Carleton University and an Advanced Diploma in Social Work from the University of Toronto. He has served on a variety of Boards of Directors, including the Toronto Catholic Children's Aid Society, the Council on Accreditation in N.Y.C., and 12 years on the St. Joseph's Health Centre Board and its Governance Committee. In August 2014, the Law Society of Upper Canada appointed him as a part-time member of the Law Society Tribunal.

T. MICHELE O'CONNOR

Michele O'Connor is a Partner in the Toronto law firm of Chappell Bushell Stewart LLP. Ms. O'Connor has been practicing family law exclusively since graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School and her call to the Bar in 1985. Her work has involved all aspects of family law (child protection, custody/access, adoption and divorce related issues). She is trained in mediation and collaborative law, was a part-time instructor with the Bar Admissions Course for the Law Society of Upper Canada, and sat as a Family Law Referee for the Ontario Court for several years. She is a member of Collaborative Practice Toronto, the Ontario Bar Association - Family Law Division, the Toronto Lawyer's Association and the Advocates Society.

SARA MINTZ

Sara Mintz has practiced law for over 15 years. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2004 from the concurrent business and law program through the Faculty of Law and the Richard Ivey School of Business. Ms. Mintz has written and presented on a variety of legal issues at professional seminars. She is also an active volunteer with charitable organizations.

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.