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Appointee Biographies

Fire Safety Commission (Tribunals Ontario)

JEANIE THEOHARIS

Jeanie Theoharis is a lawyer specializing in administrative and regulatory law. She attended University of Toronto and State University of New York, successfully obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctorate in Law, and has been called to the bars of Ontario and New York. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Ms. Theoharis has gained extensive adjudicative and dispute resolution experience having been appointed at various tribunals as a member, vice chair and associate chair. Her community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Peel Region, Chair of the Community Investment Cabinet, Board of Directors for the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association and the UW of Greater Toronto's Management Advisory Group. She has also participated as an assessor for the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, and actively presents sessions on regulatory and administrative law.

MARISA VICTOR

Marisa E. Victor is a lawyer who practices civil litigation and administrative law. She has appeared as Counsel before all levels of courts as well as various tribunals. She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in 2006. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Victor volunteers on the boards of several charitable organizations. She is a member of the Animal Care Review Board and the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a Vice-Chair of the Fire Safety Commission and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.

AVRIL FARLAM

Avril Farlam is a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 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 serves on the Education Committee of the Ontario Deputy Judges Association, has served on the Council of the Ontario Bar Association and the board of director of the Society of Ontario Adjudicator and Regulators, has taught Advocacy at the Law Society of Ontario Bar Admission course, taught at St. Clair College and sponsored a student scholarship through the Womens Law Association of Ontario

SUSAN CLARKE

has been an active member in the fire protection field for over 30 years. She worked as a Fire Protection Engineer at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal for 27 years. responsible for Fire Marshal Reviews of Inspection Orders, training, delivering presentations, and writing articles, as well as participating in the Fire Code writing team. She has worked in the consulting field as a Code Specialist and Senior Fire Protection Engineer, and in several other consulting positions over the years. Ms. Clarke has been a member of, and later in a leadership position with the Canadian Fire Safety Association and the Code Interpretations Advisory Committee. She has supported her local community by serving as Director on several boards. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of Waterloo. and a Master of Business Administration from York University.

STEPHANIE ZWICKER SLAVENS

Until her appointment as a Vice Chair of the Social Benefits Tribunal of Ontario in April 2021, Stephanie Zwicker Slavens practiced as a lawyer for almost 20 years representing both seriously injured parties and institutional clients. Stephanie graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 with an LLB, and previously earned her Honours BES at York University in 1997. Over the past 20 years, Stephanie has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, License Appeal Tribunal, Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Social Security Tribunal and the Ontario Small Claims Court.

ROBERT PATCHETT

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.

LINDSAY LAKE

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

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.

JOANNE FOOT

Joanne Foot is a member for Licence Appeal Tribunal, Animal Care Review Board and Fire Safety Commission, and a Hearing Officer for City of Toronto - Administrative Penalty Tribunal. Joanne’s community involvement includes formerly serving as a volunteer for Toronto Windsurfing Club and Meals on Wheels (Donlands).

ANITA GOELA

is a Bilingual Staff Lawyer with Legal Aid Ontario, a Legal Instructor in the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, and a Translator and Interpreter at Alpha Professionnelles. Her community involvement includes being on the Board of Directors of Sakura Medical Foundation and a Public Legal Educator for faith-based organizations, including the International Muslims Organization of Toronto. Ms. Goela holds a Juris Doctor in Canadian Law from the University of Windsor, a Juris Doctor in American Law from the University of Detroit Mercy, is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.

JENNIFER FRIEDLAND

is a lawyer, mediator. and teacher. She was previously a criminal lawyer and now focuses on dispute resolution in family law. From 2002 until 2017. Ms. Friedland taught Trial Advocacy at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and was Co-Chair of the course from 2012 until 2017. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a teacher for the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, in Whitedog, Ontario, where she also started a drop-in centre. Ms. Friedland is past Vice President of the Board of Directors for University Settlement. and provides pro bono legal services to people of low income. She has a B.A., M.A. and LL.B from the University of Toronto and a B.Ed., from the University of Western Ontario.

MELODY MALEKI-YAZDI

is a lawyer and a full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Prior to her appointment, she worked in fertility law. Ms. Maleki-Yazdi holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Psychology from McMaster University. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

JESSE BOYCE

Jesse Boyce is a lawyer and full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Previously, he worked as Crown Counsel with the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO). His community involvement includes serving on the board of a non-profit organization and coaching minor hockey. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Florida Coastal School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

LYNDRA GRIFFITH

Lyndra Griffith is a full-time member with the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a part-time member with the Animal Care Review Board, the Fire Safety Commission, and the Ontario Parole Board. Ms. Griffith is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the County of Carleton Law Association. Prior to her appointment, she practiced civil litigation with a mid-sized firm and has appeared as counsel before various courts and administrative tribunals. Ms. Griffith holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Carleton University.

MATTHEW LETOURNEAU

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.

THERESA MCGEE

Theresa M. McGee is a lawyer with a background in administrative law, criminal law, and Indigenous Justice policy. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick and an Honors Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction from York University in Law and Society. Prior to her appointment to Tribunal Ontario, Ms. McGee served as a Judicial Law Clerk and served as Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, providing strategic legal and policy advice to the Judicial Executive on the administration of criminal, family, and civil justice in Ontario.

PAUL STOPCIATI

Paul Stopciati was born in Sudbury and owns and operates a local fire prevention business, PES Commercial Cleaning Ltd. Paul was instrumental in the success of two fundraising events for local causes while serving on the board of director of the Northern Cancer Research Foundation. He was a founder of the Strokes for Hope Golf Classic, a charity tournament that raised over $300,000 for cancer research for over five years under his chairmanship. He also served as Chair of the NHL Oldtimer’s Hockey Game for four years. He has also served with other community organizations, including the Sudbury-Manitoulin Alzheimer Society and the Sunrisers Rotary Club. In 2011, Paul was appointed to the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board. As a member of the board, he oversaw the successful construction of the new South End Branch, which opened in July 2012, and the feasibility study of a new main branch downtown. On April 8, 2020 Paul was appointed to The Council of The College of Psychologists of Ontario. Paul is fluent in both English and Italian. He is currently an active member of the Marchigiana Association of Sudbury as well as a 35-year member of the Knights of Columbus.

MINDY CATERINA

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.

JAMES MINNS

James Minns is a lawyer who currently serves as an independent mediator, arbitrator, adjudicator, and appraisal umpire working with parties involved in a wide range of commercial disputes. James’ ADR practice includes commercial litigation, insurance law, construction law, real property law, and intellectual property law disputes. James is skilled at dealing with disputes ranging from simple one-party disputes to complex multi-party, multi-issue disputes. James’ education includes an LL.M. (Osgoode, 2002), an MBA (Toronto, 1995) and an LL.B. (UWO, 1980). James holds a Q. Med and Q. Arb. designation from ADRIC and is a Fellow with the CIArb (FCIArb.).

POEME MANIGAT

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.

HARRIET LEWIS

After her private legal practice, Harriet Lewis became York University's University Secretary and General Counsel. She chaired the board of the Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange, is a past President of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors and past Chair of The Council of Ontario University Secretaries. She is currently President of the Board of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and Vice-Chair of the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront. She was named as one of The Women's Executive Network, "Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100" in 2010.

SANTINA MOCCIO

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.

MARTIN FORGET

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.

PETER SIMMONS

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).

ASHLEY DEATHE

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

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 CASTEL

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.

RONNY KATZ

Ronny Katz, of Toronto, is a Hospital Account Specialist with AstraZeneca Canada. Ronny is a former Specialty Care Representative with Pfizer Canada ULC and a former Learning Manager and Specialty Care Representative with Pfizer Canada. Ronny’s community involvement has included serving as a volunteer committee member with Crohn's & Colitis 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.