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Appointee Biographies

Human Rights Tribunal Of Ontario (Tribunals Ontario)

TAMARA KRONIS

Tamara Kronis is the Associate Chair at Tribunals Ontario responsible for the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Ms. Kronis earned her law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and also holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University (Highest Honours, summa cum laude in Politics and Economics), a certificate in Gemmology from George Brown College, and an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Arts from George Brown College. Ms. Kronis is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, a fellow of the Canadian Gemological Association, a fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, and passed the New York Bar Exam. She started her legal career at Torys LLP, and went on to work at Vertex Customer Management/Vertex Outsourcing before becoming. Founder & CEO of Studio1098. Her other work experience includes serving as the Director of Advocacy for Egale Canada, as a Trial Assistant at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and as a Summer Law Clerk for the President of the Supreme Court of Israel. Ms. Kronis’s previous human rights advocacy experience includes co-founding Canadians for Equal Marriage and membership on the Steering Committee of Rainbow Railroad. Ms. Kronis is a past recipient of the SOGIC Ally Award from the Canadian Bar Association, reflecting her deep commitment to public service and community.

JENNIFER SCOTT

Jennifer Scott is a full-time Associate Chair at the Child and Family Services Review Board / Custody Review Board and a Vice-Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Ms Scott previously practised administrative law with Scott & Oleskiw. Her community involvement has included serving as a member of St. Stephen's Community House, and as a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. Ms. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western.

ROMONA GANANATHAN

holds a Juris Doctor in Law and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Osgoode Hall Law School/York University, and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She completed her PhD in Education Policy at the University of Toronto and has taught labour, employment, and human rights law at the post-secondary level. She has been an Adjudicator with the Social Justice Tribunals of Ontario since 2013. Prior to her appointment, she practiced law in both the private and public sectors, primarily in labour and employment, immigration and refugee, disability, and human rights law. She has an extensive background in the public and not-for-profit sector in Ontario, where she served as an Executive Director, lawyer, volunteer, and board member with various organizations.

SYED MUHAMMAD ASLAM DAUD

Syed Muhammad Aslam Daud is a healthcare professional, and a humanitarian relief and community service champion with more than 25 years of experience in Humanitarian Aid, Emergency Medical Relief, Food Banks and Refugee Sponsorship and resettlement. He is well-travelled and has led humanitarian missions responding to natural disasters. Dr. Daud is an advocate of diversity and inclusiveness. His relationship with multicultural communities along with extensive experience as a board member in various governmental/non-governmental/non-profit decision-making bodies has made him effective and successful in achieving goals. He has received many awards and recognitions including awards from Prime Ministers, Governor General, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, Ontario Volunteer Service and City of Vaughan Awards.

MARIO SILVA

Mario Silva is a Distinguished Fellow at Ryerson University, author and former elected official. He was appointed by the Government of Canada as the 2013 Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Dr. Silva is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the University of Sorbonne in Paris and holds a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University as well as a PhD in law from the National University of Ireland in Galway. He has been honored by the governments of Brazil, France and Portugal.

BRUCE BEST

Bruce Best practiced social justice law in Ontario's legal clinic system, including at the Clinic Resource Office of Legal Aid Ontario, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, and the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario. Mr. Best was counsel at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre from 2008 to 2015, during which time he regularly appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, including as counsel on a number of lead cases. He is also committed to environmental justice issues, and is a long-time director of the national charitable organization, Environmental Defence.

JESSICA CONNELL

Jessica Connell has been a full-time Member of the HRTO since June 2019 and was appointed a Vice-Chair in January 2021. For eight years, Ms. Connell served as Legal Counsel to the BC Human Rights Tribunal and, for approximately seven months, was also its Acting Registrar. During her career in private practice in British Columbia and Ontario, she practiced primarily employment, labour and human rights law. Ms. Connell is an alumnus of the Judicial Law Clerk Program with the BC Supreme Court. Ms. Connell is a member of the British Columbia (2002) and Ontario Bars (2003). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto.

JEFFREY SHAPIRO

has been a full-time member of the License Appeal Tribunal since 2016. He is a former Arbitrator with ADR Chambers and former lawyer with the Law Office of Jeffrey A. Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Toronto Lawyer`s Association. Mr. Shapiro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law.

LORI MARZINOTTO

is Vice-Chair for the License Appeal Tribunal - Tribunals Ontario -Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as a Vice-Chair, Board of Directors for Scarborough Arts.

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.

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.

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.

HEATHER TROJEK

Heather Trojek joined the License Appeal tribunal (LAT) in 2016 and was cross-appointed to the Human Rights Tribunal in 2019. She has over 25 years of experience in dispute resolution, having worked as a mediator with the Financial Service Commission Ontario (FSCO) and with the Ontario mandatory Mediation Program in Toronto, Windsor, and Ottawa. VC Trojek was previously appointed as a member of the Social Security Tribunal (SST) of Canada where she dealt primarily with appeals for CPP disability benefits. Trojek specializes in resolving complex files including those involving determinations of catastrophic impairment. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

MARK BORER

Mark Borer is a lawyer with a wide range of experience, including as an executive recruiter and as a policy advisor with the Ontario government. He has previously served on the Toronto Licensing Tribunal and the Appeal Division of the Social Security Tribunal of Canada. A graduate of Queen's University and the University of Toronto, Mark was called to the Ontario bar in February 2002. He is a recipient of the lsadore Levinter Prize for Excellence in Public Law from the Law Society of Upper Canada, and in 2012 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee medal. From 2013 to 2020, he volunteered as President of the Canadian Friends of lsrael Free Loan Association. He was first appointed to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in January 2020.

ANTHONY TAMBURRO

served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 34 years in both the Royal Canadian Artillery and the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He retired in 2019 at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Highlights of his military career include flood-relief operations in Manitoba (1997), humanitarian work in Bosnia (1998), 11 years as a military prosecutor, three years as a legal advisor on human rights issues applicable to members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and two appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada. Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

MARLA BURSTYN

Marla Burstyn is a former board member and Chair for Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer coach for Society of Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR). Maria holds a LL.B. from University of Toronto.

JOSEPH TASCONA

Joseph Tascona is a Lawyer and Principal for Joseph N. Tascona Law Firm, and a former Lawyer and Partner for Weir Foulds. His community involvement includes serving as a member fo the Barrie Rotary Club.

WILLIAM LUKE

Until his appointment to the HRTO, Mr. William Luke was the principal lawyer at Luke Law Firm, based in Toronto, specializing in regulatory, disciplinary and criminal proceedings throughout Ontario. Prior to practicing law in Ontario, Mr. Luke worked in law, trade and diplomacy in several cities and countries that include Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kampala, Uganda; and London, England. This enabled him to experience different legal systems, political economies and cultural norms. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University, a LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Leicester, England, and LL.M in International Commercial and Trade Law (with distinction) from Durham University, England. He completed his legal studies in Canada at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and articles of clerkship with a prominent Toronto boutique criminal law firm where he also worked as an associate. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

HOLLY GOMES

Holly Gomes is a graduate of the University of Guelph and obtained her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario. Holly commenced her legal practice in social justice law at a community legal clinic where she represented clients before various administrative tribunals. Following this, Holly entered private practice representing both employees and employers in workplace disputes such as contract and severance negotiations, wrongful dismissal actions and human rights claims. Since 2016 Holly has served as a volunteer board member of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region.

ROSLYN MOUNSEY

Roslyn Mounsey is a former legal counsel for the Department of Justice Canada, and a former professor for the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Roslyn’s community involvement includes formerly serving as a member on the board of directors for the University Club of Toronto.

CAROLINE SAND

Caroline Sand is a lawyer and educator who has been working in adjudication and mediation since 2015. She was a Vice Chair at the Workplace Safety Insurance Appeals Tribunal prior to her appointment at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in 2018. She worked for many years at a legal clinic where she represented low income clients experiencing complex and intersecting legal problems. She also provided public legal education, and oversaw the law student program at the clinic, where she was engaged in teaching, training and mentoring law students. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

CYNDEE TODGHAM CHERNIAK

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak was appointed to the Landlord and Tenant Board on September 4, 2020. In May 2020, she was appointed to the Financial Services Tribunal. In 2018, Cyndee was appointed by the Federal Government to Canada's NAFTA Chapter 19 Roster as set out in the Members of Panels (NAFTA) Regulations. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1994 and has practised internationaI trade and sales tax law at firms such as LexSage Professional Corporation, Goodmans LLP, Heenan Blaikie LLP, and McMillan LLP. Cyndee has represented clients across a spectrum of industries in Canada and abroad. She has 20 years of administrative law experience and regularly appears before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. She has been involved in matters before the Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the Superior Court of Justice and provincial courts. She is an advisory board member of Aangen: A Community Service Organization.

KAREN MASON

Karen Mason is a workplace investigator and mediator at CoAct. Her community involvement includes serving as board Chair for the community organization The Bridge: From Prison to Community.

BEVERLY A. HARRIS

Beverley Harris is a lawyer. She has practiced in the field of administrative law and was Chair of a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal in Ontario for 10 years. Ms. Harris has a deep record of community involvement that draws upon her legal skills. She is a former member and Chair of the Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors. She has served as a public member of the Quality Council of the Council of Ontario Universities since 2014.

AIDA GATFIELD

Aida Gatfield is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Bar in 2001. Ms. Gatfield has extensive experience in labour, employment and human rights law and has represented clients before courts and tribunals. She has also provided services to organizations as an external neutral conducting investigations on harassment, bullying and discrimination issues.

CHLOE LESTER

has years of experience dealing with labour and employment relations issues. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in International Business. Mrs. Lester has presented in front of numerous tribunals and arbitrators for matters dealing with labour relations and has negotiated several collective agreements. Most recently, she has worked as a Mediator for the Financial Security Commission of Ontario. Ms. Lester currently volunteers as a member on a Board of Directors for Community Justice Alternatives in Durham Region, a not-for-profit organization which is heavily involved in community mediations.

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.

SARAH ATKINSON

has focused her practice on assisting parties to resolve workplace disputes. Since 2004, her work includes conducting independent workplace investigations into human rights and other workplace issues, and providing facilitation and mediation services for workplace conflict, as well as training on workplace issues. Called to the Bar in Ontario in 1993 and in Quebec in 1994-2011, she is fluent in English and French and holds a Master of Laws degree in Labour Relations/ Employment Law from York University.

ELISABETH CAMPIN

Elisabeth Campin has acted as part-time instructor of Administrative and Employment Law at Seneca College. She was employed at General Motors of Canada for 31 years with responsibility for support, advice, training, and education in all aspects of employment law, including human rights, employment standards, wrongful dismissal, health and safety, and had responsibility as counsel in collective agreement negotiations. She has contributed to papers and made presentations in her area of expertise. Prior to General Motors, she was employed by General Electric and articled with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt. Ms. Campin received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.

SIMON DANN

Simon Dann is a self-employed Regulatory and Compliance Consultant and Strategy Advisor. He is a former Arbitrator for Tarion Builder Arbitration Forum, and a former Director of Government & Corporate Relations for Luxell Technologies Inc.

LOIS FIGG

Lois Delia Figg has a B.A. (hons) in History from the University of Western Ontario, an LL.B. from the University of Windsor and an LL.M (ADR) from Osgoode Hall Law School. Most recently Ms. Figg worked as a decision-maker for the Immigration and Refugee Board (2000-2020), working in two of the Tribunals’s three Divisions, performing numerous roles in management and being selected for many different Chair persons’s initiatives throughout her tenure . From 1998 to 2000 Ms. Figg worked as a mediator and investigator with Ontario Human Rights Commission. Prior to that, Ms. Figg resided in Hong Kong where she worked as a decision-maker for the Refugee Status Review Board (1994-5) and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as an Appeals Counsellor representing asylum-seekers detained in refugee camps (1990-1994).

MARINUS LAMERS

Marinus Lamers has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queen’s University. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1981 and since then has practiced law in Southwestern Ontario. Since 1991 he has been a partner at Lerners LLP where he conducted a varied practice focused primarily on serious personal injury, wrongful death, disability and insurance claims from both a plaintiff and defense perspective. From 1991 until 2005 he was an instructor in civil litigation, professional liability and practice management and legal writing at the Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada. He was a trustee and past-president of the Middlesex Law Association. He has volunteered with various community and charitable organizations including being a member and past chairperson of the London Family Court Clinic (formally the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System).

GERALD LAPKIN

The Honourable Senior Justice Gerald S. Lapkin (Retired) received his Bachelor of Arts in 1965 and Bachelor of Laws degree in 1968, both at the University of Toronto, and his Master of Laws degree in 1971 at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the United States. He was a defence lawyer until 1976 in one of Canada's leading criminal law firms (Humphrey, Locke, Ecclestone and Kane), and was subsequently named Deputy Crown Attorney with responsibility for all prosecutors in Toronto-West. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982. After his appointment as a Senior Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1988, he served as the first Coordinator of Justices of the Peace for the Province of Ontario, and subsequently as Police Complaints Commissioner for the Province of Ontario. He was a founder of the Canadian Association for the Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE) and was also on the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (IACOLE). He was on the Board of Editors for the "Policing in Democratic Societies Newsletter" issued by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa and was also on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française. He is fully bilingual in English, and French (Level C and E as certified by Federal Judicial Affairs and the Public Service Commission of Canada). He has taught at the University of Toronto - Centre of Criminology and at the Law Society of Upper Canada and is the author of numerous papers on public accountability and law enforcement encompassing national and international issues. He has been consulted on several international projects including Brazil, Portugal, India, Australia and Latin America, and has been invited as a speaker and participant in many conferences and forums in Canada and abroad. He retired from his position as Senior Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice on March 30, 2019.

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.