Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Tribunals Ontario)
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.
Romona Gananathan is a lawyer with a combined Juris Doctor in Law and Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Osgoode Hall Law School/York University. She completed a 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 Tribunals 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. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and serves on its Equity Advisory Group. Her community involvement includes being a Board Member on the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and serving on a Patient and Family Advisory Council at Bridgepoint Hospital.
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 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.
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.
Karen Dawson practiced civil litigation and administrative law in Toronto prior to her appointment to the HRTO. She has represented clients before all levels of Ontario courts and several administrative tribunals. Ms. Dawson holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws from York University. Prior to law school, Ms. Dawson obtained a Bachelor of Music (Class I) from Queen's University. She continues to support Ontario's music community through her volunteer work and is a past director of a prestigious summer music school for gifted young musicians.
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.
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.
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.
Rafeena Bacchus is called to the Bar in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island. After law school, she completed a Clerkship for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. She was a partner at a prominent insurance defence litigation firm in Toronto. She has also served as director and legal counsel for a collaborative health justice program that she developed in partnership with Osgoode law school's student legal clinic. She has lived and worked in Cameroon, Africa, serving as the director of a human rights organization. She is founder/mediator at Bacchus Legal P.C., and is adjunct faculty at Lincoln Alexander School of Law teaching civil procedure and practice.
Leah Simon was a lawyer with Sherrard Kuzz LLP from 2008 to 2021. Leah practiced employment, labour and human rights law and is the co-author of Carswell's "Practice & Procedure Before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario". Leah has taught employment law at the community college level and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre. Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.
John Grant formerly practised law as federal crown counsel, as a partner at a prominent national firm, and as a partner at a leading international law firm. His legal practise focused on dispute resolution in the fiscal law and administrative law realms. His community involvement includes sitting on executive subcommittees of the OBA and as a DOJ coordinator of the Tax Court of Canada Pro Bono Amicus Program.
Larry Swartz serves as member (part-time) for the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) Employee Life and Health Trust. Larry is a Barrister and Solicitor for Lawrence J. Swartz Barrister and Solicitor, and an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Eva Nichols is a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Child and family Services Review Board and the Custody Review Board. She served for 15 years as a member and vice-chair of the Special Education Tribunal of Ontario. Her education in pure sciences (Zoology, Chemistry, Immunology and Genetics) was obtained in the UK at the University of London. She has obtained accreditation in mediation and advanced dispute resolution through the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She has worked as a school trustee, as executive director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario and as researcher for the Learning Opportunities Task Force for the Province of Ontario. She has written numerous articles and manuals on disability accommodation. Born in Hungary, Eva has lived in Canada since 1969.
Haniya Sheikh, called to the bar in 2001, has worked for both the Provincial and Federal governments in several complex and sensitive matters. At the Department of Justice, she has represented a variety of departments in her civil litigation and administrative law practice. Haniya also sits as a Member of the Independent Review Committee for an investment fund company, where she oversees decisions made by a manager of publicly traded investment funds on perceived or actual conflicts of interest pursuant to securities regulations. Haniya is also active in the community as she has also served in a number of volunteer positions within the Toronto District School for over 10 years. In addition, she also serves on the Board of an arts organization based in Quebec.
Denise Ghanam has provided organizational training, strategic planning, and HR expertise through her consulting company. She draws upon thirty years of broad business experience and nearly two decades of university teaching in management. Her educational background includes an Honours Commerce degree in finance, an MBA in business strategy, and doctoral studies in Human Resources. She holds the Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation and volunteered with the Executive Board of the HR Professionals Association as President and past-President. Community leadership roles include directing her church choir, Naval Veterans Association, Board member of Actors Theatre of Windsor, and founding member of the Windsor-Essex Equity Network. Denise was appointed to St Clair College’s Board for eight years, serving two as Chair and two as VP of the provincial association (ACAATO). She completed an appointment on the Windsor Port Authority Board and is presently a Member of the Windsor Police Services Board.
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.
Amanda Connolley is a full-time member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). Prior to her appointment to the HRTO, Amanda was employed with the federal public service as a senior advisor in the field of labour relations. During this period, she was also appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada as a member of the Refugee Appeal Division. Before joining the federal public service, Amanda worked as a practicing lawyer, in both the private and public sectors, focusing on the fields of criminal and police law. Amanda’s community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Total Communication Environment, a non-profit charitable organization providing residential support, day services, and outreach to long term care homes, for adults with multiple disabilities and special communication needs. She also volunteers her time as a driver for Meals on Wheels, and as a secretary for a local school council. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Biology) from Queen’s University. She is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
Ninder Thind serves as a full- time member at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She is a distinguished community leader with an accomplished career and with over twenty years of experience in public service. She has served with the Government of Canada as the Chief of Staff for the Parliamentary Secretary of Veterans Affairs and International Trade, the Municipal Government as an Advisor for Special Projects to the Commissioner of Corporate Support Services, and the Regional Government serving high risk families in the Public Health Department. Prior to that, she worked in the private sector as an accomplished school Principal. Ninder also possesses extensive volunteer experience working alongside communities and charitable organizations providing humanitarian aid both locally and internationally.
Lavinia lnbar is a lawyer who has practised primarily in the areas of administrative and criminal law and has taught law at the college and university levels. She has worked in the community legal clinic system as well as in criminal defence and has written and edited several legal book chapters, articles and informational blogs. Her community work has included being the Chair of the Board of Directors of a women's shelter and being part of a group of members of the legal community who prepare and serve meals to low-income people. She lives in mid-eastern Ontario.
Marla Burstyn served for many years as a Member and Designated Vice-Chair for Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board. She began her career as a civil litigator. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer coach for Society of Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR). Marla holds a LL.B. from University of Toronto.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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).
Robert Gabor is the principal of Gabor Mediation Services Inc. He holds a B.Sc in Psychology from the University of Toronto, an LL.B from the University of Western Ontario and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo. Robert was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993. Prior to commencing work as a mediator, he practiced as a litigation lawyer representing injured and disabled parties in civil actions for over 26 years during which time he conducted both trial and appellate work, appeared before administrative tribunals and acted as counsel at over a thousand mediations. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association and the ADR Institute of Ontario. Robert’s community involvement includes having acted as a parent ambassador at Havergal college and as a minor hockey coach for the North Toronto Hockey Association.
Geneviève Breton serves as a member (part-time) for the Council of the College of Early Childhood Educators, and a Chief Communications Officer for Cement Association of Canada. Geneviève is a former Vice-President of Public Affairs and IT for Ingenium.
Mary MacNeill serves as a member (part-time) for the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and a Senior Legal Counsel for Synaptic Vision Inc. Mary’s community involvement includes serving as a Scouts Leader with Scouts Canada.
JOHN DAVID SUTHERLAND
John David Sutherland is a senior lawyer for Sutherland Marshall Professional Corporation.
ANN MARIE YANTZ
Ann Marie Yantz is an experienced paralegal from Kitchener, Ontario, and the first paralegal in Ontario to be appointed to the executive of a law association. She joined the firm Kelly & Co. in September 1997 and received her law clerk diploma from the Institute of Law Clerks in 2000 and became licensed as a paralegal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2008. Ann Marie has provided per diem prosecution services for matters concerning the Provincial Offences Act for both Halton Region, the County of Perth and the Ministry of the Attorney General. Ann Marie is a member of the Prosecutors Association of Ontario and an associate member of the Institute of Law Clerks. In 2013, Ann Marie became the first elected paralegal board member of the Waterloo Region Law Association, where she was a trustee and treasurer until 2017. Ann Marie's community involvement includes being the Secretary Treasurer of Thresholds Homes and Supports Inc. and the Vice President of Sunbeam Community and Development Services. Ann Marie was also a board member of Legal Aid Ontario and the Paralegal Advisory Committee at Conestoga College of Applied Arts & Technology.
Agi Mete has a B.A. Economics (Western University), MS. Ed (Niagara University). Agi has more than 30 years of experience as a high school teacher and has also been the Program Chair of Social Sciences for more than 20 years. Agi has co-authored several high school law textbooks & educational resources. His community involvement includes both coaching basketball and lacrosse, as well as providing youth student leadership & training opportunities. He is a part-time member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Parole Board.
Robert Ciriello has over 15 years within the private and public sectors and currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer at Owen Transportation Company. Previously, Robert was a Director of Internal Audit at the Royal Bank of Canada and before that, Assistant Vice President at Canada Life, within Governance Operations, Risk and Controls. Robert holds a HBA and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy and LLM from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
Patricia Muldowney-Brooks is currently a Vice Chair (part time) with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Ms. Muldowney-Brooks was formerly the Manager of Social Work Services for the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board. She was also a long-standing employee with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board providing clinical social work services to the HWDSB in a variety of leadership roles. Ms. Muldowney-Brooks has previously provided mediation and arbitration services to families and communities while in private practice. She has previously served on numerous boards and committees in various capacities including the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.
Ivana Vaccaro serves as member (part-time) for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, an accredited mediator, arbitrator, parenting coordinator and founder for Mediated Family Results Inc., a Roster Mediator of Onsite Court Mediation Services for mediate393 inc., and a Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Family Lawyer for RV Law LLP. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Redwood Board of Directors.
Laura Goulet was appointed as a full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a part time member of the Human Rights Tribunal in December of 2021. Previously, she was a part time adjudicator for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Ms. Goulet practiced criminal law for over 20 years as defence counsel, as well as a municipal prosecutor, assistant Crown Attorney and for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. She holds degrees in Law & Justice (Laurentian University) as well as Criminology and Law (University of Windsor). Her community involvement includes serving as a board member and Secretary for the Sudbury Women’s Centre.
David Langlois is a bioethicist at the Centre for Clinical Ethics within Unity Health Toronto (a health network composed of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, and St. Michael’s Hospital). As an ethicist, Dave provides ethics consultation services to physicians, hospital staff, patients, and substitute decision-makers. He also provides support in the areas of organizational ethics, staff ethics education, and research ethics. Additionally, he directs the Centre’s post-graduate fellowship program in clinical and organizational ethics. Dave teaches and has faculty appointments (at the rank of assistant professor) in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dave was appointed as a part-time member on the Consent and Capacity Board in 2019 (reappointed in 2021) and the Ontario Review Board in 2021. In 2014, Dave completed his PhD in Philosophy, specializing in ethics, at Harvard University.
Lawrence Feldman is a former Judge for Ontario Court of Justice, a former Deputy Territorial Judge for Northwest Territories Government, and a former legal member and Alternate Chair for Ontario Criminal Code Review Board (now Ontario Review Board). Lawrence’s community involvement includes formerly serving as Advanced Mediation Training Coach for Osgoode Hall Law School.
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.