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Appointee Biographies

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (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.

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.

KAREN DAWSON

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.

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.

ANTHONY TAMBURRO

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 (BA) degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada as well as Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School.

ROMONA GANANATHAN

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.

RAFEENA BACCHUS

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

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.

LARRY SWARTZ

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.

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.

SARA MINTZ

Sara Mintz is the Alternate Executive Chair of Tribunals Ontario, and the Associate Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal, Child and Family Services Review Board, and Custody Review Board. Ms. Mintz joined Tribunals Ontario as a part-time member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and CFSRB/CRB in 2019. She was appointed the Associate Chair of the CICB and successfully led the Board’s wind-down. Prior to joining Tribunals Ontario on a full-time basis, Ms. Mintz was a sought after matrimonial lawyer, providing her strategic insights and skilled advocacy to clients for nearly two decades. A graduate of the concurrent business and law program at the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Faculty of Law at Western University, Ms. Mintz has written and presented on a variety of issues at professional seminars. She is an active volunteer with charitable organizations. In her spare time, Ms. Mintz enjoys playing and watching sports, and has a fondness for animals.

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).

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.

EVA NICHOLS

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

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

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.

AMANDA CONNOLLEY

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

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 INBAR

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

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.

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.

KELLY BARKER

Kelly Barker resides in Hamilton and previously worked as a lawyer and an Ombudsperson. Kelly obtained her LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick and her LL.M. from the University of Ottawa. Following her call to the Bar in 2010, Kelly began her legal career in policing and has since spent the majority of her career as a child protection lawyer. Kelly began her position as University Ombudsperson at Brock University in 2020.

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.

ROBERT GABOR

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.

MARY MACNEILL

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

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

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

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

Ivana Vaccaro serves as a member (part-time) for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and served as a member (part-time) for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RV Law LLP, and the founder of Mediated Family Results Inc. She is a family lawyer, an accredited mediator, arbitrator and parenting coordinator. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for The Redwood and serving as a coach and advisor with the Coach and Advisor Network for the Law Society of Ontario.

LAURA GOULET

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

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

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.

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.

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.

STEVE SCHENKE

Steve Schenke, of London, is a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court and a Lawyer with Lerners LLP. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Law with the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario.

MERYL GARY

Meryl Zisman Gary is a Toronto lawyer specializing in human rights and labour law. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Dalhousie University and a J.D. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ms. Gary previously practiced equality and human rights law at a social justice firm in Toronto, and then served as a writer, editor, and Legal Director at Lancaster House Publishing. Ms. Gary also taught constitutional law in Osgoode Hall's Professional LL.M. program for a number of years. Her past community involvement includes volunteering with Lawyers Feed the Hungry and serving on the Board of Directors of a community mental health organization.

KARINA VILNER

Karina holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and an Honours Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Human Biology from the University of Toronto. She is also a licensed real estate salesperson. Karina is fluent in French and Russian. Karina has a broad range of experience working in the private, public, and charitable sectors. This allows her to bring a multi-faceted approach to her work which combines a solid business focus with an understanding of the intricacies of charitable and public service.

KIMBERLEY (KIM) WESTFALL-CONNOR

Kimberley holds a Master in Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School (2020), along side a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from York University. She has more than 15 years of experience as a regulated health professional and more than 12 years of adjudicative experience. She serves as President and Chair of the Board for the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). She has also served as Chair of both the Discipline and Fitness to Practice committees and is an experienced pre-hearing conference chair at the CMTO. Kim is also a roster member on the Ontario College of Teachers’ Discipline/Fitness to Practise committee.

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.

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).

THOMAS ELLIOT

Thomas Elliot is a lawyer with extensive experience in civil litigation and administrative law. Mr. Elliot began his legal career fighting for the rights of injured individuals at a top tier New York State medical malpractice firm until he moved back to Toronto to represent large institutional clients before administrative tribunals. Currently, Thomas is the principal lawyer at Elliot Law, a Toronto-based civil litigation firm representing clients at all court and tribunal levels. Thomas obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University at Buffalo Law School. He has been called to both the Ontario and New York bars and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

JOELLE MALETTE

Joelle Malette is the founder of Malette ADR | RED, a bilingual, advanced dispute resolution practice based in Timmins and serving all of Ontario. Her areas of mediation include personal injury, breach of contract, institutional sexual assault liability claims, medical malpractice, employment law, and more. As well, she provides workplace conflict consultation and investigations, mediation-arbitration, and negotiation training. Before founding her practice in 2021, Joelle practiced at Wallbridge Wallbridge for 16 years. Over her career, she has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and several administrative tribunals. Joelle is an adjudicator for the Transport Appeal Tribunal of Canada, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Social Benefits Tribunal. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa’s law school. Joelle was awarded a Bachelor of Arts and LL.B. by the University of Ottawa, and is currently completing a Masters in Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

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.

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.

SARA MINTZ

Sara Mintz is the Alternate Executive Chair of Tribunals Ontario, and the Associate Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal, Child and Family Services Review Board, and Custody Review Board. Ms. Mintz joined Tribunals Ontario as a part-time member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and CFSRB/CRB in 2019. She was appointed the Associate Chair of the CICB and successfully led the Board’s wind-down. Prior to joining Tribunals Ontario on a full-time basis, Ms. Mintz was a sought after matrimonial lawyer, providing her strategic insights and skilled advocacy to clients for nearly two decades. A graduate of the concurrent business and law program at the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Faculty of Law at Western University, Ms. Mintz has written and presented on a variety of issues at professional seminars. She is an active volunteer with charitable organizations. In her spare time, Ms. Mintz enjoys playing and watching sports, and has a fondness for animals.