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Appointee Biographies

Legal Aid Ontario


Steve Pengelly is a lawyer living and working in Greater Napanee. He is a former Interim C.E.O. of the Canadian Bar Association, former Executive Director and Counsel at the Ontario Bar Association, former Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario, former Chief of Staff to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance in Ontario, and Managed two Departments at what was then Ontario Hydro’s head office. Steve’s prior voluntary activities include Board positions with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Providence Continuing Care/St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, a past Member and Chair of the Ontario Safety League, and was a founding member of the Community Policing Advisory Council of Ontario. Steve has also served as a Member and Chair of the Kingston Police Services Board and as a Member of the Napanee Police Services Board.


Jennifer Gold is a Partner of Wood Gold LLP in Brampton, where she practices family law with a focus on settlement. She’s experienced in achieving consensus, negotiating agreements, de-escalating conflict, and representing clients in mediation and arbitration. In 2021, Jennifer was appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Justice to assist in early resolution of family law cases. She has completed a Certificate in Family Mediation and, in keeping with her professional commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, has also completed the University of Alberta’s course, Indigenous Canada. She is Past President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario and is a Board Member of Pro Bono Ontario. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Ontario where she chairs the Audit and Finance Committee, and is a member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Council, representing the Central West region. To support the next generation, Jennifer is a mentor in the Women’s Law Association of Ontario’s mentorship program and York University’s Advancing Women program. Her efforts to create alternatives to the traditional law firm, with a better work-life balance in a diverse workplace were featured in The Toronto Star. Jennifer is the 2021 recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Promoting Women’s Equality and a 2017 Lexpert Zenith Award celebrating the advancement of women in the legal profession. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University and was awarded an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall at York University.


Deborah Moriah is a Toronto-area paralegal. She was licensed by the Law Society of Ontario in 2016. Deborah has worked in several areas of law including Immigration, Small Claims, Social Justice Tribunals (Human Rights, Social Benefits, Criminal Injuries Compensation) and Consumer Protection. She also holds a degree in Professional Writing and Communications Studies from York University. In 2020, she co-founded the Ontario Association of Black Paralegals (OABP), an association committed to providing improved and increased access to justice to racialized Ontarians, helping Black legal professionals navigate systemic discrimination, and educating all legal professionals on the importance of recognizing, denouncing and combating systemic discrimination. Deborah currently serves as chair and president of the OABP Board of Directors.


Peter Johnson is a retired lawyer who practiced in the area of immigration. He holds a Bachelor in Arts and Master in Arts from Western University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University).


Bryn Gray is a partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP and specializes in corporate/commercial disputes and Aboriginal law. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and all levels of court in Ontario and previously served as a Ministerial Special Representative on consultation and accommodation for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. He is actively involved in McCarthy's Tetrault's pro bono and diversity and inclusion initiatives and is a member of McCarthy's National Pro Bono Committee and the National Chair for its Pride Action Group. Bryn previously served on the Board of Directors of Casey House, a specialty hospital providing care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.


Julia Bailey is a retired lawyer and panel member for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Her past community involvement includes serving as a Director for the Seven South Street Treatment Centre and the Board of Community Legal Clinic, Simcoe, Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes