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Appointee Biographies

Legal Aid Ontario


Charles Harnick is currently a Mediator and Arbitrator at Yorkstreet Dispute Resolution Group/ADR Chambers as well as Senior Adjudicative Officer at Ontario Insurance Ombuds Service. He is the founding Partner and Principal at Counsel Public Affairs Inc. Previously, he served as a MPP for Willowdale and is the former Attorney General of Ontario and Minister responsible for Native Issues at Government of Ontario. He has served the boards of several organizations, including: Goldstone Resources Inc., Micromem Technologies Inc., Ontex Resources Ltd. and Ornge. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.


Carol Hartman is a Lawyer and Partner with Miller Maki LLP. Ms. Hartman is also currently a member of the Women's Law Association of Ontario. Her community involvement has included serving as Chair of the Sudbury Regional Hospital, as a Director of the Family Enrichment Centre and as President of the CKLY 96.7FM (Laurentian University Community Radio Station). Ms. Hartman holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.


Peter Owsiany is President & CEO of Accerta where he has overall responsibility for the operational and financial results of the corporation. Reports to the Chair of the Board. Previous employment includes Managing Principal at Business Performance Solutions Inc. Community involvement includes Vice-chair at York Regional Food Bank and committee member for Institute of Corporate Directors Ontario (York Region). He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, Master of Business Adminstration from University of Pheonix and completed Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age at Harvard University. He is currently a member with Institute of Corporate Directors.


Sean Robichaud is the Founder and Lead Council for Robichaud's Barristers & Solicitors. He is also the Owner and President of King Law Chambers Incorporated. Community Involvement includes former Instructor for Queen’s Advocacy Program at Queen’s Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Law School. He is a member of Law Society of Ontario, Criminal Lawyers' Association, Advocates Society and Canadian Civil Liberties Association.


is a self-employed Director, Consultant and Business Advisor. Mr. Heins was previously employed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Law Society of Ontario and with Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company. His community involvement includes formerly serving as Vice-Chair for Cancer Care Ontario. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as the Institute of Corporate Directors.


is Vice President, Human Resources with The Vector Institute. He is an Associate Senior Consultant at LHH Knightsbridge. Mr. Wexler's community involvement includes serving as a board member for Cancer Care Ontario and Vaughan Community HealthCare Corporation.


Judy Mintz is a former member for Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and a former Commissioner (part-time) for the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Her community involvement includes serving as a member for Hadassah-Wizo of Hamilton, and formerly as an associate director for York Condominium Corporation.