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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Civilian Police Commission (Tribunals Ontario)

LAURA HODGSON

Laura Hodgson was Legal Counsel with the Federal Department of Justice, Criminal Law Policy Section and prior to this was Crown Counsel (criminal appeals) with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. Ms. Hodgson clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal before her call to the bar. Ms. Hodgson has also taught Criminal Law and Procedure at the University of Ottawa, Common law section. Her community involvement includes Ottawa Centre Refugee Action, and Tungasuvvingat Inuit.

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.

EMILY MORTON

Emily Morton graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 2002 with a J.D. (Hon). She completed her articles of clerkship for the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2003. Ms. Morton was employed at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP in New York City and at Ruby & Edwardh in Toronto as an associate lawyer for the first three years of her practice. Since 2006, she has run a solo practice focusing on criminal appeals. Ms. Morton is a member of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program and has taught Evidence as adjunct faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was legal editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases for several years.

CAROLINE FLETCHER-DAGENAIS

Caroline Fletcher-Dagenais holds a Master’s degree in Applied Criminology, University of Ottawa 1989. She has served on the front lines of criminal justice in Ontario as a Parole Probation Officer, and as a former member of both the Ontario Parole Board, and the Parole of Canada (Ontario & Nunavut region). Ms. Fletcher-Dagenais has adjudicated in the justice system for over fifteen years. She has worked with offenders in the community and in correctional institutions. Ms. Fletcher-Dagenais also brings a vast understanding of victims within the justice system. Caroline’s long career in the criminal justice system has resulted in regular intersection with the work of law enforcement agencies and their members. She has a clear grasp of the vital role professional and well-trained police officers play in society. Caroline’s long career in the criminal justice system has resulted in regular intersection with the work of law enforcement agencies and their members. She has a clear grasp of the vital role professional and well-trained police officers play in society. An experienced risk assessor, she has provided training on correctional release to other government agencies and groups and has been a mentor to many who work in the justice field.

STEPHANIE KEPMAN

Stephanie Kepman graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Civil (LL.L.) and Common Law (J.D.) programs. Stephanie is fully bilingual and supports access to justice in both official languages. She is a lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ontario. Prior to her work with Tribunals Ontario, she practiced criminal and family law.

JESSE BOYCE

Jesse Boyce is a lawyer and full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Previously, he worked as Crown Counsel with the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO). His community involvement includes serving on the board of a non-profit organization and coaching minor hockey. He holds a Juris Doctor from the Florida Coastal School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

KATHRYN GRIEVES

Kathryn Grieves is a lawyer and has been a full-time adjudicator with Tribunals Ontario since 2018. Prior to her appointment she worked as a litigator in private practice and as in-house legal counsel. Ms. Grieves holds a Bachelor of Management degree from Concordia University of Edmonton, and a Juris Doctor from Queen's University. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association.

STEPHANIE ZWICKER SLAVENS

Until her appointment as a Vice Chair of the Social Benefits Tribunal of Ontario in April 2021, Stephanie Zwicker Slavens practiced as a lawyer for almost 20 years representing both seriously injured parties and institutional clients. Stephanie graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 with an LLB, and previously earned her Honours BES at York University in 1997. Over the past 20 years, Stephanie has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, License Appeal Tribunal, Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Social Security Tribunal and the Ontario Small Claims Court.

LOUISE CHARETTE

Louise Charette is a graduate of the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was employed with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for a number of years. During her employment with this Ministry she held different positions within the provincial correctional system working within the institutional setting, and with offenders in the community. As a lawyer, she started her career with the Ministry of the Attorney General working primarily as per diem an Assistant Crown Attorney. She later acquired experienced as duty counsel representing the accused. Ms Charette was previously a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, and is currently a member of the Ontario Parole Board and Social Benefits Tribunal.

COLIN OSTERBERG

Colin Osterberg serves as a member (part-time) for the Licence Appeal Tribunal, a Deputy Judge of Small Claims Court for the Ministry of the Attorney General, and an owner and mediator for CO Mediations. His community involvement includes serving as President for Middlesex Vacant Land Condominium Corporation.

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.