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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Civilian Police Commission (Tribunals Ontario)

D. STEPHEN JOVANOVIC

D. Stephen Jovanovic was a partner with the Windsor law firm of Bartlet & Richardes from 1982 until 2016. His practice focused on employment law/labour relations, administrative law, civil/commercial and insurance litigation. He regularly appeared as counsel before many administrative tribunals, labour arbitrators, mediators and in all levels of courts in Ontario. While practicing in Windsor he also served as a designated Vice-chair with both the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board where he authored in excess of three hundred decisions. Mr. Jovanovic served on the Ontario Bar Association Council for six years and was a Director of The Advocates’ Society for four years. He became the full-time Associate Chair of the Ontario Civilian Police Commission in January 2017 having been a member since 2014. In February of 2019, Mr. Jovanovic was also appointed as the Associate Chair of the Mining and Lands Tribunal as well as the Board of Negotiation. In November 2019 he was appointed as the Associate Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal and continues to serve on several other tribunals.

MAUREEN HELT

Maureen Helt is Vice-Chair (full-time) for the Licence Appeal Tribunal, and a former Senior Legal Counsel for the Ontario Energy Board. Her community involvement includes formerly serving as Chair for the Strategic Planning Committee of Woodgreen Community Services.

KAREN RESTOULE

Karen Restoule currently serves as Associate Chair within Tribunals Ontario, responsible for the Ontario Parole Board and cross-appointed to other constituent tribunals. She previously served as Vice-Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. She is lead for Indigenous Services and previously led SLASTD’s French Language Services. Prior to that, Karen was the Director of the Justice Sector at the Chiefs of Ontario where she led strategic policy efforts on justice and legal issues impacting First Nations across Ontario. She started her career working as a victim rights caseworker, then as a Gladue report writer, and later worked as a probation and parole officer. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa's French Common Law Program, Karen is a proponent of access to justice in both French and English languages across all regions in Ontario. She is actively involved in her community and sits on boards for number of non-profit organizations. Karen is a member of Dokis First Nation. She is fluent in both French and English.

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.

JACQUELINE CASTEL

Jacqueline Castel is a lawyer with experience in regulatory and adjudicative matters in Ontario. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993. Ms. Castel began her career with the Ontario government where she was involved in designing, setting up and administering the regulatory framework for casinos. She served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Casino Niagara, and as Vice President of Legal and Administration for Casino Rama. Ms. Castel authored a textbook, <I> Gaming Control Law in Ontario</I> which she updates annually. Ms. Castel was a member of the Board of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario from 2008 to 2011 and is currently a member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal.

STEPHANIE KEPMAN

is a lawyer and a full-time member of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Prior to her appointment, she worked in criminal and family law. She is fully bilingual and supports access to justice in both official languages. Stephanie holds a Legum Licentiatus and Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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.

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.

KAREN RESTOULE

Karen Restoule currently serves as Associate Chair within Tribunals Ontario, responsible for the Ontario Parole Board and cross-appointed to other constituent tribunals. She previously served as Vice-Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal. She is lead for Indigenous Services and previously led SLASTD’s French Language Services. Prior to that, Karen was the Director of the Justice Sector at the Chiefs of Ontario where she led strategic policy efforts on justice and legal issues impacting First Nations across Ontario. She started her career working as a victim rights caseworker, then as a Gladue report writer, and later worked as a probation and parole officer. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa's French Common Law Program, Karen is a proponent of access to justice in both French and English languages across all regions in Ontario. She is actively involved in her community and sits on boards for number of non-profit organizations. Karen is a member of Dokis First Nation. She is fluent in both French and English.