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Appointee Biographies

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (Ontario Land Tribunals)

SHARYN VINCENT

Sharon Vincent is a member (full-time) for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), Ministry of Attorney General, and a former principal for Vincent Planning & Development Consultants Inc. Sharon holds an Honors in Bachelor of Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo.

RICHARD MAKUCH

Richard Makuch is a former Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals. He has been a member of the Ontario Municipal Board since 2012 and a member of the Assessment Review Board since 2013. His community involvement has included serving as a board member of the Cumberland Barons Minor Hockey Association and coach for local hockey, soccer, baseball and rowing teams. Mr. Makuch holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College Montreal.

DAVID LANTHIER

David Lanthier has served with the board and tribunal since May of 2016. Prior to this, he maintained his general law practice in northeastern Ontario for over 30 years with emphasis on municipal law and civil litigation. During his career he has attended at all levels of the Ontario Courts and has appeared before numerous administrative tribunals. Mr. Lanthier was the municipal solicitor for four municipalities assisting in a variety of functions including local planning and development and real estate, municipal litigation, and municipal law. Residing in his home town of Cochrane, he was involved in a wide variety of community service and volunteer endeavours serving on numerous community and regional organizations. Mr. Lanthier holds a BA Honours, and Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University and was called to the Bar in 1986.

GREGORY BISHOP

Gregory Bishop is an Ontario Land Surveyor and Professional Engineer who has over thirty years experience in boundary law and land use planning. Greg was a member and Vice-Chair on the Ontario Municipal Board from 2000-2004 before returning to the private where he has provided consulting services and expertise to clients in both public and private sectors. He has acted both as a mediator in land development disputes as well as an expert witness in land matters. Greg is a former President of the Rotary Club of Haliburton.

MARY-ANNE SILLS

Mary-Anne Sills brings a wealth of tribunal, municipal, and community experience to the position of Vice-Chair. She was first appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board in 2007. Drawing on her wide-ranging adjudicative experience, she has consistently demonstrated the ability for impartial decision-making, informed by her knowledge of legislation and jurisprudence. Moreover, through her Municipal Board work, her previous experience as a Municipal Councillor and as Mayor of the City of Belleville (1988-2006), and her community volunteer service, she has proven herself as a leader, mentor, and role model. Ms. Sills is a graduate of Loyalist College in Belleville.

SARAH JACOBS

Sarah Jacobs was appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board, now the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, in 2014. Prior to joining the Board, her law practice focused on municipal and land use planning law in both the private and public sectors. She was an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in the Canadian-American Dual JD program offered jointly with the University of Windsor, where she continues to teach as an adjunct professor. She holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from York University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Planning from the University of Windsor. Ms. Jacobs is a past President of the Rotary Club of Centre Wellington and a former Director of Habitat for Humanity Wellington County.

SUSAN SCHILLER

Susan de Avellar Schiller is a professional mediator and a registered professional planner. She holds a Certificate in Mediation from Stitt, Field, Handy, Houston ADR Ltd. and a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Conflict Consensus Institute. She served on the National Leadership Council of the Environment and Public Policy section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and is the past President of the Simcoe Chapter of Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society.

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.

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.

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.

BLAIR TAYLOR

Prior to joining the Ontario Municipal Board, Blair Taylor was a Senior Partner with the law firm of O'Connor, MacLeod Hanna LLP. He practiced in the municipal and development field representing both the public and private sectors. He is a former Assistant Director with Ombudsman Ontario. Mr. Taylor is also a former Director of both the Oakville Hospital Foundation and the Community Foundation of Oakville. He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Laws degree from York University.

HELEN JACKSON

Prior to her appointment to the Ontario Municipal Board in 2011, Helen Jackson practiced as a Geologist and a Hydrogeologist in the private sector. Her work included technical and management roles on a wide range of multidisciplinary projects for the natural resources sector, waste management and infrastructure projects. She was a member of the Assessment, Risk, Remediation and Environmental Consulting Group at SNC-Lavalin Inc. for many years. Ms. Jackson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (resigned as a member in good standing).

THOMAS HODGINS

Thomas Hodgins has over 30 years of experience in the municipal sector. From 2006-2015, Mr. Hodgins was the Commissioner of Development Services for the City of Oshawa with overall responsibility for a portfolio including land use planning, building permit and inspection services, municipal civil engineering and the Oshawa Municipal Airport. Mr. Hodgins holds two degrees from the University of Waterloo: Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Master of Arts (Regional Planning and Resource Development). Mr. Hodgins has memberships in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

DAVID BROWN

started his career with the City of Mississauga Committee of Adjustment before commencing his private practice in land use planning consulting. He is a Past President of the Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities . David received three Civic Recognition Awards from the City of Mississauga for his community involvement serving on citizen committees. He has spent the last 20 years working with clients and municipalities to secure land use planning approvals on their behalf. David resides and operates a tourism related family-owned business located in the Niagara Region.

DOUG JOYNER

Douglas Joyner was previously Mayor and Regional Councillor representing the Municipality Township of West Lincoln. Mr. Joyner spent 4 years as the Co-Chair of Public Health & Social Services for Niagara Region as well as Council Liaison for the Niagara Region Accessibility Committee. Mr. Joyner is highly experienced in dispute resolution and mediation, specifically with respect to urban boundary expansions and the Green Energy Act/Renewable Energy Act. Mr. Joyner was instrumental in the realization of the new Multi Use Recreation Site in West Lincoln.

MARGOT BALLAGH

Margot Ballagh serves on the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. She was a former Vice-chairperson of the Social Security Tribunal of Canada (SST) in Ottawa. She started as the first General Division Vice-chairperson, helping to build the new federal tribunal’s infrastructure with 65 members reporting directly to her, and worked her way up to Vice-chairperson leading the SST’s Appeal Division (the former Pension Appeals Board and Office of the Umpire). Before that, she served three consecutive terms as chairperson of the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Review Tribunals, hearing hundreds of de novo appeals across Canada and writing the substantive decisions. Besides administrative law, Ms. Ballagh practised civil litigation and family law. She managed and grew a small business which she sold to an international corporation. She has been invited to speak at various events on topical issues including active adjudication. Ms. Ballagh has served on various Boards as Director and Governor and supported numerous organizations in her community. She has degrees in Science and Law and was called to the Bar in 1991.

SCOTT TOUSAW

Scott Tousaw has had a 31 year career in planning with the County of Huron, fulfilling the position of Director of Planning and Development from 2003 to 2017. Mr. Tousaw is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), a member of the Ontario Professional PIanners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners, and has served on the boards of these provincial and national associations. He holds a Master of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Tousaw has been a sessional instructor and guest lecturer at the University of Guelph and Waterloo and for 20 years advised delegates at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) annual conference.

CARMINE TUCCI

Carmine Tucci comes to the Tribunal from a private practice in Dispute Resolution. As a mediator, Mr. Tucci provides consulting and dispute resolution services related to construction development and other matters. In this position, Mr. Tucci oversees disputes, mediation and adjudication under applicable legislation. He has held volunteer positions as Co-Chair of SantaFest Parade in Vaughan, a Committee Member of Vaughan in Motion for Cancer Care, a Board Member of the Vaughan Recognition Society and a Fundraising Committee Member of Hospice Vaughan.

WILLIAM MIDDLETON

William Middleton was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988, William is a seasoned legal and business professional. He was a commercial litigator at top Canadian law firms, including Borden Ladner Gervais and Miller Thomson in Toronto. He has also been a 4-time General Counsel with a variety of public and private companies and has also served in other senior business executive roles at large and medium-sized Canadian corporations. He has considerable worldwide experience in managing complex litigation / ADR programs and has appeared in that role before courts and tribunals in both Canada and the US. Additionally, he and has testified as a lead corporate witness in many litigation and arbitration proceedings.

HUGH WILKINS

Hugh Wilkins is a lawyer who was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998. He practiced law at Morris/Rose/Ledgett LLP and is a former adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queen's University and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.

STEVEN COOKE

Steven Cooke has served four years as a Clarington Local Councillor, eight years as a Trustee for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and having worked for Federal and Provincial Members has given him an in depth understanding of how government functions. Steven has been an active member of his community. He is the Chair of the Clarington Library Board, President of the Courtice Parks Softball Association, Vice Chair of St. Paul’s United Church and a member of numerous community committees.

MARIO RUSSO

Mario Russo is a self-employed real estate salesperson, property manager, and property development analyst. His community involvement includes serving as as a Chair of the Committee of Adjustment, Member Sports Hall of Fame Committee, Grant Review Committee, Parks and Rec Master Plan Committee for the City of Brampton.

NICHOLAS ROBINSON

Nicholas P. Robinson has spent years managing legal matters ranging from civil disputes and class action law suits to criminal matters. A member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Mr. Robinson has appeared in the Courts of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. He has worked on legal cases in all common law provinces and also holds a degree in civil law. He is a graduate of McGill University's Faculty of Law and the Telfer School of management at the University of Ottawa and now resides in Toronto.

MARIANNA ARPINO

Marianna Arpino earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Western Ontario, she was called to Bar in 1989. Her law practice in Southwestern Ontario focused on municipal and land use planning law in both the private and public sectors. In 2009 Ms. Arpino was recognized by Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist with exemplary knowledge and skills in Municipal Law (Land Use Planning and Development). Ms. Arpino holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychology) from the University of Windsor.

DALE CHIPMAN

Dale Chipman has over 20 years of experience in municipal and provincial administration. She holds an Executive Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and a Diploma in Municipal Administration. Ms. Chipman has experience in dispute resolution having served as Chair of the Committee of Adjustments for several municipalities across Durham Region and Northumberland County. She has been an active participant on the boards of Northumberland Unity Way, Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre, Group 74 and the Port Hope Police Services Board.

TEE FUNG NG

Tee Fung Ng is a consultant at Syed Alwi Ng & Co. Advocates & Solicitors, and a former advocate and solicitor at Benjamin Ng & Partners. Tee Fung Ng’s community involvement includes serving as a honorary legal advisor for NG Clan association.

JATINDER BHULLAR

Jatinder Bhullar possesses post-graduate education in Engineering. He has been a Professional Engineer in Ontario since 1978. Additionally, he received formal training in Administrative Law. He previously worked as an adjudicative member at a Government of Canada Tribunal for two years. He has volunteered for betterment of healthcare for seniors in Ontario. Over the last twenty-five years, Jatinder has made voluntarily contributions at the Canadian Radio Telecommunication Commission for the better delivery of telecommunication services to all Canadians.

TONY PREVEDEL

Tony Prevedel is a former Chief Administrative Officer and former Director of Operations for the City of Pickering, and a former Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Cavan North Monaghan. His community involvement includes serving as board member and President of the Ontario Good Roads Association.

SHANNON BRAUN

Shannon Braun is a lawyer and full-time member of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. She was formerly a full-time member with Tribunals Ontario, adjudicating disputes for both the Social Benefits Tribunal and Licence Appeals Tribunal. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

KURTIS ANDREWS

Prior to being appointed to the Tribunal, Kurtis Andrews practiced law in Ontario since being called to the Ontario bar in 2010. Mr. Andrews has degrees in various disciplines from York University, Brock University, and the University of Ottawa, including his law degree. He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators, and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. Mr. Andrews’ past community involvement has included volunteer work with the Osgoode Ward Business Association, Ottawa Girls Hockey Association, The Main Farmers' Market (in Ottawa), Just Food (in Ottawa), and FarmStart (in Guelph).

GERALD SWINKIN

Gerald Swinkin is a lawyer who was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. Mr. Swinkin articled at the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Swinkin's legal career commenced as a staff lawyer in the Legal Department of the City of Mississauga and concluded as a partner in the Toronto law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he practiced municipal and planning law. Mr. Swinkin holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

BRYAN TUCKEY

Bryan Tuckey is a resident of the City of Toronto. His most recent employment was as the President and Chief Executive Officer or the Building Industry and Land Development Association of the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to his position at BILD, he held a number of senior positions at all three levels of government in Ontario. Positions included: Commissioner of Planning and Development at the Region of York, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Commissioner of Planning (A) Atthill he former City of North York during the City of Toronto amalgamation.

ROBERT BECCAREA

Robert Beccarea is a lawyer who practiced law in London, until he was appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in 1998, serving as a respected member for 10 years. While in private practice, he also served 3-year terms as a London City Councilor and was Chair of its Planning Committee, Chair of London Transit, a member of the Theater London Board of Directors, and a Director of the Ontario Science Board. After leaving the OMB he served as an adjudicator mediator with three federal quasi-judicial tribunals. Mr. Beccarea is currently a member of the Expropriation Association and a member of the Compliance Audit Committees of four Grey Bruce County municipalities.

GILLIAN BURTON

Gillian Burton has specialized in land use planning and municipal law throughout her career, most recently as an adjudicator with the Toronto Local Appeal Body. She is also a hearing officer under the Expropriations Act, holding hearings throughout Ontario. She was General Counsel to the Ontario Municipal Board and the Assessment Review Board, as well as counsel to three Ontario Ministries, including Municipal Affairs and Housing. She was founding Chair of the Residential Rental Standards Board at the Ministry of Housing. Interaction with the public has been a feature in many information and educational meetings.

DOUG COLBOURNE

Douglas Colbourne is a business graduate of UWO and a Chartered Accountant. He had a background in construction and as a real estate agent. He served for 32 years as a Member, Vice-Chair & Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board. He chaired City of Toronto committees relating to land use and compliance audit. He served as a Commissioner on the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission of Ontario. He arbitrated matters of valuation of Injurious Affection for several properties on the Bruce to Milton Hydro Transmission Corridor. He has provided consulting and arbitration services for individuals and, governments for disputes related to land use. He has served as Chair of the Assessment Review Board and Board of Negotiations adjudicating matters relating to property valuation and assessment.

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.

GREGORY BISHOP

Gregory Bishop is a former Director for Greg Bishop Surveying and Consulting Ltd., a former Vice-Chair for Ontario Municipal Board, and a Vice-Chair (full-time) for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

MARIE HUBBARD

Marie Hubbard is an Associate Chair for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, a former Chair for the Ontario Municipal Board, and a former Councillor for the Town of Newcastle.