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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Parole Board (Tribunals Ontario)


Simon Chapelle is currently a municipal councilor in the city of Kingston (2018). Formerly a member of the Parole Board of Canada. He is experienced in making risk-based decisions where he demonstrated effective interpretation and implementation of complex legislation and policy directives. Complimenting his governance and board experience. Simon holds a Master of Public Administration and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Yugita Looknauth has worked in the social services sector for over 10 years. She has held several positions which have included roles in youth justice, inpatient mental health, supervising of treatment foster homes, and the position of Supervisor of Diversion and Direct Accountability for Youth and Adults. She is also a Professor at Centennial College and teaches in the School of Community and Health Studies. Ms. Looknauth holds a Master of Social Work degree and is currently a Ph.D. student at Wilfred Laurier University.


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 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.


Asleigh Nother has been a member (part-time) for the Ontario Parole Board since 2018, and member (part-time) for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. She is a former associate Hassan law.


Sylvie Parent is a retired police officer having served with the Toronto Police Service until her departure in 2011. While working for the Police Service, she worked with the Ministry of the Attorney General assisting and dealing with witnesses and victims of crime. After her retirement, she worked at the Ontario College of Teachers as a Bilingual Investigator. She is a consultant for Portus Security Solution. She holds a Private Investigator licence from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and is a member of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professional. She has worked with high profile cases including some in other countries. Her community involvement has included several organizations including the Hispanic Council of Toronto, World Vision, and Whitby Air Cadets. She studied at York University, Glendon Campus and graduated with Policing Certification from the Ontario Police College.


Paul Gosio is a full-time member with the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Previously he was a Sole Practitioner specializing in criminal defence and personal injury, a Duty Counsel Panel Member with Legal Aid Ontario and an Instructor of evidence law, criminal law and ethics with Centennial College. His community involvement has included providing mentorship and supervision for law students and volunteering for the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program. Mr. Gosio holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor.


Rupinder Hans began her career assisting international and domestic clients in trial and appellate matters before the federal and state courts in New York. She has represented clients in agency, tribunal, and administrative proceedings. Ms. Hans is in private practice, and specializes in corporate, real estate and intellectual property matters. She is a part-time member of the License Appeal Tribunal and the Ontario Parole Board. Ms. Hans holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) degree from Michigan State University College of Law.


Seppo Paivalainen has practiced law for over 39 years in the areas of real estate, estate administration and corporate law. His community involvement has included serving on the board of directors of Lakehead University, the Suomi-Koti of Thunder Bay senior citizens housing corporation, Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Canadian Suomi Foundation. Mr. Paivalainen is also a former member of the Ontario Civilian Police Commission and a former Vice-Chair of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. He studied economics at the University of Western Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.


is a Bilingual Staff Lawyer with Legal Aid Ontario, a Legal Instructor in the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, and a Translator and Interpreter at Alpha Professionnelles. Her community involvement includes being on the Board of Directors of Sakura Medical Foundation and a Public Legal Educator for faith-based organizations, including the International Muslims Organization of Toronto. Ms. Goela holds a Juris Doctor in Canadian Law from the University of Windsor, a Juris Doctor in American Law from the University of Detroit Mercy, is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.


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.


Katherine Livingstone is a former Assistant Crown Attorney. Her community involvement includes serving on the Court of Justice Hamilton Drug Treatment Court Steering Committee and the Neighbour to Neighbour Hamilton Board of Directors. Ms. Livingstone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.


Craig Mazerolle is a full-time member with the License Appeal Tribunal. Previously, he was a Judicial Law Clerk with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court Branch. He also served with the Ministry of Community and Social Services in the Family Responsibility Office. Most recently, Mr. Mazerolle was a Manager with the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario. He received his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.


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.


Ian Maedel is a former criminal and civil litigator. He has previous experience working primarily as a Federal Prosecutor, Crown Attorney and Municipal Prosecutor. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University, Masters of Arts from McMaster University and a LL.B from the University of Windsor.


Gregory Kung is currently serving as a part-time member of the Ontario Parole Board and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Mr. Kung is a paramedic in Lanark County as well as running a health policy consulting firm. He has previous administrative law and public policy experience in positions within the federal government. He holds a combined double Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in economics and political science from the King’s University.


Eve Theriault is a lawyer with a bilingual practice in the areas of family law and child protection law. She is a member of the Frontenac Law Association, the Advocacy Club (Ottawa), the Advocates’ Society and the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario.


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.


Lyndra Griffith is a full-time member with the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a part-time member with the Animal Care Review Board, the Fire Safety Commission, and the Ontario Parole Board. Ms. Griffith is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the County of Carleton Law Association. Prior to her appointment, she practiced civil litigation with a mid-sized firm and has appeared as counsel before various courts and administrative tribunals. Ms. Griffith holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Carleton University.


Gary Joseph Nikota worked as a Crown Attorney for 30 years. His community involvement has included serving on the Committee on Child Abuse Prevention Council - Essex County, and on the Denise House Board of Directors. Mr. Nikota has served as a Guest Lecturer providing continuing education courses for Crown Attorneys dealing with risk assessment of high-risk offenders. Mr. Nikota holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Windsor and a Bachelors of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.


Richard Pierre is a member of Fort William First Nation. He retired from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services after 35 years of service working in progressive roles of responsibility in institutional and corporate services. Mr. Pierre has a background in Indigenous culture and human rights and has facilitated various Indigenous cultural awareness and human rights sessions.


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.


Vlad Shustov graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and subsequently received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Shustov had a private practice in Newmarket, ON until he semi-retired. Dr. Shustov is currently a part-time clinical instructor at Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries where he teaches his students to provide ethical and professional dental care to their patients. Dr. Shustov recently received an MBA degree in Health Care Administration. Vlad's community involvement includes serving as a parent volunteer for the Richmond Hill Aquatic Club.


Caroline Fletcher-Dagenais 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 fourteen 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. 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.


Anthony Tamburro served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 34 years in both the Royal Canadian Artillery and the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He retired in 2019 at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Highlights of his military career include flood-relief operations in Manitoba (1997), humanitarian work in Bosnia (1998), 11 years as a military prosecutor, three years as a legal advisor on human rights issues applicable to members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and two appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada. Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.


Barry Raison is a graduate of Queen’s University (Political Studies) and Durham College (Journalism) who spent more than 25 years as a journalist, including 10 years as editor in chief of a daily newspaper, before spending 10 years in the Senate of Canada as Policy Advisor/Director of Parliamentary Affairs. Much of his policy work involved criminal law and public safety matters. He left Parliament Hill in January 2020. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Leeds and Grenville.


Denise Dietrich is a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario and holds disability management certifications with the national Institute of Disability Management and Research. She has extensive experience as an administrative tribunal decision maker federally with the Veterans Review and Appeal Board and provincially with botht he College of Nurses of Ontario and the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. Her education includes a master’s degree in health studies from Athabasca University as well as many courses, certificates and diploma level studies in health and administrative law related areas.


Julia Bryan Schmale is a General Manager for DeNure Tours Ltd, and a former employee and Community Relations for Ross Memorial Hospital. Her community involvement includes serving as Treasurer for the Lindsay Nayoro Twinning Committee.


Louise Charette is a graduate of the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Charette 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 a per diem Assistant Crown Attorney. She later acquired experience as duty counsel representing the accused. Ms. Charette is also a part time member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.


Joseph Wamback was President of Wamback Corporation since 1990, specializing in Construction Management and Forensic Engineering across Canada. In 2008 he was appointed to the Social Security Tribunal of Canada as an adjudicator where he successfully resolved over 2000 contentious appeals to the Federal Government. He currently holds the designation of qualified arbitrator for Ontario and has resolved numerous disputes specializing in areas of high conflict. He graduated from Ryerson in Civil Engineering and is the recipient of the Queens Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for his contributions to his community and country.


Dave McFadden is a retired police constable with over 30 years of service with the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service (1987 - 2014) and OPP Bancroft (1984 -1987). His career included Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Traffic Services. He was the President of the Peterborough Police Association from 2003 until his retirement in August 2014. He also held the position of President of the Police Association of Ontario from 2011 to 2013. Mr. McFadden is a recipient of the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces medal, the Police Officer Exemplary Service medal (1st Bar) and the Queen's Jubilee medal.


Samuel Billich was born in Jamaica and emigrated to Canada in November 1961. Trent University, BA, Board of Governors and Senate. British Army, 5 years serving in England, Northern Ireland and Germany. Canadian Army, 20 plus years serving, received a General Service Medal with Northern Ireland clasp, 2 Queen's Jubilee Medals - Gold and Diamond, a Canadian Force's Decoration with bar, a Gold Cross of Merit from Poland, the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service from Jamaica and the Minister of Veterans' Affairs Commendation. Honorary Life Member of the Senate of 2 Military Police Regiment and a Trustee of the Toronto branch of the Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association. Civilian sponsor to Foreign Military Officers studying at the Canadian Forces Staff College. Volunteering with The Order of St. John of Jerusalem and St. John Ambulance and a recipient of the St. John Long Service Medal with 3 bars, and a Commander of the Order. Mar1998, appointed Justice of the Peace. Retired Sep2019.


Agi Mete has a B.A. Economics (Western University), MS. Ed (Niagara University). Agi has more than 30 years of experience as a high school teacher and has also been the Program Chair of Social Sciences for more than 18 years. Agi has co-authored several high school law textbooks & educational resources. His community involvement includes both coaching basketball and lacrosse, as well as providing youth student leadership & training opportunities.


Gordon Stencell is Senior Partner with Stature Leadership Innovations, Commissioner with St Lawrence Parks, and over the past 11 years has taught in the School of Business at St Lawrence College, Kingston Campus. He has held leadership positions in the group benefits sector with Morneau Shepell and Empire Life. He is a past minor hockey volunteer having coached for several seasons and served as a convenor. Gordon is a graduate of Trent University and has served on the Trent University Senate.


Matthew Létourneau is a full-time member with the Licence Appeal Tribunal and a part-time member with the Animal Care Review Board, the Fire Safety Commission, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, and the Ontario Parole Board. He is the French Services Lead for these Tribunals. Mr. Létourneau is a lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ontario. He practiced employment, labour and administrative law in Ontario, in both French and English, prior to his appointment. He holds a Bilingual Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta’s Faculty St. Jean and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law’s French Common Law Program. Mr. Létourneau is active in the French Language Community of Ontario with over a decade of volunteer involvement. He is also a member of the Young Leader’s Council of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


John Muise served for 30 years on the Toronto Police Service, retiring with the rank of Detective Sergeant. His police career included six years seconded to the Ontario Office for Victims of Crime as Manager of Special Projects. John Is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his work on behalf of Canadian 9/11 crime victims and the Chief of Police Excellence Award for his work on behalf of child crime victims. After retiring from the police service, he served as Director of Public Safety at the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (now Abuse Hurts), an organization dedicated to the eradication of child sexual abuse. In 2009, John received a five-year appointment to the Parole Board of Canada as a full time Board member. A lifelong resident of Toronto, John has continued his public service as a part-time volunteer at Abuse Hurts.


Theodore Nemetz is a lawyer in Toronto whose work primarily in the area of Mental Health law representing parties before the Consent and Capacity Board. In the past Mr. Nemetz has been a member of the Parole Board of Canada, Consent and Capacity Board, Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeal Tribunal and was an Adjudicator for Indian Residential School claims.


Sein Weir was CEO of Canada’s largest national law firm from 2000 to July 1, 2018. In is legal practice, Mr. Weir advised financial institutions, corporations and major pension funds. Active in his community, Mr. Weir served as an elected Councilor 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 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.