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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Special Education (English) Tribunal (Tribunals Ontario)


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 Board 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. She has experience in engaging and supporting those within vulnerable populations. Ms. Fletcher-Dagenais also brings a significant understanding of victims who have been harmed by crime. 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.


Michelle Garraway serves as a full time Vice Chair with the Social Benefits Tribunal. She is a dedicated public servant and social justice advocate with more than a decade of experience in local government. She started her career in front line social services work before moving into roles in policy, innovation and research, and organizational strategy and performance. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology, a Master of Social Work, and a master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management.


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.


Robert Patchett, of Ottawa, is a Vice-Chair (part-time) of the Landlord and Tenant Board and Lieutenant-Colonel Infantry Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces, and former Senior Strategic Policy Advisor and Senior Military Advisor, Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces Housing Agency. His community involvement includes serving as Branch Service Officer with the Royal Canada Legion.


Ivana Vaccaro serves as a member (part-time) for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and served as a member (part-time) for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RV Law LLP, and the founder of Mediated Family Results Inc. She is a family lawyer, an accredited mediator, arbitrator and parenting coordinator. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for The Redwood and serving as a coach and advisor with the Coach and Advisor Network for the Law Society of Ontario.


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.