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Appointee Biographies

Social Benefits Tribunal (Tribunals Ontario)

STACEY FERGUSON

Stacey Ferguson is currently the Associate Chair for the Social Benefits Tribunal. She has been in this role in 2020. She previously was the Administrator for the City of Cornwall, and a former Supervisor and Assistant Property Manager for the Region of Durham. Her community involvement includes serving as a Big Sister for Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

AUDREY HUMMELEN

Audrey Hummelen has been a full-time member of the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2008, having served as a part-time member from 2007 to 2008. She was also a full-time member from 1998 to 2005, of both the Social Benefits Tribunal and the Social Assistance Review Board. She is currently serving on the Social Benefits Tribunal as a Vice-Chair. She is a former Social Services and Fundraising Consultant/ Mediator. She was also the Executive Director of the Heritage Children's Centre of Kent County. Ms. Hummelen's community involvement includes the Royal Order of the Women of the Moose (fund raising activities for troubled youth), and Theatre Kent. She is also a member of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. She holds diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Services Work from St. Clair College.

JONELLE VAN DELFT

Jonelle Van Delft is presently appointed to the Social Benefits Tribunal within Tribunals Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University as well as Executive Mediation Courses from the University of Windsor.

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.

MICHELLE GARRAWAY

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.

DALTON BURGER

Dalton Burger is a lawyer, Professor and Deputy Judge. He is the past president of the College of Nurses of Ontario. Mr. Burger holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Osgoode Hall. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998.

LISE HENRIE

Lise Henrie obtained her Law Degree from the University of Ottawa and has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 1991. Prior to joining the Social Benefits Tribunal, she was with the Courts Administration Service, most recently as Deputy Chief Administrator - Judicial and Registry Services responsible for the delivery of registry and judicial services to four federal courts, and for the provision of legal advice to the Chief Administrator. Me Henrie was the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Federal Court from 2015 to 2020, supporting the Court in implementing a five-year strategic plan, and in pivoting to remote hearings in the early days of the pandemic. Me Henrie worked for over 25 years at Justice Canada, primarily in family law, where she led a team of lawyers and collaborated with provinces and territories in an area of shared jurisdiction.

JOSEPHINE RACIOPPO

Josephine Racioppo has worked as an Adjudicator since 2013. She has worked with social assistance legislation since 2000, including appearing as a representative in matters before the Social Benefits Tribunal prior to appointment. She previously worked in non-profit and public service, and human resource management in the private sector. She is a member of SOAR, CCAT, CIAJ and a licensed member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She holds an LLM in General Law with Osgoode, and certificates in Labor Relations from Queens IRC, Human Rights from Osgoode PD, as well as Mediation. She continues to volunteer with community-based organizations and programs.

CYNDI KUNKEL

Cyndi Kunkel has more than fifteen years experience working in the social justice sector with the last five as a full-time adjudicator for the Social benefits Tribunal. She is a member of the Canadian Institute for Administration of Justice and Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and a licenced member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Previously, she worked for the public education and non-profit healthcare sectors in communications and fundraising. She is a dedicated community member who has served as an event volunteer and as an executive member in board administration with non-profit and minor sports organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a post graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College.

JONATHAN NG

Jonathan Ng, BS, JD, has been adjudicating since 2017. He previously practiced civil and administrative litigation in Toronto. He has certificates in adjudication and advanced adjudication from the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. His community service includes early childhood and post secondary education volunteering.

PIOTR (PETER) SZAJAK

Piotr Szajak is a family law lawyer with a bilingual practice in Toronto and is a licensed member of the Law Society of Ontario. Mr. Szajak is a former instructor of the family law course at Centennial College’s Law Clerk Program and has been actively involved as a mentor and assessor in the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University. Mr. Szajek holds multiple degrees, including a Master of Arts from York University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.

ERIC BROWN

Eric Brown has been a full-time member with the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2020. Mr. Brown has 13 years of experience in the social services field including 10 within the Ontario Works organization in a variety of roles. Eric holds an Honors degree in Law and Society from York University and is currently an active member in the Waterloo community.

LOUISE HORTON

Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2000, Louise Horton has worked in various administrative law contexts including labour, employment, human rights and professional regulation in private practice and as Complaints Resolution Counsel at the Law Society (LSO). She was a full-time member of the Landlord and Tenant Board from 2009 to 2018 and of the IRB from 2018 to 2019. Most recently, Louise worked at the LSO in a management role. She has a B.A. in Sociology and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto.

ARIEL SZE MUN LO-WONG

Ariel Lo-Wong is an adjudicator with the Social Benefits Tribunal. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, and prior to that, practised as a barrister in Hong Kong in complex and cross-border litigation. She graduated law school at the University of Toronto and the University of Hong Kong on the Dean's List. In her years of private practice as a litigation associate at a national law firm, she successfully advocated for her clients before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Social Security Tribunal (Appeals Division) and the Landlord and Tenant Board. Ariel is actively involved in her community in North York and also sits as a public member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario. She is fluent in English and Cantonese. She enjoys exploring the diverse culinary culture of Toronto with her family.

NAZARETH MAYNES

Nazareth Maynes worked as a lawyer in the legal aid clinic system for several years. Prior to that, she was a sole practitioner who represented clients in immigration and refugee law matters. Ms. Maynes has a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from York University. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, a community health centre that provides primary healthcare to many racialized women in Toronto and the surrounding municipalities

BRIAN KILLICK

Brian Killick is a full-time member of the Social Benefits Tribunal. He most recently worked as a staff lawyer with community legal clinics in Sarnia (CLAS) and London (NLSLM). In this capacity, he also served as chairperson of the Income Maintenance Study Group (SW region) and on the board of directors of the Income Security Advocacy Centre. Prior to being called to the Bar in Ontario in 2015, Brian taught paralegal studies at Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario. Brian completed his studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, as well as at the Universities of Cape Town and South Africa. He lived overseas for more than a decade, where he worked and volunteered with organizations supporting young people and access to education, persons with disabilities and persons experiencing deep poverty.

SONIA OUELLET

Sonia Ouellet is a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 1998. She has extensive experience as a bilingual adjudicator. In June 2020, she obtained an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management and mediation. From May 2010 - May 2020, she was a full time Vice Chair at the Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards and assumed several leadership roles during her mandate. Prior to her work at the Boards, she was the Executive Director for the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO) from 2003-2010 and was in private practice from 1998 to 2003. Ms. Ouellet's community involvement spends over two decades. More recently, she has been a Board member of the Law Commission of Ontario (2013 to 2020). Prior to this, she was the president of AJEFO (2016-2018), a member of the Treasurer's Liaison Group (2016 - 2018) and a member of the Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee (2017-2018). In 2011, Ms. Ouellet received the AJEFO Ordre du mérite in recognition of her leadership and commitment to promote access to justice in French.

CHARLES CHAN

Charles Chan earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto and is a registered pharmacist. He has been practicing as a community pharmacist for over ten years. Prior to his appointment, he worked as an investigator for the Ontario College of Pharmacists, where he investigated allegations of professional misconduct against pharmacy professionals. He has also served on screening and adjudicative committees for various organizations, including the Ontario College of Pharmacists, Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario, immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

SHELBY WHITTICK

Shelby Whittick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Trent University. Ms. Whittick was a Professor at Durham College in the School of Justice & Emergency Services teaching an array of courses for paralegals, law clerks and future mediators. Ms. Whittick has been a Paralegal since 2003 and a Member with Tribunals Ontario since May 2016. She began her adjudicative career at the Landlord and Tenant Board prior to becoming a Member at the Social Benefits Tribunal. Her community involvement includes hosting an internship program at Durham College, creating, and delivering an accredited Landlord and Tenant course for Women's Paralegal Association of Ontario, and becoming a Scout's leader to spend more time with her two sons.

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.

MARTINA DWYER

Martina Dwyer is a Lawyer for Dwyer Law Office she graduated from the University of Windsor Law School. She additionally graduated from University of Windsor School of Nursing, as a BScN, RN, she casually is employed by Indigenous Services Canada in Public Health. She has been employed in the hospital in areas such as Neonatal Intensive Care, Cardiology, Occupational Health, Labor and Delivery, and Adult Intensive Care. She has also completed studies in Perinatal Intensive Care (George Brown College) and Public Health Nursing (University of Windsor). Her community involvement includes being a Board of Director for Public Health Ontario.

MARLENE KESLER

Marlene Kesler is a former member of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and a former public appointee to the Council of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Prior to her shift to administrative law, she worked in healthcare policy and occupational health and safety/industrial hygiene for over 20 years in Ontario. Marlene holds a Master of Laws in Health Law (LL.M. 2020, Osgoode Hall Law School), Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Science (University of Illinois at Chicago), Bachelor of Physical Education (University of Calgary), and designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. She has volunteered with the Public Health Services Health and Safety Association and Girl Guides of Canada.

CHRISTINA ROBERTSON

Christina Robertson received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and has been a member of the Law Society ofOntario since 2007. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Art and a Master of Arts (English). She is a dedicated public servant who served as a police officer for 15 years, investigating serious criminal offences, assisting victims of crime and establishing partnerships with various social services agencies, including women's shelters, sexual violence support centres, crisis centres, the Children's Aid Society, victim assistance programs, and mental health organizations. She has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney prosecuting criminal offences, as a civil litigation lawyer, and as a municipal lawyer in the position of Assistant City Solicitor and City Prosecutor, dealing with a wide variety of self-represented defendants. During her tenure, she has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice and various administrative tribunals.

CHERYL HENSHAW

has been a sole practitioner since 2010. Her practice includes the provision of ombudsman service for Algoma University as well as investigation services for organizations on human rights issues. She was previously the Ombudsman and Human Rights Commissioner for the University of Windsor. Ms. Henshaw's community involvement includes serving as an executive member and volunteer with the Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

TERRY BROUILLET

Terry Brouillet’s professional career spans more than 35-years in the social services sector. He has held a variety of management positions in several agencies for Community Living and was a District Manager with the Canadian National Institute of the Blind from 1989 to 2005. Mr. Brouillet was an executive member of the Board of Deafblind Ontario Services from 2009 until 2016. He obtained a college diploma in Special Education and holds a Teacher of Adults Certificate from St. Lawrence College.

LISA DICESARE

Lisa DiCesare has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. As a Staff Sergeant with the Hamilton Police Service, she led a variety of investigative and operational sections including emergency services, divisional detective branch, court services, the sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse units. She is an experienced human rights investigator and participated in the development of the provincial standard for police investigations of domestic violence. Ms. DiCesare is a dedicated community member who has served on the Children's Aid Society Board of Directors, Mohawk College Alumni Council and Watershed Stewards of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

SHERRY MACISAAC

Sherry Macisaac is a lawyer with over twenty years experience in the field of legal research and writing. She has both authored and contributed to numerous publications, primarily in the areas of employment and labour law. Ms. Macisaac has been an active volunteer in her community, serving with several boards and minor sports organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.

GEORGES LARIVIERE

Georges Larivière has over 30 years' experience working with health care and social service agencies. His work experience has included the delivery of children and youth programs, parole services, employment counselling, income support, and services to seniors. Most recently, he was employed as Area Director with Veterans Affairs Canada where he oversaw the delivery of services to veterans and their dependents. Mr. Larivière's community involvement has included volunteering with the United Way. He holds a Social Service Worker diploma from Algonquin College.

ARTHUR LUST

Arthur Lust has been serving as a member (part-time) for the Council of the College of Audiologists and Speech Pathologists of Ontario since 2019, and a former panel member for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. His community involvement includes serving as a volunteer lawyer for REACH Canada.

JED DECORY

Jed DeCory is an organizational development consultant and educator. He brings a wide range of experience and diverse perspectives to the table. He started his career in social work working with youth in Toronto. DeCory later earned a Journalism Degree which led to a career as a writer, reporter, television producer and filmmaker. Building on this experience, he became a Director at the Banff Centre for the Arts then Academic Chair of Seneca College’s School of Communication Arts. DeCory received his master’s degree in human systems Intervention from Concordia University in 2007 and then launched a successful management consulting practice.

RANIL MENDIS

Ranil Mendis is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has served on boards of government agencies delivering social services for children, youth, health care and social housing. He currently serves on the board of the Toronto Grace Health Centre. Ranil has served on several decision-making panels through his profession and his most impactful work has been with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Canada where he is the Deputy Chair. He introduced CIMA Mentoring Program to help internationally qualified accountants establish their network and contribute to the local economy. A recipient of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto (ODT) as a community builder, Ranil worked with GTHA school boards and led a team of volunteers to introduce CIMA Schools Cricket Program. He championed the launch of the Ontario Schools Cricket Association (OSCA), to introduce cricket in physical education classes, positively impacting the lives of young people.

MBUSO NKOSI

Mbuso Nkosi is a senior family lawyer in Toronto. He is also legal counsel to the Student Union at OCAD University where he advises students on numerous legal issues including housing, employment and immigration. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His volunteer work has included mediator with Operation Springboard's Adult Justice Committee, volunteer summer law student with the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and volunteer lawyer with Flemingdon Community Legal Services (now Don Valley Community Legal Services).

SANTINA MOCCIO

Santina Moccio serves a member (part-time) for the Animal Care Review Board, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, and the Fire Safety Commission. She formerly served as a member (full-time) for the Landlord and Tenant Board, and a former member (part-time) for the Ontario Parole Board. Her community involvement includes serving as a member for the Select Committee on Mental Health Issues, Hamilton Police Service, and as Board Member, Acting Chair, Vice- Chair for the Hamilton Conservation Authority

TONY FRANCIS

Tony Francis lived in Essex county most of his life and graduated from a Windsor high school. Tony lived in Hamilton for approximately 10 years where he graduated from McMaster University with an Engineering and Management degree and he also completed an MBA degree at McMaster. Tony has worked in an integrated steel mill as an engineer and worked in management in a multinational energy company dealing with construction projects and contracts. Tony has volunteered as a soccer coach for several years and has volunteered his time on various committees in the religious organization that he is a member of.

OYEYINKA OYELOWO

Oyeyinka Oyelowo is a Litigation associate in the practice areas of Employment, Labour and Human Rights law. As a board director with a Canadian civil society organization with consultative status at the United Nations, she has been an advocate for environmental sustainability and international peace initiatives.

DR. GAURAV (GARY) REHAN

Gaurav (Gary) Rehan is a Registered Physiotherapist and works with the Department of National Defence with the military in Kingston, ON. Gary has extensive experience in the area of adjudication and the application of laws. Gary is the past-President of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and currently serves as the Chair of the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports committee of the College. Gary also serves as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators. Gary has also served as the Chair of the Kingston Garrison Defence Advisory Group. In addition to his post-graduate Physiotherapy education, Gary has a doctoral degree in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and also earned a Master’s degree in Health Management from the DeGroote School of Business. Gary also holds the Certified Health Executive designation with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

RONNY KATZ

Ronny Katz, of Toronto, is a Hospital Account Specialist with AstraZeneca Canada. Ronny is a former Specialty Care Representative with Pfizer Canada ULC and a former Learning Manager and Specialty Care Representative with Pfizer Canada. Ronny’s community involvement has included serving as a volunteer committee member with Crohn's & Colitis Canada.

CATHERINE HOLTZ

Catherine Holtz is a lawyer with a family law practice in Muskoka. She obtained a Juris Doctor from Western University as well as a Bachelor of Arts honours degree from the University of Guelph. Catherine has extensive experience with social justice issues and a background in community services. She previously led the Youth Homeless Task Force for the Orillia Youth Opportunities Committee and authored a research paper on the local youth homelessness issues. Her current community involvement includes acting as the Vice Chair and trustee of a local Public Library Board.

SHAWNA LABADIE

Shawna Labadie is a part-time Member of the Social Benefits Tribunal. Shawna graduated from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in 2014 after completing her Honours Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Windsor in 2011. Throughout her education, Shawna was extensively involved in the legal clinic system. Shawna started her legal career as in-house counsel at Brant Family and Children’s Services where she practiced until 2017 when she opened a private legal practice in Windsor, Ontario. During her time in private practice, Shawna focused on child protection law and was a Personal Rights Legal Panel Member with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Through her private practice, Shawna also fulfilled contracts with the student legal clinic Legal Assistance of Windsor supervising students in the carriage of Social Benefits files and assisting as Duty Counsel at the Landlord Tenant Board.

BORIS NEVELEV

Boris Nevelev is a seasoned legal professional with more than 19 years of experience in private practice. He came to Canada at the age of 26 as an immigrant from Ukraine to pursue a law degree (JD) at the University of Toronto. After graduation in 2001, he was called to the bars of Ontario & New York and practiced for more than 8 years with a leading international business law firm of Torys LLP. In 2011 Boris started his own legal practice advising small/medium enterprises on business, transactional and commercial matters. In addition to his native Ukrainian and Russian, he is fluent in French and German.

BRUCE DAVIES

Bruce Davies is a lawyer, called to the Bar of Ontario in 1991. From 1991 to 2000 he practiced civil litigation in private practice, with a focus on personal injury, insurance and employment law matters. Since 2000 he has worked as in-house counsel for two multinational manufacturing corporations, with a focus on employment and regulatory matters. He was educated at McMaster University (B.A., Economics - 1986) and Queen's University (J.D. - 1989). Bruce's extensive community involvement has included serving as Chair of Bluewater Health, President of the Sarnia-Lambton chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada and various roles in squash, tennis, and youth soccer.

PAUL BRENNAN

Paul Brennan is a Toronto-based lawyer with over two decades of experience in professional regulation, investigations and decision writing at a health regulatory college and the Law Society of Ontario. He volunteered for several years as a youth soccer coach in two York Region communities. Paul holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.

LOUISE CHARETTE

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 several years. As a lawyer, she started her career with the Ministry of the Attorney General working primarily as a per diem Assistant Crown Attorney. She also acquired experience as duty counsel representing the accused. Ms Charette is also a part time member of the Ontario Parole Board.

KHIZER ANWAR

Khizer Anwar is the Managing Partner and Lawyer at EsQrow Lawyers. He specializes in Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance litigation and Administrative/Regulatory Law. Between 2016-2018, he also served as a full-time member at the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) and as a part-time member at the Ontario Parole Board (OPB). A graduate of University of Ottawa, common law program, Khizer is passionate about mentoring young minds and lawyers and does so as a member of the South Asian Board Association (SABA). He also takes great pride in coaching young boys and girls in soccer and tennis. Khizer also dedicates his time to pro bono legal services at the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program.

ASHLEY PITCHER

Ashley Pitcher is a graduate of Queen's Law and was called to the bar in 2018. During law school she was recognized for her academic achievement in Aboriginal Law and participation in diversity and inclusion initiatives. She brings to the Tribunal her experience in administrative law and commitment to access to justice.

ELENI PALANTZAS

Eleni Palantzas is a former Member of Social Security tribunal of Canada, and a former Chairperson for Employment Insurance Board of Referees. Eleni’s community involvement includes formerly serving as Fundraising Chair of the Support Committee with the 48th Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp. Moss Park Armoury.

GILA HELLER

Gila Heller is a former Legal Counsel for Sony of Canada Ltd., and a former Corporate Counsel for Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. Gila’s community involvement includes serving as a volunteer for Bernard Betel Centre Meals on Wheels Program.

LAURA RINKE-VANDERWOUDE

Laura Rinke-Vanderwoude is a governance professional with a legal background that works and lives in Ontario, Canada. In addition, she is heavily involved with the promotion of professionalism within dance and works to promote good governance practices in the arts.

DENISE DIETRICH

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.

SALLY ASHTON

Sally Ashton is a lawyer who worked for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, working first with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, and then for many years seconded to resource ministries with a practice focussed on Indigenous rights and issues. She has also worked as senior counsel to the Law Society of Ontario on strategic issues including access to justice, diversity and equity, and government relations. She is active in her community having been a crisis responder for victim services, Pride volunteer, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of her local hospital.

SHAUN HARRINGTON

Shaun Harrington obtained his law degree from the University of Alberta and has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 1993. He has worked in the federal public service for several departments and agencies on administrative and commercial law matters.

KELLY TEMKIN

Kelly Jacqueline Temkin holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws (Health Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School. She recently served on the Social Security Tribunal of Canada, Income Security Section. She is a former Staff Lawyer at Legal Aid Ontario and a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

JULIE DAGENAIS

Julie Dagenais holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge. She was selected to serve as a law clerk to one of the judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, and has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 1996. Julie practiced law with the firm of Ogilvy Renault (now “Norton Rose Fulbright”), worked as legal counsel with the federal government and with Export Development Canada, and served as the Executive Director of the Council of Canadian Law Deans. She has taught law (full-time and part-time) at the University of Ottawa, and has been a full-time professor at Collège La Cité since 2006, teaching various courses, including Administrative Law, in the Paralegal and Law Clerk Programs. In 2019-2020, Julie took a sabbatical and worked as a Volunteer Legal Advisor in Guatemala with Lawyers Without Borders Canada.

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.