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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Land Tribunal


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.


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.


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 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.


Steven Cooke has been serving on the Ontario Land Tribunal as member (full-time) since 2019. Steven is a former Local Councilor for the Municipality of Clarington, and a former Trustee for Kawartha Pine Ridge Public School Board. Steven’s community involvement includes serving as a Director for Navy League of Bowmanville.


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.


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.


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.


Douglas Colbourne has been an arbitrator and mediator in the fields of planning, expropriation, finance and construction for several decades. In the Province served on the OMB, LPAT, ARB, BON and Tarion. Was a member of two Committees in the City of Toronto, the C of A, and the Compliance Audit Committee was an Ontario Member for the Federal Boundaries Commission. Privately for other municipalities, utilities in the same fields.


Gillian Burton has specialized in land use planning and municipal law throughout her career, most recently as an adjudicator with the Ontario Land Tribunal. She was a hearing officer under the Expropriations Act, holding hearings throughout Ontario, and a member of the Toronto Local Appeal Body. 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.


Mario Russo, previously self-employed as a real estate salesperson, property manager, and property development analyst has had the privilege to serve as a OLT Member since mid 2020. He is an avid sports enthusiast and community minded individual that in the past has served as Chair of the Committee of Adjustment, Sports Hall of Fame, Grant Review and Parks and Rec Master Plan Committees for the City of Brampton. He continues to serve as a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Peel (BGC of Peel) and Caledon Community Services (CCS).


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 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 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 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.


Prior to his appointment, Kurtis Andrews was a practicing lawyer based in the Ottawa area. Mr. Andrews has degrees in various disciplines from York University, Brock University, the University of Ottawa (including his law degree), and he was called the Ontario Bar in 2010. His past community involvement has included volunteer work with The Main Farmers' Market (Ottawa), Just Food (Ottawa), FarmStart (Guelph) and the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association. Mr. Andrews is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators, and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture


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.


Shannon Braun 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.


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.


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.


Pavel Tomilin is a seasoned professional in the Financial Service industry. He brings knowledge and expertise in business management as well as in personal finances. Pavel has served on council as well as many statutory committees for one of the regulatory colleges in Ontario for a number of years.


Steve DeBoer has a background as a Chartered Director. He has served as a public member for Veridian Corporation and served as the Chair of the Committee in forming the new Elexicon Group. This new corporation’s purpose was to create utility revenue from unregulated sources. Steve was the leader in the hiring of the first CEO and with the other board members, created the strategic direction of the corporation. Steve most recently was a member of the Durham Regional Police Services Board and served as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Steve also served as a part time member of the Ontario Review Board as a public member.


Eric Crowe is a lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ontario. He previously served several years with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine as an International Monitor. Prior to that Eric was Duty Counsel for Legal Aid Ontario in Manitoulin Island. He Started his career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, then as Legal Policy Analyst for the Union of Ontario Indians and Senior Aboriginal Policy Advisor for the Canadian Defence Academy, Department of National Defence. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Common Law Program and Osgoode Hall Law School, Intensive Program in Indigenous Lands, Resources & Governments. He has received the Queens Jubilee Medal, United Nations Medal and several military medals from having served in the United States Marine Corps. Eric is a proud member of Alderville First Nation.


Sarah Bobka served for seven years as a Trustee for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, which included five years as the Vice-Chairperson of the Board and Chairperson of the Budget Committee. Sarah also worked in various roles in communications, sales, and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University. Her past community involvement has included acting as a director and/or member on numerous community boards.


Simranjeet Mann is a lawyer who was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017. He practiced law as In-House Counsel for a real estate developer operating primarily in the city of Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Leicester, UK


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 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.


Prior to being appointed to the Ontario Land Tribunal, Bita M. Rajaee practiced in the area of civil litigation. She attended before various levels of the Ontario Courts and numerous administrative tribunals, where she passionately sought the best results by looking at each matter practically and strategically. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She obtained her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, has a Masters of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University.


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.


Carrie Hardy is a lawyer who was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. She most recently practiced law as real estate legal counsel and staffing manager of Real Estate Operations for University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University. Her community involvement includes serving as a Director for Canadian Mental Health Association in Durham.


Anthony Cornacchia is a lawyer with over thirty years of broad experience in corporate and commercial law. He has held numerous senior legal positions within large corporations in different industries. Most recently, he was General Counsel, Privacy and Compliance Officer and Director at Signify Canada, (formerly Phillips Lighting Canada) and General Counsel and Privacy Officer at Honda Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science (with Distinction) from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from York University.


is a lawyer and a frequent lecturer and writer on legal historical and new media topics. He also teaches law at George Brown College and is a volunteer with Scouts Canada and the Sharon Temple Museum Society. Mr. Nelson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canadian Studies from Trent University where he specialised in the history of Upper Canada before Confederation. He also holds a degree in law from the University of Windsor.


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.


Debra Arnold holds a Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University. Debra practised municipal law for approximately 30 years as inhouse counsel with the City of Kitchener and subsequently with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Debra's volunteer activities have included participating with Habitat for Humanity and as a swim coach with the Special Olympics.


Jennifer Campbell is a partner at Fogler Rubinoff LLP where her practice focuses on securities, corporate and mining law. She acts for both companies and registered dealers, and has extensive expertise working with junior issuers listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange. In over 20 years of practice, she has been involved in numerous significant financings and complex commercial agreements for clients across a broad range of sectors. Jen has previously contributed as a legal commentator on CBC Metro Morning, and for the Globe and Mail and CBC Investigative Reports series. She is an adjunct professor at Brock University, and a faculty member for the Certificate in Mining Law program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Jen also sits on the Ontario Local Advisory Committee of the TSX Venture Exchange which provides recommendations with respect to policy, operational and strategic issues likely to have a significant impact on venture capital markets.


divides his time between public service (in addition to BON, part-time appointments with the Assessment Review Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal), operating a dispute resolution practice and working in the private mortgage lending business. He is a chartered mediator and runs a practice consisting primarily of commercial mediation. He is a roster mediator with the International Property Tax Institute and the Farm Debt Mediation Service. Mr. Morris has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics from McGill University, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Laws degree specializing in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Previously, he was a board member for various organizations, including the ADR Institute of Ontario and a legal aid clinic.