SOCIAL BENEFITS TRIBUNAL (SOCIAL JUSTICE TRIBUNALS ONTARIO)
CHARRON, SYLVIE ROSE MARIE
Sylvie Charron has been a full-time member of the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2009. She was an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. She is a former Legal Counsel with the Commissioner of Official Languages and a former member of the Copyright Board of Canada. Ms. Charron is a former board Chair of the Centre de Ressources Communautaires Overbrook-Forbes. She is a member of Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario and the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, a Masters degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Ottawa.
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.
Pamila Ahlfeld is a former full-time member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, an arbitrator at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and most currently, a full-time member at the Social Securities Tribunal. Ms. Ahlfeld's past community involvement included acting as a director and later secretary on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Immigration Aid Service. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Laws degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School.
VAN DELFT, JONELLE
Jonelle Van Delft is a former Counsel with the Windsor Essex and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Community Legal Clinics. She has been a full-time Vice-Chair of the Landlord and Tenant Board since 2007 and served as a full-time member from 2004 to 2007. Her community involvement includes public legal education to teen parent groups associated with the Children's Aid Society on rental housing and social assistance legislation. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University.
Josephine Racioppo is a Preferred Instructor with the Toronto Paramedics Safe City Program. She previously worked 13 years in social services including as an OW Case Presenter with Toronto Employment and Social Services. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She holds a Certificate in Adjudication. She is both a member and a volunteer with the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators. She continues to work as a volunteer with a number of other community based organizations and programs.
MCDERMOTT, CAROL ANNE
Carol Anne McDermott has been a full-time member of the Social Benefits Tribunal. She has extensive experience in all aspects of administrative law, including appearing before tribunals, teaching law as a sessional lecturer, mentoring and supervising law students, representing clients in hearings, and as a Staff Lawyer with the Legal Assistance of Windsor. Prior to her 16 years as a supervising lawyer in a legal aid teaching clinic, she acted as Associate Counsel to the Support and Custody Orders Enforcement Office, did legal research and writing, and practiced in the area of insurance law. She was a librarian before becoming a lawyer and holds a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor.
BUFFA, VICENZINA (ENZA)
Vicenzina Buffa has been a member of the Landlord and Tenant Board since 2004. Mrs. Buffa is licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a paralegal and is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario as a designated Qualified Mediator, having received training in conflict resolution through Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. Mrs. Buffa is actively involved in her community and is a volunteer with Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener.
William Burke has been a full-time adjudicator with the Landlord and Tenant Board since 2005. Prior to this, he was employed in various levels of municipal work including law enforcement, building inspection as well as municipal licensing and standards. He also acted as Municipal Prosecutor as part of his duties. Mr. Burke is a certified Property Standards Officer and served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Property Standards Officers from 2003 to 2006. He is active in his community volunteering in several areas of sports and serves as the President of his community Lawn Bowling Club.
Richard Ferriss is a lawyer who has practiced administrative law for the last 12 years. He is currently employed as Review Counsel with the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme at Osgoode Hall Law School where he also acted for a year as the Clinic Director. In his position as Review Counsel, he appears regularly before the Criminal Injuries Board, the Social Benefits Tribunal, the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, amongst others. Mr. Ferriss has a long history of volunteer work, most recently as a resident council member of Black Creek Community Farm. He is also a founding board member of the Success Beyond Limits Education Program and the All-Together Affordable Housing Corporation. Mr. Ferriss holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Nancy Ferguson is a lawyer with a background in administrative law matters. She has worked primarily in the area of public protection including managing, investigating and mediating consumer complaints. This includes complaints about breaches of privacy, professional misconduct and incapacity. Ms. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Jana Rozehnal is currently a full-time member of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Ms. Rozehnal is a former Associate Lawyer with Berman Barristers. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Sunnybrook Hospital Youth Mental Health Advisory Group. She holds a Doctor of Laws from the University of J.E Purkyne (now Masaryk University), a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002.
Solape Ilori was called to the Bar of Ontario in January 2012. Previously, Ms. Ilori worked in a compliance and legal capacity in the financial services industry. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Ms. Ilori holds a Master of Laws degree from Cardiff University, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Kanji Jain was called to the Bar in 2000 and has worked in Community Legal Clinics for more than a decade. She is a public member with the Council of the College of Nurses of Ontario. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor.
Cyndi Kunkel is currently a Paralegal with a community legal clinic. Ms. Kunkel is a former Alumni and Development Officer with the University of Western Ontario. Her community involvement has included serving as a Secretary and Vice-President of the Orillia Channel Cats Competitive Swim Team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Public Relations Certificate from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology and a P1 Paralegal Licence from the Law Society of Upper Canada.
William Murray works in the retail sector as a Manager and Marketing Consultant. Mr. Murray's lengthy career has seen him in a variety of capacities including Co-owner of AJ's family restaurant and Apparel World Retail and Wholesale Clothing Management. Mr. Murray is dedicated to his community and has served as: volunteer with Red Cross of Canada, Canvasser with Canadian Cancer Society and United Way, and Minor League Football Volunteer Manager for Youth Football Ontario Football Conference. Mr. Murray earned his Undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario's Huron College.
R. Janice MacGuigan was an adjudicator with the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal (now Landlord and Tenant Board) from 2002 to 2006. Prior to this she was a Law Clerk with Woolley, Dale and Dingwall. Ms. MacGuigan volunteers with Heart to Hand, a community organization collecting and distributing food to families in need. She is a member of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals.
Dawn Kershaw has a Bachelor of Arts from Huron University College, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws degree from Dalhousie University. She is a full-time Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and has been a member of the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2006. Prior to her appointments, she worked as a lawyer in private practice for 15 years.
Kelly Gaon is a published author with several articles to her credit. In addition to her communications and marketing background, Ms. Gaon has extensive experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has served her community as Executive Vice-President of a medium-sized enterprise for 15 years, and served as Director of Sponsorship and Partnerships with the United Way of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society. Ms. Gaon has been a member of the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2008.
Jennifer Khurana is a lawyer and currently a full-time member of the Social Benefits Tribunal. She is also a former Director of the International Humanitarian Law Dissemination Unit at the American Red Cross, Washington, D.C., and a former External Relations Advisor to the President of the International Criminal Court, The Hague. Ms. Khurana is a member of the American Society of International Law, the International Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Her community involvement has included serving as a team organizer and participant of the Epic Walk for Cancer Care. She holds a Master of Laws degree from Lund University, Sweden and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.
Shannon Braun earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, with a joint specialist in Political Science and Applied Ethics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario. After briefly working in the private practice of law, she left to pursue other professional goals in higher education at Western. She has held the positions of Faculty Assistant at the Ivey Business School, Undergraduate Assistant of Exams, Adjudication and Convocation and most recently Alumni and Development Officer of Trip Planning in the Department of External Relations. Ms. Braun's community involvement includes having served as Coordinator of the Community Policing Policy Development Group with the Niagara Regional Police Services.
John Helis is a staff lawyer at Kingston Community Legal Clinic practising in the areas of social justice and human rights. He previously worked at Indian and Northern Affairs as a member of a team negotiating land claims with Aboriginal groups. He began his career as in-house counsel for the City of Ottawa. Mr. Helis obtained his law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master's degree from Carleton University. He is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Law at Queen's University. Mr. Helis was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006.
Dawn Wickett graduated from Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology with a Social Service Worker diploma. She is currently a part-time Member with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board until June 5, 2017. Ms. Wickett is a former Youth Counsellor and Mobile Crisis Worker with Algonquin Child and Family Services where she provided mental health intervention to youth within the school setting. Prior to this, Ms. Wicket was employed as a Crisis Intervention Counsellor at North Bay General Hospital. She has extensive training in Trauma, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, Domestic Violence, Victim Issues/Treatment/Intervention, Management, and Developmental Assets. Ms. Wicket's community involvement includes having served as a Team Member for Wrap Around Community Resources.
Romona Gananathan graduated with a Juris Doctor in Law and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Osgoode Hall School, York University. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Education at the University of Toronto. She has worked in community legal clinics and taught legal courses at a post-secondary level. Additionally, she has an extensive background in the public and non-profit sector in Ontario, where she served as an Executive Director, volunteer and board member.
Jean Buie is a former in-house counsel at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also a former Associate at Fraser and Associates. Ms. Buie's community involvement has included serving as a board member of Central Neighbourhood House and Co-Vice-Chair of the Mental Health Legal Committee. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie Law School.
Brenna Homeniuk holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Homeniuk was called to the Bar in 2002 and practiced in the areas of criminal law, family law, social assistance and landlord-tenant law. Her community involvement has included participating in fundraising events for Big Brothers and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Ms. Homeniuk has been a member of the Landlord and Tenant Board since 2006.
Elizabeth Beckett has spent much of her professional life in the teaching profession. Prior to taking up her position at the Landlord and Tenant Board in 2001, she was a part-time professor of Law at Sheridan College and for ten years she taught Business Law for Canadian General Accountants. She also served for six years as a part-time adjudicator with the Boards of Inquiry to the Human Rights Commission. Ms. Beckett holds an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.
DORAN, PATRICK R.
Patrick Doran received a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, a Master's Degree in Counselling and Education from Niagara University, and spent four years studying Theology at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto. As a pastor, he ministered to families in three parishes for over ten years. Mr. Doran was a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board for nine years.
Lisa DiCesare held various positions with the Hamilton Police Service including Staff Sergeant of Human Resources Section and Court Services Section, and Detective Sergeant of the Central Criminal Investigations Branch. Ms. DiCesare's community involvement includes serving as a steward of the Hamilton Conservation Authority Watershed. She has diplomas in Law and Security Administration from Mohawk College and in Senior Police Administration from the Canadian Police College, as well as a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
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.
Mark Mascarenhas has held senior public administration roles in a career spanning over 30 years in municipal, provincial and federal levels of government focused on affordable housing and urban development. Mr. Mascarenhas has been and continues to be active in various volunteer and charitable initiatives in the Hamilton community. He holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Sussex.
Margaret Reynolds has been a full-time member of the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2006. She is a former Adjudicator on the Board of Referees with the Employment Insurance Commission. Ms. Reynolds' community involvement includes serving as secretary of the Volunteer Centre - Blue Sky Region and a member of the Counsel of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from the University of Toronto.
Tara Letwiniuk received her Bachelor and Master of Law degrees from the University of Toronto. She is currently a Lawyer and Senior Associate with TD Professional Corporation. Prior to 2004, Ms. Letwiniuk worked as a lawyer, a university professor at the Faculty of Law at University of British Columbia and as the Director of First Peoples Worldwide, an International Human Rights organization based in the USA. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Kenora District Community Foundation and previously as a member and Vice-Chair of the Kenora District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kenora Economic Development Committee.
Marie-Claude Yaacov was a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada from 2009 to 2014. Previously, she served as legal counsel with the Durham, Brant and Toronto Children's Aid Societies. Ms. Yaacov taught at York University and the University of Manitoba. As a contract faculty member at York University, Ms. Yaacov held elected positions within CUPE Local 3903 including those of President and Co-Chief Negotiator. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and currently serves on the Ontario College of Teachers' Council.
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.
Terry Brouillet's professional career spans more than thirty-five years in the social service 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 is an executive member of the Board of Deafblind Ontario Services and a member of the Leadership Council of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind. He obtained a College Diploma in Special Education and holds a Teacher of Adults Certificate from St. Lawrence College.
Thomas Fagan recently retired as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Ministry of the Attorney General. He previously held positions within the ministry as the Director of Court Operations and the Counsel/Coordinator of French Language Services. Mr. Fagan is the recipient of the OPS Amethyst Award, recognizing exceptional accomplishments in the areas of diversity, inclusion and accessibility. He also received the Hinton J. Lewis International Award for the promotion of diversity in the legal profession. His community involvement has included United Way Centraide Ottawa and serving as a member of the Ottawa Catholic Family Services of Ottawa. Mr. Fagan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moncton University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick.
Lisa Freedman is a former Clerk of Journals and Procedural Research with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She joined the Legislative Assembly in 1989 as a Committee Clerk. Ms. Freedman is a Crew Leader with Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Maija Laitinen is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. She has a broad range of experience in human rights and administrative law, having worked as legal counsel at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and also as a lawyer and acting Director of Legal Services at the Algoma Community Legal Clinic. Her past community involvement includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie as well as teaching in the Law and Justice Department at Algoma University.
Gregory Larsen is the Vice-President/Director with the Northern Sunshine Development Group and manages multiple family housing units with Greg Larsen Realty. Mr. Larsen is a former Branch Manager with the BMO Bank of Montreal. His community involvement has included serving as a volunteer housing advisor and as a Director of the Alpha Court Community Mental Health & Addictions Services. Mr. Larsen holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology and a Bachelor of Health Administration degree from Athabasca University. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario since 2015.
Allan Matte is a lawyer and was called to the bar in 1999. Throughout his career he has focused primarily on the practice of administrative law. In addition to working as a lawyer within administrative tribunals he has also appeared before a number of them as Counsel to one of the parties. He has appeared before the Courts in Ontario, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and l'Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario. Allan obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997 and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in procedural law, a Postgraduate Diploma in public law and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights Law from the University of London.
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.
Michael Gottheil is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 1987. After working as In-House Counsel for two national trade unions, in 1991, Mr. Gottheil co-founded Engelmann, Gottheil law firm in Ottawa, where he practiced labour, employment and human rights law. He was a Professor at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa Law School. Mr. Gottheil is a member of the Canadian Association of Visually Impaired Lawyers and, over a twelve-year period, served on the Board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind as member, Vice-Chair and Chair at the Ottawa local and provincial levels.
MOORE, BEVERLY ANNE
Beverly Moore has been Associate Chair of the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2013 and Vice-Chair since 2006. She is a former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board and a former Vice-Chair of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Ms. Moore's past community involvement has included Interval House, the Hamilton Immigrant Inter-Agency Network, Hamilton Council on Domestic Violence and Legal Subcommittee, and Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital Community Advisory Board. Ms. Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.