CONSENT AND CAPACITY BOARD
Margaret Creal was an Assistant Crown Attorney. She was also a Designated Mental Health Specialist in the Mental Health Court. Ms. Creal is an experienced trial counsel and appeared in all levels of trial court prosecuting all criminal offences. She has served as Counsel to the Coroner on various high-profile inquests and is a frequent speaker, panelist and presenter on mental health and the law. Ms. Creal holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.
CHAIMOWITZ, GARY ANDREW
Dr. Gary Andrew Chaimowitz, of Ancaster, is the Head of Service for Forensic Psychiatry at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University. Dr. Chaimowitz is a member of the Professional Standards and Practice Council and a Secretary with the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Gary Strang has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2003. Mr. Strang is an active member of the City of London Police Service and a Supervisor with the Community Foot Patrol Unit. He is a former Police Officer with the London Police Service. Mr. Strang's community involvement includes serving with the London Cycling Advisory Committee and International Police Mountain Bike Association. He completed the Ontario Management Development and the Municipal Administration Programs at Fanshawe College and holds certification as a Fire and Explosion Investigator from the National Certification Board.
NEWMAN, MICHAEL DAVID
Michael Newman is a lawyer who has had a private practice in the City of Vaughan since 1980. Mr. Newman has served as a community member on the Strategic Planning Committee, Governance Committee and Quality and Performance Management Committee of York Central Hospital. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the City of Vaughan Non-profit Housing Corporation. Mr. Newman is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association and York Regional Law Association.
Paul Philion has been a part-time member at the Consent and Capacity Board since 2001. Previously, he was a long-time employee of the Regional Municipality of Sudbury. He started as an Administrative Assistant then became Deputy Clerk followed by Regional Clerk. He also was a Communications Officer in the Regional Chair's Office and responsible for French Language Services. Mr. Philion has also been involved as a Training Officer for Elections Ontario and Elections Canada and was recently Assistant Returning Officer for the Sudbury Riding in the past federal election. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University and a Municipal Administration diploma from Queen's University.
DEVILLERS, PAUL JOSEPH
The Honourable Paul Joseph DeVillers retired as a Member of Parliament for Simcoe-North in January 2006, after serving 13 years in government. He served as Secretary of State, Physical Activity and Sport and as Deputy House Leader. Prior to his political career, Mr. DeVillers practiced law in a number of firms in the region of Midland-Penetanguishene where he specialized in municipal and administrative law. He has been a bilingual senior lawyer member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.
JONES, CAROLYN L.
Carolyn L. Jones has been a Member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2004 and is a Sole Practitioner Lawyer in real estate, wills and estates and corporate law. Her community involvement includes serving as President and member emeritus of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and as former Chair of the YMCA of Barrie. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Western University.
MULDOWNEY-BROOKS, PATRICIA E.
Patricia Muldowney-Brooks has been a part-time member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 1999. She is currently the Manager of Social Work Services with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Ms. Muldowney-Brooks is a former employee of the Hamilton-Wentworth Children's Aid Society's child abuse unit and provided mediation and arbitration services to families and communities through Muldowney-Brooks Mediation Services. She was a Field Instructor and Supervisor at McMaster University's Faculty of Social Work and an Assistant Practicum Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Social Work. She has served on numerous boards and committees including the Ontario Association of Social Workers School Social Work Committee. Ms. Muldowney-Brooks holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from McMaster University and a Master of Education degree from Brock University.
CAMPBELL, EARL G.
Earl Campbell is President of Earl G. Campbell Consulting and a business coach and mentor for leadership development and strategic planning. The former Director of Education and CEO of the Scarborough Board of Education, he has served on the executive of a number of national and provincial education organizations and has been recognized with professional and community awards for his leadership in the education of exceptional children and youth. Mr. Campbell has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2005 and was recently appointed as Vice-Chair. He is coordinating the performance evaluation program, public education sessions and assists with new member training and mentoring programs.
PATTON, LORA MARIE
Lora Patton is a Toronto lawyer, teacher and researcher. Having worked in mental health for over a decade, Ms. Patton has previously worked as counsel in the legal aid clinic system, staff lawyer and lecturer in legal education, and as counsel to the Director of the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office. Published in national and international text books, peer reviewed journals and independently funded research, Ms. Patton has written in the areas of health law, disability, and access to justice and social justice. She continues to teach at Osgoode Hall Law School (now in the graduate Health section) and at York University with the School of Health Policy and Management. As a Senior Lawyer member of the Consent and Capacity Board, Ms. Patton has presided over all types of complex matters coming before the Board. A Vice-Chair of the Board since 2013, Ms. Patton has taken on additional responsibilities including adjudicator recruitment and training, education and evaluation of members; education and information for stakeholders and the public; and senior advice on diverse aspects of Board administration.
Rajiv Bhatla is Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bhatla is Vice-Chair of the Consent & Capacity Board of Ontario. In addition to expertise in concurrent disorders, Dr. Bhatla has an interest in psychiatric ethics and is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. In 2011, Dr. Bhatla completed the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
ROTSTEIN, EDWARD (ED)
Dr. Ed Rotstein, of Hamilton, is currently Consultant Psychiatrist at Niagara Health Services, Clinical Director of Hamilton Assertive Community Treatment and Community Schizophrenia Service, Clozapine Clinic. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University. Dr. Rotstein is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Jewish Genealogical Society.
Dr. Halszka Arciszewska is a Psychiatrist at St. Joseph's Health Care. She is also a former Staff Psychiatrist at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Arciszewska is a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Erin Lainevool, of North Bay, was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and currently practices in partnership with Dennis W. Fenton. Previously, Ms. Lainevool was employed with the Law Firm of Lechlitner & Company and also briefly operated a Sole Proprietorship. She serves as a member of the Lindsay Weld Centre for Children and is Chair of their Policy Committee. Ms. Lainevool holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University.
LIM-KING, NECHITA A.
Until her retirement in 1998, Nechita Lim-King, of Brockville, was a Senior Psychometrist at Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. Ms. Lim-King has been actively involved with the Philippine-Canadian Association of Brockville, The Brockville and District Multicultural Council, Habitat of Leeds and Grenville, PROBUS of Leeds and Grenville and St. Francis Church, Brockville.
Maureen Ralph is Case Manager and Community Support Worker at the Canadian Mental Health Association. She is a former registered nurse with Occupation Health, Victoria Order of Nurses. Ms. Ralph's community involvement includes serving as a member of the Alexandra Hospital Board and as an elected OPSEU Bargaining Representative. She was a member of the Council of Kinesiologists of Ontario from 2009 to 2013. Ms. Ralph's professional memberships include the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario and the Canadian Nurses' Association. She is also a Life Member of the Canadian Kennel Club.
Dr. Catherine Krasnik is General and Forensic Psychiatrist at the Syl Apps Youth Centre. She is also Physician Lead of Eating Disorders at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Her community involvement has included volunteering for Leaders for Change with the Maytree Foundation. Dr. Krasnik has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2012. She received her medical degree and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship (Adult & Child Adolescent Stream) from McMaster University.
Dr. Gary Kay is a Staff Adult Psychiatrist at the Civic Campus, a Course Coordinator, a Civic-Site Education Coordinator with The Ottawa Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Kay is a former Acting Civic-Site Education Coordinator with The Ottawa Hospital. His community involvement includes serving as Vice-Chair of the Evaluating Exam Psychiatry Committee. Dr. Kay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from Queen's University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Western Ontario.
LAWFORD, MICHELE JUSTINE
Michele Lawford is a lawyer who practiced for many years in Toronto, specializing in litigation and competition law, administrative law, health law and policy, and legal research and drafting. Ms. Lawford was a member of the University of Toronto's Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Review Committee. She has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2010. She is also a former member of both the Health Services Appeal and Review Board and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Ms. Lawford holds a Bachelors degree in English and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.
KUKREJA, KANWAL DEEP SINGH
Dr. Kanwal Deep Singh Kukreja is a Psychiatrist with the Grand River Hospital Mental Health and Addictions department in Kitchener. Dr. Kukreja is also an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Queen's University. His community involvement has included membership to the Canadian Medical Association MD-MP Contact Program and serving as a board member to C.O.S.T.I. Immigrant Services. Dr. Kukreja holds a Certificate of Registration from the Medical Council of Canada, a Bachelor of Medicine degree, a Bachelor of Surgery degree, and a Diploma in Children's Health from Panjab University, a Fellowship from The Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Fellowship in Psychotherapy from Dalhousie University.
Susan Qadeer has worked primarily as a counsellor with post-secondary students on their personal, mental health, academic and career concerns at both Queen's University and George Brown College. She has also had experience working at three psychiatric facilities in the USA and Canada, with adults, adolescents and children. Along with a former colleague she writes a column for the Canadian Immigrant magazine and has been a partner for the Settlement.org website where she has contributed articles for newcomers and those working with newcomers. She has been a board member of the Kingston District Immigrant Services and the International Centre at Queen's University.
Dr. Daniel Hertzman is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with Western University at the London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Hertzman is a member of the Ontario Medical Association and a member of the Canadian Medical Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from McGill University, a MD from the Universite de Montreal and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Robert Karrass is a Partner at Morton Karrass LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law for Paralegals with George Brown College. Mr. Karrass is a former Articling Student with James Morton of Steinberg Morton Hope & Israel. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Young Leadership Council for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Mosaic Lodge No. 559 where he participates in various charities and fundraisers. Mr. Karrass holds a Bachelor of Piano Performance degree from the Manhatten School of Music, a Master of Musicology degree from the University of Harford and a Juris Doctor degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School.
Dr. George Papatheodorou is a Staff Psychiatrist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the Early Psychosis Inpatient Unit/First Episode Clinic and an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto. Dr. Papatheodorou is a former Clinical Chief of the Schizophrenia Program with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His community involvement includes serving on the Physician Compensation Committee with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Papatheodorou holds a Clinical Fellowship in Adolescent Psychopharmacology from the University of Toronto and completed Medical School, a Rotating Internship and a Psychiatry Residency from McGill University.
STUART, GLENN MALCOLM
Glenn Stuart is a Principal with StuartLaw, which focuses on administrative law and civil litigation. Mr. Stuart is a former Clinic Director of the Community and Legal Aid Services Program with Osgoode Hall Law School. His community involvement includes serving as a member to the advisory committee for York University Centre for Education and Community and as a member of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee for Legal Aid Ontario. Mr. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University and was Called to the Bar of the Ontario Law Society of Upper Canada.
Ronald Franklin is a Founder and Lawyer with Franklin Law. Mr. Franklin is a former Executive Secretary with Unifor Public Review Board. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario's Practice Advisory Committee, as a member of the African Canadian Legal Clinic and as a member of the Osgood Hall Law School Alumni Board. Mr. Franklin holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
Winnie Tse was called to the Ontario Bar in 1984. She practised corporate and commercial law for many years with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, first as an associate and then as a partner. Prior to her retirement from private practice, she served as the firms' National Precedents Partner. She has volunteered as a mediator with St. Stephen's Conflict Resolution and Training and as a tutor with Frontier College. Ms. Tse holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws degree from York University.
VAILLANCOURT, TIMOTHY (TIM)
Timothy Vaillancourt recently retired after thirty-three years as a police officer in the Midland area. During his career he worked primarily in operations including the K-9 unit. He retired at the rank of Operational Sergeant. Mr. Vaillancourt is a volunteer with the Out of the Cold Program and a former member of the Simcoe County Dual Diagnosis Committee, the Simcoe County Homeless Association and Big Brothers Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Monitors, Central North Correction Centre.
Anthony Warr is Director of Corporate Risk Management Total Security Management Services Inc. with A.J. Warr Consulting Ltd. He retired in 2011 as Deputy Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service. He served with the Toronto Police Service in various roles for over 40 years. Mr. Warr is a member of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute Advisory Board and a Life Member of the Ontario Associations of Chiefs of Police.
Shashi Raina is a Sole Practitioner in the areas of Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Wills and Estates, Real Estate and Business Law. Mr. Raina is a former Associate Lawyer with Wise Law Office. He is a member of the Law Society Upper Canada and a licensed member of the Bar Council of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Mr. Raina's community involvement includes providing pro-bono legal work. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India.
Brian Chillman is a Partner and Chair with Business Law Group. Mr. Chillman is a former General Counsel and Secretary to the Board with Chrysler Financial Services Canada Incorporated. His community involvement includes serving as a Vice-Chair of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, as a guest lecturer at University of Windsor (ethics, wills and estates) and mentoring senior law class students at St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School. Mr. Chillman holds a Bachelor of Arts (Business Co-op Program) from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor.
EWER, DIANNE ELIZABETH
Dianne Ewer has been a partner at Little Inglis Price & Ewer for thirteen years. Her career as a lawyer followed after years of service as a Probation and Parole Officer. Mrs. Ewer graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a general arts degree in 1977 and from the University of Western Ontario in 1994, with a law degree. She served as the Board Chair for Addiction Services of Thames Valley, London, and as a Board member of the London Arthur Ford Nature Park. She volunteered at community programs such as Lawyer Feed the Hungry, Block Parent and Meals on Wheels, Dianne is a member of the Canadian, Ontario and Middlesex Bar Associations and the local business association.
FRICOT, AMANDA (MANDY)
Amanda Fricot is a Partner with Fricot Law. Mrs. Fricot is a former Sole Practitioner with Mandy Fricot, Barrister and Solicitor. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Thunder Bay Law Association, of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and as Treasurer of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Agnes Conference. Mrs. Fricot holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Baccalaureate in Law degree from the University of Ottawa.
John Hanbidge is a lawyer who was employed as Crown Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General from 1982 until 2015. Mr. Hanbidge appeared frequently as counsel for the Attorney General before the Ontario Review Board. He was Chairperson of the organizing committee established to design and implement the Adult Therapeutic Court currently in operation at sittings of the Ontario Court of Justice at London, Ontario. He retired as General Counsel with the Ministry, last serving in the capacity of Acting Crown Attorney for the County of Oxford. In November 2015, he was appointed as a Standing Agent with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Mr. Hanbidge is currently serving as an appointed member of Ontario Review Board and the Consent and Capacity Board. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Law degree from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School.
Walter Hoe is a Staff Psychiatrist with Montford Hospital and a former Staff Psychiatrist with Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Hoe is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with the University of Ottawa. He holds a Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hoe completed a Residency in Family Medicine with McGill University and Residency in Psychiatry with the University of Ottawa.
John Liddle is a criminal defence attorney, practising in Windsor, Ontario. Mr. Liddle is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School. He is a former president of the Windsor Criminal Lawyers' Association and a former Regional Director of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers' Association. He has taught Criminal Law and Forensic Evidence at the University of Windsor, and is a founding member of the local justice committee that created Windsor's Mental Health Court. In 25 years of practice, Mr. Liddle has appeared as counsel on numerous trials in the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice.
Linda Martschenko is a lawyer who practices in the areas of business law and immigration law as an associate of Martschenko Law Firm practicing in association with Holden & Moorhouse Professional Corporation in Windsor Ontario. She also teaches Employment Law and Business Law at St. Clair College. Ms. Martschenko's community involvement has included serving as a member of the Research Ethics Board of the University of Windsor, as a member of the Board of Governors of St. Clair College as Chairperson and member of the Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee and as Treasurer of Theatre Ensemble in Windsor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor.
Barbara Laskin, of Ottawa, is a writer and communications consultant with over 25 years of experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Laskin has extensive experience as a program manager and cultural policy advisor, with particular expertise in the area of communications, fundraising, consultation and board governance. Ms. Laskin has contributed to the work of numerous arts and community-based boards. She has been the Chair of 10 Gates Dancing since 2003 and is the former Chair of the Canadian Dance Company.
MCFADDEN, DAVID / DAVE
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.
SKRYPNIAK, ANDREW (ANDY)
Andrew (Andy) Skrypniak has been a Hamilton business owner for the past 30 years. Most recently, he's worked as Director of Social Enterprise for Good Shepherd Works. Mr. Skrypniak is a former member of the Landlord Tenant Board and a former chair of many local, provincial and national boards. Past community involvements include Crime Stoppers, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and the Tiger Town council advisory board for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
STEWART, ROSS CHARLES
Ross Charles Stewart is a lawyer with the firm of Stewart Pilon Legal Professional Corporation in Ottawa. He has been in practice for 26 years focusing on criminal law with an emphasis on mentally disordered offenders. In 2014, he obtained his Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has previously taught criminal law in the Juris Doctor program at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Legal Aid Ontario- Area Committee and is a Vice-President of the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre.
Dr. Rose Geist is a Child Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is Director of the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry Program and is based at the Hospital for Sick Children consulting to North York General Hospital and Soldiers Memorial Hospital. Her main areas of interest include medically unexplained symptoms, comorbid medical and psychiatric disorders and eating disorders. She has worked extensively with the Health Care Consent Act and published an article on the topic of Capacity to Consent to Treatment in an Adolescent with an Eating Disorder.
Beverly Hodgson has been the main caregiver over the past two years for an aging relative who has been diagnosed with Dementia and assessed as incapable of capacity to treatment, placement, personal services and property. In this role, she has gone from being a health care provider to a health care consumer. As a result, she has seen the health care system from both sides of the table. The experience has made her much more aware of the health care issues that patients and health care practitioners face at all levels of treatment.
MCLEOD, DONALD GORDON NORMAN
Donald G. McLeod, a Lawyer, obtained his LLB from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar in 1973. Mr. McLeod was a self-employed practitioner working in various associations for his entire professional life. He has served on numerous committees related to education and was an Area Captain for the Cancer Society for a number of years.
Larry Brigham is a social work administrator and a trained family therapist. He served as a School Trustee, Vice-Chairman and was an elected Municipal School Board Representative for two terms with the Wentworth County School Board. He has worked in child protection, adult and children's mental health and in community colleges. He is the former President and Chairman of Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario. His community involvement includes implementing projects with First Nations people, volunteering with the United Way and the Lakehead Social Planning Council.
Joy Wendling worked for St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital from 1976 until her retirement in 2000. She held a number of positions at the hospital including Paralegal Advisor, Manager of Information Systems and Paralegal Services and Director of Clinical Records. After retirement, she was employed on a part-time basis by St. Joseph's Health Care as a consultant. Ms. Wendling has appeared before the Ontario Review Board and has also acted as agent for physicians appearing before the Consent and Capacity Board. She is active in her church and the Girl Guides of Canada.
LAREAU, BARBARA HEATHER
Barbara Heather Lareau, of Burlington, has a diverse background in business and volunteerism. For eleven years, Ms. Lareau was Part Owner and Executive Sales Representative of Sound Products. Prior to this, she was a Purchasing Manager. Currently, Ms. Lareau is the Volunteer Steering Committee Administrator at Carpenter Hospice.
Jocelyne Paquette-Landry is a Deputy Judge with Small Claims Court in Ottawa and a Lawyer, Notary and Mediator with La Société Professionnelle Landry Corporation. She is a former part-time Instructor of civil procedure with La Cité collégiale, Ottawa. Her community involvement includes having served as President of the Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Hawkesbury Economic and Community Development Corporation and as a Member of the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Board. Ms. Paquette-Landry holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa.
CAMPIGOTTO, MARY JANE
Mary Jane Campigotto, of Windsor, is Sole Practitioner with the Campigotto Law Firm and a consultant with Campigotto Nurse/Lawyer Consulting. Previously, Ms. Campigotto was an Associate Lawyer with DucharmeFox LLP, a Sessional Instructor with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, a Law Associate with Roberts, Goldstein, DeBiase and a Risk Manager and registered nurse with the Windsor Regional Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor.
Natasha Bronfman is a member with the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association - Toronto and the Downtown Toronto Human Services and Justice Coordination Committee. Ms. Bronfman holds a Certificate in Mental Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and previously has been an Investment Advisor with Nesbitt Burns. She also sits on the Boards of two children's charities, Moorlands Community Services and Ruskoka Camp. Ms. Bronfman is President of Capital Initiatives, Toronto where she develops philanthropic programs for Charities and Not-For-Profit organizations.
Bernard Starkman, of Nepean, is a lawyer and the senior legal advisor of the policy division of Health Canada. Over the years, Mr. Starkman has helped to improve legal protection for children and the disabled. He has carried out consultations across Canada on developing Criminal Code Protections for children and was senior counsel on the mental disorder bill, which he helped carry through parliament. Mr. Starkman has presented to the Ontario Psychiatric Association and the International Congress on Law and Mental Health on mental health issues. Mr. Starkman has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 1994.
Rekha Lakra graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2002. Ms. Lakra also has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She is a legal representative for a private research ethics board. In the past, she worked as a legal consultant at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, and at a multi-national company. Her past community work has included the Canadian Mental Health Association and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario, where she served as Vice-President. In her spare time, Ms. Lakra writes fiction.
Geoffrey Beasley is a Deputy Justice in the Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice. He previously worked as a Crown Attorney for Middlesex County. He has been actively involved in mental health issues since 1990. He appeared on behalf of the Attorney General before the Lieutenant Governor's Review Board and the Ontario Criminal Code Review Board regularly since 1990. He was co-founder of an Attorney General training course in mental health. In 2013, he was appointed as a legal member and Alternate Chairperson of the Ontario Review Board.
Loree Hodgson-Harris is a Manager of Legal Services with Chatham-Kent Children's Services. She is a former Sessional Instructor of a child protection course with the University of Windsor Ontario Law School, Team Lead of the Intensive Child Protection Program with The Law Society of Upper Canada, and an Independent Contractor/Associate with the Marcus Tobin Law Firm. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member for Dover Centre Memorial Park, Owen Cemetery and Family Services Kent, Chatham. Ms. Hodgson-Harris holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Windsor.
Nuwanthi Jayatunge is a self-employed Barrister and Solicitor and a volunteer Duty Counsel with Pro Bono Law Ontario. She is a former Civil Litigator before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. Mrs. Jayatunge is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Womens' Law Association of Ontario. She holds Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka).
Laura Silver is a self-employed Barrister and Solicitor. She is a former Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Warm Crimes Consultant with the United Nations (Bosnia, Ex-Yugoslovia) and Legal Consultant with the Director of Public Prosecutions (Perth, Australia). Ms. Silver's community involvement includes serving as a board member and secretary of Mothercraft and previously as Vice-President of the University of Toronto Schools' Operations-Parent Board and as a Council Member and Advisor of the Women's Abuse Council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Guelph.
VALE PETERS, MIRIAM
Miriam Vale Peters is a Litigation Partner with Kelly Manthrop Heaphy. She is a former Litigation Associate with Bales Beall LLP and Koffman Kalef LLP. Ms. Vale Peters' community involvement includes serving as Pro Bono Counsel for Law Help Ontario and previously as a board member of the Half Moon Bay Community Association and the Ontario Bar Association's Civil Litigation Executive Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and History from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Law degree from Queen's University.
GEDDES POOLE, ANDREA
Andrea Geddes Poole is a Director of Development with the Canadian Art Foundation. She is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of History with Trent University, a Litigation Associate with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson (New York) and a former Managing Director with the Theatre Passe Muraille. Dr. Geddes Poole's community involvement includes having served as Director of the Toronto Dance Theatre, the University Club of Toronto, and the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Toronto.
Daniel Ambrosini is a lawyer who practices forensic psychiatry and mental health law, appearing regularly before the Ontario Review Board on behalf of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He holds Bachelor degrees in psychology and civil and common law, Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in psychiatry from McGill University and a post doctorate research fellowship from Harvard Law School. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University where he teaches health law and ethics, supervises undergraduate and graduate students, and conducts research in the areas of neurolaw and neuroethics.
Deane Cornell is a former Community Social Worker with Kaymar Rehabilitation and a former Assistant Coordinator and Counsellor for the Employee Assistance Program at Kingston Community Counselling Centre. Previously, she worked as in various Social Worker roles with Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital. Her community involvement has included serving as Chair and member of the Frontenac Community Mental Health Services. Mrs. Cornell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen's University and a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University.
VAN DER VEEN, BARBARA
Barbara Van Der Veen is a former Manager of Medical Affairs with the Office of the Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Program Assistant with the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Her community involvement includes having served as a board member of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra, the American Motors Owners Association and as a member of the Southern Georgian Bay Physician Recruitment Committee. Ms. Van Der Veen holds a Legal Secretarial diploma from Sir Sanford Fleming College.
June Bell, of Barrie, is a lawyer. Ms. Bell holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975 and was a sole practitioner for twenty years. In 2000, she joined Legal Aid Ontario where she served as Area Director for Simcoe County for three years. Ms. Bell is an active member of the community. She currently serves as President and Chair of the Morton Youth Services Board of Directors.
CUMMING, DEBORAH C.
Deborah Cumming is a former National Policy Advisor for Mental Health Strategy with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, a National Priority Advisor for Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and a Senior Policy Advisor with Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Her community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Substance Abuse Committee of the Waterloo Region Community Safety and Crime Prevention Council and the Hamilton Drug and Alcohol Awareness Committee and Co-Chair of Hamilton Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Committee and the mentorship program from Emerging Health Leaders in Ottawa. Ms. Cumming holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto.
Jessyca Greenwood graduated from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Following this, she articled and worked for a small criminal litigation boutique firm before opening her own practice in early 2010. Mrs. Greenwood recently partnered with Emily Lam to form Greenwood Lam LLP. She has represented clients before all levels of Court; successfully litigated numerous Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and complex mental health cases. She also represents clients charged with serious provincial offences, and appears regularly before various tribunals and regulatory bodies. Mrs. Greenwood is the Women's Director for the Criminal Lawyers' Association, sits on several mental health and justice committees, and appears regularly as a guest lecturer.
Paul Links is Chair of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry with the University of Western Ontario, Chief of Psychiatry with the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care and an Associate Member and Professor for Medicine and Public Health Sciences with the University of Toronto. His community involvement includes serving as a member of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Program Consultant for The Centre for Suicide Prevention (Calgary). Dr. Links holds Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics from McMaster University.
Jane McIsaac is a former Regional Program Manager of the Ontario Disability Support Program with the Ministry of Community and Social Services (Eastern Region), Program Consultant with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Area Manager with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. Her community involvement includes volunteering with Operation Come Home. Ms. McIsaac holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Jill Herne served for 18 years as Director of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph. Throughout her career, in the same facility, Mrs. Herne has held a number of positions including Administrator of Alcohol and Drug Services, Nurse Manager, Nursing Coordinator and front-line staff. Mrs. Herne holds a nursing diploma from Conestoga College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Services (USA). She also served as a surveyor for the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation for 14 years.
Augustine Okon has been a member of the Ontario Review Board since 2005. He is also a Conflict Manager Practitioner and previously a Wellness Consultant and Immigration Counsellor with the Government of Canada. Mr. Okon holds Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from York University and a Master of Sciences degree in Clinical Counselling Psychology from Austin Peay State University (USA).
Dr. Sujay Patel completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Queen's University, a Medical degree at University College Dublin and a Psychiatric Residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has had an inpatient and outpatient practice since 2008 which focuses on acute and chronic adult psychiatry. He has been involved with administrative psychiatry since he began his profession and is currently the Medical Director at Grand River Hospital for the Specialized Mental Health program. He is also involved with clinical education, holding academic positions at Memorial University of Newfoundland, McMaster University and the University of Ottawa.
BUCKINGHAM, ROBERT ALEXANDER
Dr. Robert Buckingham holds the positions of Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry at the University Health Network (UHN) and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. For many years he directed the emergency psychiatric services and managed a psychiatric intensive care unit at UHN. He is a past President of the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services and the Ontario Psychiatric Association. Dr. Buckingham is also past Director of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Carolyn Woogh is Attending Staff (Psychiatry), Adult Inpatients and Outpatients at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor at Queen's University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Woogh is Treasurer of the Kingston Grandmother Connection, a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association's Council of Psychiatric Continuing Education and a member of the Queen's University Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Committee.
Janet Harris most recently served as Executive Vice-President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Prior to that, she served as Vice-President of Quality, Risk Professional Practice and Chief Nursing Executive at Rouge Valley Health System and as Executive Director of Durham Access to Care, the community care access centre for Durham Region in the Greater Toronto Area. She is the former Chair of the Board of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and a surveyor with Accreditation Canada. Ms. Harris holds Bachelor and Master of Science (Honours) degrees in Nursing from the University of Toronto.
ALCAIDE JANICAS, GRACE
Grace Alcaide Janicas is a lawyer with the Sudbury Community Legal Clinic. She is also a former Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of Sudbury & District Restorative Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall law School.
Sandra LeBlanc, of Sudbury, has been the owner/operator of a retail jewellery store since 1976. Previously she was employed by the City of Sudbury. She has participated in the Scott Tournament of Hearts and served as Chair for the Canadian Cancer Society. Mrs. LeBlanc is a member of the Sudbury and District Chamber of Commerce and the Jewellers' Retail Association.
Suzanne Clapp is a Senior Lawyer Member of the Consent and Capacity Board and was appointed in 2013. Ms. Clapp was called to the Bar in 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds Bachelor degrees in Life Sciences and Physical and Health Education from Queen's University. Ms. Clapp was an Associate Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP where she practised litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, professional disciplinary work, and commercial litigation. Ms. Clapp was also a Litigation Lawyer with the City of Toronto Legal Services where she acted as counsel for the City of Toronto in many different types of litigation before various levels of courts and tribunals. Ms. Clapp has served in various volunteer and leadership roles in her community.
Dr. John Pellettier, of Guelph, has been a Psychiatrist Member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2002. Dr. Pelletier, has held several senior positions as a Psychiatrist. He was the Division Director and Staff Psychiatrist at the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph for 15 years and was also the administrative director of the Specialized Psychiatry Division for the clinic. Dr. Pellettier was also an Assistant Professor and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University. Dr. Pellettier is the past-President of the Wellington County Medical Society.
Dr. Peter Stenn is a Staff Psychiatrist at Humber River Hospital. He was also a Psychiatrist at St. Michael's Hospital from 1994 to 2001. He is Supervisor of the Balint-Type Group for GP-Psychotherapists. Dr. Stenn is a member of the Canadian and the Ontario Psychiatric Associations, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, Illinois, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a Ph.D from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and completed his Medical degree and Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario.
Christina Langlois is a self-employed Barrister, Solicitor and Notary who provides legal advice and contract services regarding professional regulation, training and facilitation, and policy development and implementation. She is a former Manager of Legal Services/Patient Relations Programs with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Ms. Langlois' community involvement includes serving as Vice-Chair of the Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian History and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Education degree from Athabasca University.
Stephen Rudin is a former National Executive Director for the Alzheimer Society of Canada and President of SER Associates. His community involvement has included serving as Vice-Chair for the Ontario Hospital Association, a member of the Metropolitan Toronto District Health Council and the Canada Revenue Agency Board of Management. Mr. Rudin is a former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (2006-2008). He holds a Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation Administration from Northwestern University (USA) and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri (USA).
Nithy Ananth is President of Nisala Incorporated and Director of Freedom 55 Financial/London Life. His community involvement includes serving as President with the S.V. Hindu Heritage & Cultural Centre of Hamilton and Vice-Chair with the Immigrant Culture and Arts Association of Hamilton and has included serving as Director of the Canadian Club of Hamilton and President of the Hindu Samaj of Hamilton & Region. Mr. Ananth holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from Madras University (India).
FOREST, NORMAND J.
Normand Forest retired from private practice in 2010. He is a former Senior Partner with Lacroix, Forest & DelFrate and Legal Counsel with Laurentian Hospital. Mr. Forest is a member of Contact Nord, La Fondation franco-ontarienne, Chair of La Fondation Germain Lemieux, and member and Chair of the Board of the Laurentian University of Sudbury Foundation. He is a former member of the French sub-committee of the Rules of Procedure for the Courts of Justice of Ontario, and member and past Director and President with l'Association des jurists d'expression francaise de l'Ontario. Mr. Forest holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Donald Jamieson is a self-employed Family Physician in a full-service family practice. His community involvement has included serving as a competitive rep coach with the Erin Mills Soccer Club. Dr. Jamieson obtained his medical degree from Glasgow University (UK) and certification in the College of Family Physicians from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Taylor Lougheed is a family and emergency physician. He holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Guelph, and received his medical degree from Queen's University. He completed his family medicine training at the University of Toronto, and subsequently completed additional training in emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa. He also holds a Master's of Science in healthcare quality from Queen's University and has a keen interest in healthcare system reform and quality improvement.
Eugene Williams, of Orleans, is the Director of Federal Prosecution Service, Department of Justice. Prior to this, he was Counsel for the Criminal Law Branch, Department of Justice and Senior Counsel for Criminal Conviction Review Group, Criminal Law Policy. Mr. Williams is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa.
Kashif Pirzada is a community-based emergency and chronic pain physician in the Toronto area. He holds academic appointments with the University of Toronto and McMaster University. His primary interests are in new medical evaluation technologies, quality improvement in the health care system, and medical software development. Dr. Pirzada's community involvement includes serving as an advisory board member with Stanford Medicine X, Stanford University, and as Director of Medical Simulation with Brampton Emergency Physicians Group.
Dr. Jay Nathanson is a psychiatrist at North York General Hospital (NYGH). He completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health law and medical ethics as well as fellowships in psychosomatic medicine (psychiatric care of the medically ill) and clinical bioethics. He is an assistant professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and currently serves as the postgraduate trainee coordinator at NYGH.
Dr. Si-Ann Woods, of Ottawa, is a General Psychiatrist at the Ottawa Hospital, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Post Graduate Education Site Director at the Civic Campus. Dr. Woods is a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Dr. Jane Fogolin is an In-Patient Psychiatrist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre. She is also a former Community Psychiatrist and a former Forensic Psychiatrist at St. Joseph's Health Care Hamilton. Dr. Fogolin is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She received her medical degree from McMaster University.
Dr. Yuri Alatishe is a Staff Psychiatrist in the General Forensic Unit of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist at East Region Mental Health Services and an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. Dr. Alatishe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University, a Medical Doctorate from Ross University School of Medicine, a General Psychiatry degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship from McMaster University.
Michael Horan is a lawyer who practised administrative law and civil litigation with a large national law firm for more than 20 years. Since August, 2013, he has been engaged as an independent arbitrator and mediator in connection with civil disputes. He has also been appointed by Human Resources and Development Canada to adjudicate labour and employment disputes under the Canada Labour Code. Mr. Horan is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates' Society.
WALES, SHIRLEY R.
Shirley Rosanne Wales, of Richmond Hill, is a Professor of the Law Clerk, Court and Tribunal Agent and Paralegal Studies Programmes at the Business School of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. She was an Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board, a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and Executive Director of Community Legal Assistance Sarnia. Ms. Wales has been involved in the community with the London Second Stage Housing and Neighbourhood Legal Services London.
Sandra Sidsworth is a Supervisor with Hastings County Housing Programs Branch, where she is responsible for community relations. Prior to this, Ms. Sidsworth dedicated her career to working within the women and children sectors. Ms. Sidsworth has been involved with several boards within the non-profit sector.
Dr. Martina Power is a former Consulting Psychiatrist with the Assertive Community Treatment Team at Grand River Hospital and Medical Director at KW Health Centre's Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and had a private community psychiatric practice from 1995 to 2010. Dr. Power holds an MRC Psychiatry designation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an FRCP Psychiatry designation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Katherine Whitehead is a family doctor with a fellowship in Emergency Medicine (CCFP-EM). She is an attending physician in Palliative and Complex Continuing Care at Toronto Grace Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University and a Medical degree from Queen's University. Dr. Whitehead has clinical experience in emergency medicine, family medicine and complex continuing care. She is a lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the Stitt, Felt, Handy Group/University of Windsor Law. She has completed a course in Arbitration and has attained Qualified Mediator (Q. Med.) status with the ADR.
LIST, STEPHEN JOEL
Since 1997, Dr. Stephen Joel List, of Dundas, has been a Psychiatrist in the Schizophrenia Inpatient Program at St. Joseph's Centre for Mountain Health Services in Hamilton, Psychiatrist in the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University and Senior Scientist, CNS Division, Therapeutic Products Directorate, Health Canada. Since 2000, Dr. List has also been a Psychiatric Consultant for Hamilton-Wentworth Public Health. He has conducted community presentations on the use of antipsychotic drugs and is a past Grant Reviewer for the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation and a former Journal Referee for the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Alison Freeland is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Freeland completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Ottawa where she held the position of Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences. There she taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Psychiatry and was also a Service Director of the Royal Ottawa Hospital Schizophrenia Programme Assertive Community Treatment Team. She is Vice-President of Education, Trillium Health Partners and Associate Dean of Medical Education (Regional) with the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Toronto.
Nina Lester was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1988 and began her career practising corporate law. She went on to work for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. During the past decade, Ms. Lester has been actively involved in a wide range of community and charitable organizations. Her interests lie with issues of mental health, human rights, social justice, the environment and children's physical recreation.
COOK, PETER E.
Peter E. Cook, of Hamilton, received his B.Sc. from Dalhousie University and his medical degree in 1974 from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Cook completed his psychiatric residency training at Yale University in 1982. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Since 1982, Dr. Cook has been the Executive Director of the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia, a comprehensive community-based psychiatric rehabilitation and treatment program. He is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and sits as a panel member on the Consent and Capacity Board and Ontario Review Board.
BESSNER, RONDA FRANCES
Ronda Bessner has been involved in a wide range of areas of the law including academia, policy work and public inquiries. Ms. Bessner's areas of teaching have been Evidence, Children and the Law, Criminal Law, and Public Inquiries. She is the author of many published articles and has made numerous presentations at universities, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, for the Ontario Court of Justice and at conferences. Ms. Bessner has also worked on a number of public inquiries and in law reform. She has held the position of Senior Legal Analyst at five public inquiries including the Walkerton Inquiry, the Ipperwash Inquiry and the Royal Commission on the Blood System in Canada. As Counsel to the Ontario Law Reform Commission, she wrote reports on Drug and Alcohol in the Workplace, Child Witnesses, the Basis of Liability for Provincial Offences and co-authored the report on Damages for Environmental Harm. She graduated from McGill Law School with a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law degree. She received a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.
Constance McKnight, a woman of Metis heritage, is the Executive Director of the De dwa da dehs ney>s Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton. She is a founding member and past Chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and has a substantial history working within the mental health and cross-disability sector nationally.
BRADEN, DONALD HAROLD
Until his retirement in 2003, Dr. Donald Braden, of Kingston, was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Queen's University. Dr. Braden holds a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from Queen's University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
Debra Waisglass-Bettel, of Toronto, attained a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master's of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto. During her tenure as a student, she won three monetary awards for academic achievement. As a graduate student she taught Industrial Relations as a teaching assistant. Her work in conflict resolution has led to employment with unions, management, government and in the educational sector. In 1996, she received a provincial appointment as a labour/management arbitrator/mediator. In 2004 she was appointed to the Clinical Ethics Committee at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
COMISKEY, J. BERNARD
J. Bernard Comiskey, of Chatham, has been a self-employed Barrister and Solicitor engaged in general practice since 1977. Mr. Comiskey was called to the Bar in 1976 and over the course of his career has regularly conducted trials as a barrister at all levels of Court up to and including the Court of Appeal. He has represented clients at several tribunals and since 1989 has acted as Deputy Judge in Small Claims Court on a part-time basis. Mr. Comiskey's past community involvement includes serving as Executive and Member of Sertoma Club of Chatham, Board Member of J.G Taylor Community Centre Inc. and President of the Kent Law Society.
SIMPSON, K. DAVID
For more than a decade David Simpson was employed as Acting Director and Program Manager with the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office, an arms-length organization of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He has a keen interest in social justice issues, human rights, homelessness, poverty, working with those who are economically disadvantaged, policy development and advancing the legal and civil rights of individuals with mental illness. He is a member of the Legal Aid Ontario Mental Health Law Advisory Committee and a guest lecturer in the Osgoode Mental Health Law Certificate Program. He has authored several articles on patients' rights, mental health and advocacy. He holds a masters degree in social work and has received training in mediation and conflict resolution.
Frederick Chenoweth has been a partner with the law firm of Beard Winter since 1985 practicing civil litigation. He previously practiced criminal law, family law and civil litigation with Stikeman, Lee & Chenoweth. His community involvement includes serving as board Chair of Friends of NOAH Canada, a registered charity assisting AIDS orphans in Africa. Mr. Chenoweth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
Patricia Ostapchuk is a retired nurse with extensive experience in program development and management for both home care services and long-term care. As a former Director of Client Services at the Community Care Access Centre, Hamilton, she worked closely with community partners to ensure the delivery of comprehensive care for all clients living at home. She also led the opening of a newly expanded 64 bed nursing home at Shalom Village LTC, Hamilton. She currently volunteers on the boards of the Norfolk General Hospital Nursing Home and Port Dover Community Health Centre.
Ileen Howell has over thirty years of experience in the health and addiction field. She was employed by the Ministry of Health and later by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in various positions, including Case Coordinator, Therapist, Acting Manager and Supervisor. Ms. Howell has extensive volunteer experience in a variety of capacities and settings. She is presently the President of the Markham African Caribbean Association (MACA); Vice-Chair of the York Region Police/Community Advisory Council (PCAC); PCAC Representative to the Police District #5 District Liaison Committee; Member of the Police District #5/MACA Liaison Committee; member of the Board of Directors for the Markham Stouffville Hospital; and a member of the York Region Newspaper Group (YRNG) Community Link Committee. Ms. Howell has been the recipient of many awards including the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Social Administration, a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, an Honours Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Social Work.
HACKETT, R. ANDREW
Dr. R. Andrew Hackett is a Psychiatrist with the Senior Mental Health Outreach Team at North Bay Regional Health Centre. He is also a former Psychiatrist with North Hastings Seniors Mental Health Outreach Providence Care. Dr. Hackett's community involvement has included serving as a member of the expert panel on Alzheimer's Strategy with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
JOHNSON, SLAVO MCLAREN
Slavo Johnson is currently a partner with MIT Global Consulting Group, a company specializing in human right designs, mediation, investigation and training. Mr. Johnson is an executive and management consultant with over twenty-five years of experience. Mr. Johnson is a volunteer with Junior Achievement, an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people in the areas of business and economics. He is also Vice Chair of Operation Black Vote Canada and is involved with several groups dedicated to the education of young adults. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of York University where he obtained a degree in Business and Economics, as well as certification in Advanced Performance Management, Business Operations Review and Executive Coaching Principles from the Bell Institute of Professional Development.
Robert McCurley is a psychiatrist working in an out-patient satellite clinic of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He was previously employed by CAMH as the Acting Clinical Director of the Schizophrenia Program, Deputy Clinical Director of the Schizophrenia Program and Clinical Chief of Continuing Care in the Schizophrenia Program. He has a Bachelor of Medicine from Queen's University (Belfast) and a Diploma in Psychological Medicine (London). Dr. McCurley is a member of the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
M. Krista Bulmer is an Associate of Wires Jolley LLP. Her practice includes civil litigation, employment, corporate/commercial, entertainment and aviation law. She is also a former Associate of Willson, Lewis LLP. Ms. Bulmer's community involvement has included serving as a director of the Parkdale Community Legal Services and as a volunteer with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Kathleen Gowanlock is a sole practitioner, General Counsel and Litigator with emphasis on civil, criminal and administrative litigation. She is also a legal consultant with LawAssist and a former contract legal counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Ms. Gowanlock has been a member of the Council of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters in Public Administration degree from Carleton University.
Hamlin Grange is the co-founder of DiversiPro Inc., a training and consulting company specializing in workplace diversity change management. Mr. Grange is also the co-founder of Innoversity, a not-for-profit organization working to increase the participation and representation of cultural minority, Aboriginal and disabled Canadians in the media industry and public sector. He has a BSc in Journalism from Colorado University. Mr. Grange is a member of the Advisory Board of the DiverseCity project, a former member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum and a board member of Canadian Women in Communications.
Brendon Pooran has been involved with various disability organizations as a member, volunteer, employee or director for most of his life. Mr. Pooran created Pooranlaw to provide a voice for this community and to serve as a resource for accessibility issues throughout Ontario. He provides advice to individuals, families, organizations and government in the areas of wills and estates planning, employment law, charity law and disability law. Mr. Pooran teaches Critical Disability Law at York University and sits on the Board of Directors at Community Living York South, MukiBaum Treatment Centre and PLAN Toronto.
Pat Capponi is an author, a change agent, a community leader and a group facilitator. Ms. Capponi uses her lived experience as a psychiatric consumer to press for change through engagement with government, leadership development in numerous communities and her writing. She is appointed to the Leadership Advisory Council on Mental Health and Addictions.
Sally Bryant is a former Associate with the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Her practice focused on advising and defending physicians. She is also a former Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and a former board member and Vice-President of YouthLink, a children's mental health agency. Ms. Bryant has been a member of the Consent and Capacity Board since 2011. She holds a LLB from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Karen Hand is a staff psychiatrist at the London Psychiatric Hospital, working on the Waterloo Regional Homes for Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment Team since 1999. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Hand earned her B.Med.Sc and her M.D. at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is on the Technical Advisory Panel for Assertive Community Treatment for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Dr. Hand is a member of the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Ontario Psychiatric Association.
BRUCKMANN, ELISABETH MARGARET
Elisabeth Margaret Brückmann graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001. Since 2003, she has worked as a lawyer in community based legal clinics providing service to low-income people. Her areas of legal practice include human rights, employment, disability and housing. Ms. Brückmann has been an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall teaching legal practice to students in the Intensive Program in Poverty Law. She is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Parkdale Community Health Centre and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Union of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association.
Lonny Rosen is a Partner of the law firm Rosen Sunshine LLP. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Health Law. He provides opinions and advice on a variety of health law issues, and represents clients in civil and administrative proceedings. Mr. Rosen has served as Chair of the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations' Health Law Sections and is a member of the Council of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto. He is a member of the Hospital for Sick Children's Research Ethics Board and of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association's Advance Care Planning Task Group. He frequently writes and speaks on health law issues. Mr. Rosen holds a LLB from York University Osgoode Hall Law School.
EDWARDS, D. VIRGINIA
D. Virginia Edwards is a Psychiatrist and was in private practice from 1971 to 2011. She is a former Chief of Child Psychiatry at Toronto East General Hospital and was a lecturer for several years at the University of Toronto. Dr. Edwards is a member of Defence for Children International and a former board member of East Metro Youth Services. She received her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 1971.