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ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD (ENVIRONMENT AND LAND TRIBUNALS ONTARIO)


HUSSEY, KARLENE
Karlene Hussey was a lawyer in the field of Civil Litigation, Wills, Estates and Trusts for Mountain, Mitchell, Hill, Monteith & Ritsma. She has a BSc from the University of the West Indies and an LLB from the College of Law, England. Ms. Hussey is a member and a senate member of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada Board of Trustees, a former Chair of the Education Archive Committee and a former board member of the Stratford General Hospital Foundation.


SCHILLER, SUSAN DE AVELLAR
Susan de Avellar Schiller has been a full-time member of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) since 2005 and Vice-Chair of the OMB since 2011. She is a former Special Consultant at the Center for Collaborative Policy and a former Senior Consultant in urban planning and mediation at IBI Group. She was also a Member of Provincial Parliament from 1981 to 1987. Ms. Schiller's community involvement has included serving as a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Environment and Public Policy Section - National Leadership Council, and as a founding member of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University, a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University, a Certificate in Mediation from Stitt, Field, Handy, Houston ADR Ltd. and a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Conflict Consensus Institute.


STEFANKO, STEVEN
Steven Stefanko was a partner with the law firm of Lerners LLP from 1981 until his appointment as a full-time member of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in 2005. He has been a full-time Vice-Chair of the OMB since 2011. Mr. Stefanko is a former Chair of London Hydro Inc. and a former coach of the Saunders Secondary School Senior Boys' Football Team. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.


SEABORN, JAN DE PENCIER
Jan de P. Seaborn holds BA and LLB degrees and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983. Ms. Seaborn has served as a Vice-Chair of the Assessment Review Board and prior to that appointment in 1998, she was a partner in the regulatory, planning and environmental department of a Toronto law firm. Ms. Seaborn's practice included many appearances as Counsel before the Environmental Assessment Board, Joint Board, OMB and federal regulatory tribunals on behalf of both private and public sector clients. Ms. Seaborn has been asked to speak on many occasions at conferences and seminars dealing with topics such as regulatory practice and procedure, assessment, environmental and planning law.


MCKENZIE, JAMES R.
James R. McKenzie, of Thornhill, is a professional mediator and planner and has taught mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Royal Roads University. Mr. McKenzie is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and is a Registered Professional Planner.

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ZUIDEMA, JYOTI V.
Jyoti Zuidema, of Brantford, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991. Ms. Zuidema has practised in the public and private sector and has represented both municipal and provincial governments in the area of municipal and development law. She has taught law courses at Seneca College and Conestoga College. Currently, Ms. Zuidema is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds a Master of Laws, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts.

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MAKUCH, RICHARD G. M.
Richard Makuch is Deputy Commissioner in the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals, Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security. He has been a full-time member of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) since 2012. He was a member of the OMB from 1998 to 2006. Mr. Makuch is also a former Vice-Chair of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Tribunal. His community involvement has included serving as a board member of the Cumberland Barons Minor Hockey Association and coach for local hockey, soccer, baseball and rowing teams. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola College and Bachelor of Laws degrees from both the University of Ottawa and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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SNIEZEK, JOSEPH E.
Mr. Sniezek was appointed to the Board in 2004 following a long career in the municpal planning sector. Mr. Sniezek is a Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute an organization he played an active role in and culminated in a term as its President. Mr. Sniezek is a graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Studies of the University of Waterloo.

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CARTER-WHITNEY, MAUREEN
Maureen Carter-Whitney is a lawyer who formerly worked as Research Director for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, Legal Analyst for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, and course instructor in environmental law at Ryerson University. She is the co-author of LexisNexis Canada's loose-leaf publication, Environmental Regulation in Canada. Ms. Carter-Whitney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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CHEE-HING, JASON
Jason Chee-Hing has over 25 years of professional experience in the fields of urban and regional planning, housing and public administration. He holds a Master in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Urban and Regional Planning) and Certificate in Public Administration from Ryerson University. Mr. Chee-Hing is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. He has served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity (York Region).

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TAYLOR, BLAIR S.
Prior to joining the Ontario Municipal Board, Blair Taylor was a Senior Partner with the law firm of O'Connor, MacLeod Hanna LPP. He practiced in the municipal and development field representing both the public and private sectors. He is a former Assistant Director with Ombudsman Ontario. Mr. Taylor is also a former Director of both the Oakville Hospital Foundation and the Community Foundation of Oakville. He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Laws degree from York University.

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ATCHESON, JOHN PETER
John Peter Atcheson was the Commissioner of Community Development Services for the City of Brantford, and has been a qualified municipal land use planner for more than thirty-five years. Mr. Atcheson holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto.

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JACKSON, HELEN
Helen Jackson is a Senior Hydrogeologist at Coffey Geotechnics. Prior to this, she was a Senior Hydrogeologist and a member of the Assessment, Risk, Remediation Consulting Group at SNC-LAVALIN Inc. Ms. Jackson has a BSc in Biology from Queen's University and a BSc in Geology from the University of Alberta. She is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

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DENHEZ, MARC
Marc Denhez, is a bilingual lawyer, mediator and author of eight books on planning-related issues, including environment and heritage. He has been a member of the Ontario Municipal Board (Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario) since 2004. Mr. Denhez has taught graduate courses in planning at four universities in Canada and Europe. He served as a Commissioner of the National Capital Commission, and chaired a national task force on capacity-building for the residential renovation industry. He has advised on legal policy, governance and drafting on related topics, in ten provinces, over a dozen countries, and at UNESCO. Mr. Denhez has received awards from organizations as diverse as the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Canadian Home Builders' Association, Environment Canada and the International Association of Business Communicators. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978 and called to the Québec Bar in 1975.

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ROSSI, REID
Reid Rossi was appointed to the Board in May 2004. Mr. Rossi has brought considerable experience in government and adjudication to his work at the OMB. Mr. Rossi has served as a consultant to the United Nations in communications and humanitarian affairs. He was Executive Director of the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association in Ottawa and he was a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board in Toronto.

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HEFFERON, COLIN
Colin Hefferon is a graduate of both the University of Toronto (BA) and York University (MES). He has experience in land use planning and real estate development in both the public and private sectors. In 1985, he was appointed to the Housing team of the federal Task Force on Program Review. In the several years prior to his appointment to the OMB, Mr Hefferon spent considerable time in Europe where he acquired expertise in implementing contemporary environmental conservation practices and land use management processes, including waste-to-energy.

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SUTHERLAND, SYLVIA
Sylvia Sutherland was mayor of Peterborough for 15 years, making her the longest serving mayor in that city's history. She has a diploma in journalism from the Ryerson Institute of Technology, a BA (Hons) in history from Trent University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Reading (UK). She was a reporter on the Toronto Telegram, and served on the Board of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Ontario Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and the Macdonald Commission on Ontario Hydro.

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CONTI, CHRISTOPHER L. (CHRIS)
Until 2007, Chris Conti held the position of Executive Director of Friends of Second Marsh and President of Conti Environmental Services Inc. Previously, Mr. Conti served as Director of Resource Planning and Interim Chief Administrative Officer with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and as an Environmental Planner with the Ministry of Natural Resources. His community involvement has included serving as President of Group 76 Amnesty International, member of TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment and Chair of the Port Hope Environmental Advisory Committee. Mr. Conti holds a Master in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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SILLS, MARY-ANNE
Mary-Anne Sills, who was first appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board in 2007, served as a Municipal Councillor and Mayor of the City of Belleville from 1988 to 2006. She has previously been employed as an Office Manager at the Hastings Children's Aid Society and the Reynolds, O'Brien law firm. Mary-Anne has held volunteer positions with many public service agencies and community associations and has been instrumental in the fundraising of several million dollars for local sporting facilities and community service programs. She is a graduate of Loyalist College in Belleville.

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LEVY, ALAN DAVID
Alan Levy is a Roster Mediator with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program, Superior Court of Justice. He has also been a member of the Environmental Review Tribunal since 2007. His previous law practice focussed on litigation, negotiation and mediation. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and a former member of the Canadian Environmental Law Association. Mr. Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.

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TANAKA, LYNDA CATHERINE E.
Before coming to Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO), Lynda Tanaka served in other senior positions as Chair and Vice- Chair, responsible for adjudication of disputes in other agencies. She holds designations of Chartered Arbitrator (ADR Institute of Canada Inc.), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.) and Certified Director (Institute of Corporate Directors). Ms. Tanaka practiced administrative law, appearing before some of the ELTO boards, and civil litigation. She has been active in professional education and training of adjudicators and mediators. She has received awards for her leadership contributions to the legal profession and as a racing commissioner.

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DEMARCO, JERRY
Jerry V. DeMarco is the Alternate Executive Chair of Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario, Associate Chair of the Conservation Review Board, Associate Chair of the Environmental Review Tribunal and a Member of the Assessment Review Board, Board of Negotiation, and Ontario Municipal Board. As a lawyer, he appeared before tribunals, Ontario and federal courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to his law degree from the University of Toronto, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor and Master's degrees in Science (University of Toronto), Management (McGill University), and Environmental Studies (York University) and is a professional planner (MCIP). His publications have appeared in a wide variety of books and journals. Mr. DeMarco was the first recipient of the City of Toronto's Green Toronto Award for environmental leadership.

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LEE, SHING KAN WILSON
S. Wilson Lee served as an assistant regional solicitor with the Regional Municipality of Peel for ten years and, prior to that, as an assistant regional solicitor for the Regional Municipality of Sudbury.

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