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ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD (ENVIRONMENT AND LAND TRIBUNALS 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.


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.


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 is a professional mediator and a registered professional planner. She holds a Certificate in Mediation from Stitt, Field, Handy, Houston ADR Ltd. and a Certificate in Advanced Mediation from the Conflict Consensus Institute. She served on the National Leadership Council of the Environment and Public Policy section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and is the past President of the Simcoe Chapter of Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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LANTHIER, DAVID
David Lanthier is a Sole Practitioner with Lanthier, Mann, Barristers & Solicitors and a Municipal Solicitor with the Towns of Smooth Rock Falls, Moosenee and Iroquois Falls. He is a former Municipal Solicitor with the Town of Cochrane. His community involvement includes serving as a member and Chair of his local Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation and Seniors Assisted Living Committee and representing the Town of Cochrane at the Community Care Access Board. Mr. Lanthier holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queen`s University.

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VINCENT, SHARYN
Sharyn Vincent is a Principal with Vincent Planning and Development Consultants specializing in land use matters. She is a former Senior Manager of Development with TRIDEL Corporation, a former Director of Planning with the Borough of East York and a former Senior Planner with the City of Scarborough. Her community involvement includes having served as a board member and special advisor to the architectural selection committee for the Casey House Foundation and as a City of Toronto representative on the industry resource and promotion for the Toronto Fashion Incubator Board. Ms. Vincent holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Urban and Regional Planning form the University of Waterloo.

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DUNCAN, JUSTIN
Justin Duncan was a Staff Lawyer and Eastern Canada Program Director at Ecojustice Canada. He is former Legal Counsel with the Crown Law Office - Civil, Ministry of the Attorney General and a former Adjunct Professor (Natural Resources Law) at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Mr. Duncan's community involvement includes serving as an advisory council member of the Ontario Non-Profit Network, a board member of the Sustainability Network and a former member of the North American Native Plant Society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.

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JACOBS, SARAH
Sarah Jacobs was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Her practice focused on municipal and land use planning law in both the private and public sectors. She has also worked in legal education as an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Planning from the University of Windsor. Ms. Jacobs is a past President of the Rotary Club of Centre Wellington and a former Director of Habitat for Humanity Wellington County.

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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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BRUCE, LAURIE
Laurie Bruce is a Registered Professional Planner. She has worked as an environmental planning consultant since 1989, providing consulting services for the non-profit, the private and the public sector. She has also been a reviewer, strategic advisor and/or manger of environmental assessments for infrastructure, renewable energy, mining and port projects. In addition, Ms. Bruce has been retained by federal and provincial government agencies to assist with the development of environmental assessment policies and guidelines, and the delivery of training programs. Ms. Bruce, who has trained as a mediator has also provided public consultation and facilitation services for a wide range of projects.

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JONES, RICHARD COLEMEN
Richard Jones has had a successful career in the public and private sectors and has been a leading volunteer in a host of Simcoe County based charitable organizations. As a professional planner, Mr. Jones was the City Planner and Director of Planning and Development for the City of Barrie from 1978 to 1988. Following those roles, he went on to found and manage the Jones Consulting Group Ltd. from 1988 to 2010. More recently, he has acted as Senior Planning Practice Advisor for MMM Group Ltd. Mr. Jones has been the recipient of several volunteer and business awards as a consequence of his contributions. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from York University and an Honours Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

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MILCHBERG, ANNE
Anne Milchberg is a Registered Architect and Professional Planner and served for many years as a community planner for the City of Toronto, focusing on the Financial District, the North Downtown, Harbourfront, King-Spadina and Etobicoke-York. She also taught a graduate level planning course at the University of Toronto for three years. For the last decade, she managed and led strategic "highest and best use" planning for large scale, complex real estate development projects in City ownership. Ms. Milchberg holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree with distinction from Carleton University and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a graduate of the City of Toronto's Executive Development Program.

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WILKINS, HUGH
Hugh Wilkins, a Member of the Environmental Review Tribunal, is a lawyer who has specialized in administrative, environmental and international law and policy, acting as counsel and advisor to business, civil society and government. He practiced law at Morris/Rose/Ledgett LLP and Ecojustice Canada and is a former adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is also the former managing editor of the Review of European and Comparative International Environmental Law. He holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queen's University and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.

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GIBBS, HEATHER
Heather Gibbs is a Vice-Chair with the Environmental Review Tribunal, and a lawyer, adjudicator and mediator. She was previously a part-time member of the Child and Family Services Review Board/Custody Review Board, and a full-time member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada from 1998 to 2006. Ms. Gibbs is a member of the board of directors and the executive of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Prior to her tribunal work, Ms. Gibbs practiced law in Canada and worked internationally with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and is fluently trilingual in English, French and Spanish.

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WRIGHT, ROBERT
Robert Wright has experience in private and public interest litigation. He practiced commercial litigation from 1980 until 2000 and public interest environmental litigation with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund from 2000 to 2007, at which time he was appointed full-time Vice-Chair of the Environmental Review Tribunal. He has also been appointed as part-time Vice-Chair of the Conservation Review Board since 2013. Mr. Wright has appeared as counsel at all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts and at the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge, England, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

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VALIANTE, MARCIA
Marcia Valiante is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. She teaches environmental, land use planning, municipal and international environmental law. She has been a part-time member of the Environmental Review Tribunal since 2007. She is also a former lawyer with the law firm of Turkstra, Garrod, Hodgson. Her areas of practice included environmental, administrative and planning law. Ms. Valiante's community involvement includes serving as a member of the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and a former member of the International Joint Commission - Science Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and Queen's University.

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KRUSHELNICKI, BRUCE
Bruce Krushelnicki was the Director of Planning and Building for the City of Burlington from 2004 to 2015. Before joining the City, he spent nearly 13 years as a member of the Ontario Municipal Board. At the time of his appointment to OMB, Dr. Krushelnicki was an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies at Brock University where he taught urban and environmental planning for 12 years. He also maintained a small consulting practice in urban planning. Dr. Krushelnicki studied at Brock University (B.A.), Queen's University (M.PL.) and the University of Waterloo (PhD, 1980). He is a member of Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

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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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