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Called to the Bar, The Law Society of Upper Canada, with honours, in 1973, The Honourable Joseph C.M. James practised criminal law in Toronto until his appointment to the Provincial Court in 1977. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1999. During his legal career he received appointments as a part-time crown attorney and an agent for the Department of Justice of Canada. During his judicial career, he was a member and a leader on a number of professional and community boards and associations. Since his retirement from the Superior Court, he has served and continues to serve on a number of charitable boards.

Lori Marshall is Vice President of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Prior to this, Ms. Marshall was Site Administrator and CEO of Nipigon District Memorial Hospital. Ms. Marshall is a member of the Ontario Hospital Association's Human Resources Leadership Council, member of the Northwestern Ontario Infection Control Network, member of the Northwestern Ontario Regional Stroke Steering Committee, and member of the Thunder Bay Highland Dance Association. Ms. Marshall is a Registered Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and member of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto and her Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.

D. Cindy Prince has worked as a land-use planning consultant for approximately thirty years. The majority of her planning work has been performed for municipalities within Essex County. She is currently Vice President of Development for Amico Properties. In addition to her professional obligations, Ms. Prince was a member for ten years, including one term as Chair, of the Windsor-Essex United Way Board of Directors.

William James Shearing is Principal of W.J. Shearing & Associates, providing emergency management programs for communities and industry. Previously, he was employed as a project engineer, plant engineer, production manager and plant manager for Rohm and Haas Canada Inc. Mr. Shearing has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University. He is the Treasurer for the Lakeshore Drive United Church Board of Trustees and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Dr. Fiona Smaill is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. She is a Medical Microbiologist for the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program and a consultant in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control at Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Smaill has her MB, ChB from the University of Otago, New Zealand, completed her residencies in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at McMaster University and has her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology.

Denise St. Jean is a teacher. She has taught French as a first and second language at the elementary level and as a first language at the secondary and college levels. She also worked on school policies for the advancement of French-language schools in Ontario in her position of school Trustee and President of the Board. Over the years she has been a member of teachers' associations, President of the Academic Council of Cambrian College, President of TFO - Télévision Francophone éducative de l'Ontario, President of the National Education Round Table, President of CFLM - Commission du français langue maternelle and Vice-President of FIPF - Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français.

Dr. David Williams is currently the Medical Officer of Health for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit in Ontario. He returned to this position in October 2011, after working for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Branch Director. Dr. Williams was also the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario from November 2007 to June 2009. From 1991 to 2005, Dr. Williams was the Medical Officer of Health and CEO for the Thunder Bay Health Unit.

In March 2014, Dr. Dirk Huyer was appointed Chief Coroner for Ontario. Dr. Huyer received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1986. He has served as a coroner in Ontario since 1992 and most recently served as Regional Supervising Coroner for the Regions of Peel and Halton as well as the Counties of Simcoe and Wellington. He has been involved in over 5,000 coroner's investigations. Dr. Huyer has specific expertise in the medical evaluation of child maltreatment and has worked with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Huyer is the Chair of both the Deaths Under Five and Paediatric Death Review committees of the Office of the Chief Coroner. He is also an Assistant Professor with the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.

William McLean was a Director of Education for the District School Board of Niagara until 1998. Prior to that, he was the Director of Education and Superintendent of Academic Affairs for the Lincoln County Board of Education. Mr. McLean has a BA from McMaster University and an MEd from the University of Toronto. He earned his Ontario Teachers' Certificate at Hamilton Teachers' College and has a Supervisory Officers' Certificate, a Principals' Certificate, a Special Education Specialists Certificate and an English As A Second Language Certificate from the Ministry of Education.

Lucille Perreault is currently Vice-President of the Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Executive at H6pital Montfort in Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing, a Master of Project Management degree, a LEAN Greenbelt certification and various other professional training programs. Ms. Perreault has more than 30 years of management experience in the health field. She is also a member of various regional and national networks and committees and directs important regional initiatives. She has also contributed throughout the years to many large-scale innovative and transformative projects within the organizations where she has worked, including several major research projects.

Roger Rowe was born in Montreal, Quebec and was called to the bar of Ontario in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and completed his LLB at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He was a staff lawyer at Jane & Finch Community Legal Service Clinic for 5 years before entering private practice in 1993. He has appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada where he successfully argued the landmark case of Baker v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration which established a new standard for the duty of procedural fairness in administrative law. He practices in the Greater Toronto Area as a sole practitioner in the areas of criminal, family, and immigration law.

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