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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.

Christine Ada McGoey was called to the Bar in 1982. After working as a Law Clerk for the County court, she became an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Toronto Crowns' office in 1983. Ms. McGoey was one of the founding members of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prosecution Teams at the Old City Hall courthouse. Over a 3 year period, she was counsel to the Victim/Witness Assistant Program. Ms. McGoey has argued appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and spent 9 years with the Muskoka Crown Attorneys' office. She returned to the Toronto office as the Crown from 2009-2015, overseeing an office of 95 counsel operating in 4 courthouses.

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.

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.

William (Bill) Shearing has recently completed his third career as an emergency management consultant. Previously, he was a plant manager with Rohm and Haas Canada Inc. His first career was in the Canadian Army (Regular). He continued his military service as a Reservist, commanded the Stormant, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, and served two terms as their Honorary Colonel. His engineering education was gained at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University. In the last 50 years, he has served in municipal government as well as professional and community organizations. He is currently a member of Winchester District Memorial Hospital's Patient and Family Engagement Committee.

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.

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.

Dr. David Williams was appointed as the province's new Chief Medical Officer of Health, effective February 16, 2016. Since July 1, 2015, Dr. Williams returned to this position as the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario, having been the Medical Officer of Health for the Thunder Bay District Board of Health from October 2011 to June 30, 2015. Dr. Williams is a four time graduate of the University of Toronto receiving his BSc., MD, Masters in Community Health and Epidemiology (MHSc) and Fellowships in Community Medicine/Public Health and Preventive Medicine (FRCPS).

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.

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