As of April 11, 2013
Hanny Hassan, C.M., London (Lay Member), Chair
After obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1964, Mr. Hanny Hassan received his Master of Engineering degree from Dalhousie University (formerly Technical University of Nova Scotia) in 1971. Mr. Hassan has been an active professional, advancing within a major professional engineering consulting firm, where he served as a Director and a Partner of the firm until his retirement in 2002. He now manages an independent consulting engineering practice, Alef Consulting Inc., in London, Ontario. Hanny presently serves on the Board of Governors and Governance Committees of the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the National Executive and Vice Chair of the Ontario Panel of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. He is presently the Co-Chair of the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee. He served as the President of the Ontario Advisory Council on Multiculturalism and Citizenship, from 1991 to 1995. He was, for many years, a member of the community advisory committee of OMNI Television. In December 2010, Mr. Hassan was named a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada for his long-time volunteer work in promoting understanding between cultures and religions.
Madam Justice Lise Maisonneuve, Regional Senior Justice, Ottawa
Justice Lise Maisonneuve was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2003 following her legal career as a partner in an Ottawa criminal law firm. Her work as a lawyer not only encompassed traditional defence work but also included administrative tribunal work. Between January 1997 and December 1998 she was special legal advisor to the late Chief Justice Brian Dickson in the review of the Military Justice system. Since being appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice, Justice Maisonneuve has been active in the development of the Mental Health Court in Ottawa and is involved in judicial legal education. In 2008, she was appointed the Local Administrative Judge for Ottawa. In August 2011, she was appointed the Regional Senior Justice for the East Region of the Ontario Court of Justice. Regional Senior Justice Maisonneuve is appointed to the Committee by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.
Mr. Justice Timothy R. Lipson, Toronto
Justice Timothy Lipson was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in March, 2002 and sits in Scarborough where he is currently the Local Administrative Justice. Called to the Bar in 1978, he practiced exclusively criminal law. He served as an Assistant Crown Attorney for seven years and was in private practice for seventeen years. From 1985 to 2002 Justice Lipson served as a member of the Ontario Review Board, including ten years as an Alternate Chairperson of the Board. He was lead counsel for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association at the Commission on Proceedings Involving Guy Paul Morin. Throughout his careers as lawyer and judge, Justice Lipson has participated in continuing legal education. For several years he taught criminal procedure at the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course. He has lectured and appeared on numerous panels on a wide array of topics related to criminal law. Justice Lipson taught a course on sentencing at the Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and has been an instructor in trial advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School. From 2008-11 Justice Lipson served as a member of the Ontario Judicial Council. Justice Lipson is appointed to the Committee by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.
Madam Justice Eileen Martin, Welland
Justice Martin was educated at the University of New Brunswick (Hon. B.A. 1976). She obtained her L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1979. After practicing for five years in Toronto at a specialized family law firm, she spent one year teaching at Osgoode Hall Law School and at the University of Saskatchewan. From 1987 until the date of her appointment she maintained a family law practice at the law firm of Chown, Cairns in St. Catharines, Ontario. She was on the Executive and President of the Lincoln County Law Association and participated as a speaker in various Educational Seminars in the area of Family Law at both the local and provincial level. After being appointed as a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 2006, she has sat in Welland hearing family law cases. In August of 2009 she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice as a member of the Ontario Judicial Council. Justice Martin is appointed to the Committee by the Ontario Judicial Council.
W. Ormond Murphy, Ottawa (Lawyer)
Ormond received his Bachelor of Laws (1975) from Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1977. He is currently practising in association with Tierney, Stauffer, primarily in the fields of estates and trusts and civil litigation. Ormond has been actively involved in Continuing Legal Education and has been a guest lecturer in programs on Family Law and Estates and Trusts for The Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association, County of Carleton Law Association, University of Ottawa Law School and Carleton University. Ormond is author of Inter Vivos Gifts and Evidentiary Presumptions, Special Lectures of The Law Society of Upper Canada, 1996. Ormond was President of the County of Carleton Law Association in 1995, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the County and District Law Presidents’ Association from 1996 to 2008, serving as Chair from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Murphy is appointed to the Committee by the County and District Law Presidents’ Association.
Alan D. Gold, Toronto (Lawyer)
Mr. Alan Gold practises at Alan D. Gold Professional Corporation. He graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 1970 with the Gold Medal in Law. He was called to the Bar in 1973. His practice is restricted to criminal trial and appellate work. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of courts in Ontario, as well as in other provinces. Mr. Gold has defended accused in many major trial matters. A large number of the many hundred appellate cases Mr. Gold has argued before the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada are reported. Mr. Gold is certified by The Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Litigation and was the first Chairman of the Criminal Litigation Specialty Committee for five years. He was honoured in 1997 with the annual G. Arthur Martin Award for Contribution to Criminal Justice. Mr. Gold was President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association for two terms from November 1997 through October 2001. Mr. Gold, elected as a Bencher of The Law Society of Upper Canada in May 2003 for a four-year term, was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Mr. Gold is an inductee of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (U.S.). Mr. Gold has written many articles and other publications on legal topics and has delivered speeches and presentations on a wide assortment of legal topics to lawyers, judges, law students and other audiences, and is frequently a media commentator. Mr. Gold’s most recent book is Expert Evidence in Criminal Cases: The Scientific Approach, Second Edition (Irwin Law, 2009). Mr. Gold is also author of The Practitioner’s Criminal Code, an annual publication with its inaugural edition published in 2007. Mr. Gold is appointed by The Law Society of Upper Canada to this Committee.
Frank E. Walwyn, Toronto (Lawyer)
Frank is a partner at WeirFoulds LLP, one of Canada’s oldest law firms. Frank appears as counsel on complex multi-jurisdictional litigation matters. He is licensed to practise law in Canada, and is also a member of the bars of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis. Frank is repeatedly named as one of Canada’s top lawyers in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation in The Best Lawyers in Canada. Frank also holds an appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Frank participates on many legal and community boards and initiatives, including: a member of The Advocates’ Society (TAS) International Training Committee; former President and member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL); membership in the Ontario Bar Association (OBA); member of the board of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), a specialty clinic that produces and delivers public legal education to communities in Ontario that are low-income or who otherwise face barriers to full participation in the justice system; and membership on the Steering Committee of DiverseCity: The Toronto Leadership Project, which is aimed at diversifying Toronto’s leadership landscape. Frank has been recognized often for his significant contributions and dedication to the community, including as a recipient of The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lincoln Alexander Award (2013) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Frank speaks regularly to various audiences on diversity issues, and is a frequent presenter at continuing professional development seminars in many areas dealing with the litigation process, including seminars put on by the OBA, TAS, CABL, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Bar Association and the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Frank is appointed by the Ontario Bar Association to the Committee.
Roger R. Davidson, Long Sault (Lay Member)
Mr. Davidson is a native of Sturgeon Falls. He has taught in elementary and secondary schools, in French-language and in English-language school boards. He has taught in regular and in special education programs, and has served as a vice-principal, a school principal, and a curriculum consultant. His academic qualifications include a B.A and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa. He has worked with the Ministry of Education as an Educational Officer at the Central Ontario Regional Office. He has also served as a Superintendent of Education with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Board of Education and with the Sudbury District Roman Catholic Separate School Board where he was responsible for such portfolios as Personnel, Special Education, Curriculum, Operations, and French Immersion. He also served as Director of Education for the Timmins District Roman Catholic Separate School Board as well as for the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Roman Catholic Separate School Board. After thirty-five years in education, Mr. Davidson retired in 1999.
Asha Luthra, Mississauga (Lay Member)
Asha Luthra is a post graduate from the Bombay University where she majored in Economics. She started her career as a lecturer in MV and Lu College but moved to work with Air India in their sales and marketing division. After migrating to Canada and working for a wholesale group, she started her own venture called Joy Tours n Travel looking after the travel and hospitality needs of special groups. Asha is the Head of AL Consulting and also Director of Business Development with the Excelsior Financial group dealing with investments both in Canada and India. She has been a strong advocate for issues concerning women and was a faculty for the Indian Junior Chamber for a number of years. She was the first woman state President for Maharashtra of the widely known organization called Jaycees. She has been a member of various voluntary organizations. She was also appointed as a Justice of Peace for the Maharashtra State – India. In 2008, she became the first lady President of the 35-year old organization called the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Brian Mullan, Ancaster (Lay Member)
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Brian is a career police officer who retired as the Chief of Hamilton Police Service in December 2009. He has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal and he has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit for Police. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the F.B.I’s prestigious National Executive Institute. Brian has also attended the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, Mohawk College and Bay Area Leadership Program. Brian is active in his community having served as Chair of the Hamilton Community Care Access Centre, the Hamilton District Health Council and he is the Immediate Past President of Eastern Canada Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates. Brian is currently a Member of the Board of Governors for Mohawk College and he is the Vice President of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.
Ann Murphy, Brampton (Lay Member)
A retired high school teacher-librarian with overseas teaching experience, Ann Murphy has also worked in commercial and corporate banking and investment sectors in Europe. She has traveled extensively in North America, Africa and Europe and initiated such community building projects as cross-border cultural exchanges for women in Northern and Southern Ireland. Currently, Ms. Murphy is involved in the Peel community through CARABRAM, Brampton’s annual multicultural festival and is a member of Brampton South Rotary. She also sits on the Executive and Board of Directors of United Way Peel Region. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education and is Governor of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation for Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association. She also sits as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Catholic Education.
Gail Stiffler, Kingsville (Lay Member)
Mrs. Gail Stiffler is the President and General Manager of Toni-Gail Enterprises Ltd. since 1976. Mrs. Stiffler operated the Copper Kettle Restaurant in Harrow for twenty-three years. In 1999 she sold the business, after developing it into a highly successful enterprise and a landmark in Essex County. While living in Harrow, she served her community as Municipal Town Councillor. She is Past President of the Harrow and Colchester South Chamber of Commerce and took the lead role in developing their award-winning Strategic Plan for Economic Development. As Chair of the Committee to Amalgamate the Harrow and Colchester South Police services, she worked with the Solicitor General’s Office and the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services to negotiate an acceptable contract for all parties. She co-chaired the committee to “Save Harrow High School” which developed a workable plan with the School Board to save the school from closure. She served on the Board of Directors of the South Essex Economic Development Corporation and later took the position of Acting Manager and Economic Development Officer. As Founder of the County Focus on Business Association, she worked closely with all Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) and Chambers of Commerce in Essex County to stimulate and attract business to the area. In 1995 she founded the South Essex Tourism Association (SETA) which brought together tourist-related businesses and organizations to develop a united marketing plan for Essex County. Over the years she has served her community on several volunteer boards and non-profit organizations including the Harrow and Colchester South Youth Association, Canadian Artist’s Workshop, Kingsville Community Policing and the Kingsville Economic Development Committee.
Gabriel Tremblay, Blind River (Lay Member)
Mr. Tremblay retired in 1999 after 29 years in the teaching profession at the Elementary Level. He graduated from Laurentian University with a Major in Sociology and Political Science. He possesses a broad range of experience: Councillor, Town of Blind River for 24 years, Director of AFMO (Association Francaise des Municipalites de l’Ontario), Member of Blind River Police Board, President for the North Shore Region of AEFO (Association des Enseignants francais de l’Ontario), President of the Holy Family Parish Church Council, President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 189 and presently a Life Member (served in the late 50’s in the Royal Canadian Air Force). He continues to be involved and presently is the President of Blind River Non-Profit Housing Corporation, a Board Member of Algoma District Services Administration Board representing the territory without municipal organization, and Director of the Blind River Development Corporation.
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